Isiah Pacheco celebrates an Oct. 2 win against the Buccaneers. Oct 2, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco (10) celebrates after they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday saw some notable news about the Kansas City Chiefs‘ running back hierarchy. And that news has potential significant fantasy implications. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Chiefs (who face the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at 4:25 p.m. Eastern) are going to start rookie RB Isiah Pacheco (seen above celebrating an Oct. 2 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) over Clyde Edwards-Hilaire:

Of course, as Rapoport’s story on this indicated, Edwards-Helaire is still expected to see significant snaps. But even with that, there’s still some reason for fantasy players to be excited about Pacheco (a seventh-round pick, 251st overall, out of Rutgers this year), rather as a starter this week or as a pickup for later:

Pacheco will replace former first-rounder Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who will still have a key role on offense. Kansas City often rotates backs, and both are expected to see significant snaps.

This is a change from past games, however, as the seventh-rounder from Rutgers has about half the carries as Edwards-Helaire this season (59 attempts compared to Edwards-Helaire’s 31). But Pacheco has averaged 4.8 yards per carry in limited time, compared to 4.3 YPC for Edwards-Helaire.

A tough, fast interior runner who runs hard, Pacheco has flashed great potential so far.

And that led to a lot of commentary on him on the fantasy side:

Even Rapaport chimed in with some stats on how many people had added Pacheco in leagues:

We’ll see how many snaps Pacheco winds up seeing and how he does with them. There are certainly a lot of fantasy owners who just picked him up who will be watching with particular interest.

[; photo from Kim Klement/USA Today Sports]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.