Thursday, Sep 21st

KC Lac dummy


Week 2 kicks off with the Chargers visiting the Chiefs in a 54.5 total game, which is the highest of the week, wow, that’s a lot of points. Kansas City is favored by 3.5 so overall we’re expecting some offensive fireworks here from two teams who combined for 68 total points in Week 1. 

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Kansas City

We’ll start with the Chiefs and their run game. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a nice game on limited volume, rushing seven times for 42 yards and catching all three of his targets for two touchdowns. CEH was the clear lead back early in the game, spelled by Jerick McKinnon, who saw eight opportunities of his own. Preseason hype-monster Isaiah Pacheco saw 12 opportunities, leading the team, but 10 of those came on the game’s final two drives when the Chiefs were up by a ton and were pulling their starters. I’m seeing some Pacheco hype out there, and personally, I’m not buying it. I think he’s a reasonable talent and it’s not impossible that his role grows throughout the season but since almost all of his Week 1 work came in garbage time, and CEH performed well, I don’t think there’s any changing of the guard happening yet. I’m viewing CEH as the RB1 (albeit with no realistic shot at 20+ carries because that’s not how the Chiefs offense operates), McKinnon as the RB2, and Pacheco as the RB3. CEH is slightly overpriced for his likeliest workload (I’d expect to see him in the $7k range), McKinnon looks like a screaming value at $2,600, while Pacheco is overpriced at $4,400; and he could carry a decent amount of ownership based on his Week 1 performance so it isn’t even a “pay up to be contrarian” situation. Personally, I’m X’ing out Pacheco and aiming to be overweight on McKinnon, absent news later in the week that changes things. 

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