🎱 A Shakeup To The Chiefs Backfield?



You are getting outworked by Swifties prepping for their SB parties…

In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter presented by Money:

  • The Chiefs might get a playoff veteran back

  • Fantasy Life’s Super Bowl Schedule: What to expect

  • Bill Belichick says bye to New England

  • Overreaction Monday: More coaching moves

  • It’s 2/5. Take it away, Peter Overzet…

This weekend felt like the calm before the Super Bowl storm.

Outside of some coaching moves—more on those from Kendall below—and an increasingly irrelevant Pro Bowl (the NFC won, yaye!), things were eerily quiet on the news front.

The only interesting nugget to emerge from this football-less weekend was the potential return of a playmaker to the Chiefs backfield…

🤔 Will Jerick McKinnon play?!

Jerick McKinnon hasn’t played since Week 15 due to a groin injury, but there is now a chance he might be able to return for the Super Bowl:

Isiah Pacheco has been a true bellcow of late—something Dwain has thoroughly documented in his Utilization Report dispatches—so this could potentially be an interesting wrinkle.

When we last saw McKinnon, Pacheco was out with a shoulder injury and he delivered two Top 20 RB weeks thanks to strong involvement in the pass game and a couple of TDs:

Jerick McKinnon

We are not currently projecting McKinnon for work, but this is a situation to closely monitor.

He’s been a player the team has repeatedly turned to in big playoff moments over the years, so don’t underestimate his involvement if he’s active.

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We have a big week on tap here at Fantasy Life. Here’s everything you can look forward to…

📆 Monday

Lock these in early before the line moves!

📆 Tuesday

  • Touchdown Bets

  • Pick ‘Em Plays from Geoff Ulrich

By the end of Tuesday, you should have most of your action down for the Big Game. Now you can just focus on which sauce you want with your wings.

Super Bowl Preview

📆 Wednesday

  • What Now? from Cooterdoodle

You made it to Hump Day. Cooterdoodle will kick off the homestretch…

📆 Thursday

  • Novelty Bets from Geoff (Betting Life Newsletter)

Ok, I lied. You are still filling out your betting card. Time to mix in some funky stuff.

📆 Friday

  • Rankings and Tiers from Dwain

  • Super Bowl Regression Session from Jonathan

  • Hidden Pick’em Gems from Pete

  • Single Game Parlays from LaMarca

Alright, Friday is a roll-up-your-sleeves kind of day. We’ll be digging into the best plays so you are ready for DFS, Underdog Pick ‘Ems, and any other fantasy game you have on tap for Sunday.

📆 Saturday

  • DFS Showdown Advice from James McCool

  • Ladder Bets from Geoff

DraftKings has multiple contests with six-figure top prizes, including a massive Millionaire maker. Our resident DFS expert James McCool will get you prepared to set your lineup.


  • Freedman’s Favorite Props

  • Bets From The Group Chat

LAST CALL! Sneak a few more bets in before kickoff…

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  • Super Bowl Prop Finder - Let us do the work for you. Sit back and relax while we compare the best prop betting odds across the industry.

  • The Game Hub — your one-stop-shop for stats, projections, bets, and everything in between for Super Bowl 58.

Around the Watercooler (August 2022)

✍️ The largest array of prop bet offerings of the year. Let’s sort through it.

👋 Jalen Hurts taunts Ray Lewis. That’s the good stuff.

📊 Too early to look towards next season? Never. Early 2024 Top 150 rankings.

🎉 The Swifties throw incredible Super Bowl parties. Of course.

👀 The best WR prospect of all time? He just might be.

🤐 Bill Belichick says bye to New England. He should have just done one sentence.

🔮 Is Stefon Diggs done with the Bills? The future is uncertain.

💸 Calvin Ridley is hilarious. Well played.

🙏 R.I.P. Carl Weathers. A true legend.

Overreaction Monday

We're humans who play fantasy football, so we are prone to overreact. Today, Kendall overreacts to a football-less week of news…

🎭️ What could the coaching drama reveal?

It’s not over until it’s over, at least that’s what the Las Vegas Raiders learned.

It was reported that Kliff Kingsbury was going to be their new offensive coordinator, but then 48 hours later it was reported that he withdrew his name from the running.

But no, he isn’t to go back to Thailand! Turns out, Kingsbury was hired Sunday night as the Commanders’ new offensive coordinator.

If we really want to galaxy brain this (shoutout Peter Overzet), maybe this puts the Commanders in a position to trade up to the first-overall pick to go and get quarterback Caleb Williams from USC. 

Kingsbury was one of his coaches at USC last season and Williams is from Washington D.C. — I’m just saying!

The hire of Kingsbury probably doesn’t move the needle for many Washington fans, especially after hiring Dan Quinn as their new head coach when many believed it would be Ben Johnson. 

On the other side of this, the Raiders hired former Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy.

The Bears ranked last in passing offense in 2022 and finished 27th in 2023. Las Vegas is in a somewhat similar spot as the Commanders, they need a quarterback (but they’re in a worse position to do so). They are likely going to move on from Jimmy Garoppolo, and Aidan O’Connell doesn’t realistically seem like he could be a long-term answer.

They currently have the 13th overall pick in the draft, which is a tough pick to land a top quarterback. Maybe they look to free agency or even trade for Justin Fields? But when it’s laid out in front of us, it is understandable how their OC job would be less appealing than others.

Overreaction Monday

🔑 One key for a 49ers Super Bowl victory

We are less than a week away from Super Bowl 58 and since it’s hard to fade Patrick Mahomes and Co., here’s one way the 49ers can find themselves hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday — protect Brock Purdy from Steve Spagnuolo

This Chiefs defense finished the 2023 regular season second in the NFL in points allowed per game. During the playoffs, they held the Dolphins, Bills and Ravens to a total of 41 points.

If San Francisco wants to stay in this game they can’t afford to have a slow night on offense, especially because of their defensive struggles to stop the run.

According to The Athletic, the 49ers ranked third during the regular season allowing 89.7 rushing yards per game, but it has been a different theme in the playoffs, where they have given up a total of 318 rushing yards to the Packers and Lions. 

I believe Kyle Shanahan will have a solid plan for attacking Spagnuolo’s defense. They operate best with a lead, but one thing is for sure: this should be a great show on Sunday.

If the 49ers win, Purdy will join Tom Brady and Joe Burrow as the only quarterbacks who have defeated Mahomes in the postseason.

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