The Kansas City Chiefs are heading back to Miami for the first time since their Super Bowl win, but on this trip, they will take on the hometown Dolphins in a matchup Kansas City needs to win in order to keep pace with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here is who we have trending this week:
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Edwards-Helaire was active last week but didn’t play, as he recovered from a stomach bug. There’s no doubt he’ll be motivated to put up big numbers against the Dolphins this week. The only question is whether Andy Reid will get the running back as involved as he should be, in all facets of the offense. Teams have been able to run on Miami’s defense a bit, so it might be a good week to get the rookie going again.
- Willie Gay, Jr.: With Damien Wilson injured, Gay will get the start. His rise on the depth chart has been long anticipated, given his athletic gifts and the glimpses of on-field promise we’ve seen. The Dolphins like to throw to their athletic tight end (Mike Gesicki), so perhaps we’ll finally see the Gay get extended action and make some plays in space.
- Chris Jones: The Chiefs have struggled to rush the passer of late, but Jones has been able to cause some disruption — even if he’s not getting home. This week, he’ll be chasing an athletic young quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa, so watch to see how No. 95 rises to the occasion.
Others trending in the right direction: Anthony Hitchens, Tershawn Wharton
- Mike Remmers: The entire Chiefs offensive line is due for a reshuffling with Stefen Wisniewski and Martinas Rankin coming back soon. Remmers has been a solid fill-in for Mitchell Schwartz, but he’s banged up, and the Dolphins have a pretty good pass rush with former Chief, Emmanuel Ogbah. Mahomes may be on the run a bit more than he should be again this week.
- Ben Niemann: With Tryann Mathieu hurting and Damien Wilson out, we may see more of Ben Niemann this week. If Tua is able to isolate his playmakers on No. 56, Chiefs fans could have plenty to complain about once again.
- Rashad Fenton: L’Jarius Sneed has taken over the nickel snaps, Charvarius Ward and Bashaud Breeland are locked in on the outside, leaving Fenton to play only on special teams. Watch to see if he is on the field a bit more this week with Mathieu hurting, but Fenton is buried on the depth chart, and it’s not likely going to be better for him as DeAndre Baker works his way onto the 53-man roster in the coming weeks.
Others trending in the wrong direction: Andrew Wylie, Austin Reiter
Value (sleeper) pick
- Mecole Hardman: It would be nice if Hardman wasn’t still a sleeper at this point, but his season certainly hasn’t gone exactly as planned. The Chiefs still seem committed to manufacturing a few touches each week for the “Jet,” and the Dolphins have the cornerbacks to make life more difficult for Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, leaving an opening for someone to step up. Let’s see if Hardman is ready to produce at the level we want to believe he can.