Isiah Pacheco

Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back
Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back
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Isiah Pacheco News

Finds end zone again Sunday

Pacheco carried the ball 14 times for 66 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: It was another strong showing for the rookie, who has racked up 324 rushing yards and two TDs over the last four games since taking over the top spot in the Kansas City backfield. Pacheco will never be a focal point of an offense with Patrick Mahomes under center, but he's providing solid fantasy value heading into a Week 14 clash with the Broncos.

Dec 4, 2022 7:58 PM EST

Strong showing against Rams

Pacheco carried the ball 22 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-10 win over the Rams. He also caught his only target for 17 yards.

Analysis: In his third game as the lead early-down back for Kansas City, Pacheco saw his yards per carry regress but he made up for it by getting into the end zone for the first time since Week 1. The rookie running back has 258 rushing yards over that three-game stretch, and he figures to see plenty of work again in Week 13 against the Bengals.

Nov 27, 2022 7:55 PM EST

Tops 100 yards for first time

Pacheco rushed 15 times for 107 yards in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Chargers. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Analysis: Pacheco led Kansas City's rushing attack for the second consecutive week, rewarding the coaching decision with his first career 100-yard rushing game. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) went down before halftime and did not return, but he was already being phased out of the offensive gameplan due to inconsistent play. Jerick McKinnon remained involved with seven touches for 24 yards, but he lost a fumble late in the fourth quarter that nearly cost the Chiefs the game. Pacheco is looking more and more like the clear lead back on a potent offense, which should have fantasy managers excited heading into a Week 12 matchup against the Rams next Sunday.

Nov 20, 2022 9:47 PM EST

Elevated workload in win

Pacheco rushed 16 times for 82 yards in the Chiefs' 27-17 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: The rookie put together a solid effort overall with a career-high carry total, setting a new high-water mark in rushing yardage in the process. Pacheco has now produced over 60 rushing yards on all three occasions in which he's logged double-digit attempts, but typically, head coach Andy Reid doesn't give his ground attack as much attention as it received Sunday.

Nov 13, 2022 3:28 PM EST

Minimal output Sunday night

Pacheco recorded five carries for five yards and caught their only target for four yards during Sunday's 20-17 overtime victory over the Titans.

Analysis: Pacheco started the game but finished the night with only 22 total offensive snaps (22 percent), surpassing Clyde Edwards-Helaire (17 snaps) but falling well short of Jerrick McKinnon (62 snaps). Game script played a role in this snap distribution, with McKinnon being the team's primary passing-down back and Kansas City trailing for much of the second half. Still, it's worth noting that McKinnon played the entire overtime drive when the game was even. Regardless, it's a fluid Chiefs backfield situation where none of the trio holds a consistent weekly value from a fantasy perspective.

Nov 8, 2022 9:00 AM EST

Draws start, rushes for 43 yards

Pacheco rushed eight times for 43 yards in Sunday's 44-23 win over San Francisco. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Analysis: Pacheco got the start over Clyde Edwards-Helaire (6-32-1) as previously reported, but it ended up being more of a committee approach with four non-QB Chiefs receiving two or more carries. The electric rookie actually finished with more carries in two previous games as a backup this season than he did in his first career start. The 23-year-old would need to see more than eight touches to become a reliable fantasy asset, but he should be rostered -- even with Kansas City's upcoming bye week -- after being named the starter on a potent offense. Pacheco and the Chiefs will take on the Titans on Nov. 6

Oct 23, 2022 7:38 PM EST

Candidate to draw start Sunday

Pacheco took first-team reps in practice this week and is a candidate to start Sunday's game against the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Pacheco logged just two carries in Kansas City's Week 6 loss to the Bills, but per Rapoport, the 2022 seventh-rounder is expected to draw the start Sunday, while Clyde Edwards-Helaire will still maintain a key role on offense. The report suggest that both players are expected to see significant snaps versus the 49ers, and in that context Pacheco could have a chance to yield Week 7 fantasy dividends for those in need of RB help.

Oct 23, 2022 5:11 AM EST

Limited role in loss

Pacheco rushed two times for nine yards and caught both of his targets for nine yards in Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Pacheco was ineffective on limited touches in a game where the Chiefs struggled to get anything going on the ground. Though the rookie running back has shown flashes of talent when involved, he remains difficult to trust for fantasy purposes in Kansas City's backfield rotation. Pacheco will likely find himself in an uphill battle for touches when the Chiefs visit the 49ers in Week 7.

Oct 18, 2022 9:11 PM EST

Silent Monday night

Pacheco handled one carry for no gain and was not target during Monday's game versus the Raiders.

Analysis: Pacheco had seemingly broke through a barrier last week to the tune of 11 carries for 63 yards against the Buccaneers, but he followed that with a goose egg in production Monday on just two offensive snaps. The rookie doesn't play consistently enough to warrant lineup consideration at this point and is primarily viewed as a bench stash or dynasty league piece in a fluid Chiefs backfield.

Oct 11, 2022 11:50 AM EST

New No. 2?

Pacheco rushed 11 times for 63 yards in Sunday's 41-31 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Pacheco was limited to just five snaps last week, so it was surprising to see him usurp Jerick McKinnon (two carries for negative one yard) as the change-of-pace back behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The seventh-round pick took full advantage of the increased playing time, running with purpose and needing multiple defenders to bring him to a halt. Pacheco may not have immediate fantasy value against the Raiders next Monday -- especially with CEH going off this week -- but his stock definitely rose following Sunday's performance.

Oct 2, 2022 11:45 PM EST

Logs only five snaps in Week 3

Pacheco recorded three carries for nine yards during Sunday's 20-17 loss against Indianapolis.

Analysis: On a positive note, Pacheco received targets on 60 percent of the snaps he was in the game. He's the clear No. 3 in Kansas City's rotation but could step into a larger role in future weeks should either Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Jerick McKinnon miss time.

Sep 27, 2022 8:43 AM EST

Minimal output versus Chargers

Pacheco had two rushes for six yards during Thursday's 27-24 victory against the Chargers.

Analysis: Pacheco logged 16 snaps in the opener due to the blowout nature of the contest, so it's no surprise his workload shrunk to just five snaps in Week 2. He doesn't look to be in line to play considerable snaps on offense consistently but could claim an expanded role should Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Jerrick McKinnon miss time.

Sep 18, 2022 10:12 AM EST

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