McKinnon rushed 10 times for 24 yards and caught five of seven targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 42-36 overtime win over Buffalo. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) made his return and was far more effective than McKinnon on the ground, with 60 yards on seven rushing attempts. McKinnon maintained a prominent role as a receiver, and he's clearly the best backfield option through the air in the pass-heavy Chiefs offense ahead of what could be another high-scoring affair in the AFC Championship Game against the Bengals.
McKinnon rushed 12 times for 61 yards and caught all six of his targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-21 win over the Steelers. The Chiefs' three-headed offensive monster shone in the finale of Sunday's meaty playoff schedule, but McKinnon was the surprising fourth standout fantasy performer for Kansas City. The veteran backup jumped from fourth on the depth chart up to primary rushing and receiving option out of the backfield with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) still sidelined and Darrel Williams (toe) not at 100 percent. Head coach Andy Reid simply rode the hottest hand, and McKinnon was certainly the hottest and freshest option available after recording just 12 rushing attempts over the course of the regular season. The 29-year-old could find himself taking on another large workload against the Bills next weekend if CEH is forced to miss another game. For those gambling on a potential Edwards-Helaire return, it may be a savvy strategy to lock in the unders on McKinnon's single-stat categories in over/under parlay DFS formats early in the week.
McKinnon finished out the regular season with a season-high five carries for 24 yards and three grabs for 26 yards and a score Saturday against the Broncos. McKinnon latched on with the Chiefs during the offseason as a depth running back on a one-year deal and served exactly that purpose, compiling 25 touches over the 13 games he appeared in this season. He could play sparingly in the playoffs as well before hitting free agency again this offseason.
McKinnon didn't record any stats in his return to action Sunday but did record four offensive snaps and 12 special teams snaps. McKinnon may be as low as fourth on the Chiefs' depth chart at running back with Derrick Gore having emerged as an option behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) and Darrel Williams. It's possible McKinnon will see a few more snaps in future weeks, but it's unlikely he will play enough to warrant serious fantasy consideration in most formats.
McKinnon (hamstring) was activated off injured reserve Saturday. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) now out for Sunday's pivotal matchup against the Bengals, McKinnon could provide some valuable depth behind Darrel Williams and Derrick Gore. McKinnon has played just 136 offensive snaps through 11 games and is almost guaranteed to register a career low in carries and receptions.
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