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Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness) will not travel with the team to Germany and is out for Sunday's game vs. the Dolphins. CEH has averaged only 2.2 carries and 0.6 targets over the last five games, so his absence leaves just a few touches behind for RBs Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon.

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RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire looks likely to lead the Chiefs' Week 17 backfield against the Bengals. Isiah Pacheco left Monday's loss to the Raiders with a concussion, and Jerick McKinnon landed on IR ahead of that game. CEH managed just 6 yards on 4 carries against the Raiders, just to make sure you remember his limitations. But he did post 42 receiving yards in catching all three of his targets. CEH will be worth a pickup where available this week because K.C. faces a soft Bengals defense. Cincinnati allowed 397 yards to the Steelers and 424 to the Vikings the past two weeks. The Bengals have allowed seven opponents to reach 400 total yards this season and yielded 24+ points in five of their past seven games.

Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire totaled 13 carries for 37 rushing yards with 4 catches for 64 yards and a TD as a receiver in Week 15 vs. the Patriots. He appeared on 61.5% of the team’s offensive snaps on Sunday and out-touched teammate Jerick McKinnon 17 to 7. As long as Isiah Pacheco (shoulder) remains out, Edwards-Helaire should carry fantasy appeal as Kansas City’s lead runner and will have a tremendous opportunity to pay off in lineups in Week 16 vs. the Raiders (eighth-best RB matchup per our adjusted fantasy points allowed).

Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire played 2 more snaps than RB Jerick McKinnon Sunday against the Bills, with Isiah Pacheco out. The gap might have been larger if CEH hadn't needed to leave during the second half to replace his ripped pants. As it was, Edwards-Helaire carried 11 times to McKinnon's 4 and edged McKinnon 4-3 in targets (though McKinnon won 3-2 in receptions). McKinnon also scored the only RB TD for the game, on a 7-yard run in the second quarter. We'll see about Pacheco's chances to return from the shoulder injury in Week 15. If he can't, CEH and McKinnon still look like fairly equal fantasy entities.

Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire will start today's game vs. the Bills but is expected to split carries with RB Jerick McKinnon, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Fantasy owners starting Edwards-Helaire need him to control carries because McKinnon figures to handle most of the pass-catching work. See where both guys sit in the Week 14 RB Rankings.

Asked Friday whether RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be the Chiefs' starter Sunday against the Bills in Isiah Pacheco's absence, HC Andy Reid said: "Yes. We've got different personnel groups. But yes, [he] is the No. 1 guy, yes." That doesn't necessarily mean CEH is the "lead back," but it sure seems to indicate he'll get a significant portion of the Week 14 work -- and might be the better bet for touches than Jerick McKinnon. The uncertainty of the work split makes all Chiefs RBs risky, of course, with practice-squad RBs La'Mical Perine, Deneric Prince, and Keaontay Ingram also potentially in the mix. No Chiefs RB cracks the top 24 in our Week 14 rankings. But there's some upside to CEH and McKinnon if you need a deeper play.

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