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|Clyde Edwards-Helaire immediately shot up fantasy draft boards when Damien Williams opted out of the 2020 season as he became the starter in one of the league's best offenses. But just as much as that opt-out helped Edwards-Helaire, it seems to have benefited fellow backfield-mate Darrel Williams.
Williams operated as the team's primary backup running back for much of the season until they brought in veteran Le'Veon Bell in what ended up being a failed experiment. Williams ended up finishing the season with a nearly 30-percent snap share and the Chiefs have since released both Damien Williams and Le'Veon. With Kansas City only bringing in the oft-injured Jerick McKinnon this offseason, Williams now finds himself with an opportunity to potentially see meaningful snaps in what will more than likely again be one of the league's best offenses here in 2021.
Williams isn't causing enough of a backfield split to be considered a viable weekly option, but he could be one of the more under-the-radar handcuff backs. Once the Chiefs moved on from Bell and Edwards-Helaire went down with an injury that caused him to miss three games, they turned to Williams in a near bell cow role. He didn't play Week 17 as the Chiefs benched their starters, but Williams played 70 percent and 79 percent of the Chiefs' snaps in the two games they were without Edwards-Helaire. It only added up to 23 carries for 124 yards along with eight catches for 43 yards, but that's a respectable 12.3 PPR fantasy points per game without scoring a touchdown.
Certainly Williams shouldn't be relied on as anything other than a lottery ticket type player late in drafts, but he has the requisite experience in this offense to be a viable fantasy option this season should the opportunity arise.
| Clyde Edwards-Helaire out a few weeks, MCL sprain|
Likely to miss 3 weeks
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Oct 11, 1:43 pm
|#Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered an MCL sprain and is out for a few weeks, sources say. While he’ll miss time, not quite as bad as it appeared last night. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Chiefs have upcoming games against Washington, Tennessee and the N.Y. Giants. We should see heavy dose of Darrel Williams with Jerick McKinnon mixed in. Williams will be a Flex consideration in those contests.
| Sprained ankle for Clyde Edwards-Helaire|
Leaves early from preseason game No.2
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Aug 21, 7:39 am
|Chiefs’ RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire sprained his right ankle last night. “They got to check it (today), do what they do there,” said Andy Reid. “It’s tender now. It doesn’t look like a high-ankle sprain. That’s always a good thing. They’ll double-check it.” (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This will certainly affect fantasy drafts this weekend but if CEH avoids a "high" ankle sprain diagnosis it's reasonable to assume he'll be ready for Week 1 in three weeks. The Chiefs starters (minus Tyreek Hill) played a good chunk of the first half in preseason game No.2 against the Cardinals. Darrel Williams, Jerick McKinnon and Darwin Thompson are next up on the depth chart.