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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 for Wildcard Weekend|
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jan 14, 2:20 pm
|Clyde Edwards-Helaire didn't practice for Chiefs today for second straight day. He will not play for Chiefs on Sunday. Tyreek Hill and Darrel Williams completed the practice week and the plan is for both to play against the Steelers. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With CEH out, the Chiefs will lean on Darrel Williams, Derrick Gore and Jerick McKinnon at running back with Darrel having the most fantasy upside. The Steelers gave up the 7th most fantasy points to running backs this season.
| Clyde Edwards-Helaire considered week-to-week|
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Dec 27, 3:29 pm
|Chiefs’ RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire is now considered week-to-week with a bruised shoulder, per a league source. It will be challenging for Edwards-Helaire to play Sunday vs. Cincinnati but the fact that it is on the table is a win for CEH and the Chiefs. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sounds like CEH is trending towards missing Week 17 against the Bengals which would leave Darrel Williams and Derrick Gore handling the running back work for the Chiefs. Williams is going to be a TD-dependent RB2 in fantasy Super Bowl week.
| Chiefs activate Clyde Edwards-Helaire, expected to start |
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Nov 20, 3:17 pm
|#Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be activated off IR as @JamesPalmerTV reported. A source tells me he will be prepared to start tomorrow’s game against the #Cowboys at Arrowhead Stadium. Darrel Williams will also have a role. (Ed Werder on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: And with that, the ceiling for Williams comes crashing down. CEH may be limited in his first game back since Week 5. Both can be considered flex plays in Week 11 against the Cowboys.
| Clyde Edwards-Helaire has a good chance to play in Week 11|
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Nov 15, 11:10 am
|Andy Reid said today Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a good chance of playing on Sunday against the Cowboys. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: CEH (knee) was injured in Week 5 and hasn't played since. In his absence, Darrel Williams has assumed the starting job and will likely continue to be involved once CEH returns. Williams is coming off his best fantasy performance to date that included 9 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.