News: 3 days agoMcKinnon is slated for more touches for at least the next three games after the Chiefs placed Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star reports.
Spin: Edwards-Helaire was diagnosed with an MCL sprain in his left knee after his early departure from Kansas City's Week 5 loss to the Bills. During that contest, McKinnon received a season-high 32 percent share of the offensive snaps, but he managed just one carry for two yards and two catches (on two targets) for 13 yards. Meanwhile, new presumptive starting RB Darrel Williams logged 41 percent of the plays on offense en route to eight touches for 45 total yards. Williams is expected to be the early down and goal-line back in Edwards-Helaire's place, but McKinnon's pass-catching ability should result in a regular role moving forward.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: McKinnon signed with the Chiefs and, believe it or not, 2021 will mark the journeyman's eighth season in the league. The 29-year-old spent the past three seasons with the 49ers but missed all of 2018 and 2019 due to injury. He appeared in 16 games last season but was limited to 33% of the snaps. McKinnon struggled to 319 yards on 81 carries (3.9 YPC, 1.5 YAC) and 253 yards on 46 targets (5.5 YPT). McKinnon is unlikely to emerge into a consistent fantasy option, but he needs to be on watch lists because of the uncertain running back situation in Kansas City's high-scoring offense. Unproven Clyde Edwards-Helaire is atop the depth chart, with McKinnon set to compete with Darrel Williams for backup duties.