Week 5 vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Jerick McKinnon played a season-low 22% of the offensive snaps last week. The Chiefs utilized Clyde Edwards-Helaire more than usual, giving him 19 carries after he averaged 7.3 carries through the first three games. Then as the game got out of hand, the Chiefs leaned on Isiah Pacheco. But even when McKinnon plays more, like he did through the first three games, he never saw the ball enough to make him a relevant fantasy target. We'd avoid him moving forward.
The Chiefs still don't seem comfortable using Clyde Edwards-Helaire in most third-down situations, and until they do, the backfield is going to be more of a committee thing. But don't ignore that Edwards-Helaire has three touchdowns in three games.
The Chiefs seeming don't trust CEH in certain situations, and that was also clear last season in the playoffs when McKinnon stood out. McKinnon could very well still be on your waiver wire and is worth a pickup and a stash on your bench. CEH does seem to get the goal line carries, but the story said you can't count on him to keep up his current TD pace.
McKinnon is listed as the team's RB2 with the rookie Pacheco getting the RB3 nod. Pacheco will also return kickoffs. CEH is the team's RB1, which isn't a surprise. However in the playoffs last year the team seemed to go away from him at times, giving McKinnon more of a workload.
Jones played his way onto the roster with a strong Week 3 of preseason, the tweet went on to say. He ran 8 times for 43 yards and caught a four-yard pass. He's at least behind CEH and McKinnon on the depth chart, and he could even fall behind seventh-round rookie Pacheco.
This should help continue Pachecho's recent streak up draft boards, but it feels like this writing has been on the wall throughout most of the summer. While this may clear some breathing room for the rest of the Kansas City running back room, there's always a chance Jones signs with someone and clogs up their depth chart, say, the Philadelphia Eagles.