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JuJu Smith-Schuster has cleared the concussion protocols and will return to game action against the Rams in Week 12. (Source: Ari Meirov on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith-Schuster's return coincides with fellow WR Kadarius Toney being ruled out for Sunday with a hamstring injury. Smith-Schuster should immediately slide back in as the Chiefs' de facto WR1. He had been playing the best football of his season prior to going down and can be counted on as a weekly WR2/FLEX option for the rest of the season.

Kadarius Toney has been officially downgraded to out for the Chiefs' Week 12 bout with the Rams. (Source: Ari Meirov on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Toney's hamstring woes continue in 2022. The electric receiver has only appeared in six games this season, and his body has let him down big time. Toney has mouth-watering appeal for whenever he is able to suit up and play in this Kansas City offense- the problem is he simply cannot stay healthy.

Chiefs' RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been sent to injured reserve and will miss a minimum of four games after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 11. (Source: Pete Sweeney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A down season gets worse for Edwards-Helaire, who will now be removed from action until at least Week 16 against Seattle. "CEH" had been operating in a timeshare, and had been wholly ineffective as a runner for the past several weeks. He may not even be provided a prominent role in the offense when he is able to make it back. RB Isiah Pacheco figures to benefit the most here, and he needs to be owned in all 12-team leagues.

Jerick McKinnon (hamstring, shoulder) practiced in a limited fashion all week long. On a positive note, he was removed from the final injury report and will play against the Chargers on Sunday, barring a setback. (Source: Matt McMullen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McKinnon has been the Chiefs' top fantasy back as of late, offering extreme value in the passing game. He has 12 catches for 96 yards over his last two contests and should be viewed as a strong RB3/FLEX this week.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling (illness) practiced in full on Friday and has been removed from the injury report. He will play against the Chargers this weekend, barring a setback. (Source: Matt McMullen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Valdes-Scantling and teammate Kadarius Toney are both projected for big games with Mecole Hardman (abdomen) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (head) sidelined. Consider the ex-Packer an intriguing WR4 option with a very high ceiling.

Mecole Hardman will miss Thursday's practice with an abdomen injury. (Source: Adam Teicher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After missing Wednesday's practice, Hardman will sit out for the second straight day, which is not a great sign for his status in Week 11. Fellow wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster is also not practicing, leaving this receiving room a bit depleted. Hardman will likely have to get in a practice on Friday if he wants a chance to suit up this weekend.

Willie Gay back at practice

Wed, Oct 19th 1:06pm EDT
By Raju Byfield

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay Jr. is back at practice. (Source: Adam Teicher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gay is back at practice after serving his suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, but head coach Andy Reid was noncommital on his Week 7 status. Gay was playing at a high level before the NFL handed down the suspension, but Darius Harris has performed admirably in his absence. Gay should, by all accounts, take his role back when the staff deems his ready, but we may see a maddening rotation behind Nick Bolton going forward. This is a situation for IDP managers to monitor. Gay should be left on benches until he is back to his regular snap share. Darius Harris can be dropped where feasible.

Head Coach Andy Reid announced that Harrison Butker will return and kick on Sunday against Buffalo. (Source: James Palmer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is ideal timing for fantasy enthusiasts, as the Chiefs are slated to take on Buffalo in the most highly anticipated early matchup of the season. Assuming Butker is at full health and remains setback free, he slots in as a no brainer top-5 option at the position. If he was sent to waivers in season-long leagues, now is the time to pick him back up.

Ronald Jones II is officially inactive for Kansas City’s Week 4 matchup against Tampa Bay on Sunday Night. (Source: Kansas City Chiefs on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Nothing new here as Jones has yet to see any game action this season. Jones will not carry fantasy relevance until there are injuries in the KC backfield.

The Kansas City Chiefs placed CB Trent McDuffie on injured reserve Tuesday with a hamstring injury. (Source: Ari Meirov on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The injury was apparently suffered by the turf giving way under McDuffie's feet in Arizona Sunday. McDuffie will miss at least the next four games and would be eligible to return for the Chiefs' matchup with Buffalo on October 16th.

Blake Bell underwent surgery recently for a hip flexor injury, per head coach Andy Reid. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Reid also stated that he was not sure if Bell would be placed on injured reserve in the coming days. Bell is the primary backup to star TE Travis Kelce and serves more as a blocker for the Chiefs. Bell registered just nine receptions in 16 games last season.

Derrick Gore was placed on injured reserve by the Chiefs Tuesday. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The RB room in Kansas City got crowded with the additions of Isiah Pacheco and Ronald Jones. Gore was solid in his first season with the Chiefs in 2021, posting 256 rush yards on 51 carries and two rushing touchdowns. Gore was currently being taken as the RB89 in PPR ADP prior to today’s news. The Chiefs’ RB situation currently looks like it may be a committee to start the season.

Chiefs rookie WR Sky Moore left Tuesday's practice early due to a hip injury he sustained. (Source: Matt McMullen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moore sustained the injury in the middle of practice Tuesday, and he wasn't able to return. It doesn't seem to be serious, and he essentially confirmed that via social media. It would be less than ideal for him to miss a couple practices, but if the injury isn't serious, this shouldn't change much for his outlook.

Undrafted rookie WR Justyn Ross was placed on injured reserve by the Kansas City Chiefs, effectively ending his rookie season. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ross was a favorite by many in the draft community, and health permitting, looked like a potential steal for the Chiefs as an undrafted rookie. However, injuries derailed the talented Ross’ collegiate career. He went through foot surgery this offseason and was placed on the physically unable to perform list, but now he is on injured reserve as he continues to rehab his foot. With his rookie season over, low capital and a long list of injury history, Ross is a risky keeper in dynasty leagues despite his obvious talent.

Josh Gordon left practice with a trainer Wednesday afternoon for an undisclosed injury. (Source: Adam Teicher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 31-year-old wide receiver had been impressive in last week's minicamp. Over his career, he has 252 receptions for 4,284 yards and 21 touchdowns which is production the Chiefs can use with the loss of Tyreek Hill. He is currently fifth on the depth chart of wideouts slated to catch balls from Patrick Mahomes, and the speedster is appealing in fantasy leagues if he is healthy when training camp begins.