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Running Back, Kansas City Chiefs

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Draft: 2020 Round 1 (32)
College: Louisiana State
Ht: 5’7”  Wt: 207 DOB: 1999-04-11 Age: 21
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#7 3 1.06

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2020 KC 7 115 551 4.8 2 35 22 194 8.8 0 86.5 12.4
2020 (Projected) KC   212 955 4.5 8   57 475 8.3 3 209.0  

2020 Outlook
Depth Chart
The only first-round running back taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the starting running back alongside Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow in 2019. Edwards-Helaire rushed for 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns, but perhaps more importantly caught a whopping 55 passes for 453 yards and a touchdown, making him widely regarded as the best pass-catching back in the draft class. 55 receptions in an NFL season sounds like a solid number, but at the collegiate level it's almost unheard of from a running back.

We saw huge production from Damien Williams when he was given the opportunity to start in Kansas City, especially in the passing game, and Edwards-Helaire is probably an even better pass catching weapon than Williams. If he can even get a similar workload, Edwards-Helaire could finish as a mid-to-low-level RB1 this season, along with being perhaps the best rookie RB for dynasty purposes.

Not everything is perfect for Edwards-Helaire, however, as critics will argue that his talent might not be as unquestionable as a first round draft pick might indicate. Edwards-Helaire wasn't able to earn a starting role at LSU until his final (junior) season. He was the primary backup behind Nick Brossette, who wasn't even a starter on his XFL team. Edwards-Helaire is also not a great athlete, as he ran just a 4.6 second forty yard dash at under 210 lbs.

Nevertheless, CEH steps into perhaps the best possible situation in the entire league - at least in the long-term - in the league's most explosive offense. Damien Williams was never much of a producer at the NFL level prior to landing in Kansas City, but even he delivered some serious fantasy numbers when he was actually healthy in 2019.

Williams deciding to opt out of the 2020 NFL season has cleared the way for Edwards-Helaire to be the perceived starter right out of the gate. Andy Reid has given plenty of praise for Edwards-Helaire so we have to believe that he's going to be given every opportunity to succeed, especially now that there isn't another proven back on the roster.

Edwards-Helaire is a high-upside selection who really doesn't have a bad floor either given his contributions in the passing game. Add in his touchdown upside in this powerful Kansas City offense and you have a true potential league-winning back. Not everyone is a believer in Edwards-Helaire from a talent standpoint, but running back fantasy scoring - more than any position - is dictated primarily by usage and situation, and Edwards-Helaire is looking great in both of those very important categories.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Clyde Edwards-Helaire
RB2RB2 Le'Veon Bell
RB3RB3 Darrel Williams
RB4RB4 Darwin Thompson
RB5FB1 Anthony Sherman
RB6RB5 Damien Williams
Chiefs Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Le'Veon Bell headed to defending champs
KC set to ink RB two days after his release from Jets
By: Doug Orth | Thu Oct 15, 7:00 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs added some potential punch to their running game Thursday as veteran back Le'Veon Bell told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler he intends to sign with the defending Super Bowl champions. Bell, who was released by the New York Jets earlier this week, will sign a one-year contract, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN - Adam Teicher)

FFToday's Take: Bell will be ineligible to play in Week 6 against the Bills due to COVID-19 protocols, leaving Week 7 as his likely debut with the Chiefs. It's a big blow to the fantasy value of Clyde Edwards-Helaire, although the rookie should still be expected to lead the backfield in touches. CEH probably needs to be treated as a mid-range RB2 now, while Bell should be considered as a flex with huge upside.

Chiefs RB Darrel Williams on the rise
Securing role behind CEH
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Aug 28, 7:00 am

Kansas City Chiefs
The bigger question at the position was who would be Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s backup. We now have an answer: Darrel Williams, the third-year veteran who was college teammates with Edwards-Helaire at LSU. In splitting most of the first-team repetitions with Edwards-Helaire, Williams has been exceptional at every task in the offense. (The Athletic)

FFToday's Take: The prevailing wisdom among fantasy owners has been that DeAndre Washington would be the preferred backup to CEH, but it appears Williams is carving out that role. Picking up shares in this offense is never a bad idea so add Williams to your late-round draft options.

Injury Damien Williams opts-out of the 2020 season
Chiefs depth at RB takes a hit
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Jul 29, 4:47 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
The #Chiefs have announced that RB Damien Williams informed the team of his decision to opt out for the 2020 season. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: If the Clyde Edwards-Helaire hype wasn't high enough, it's about ready to hit the moon. In addition to CEH, the Chiefs have DeAndre Washington, Darwin Thompson, and Darrel Williams. The Chiefs may consider a veteran free agent but could easily begin the season with these four RBs. Edwards-Helaire will be pushing into RB1 territory in redraft leagues. DeAndre Washington can enter your radar in the late rounds.

2020 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 HOU W 34-20 25 138 5.5 1 2 0 0 - 0 19.8
2 at LAC W 23-20 10 38 3.8 0 8 6 32 5.3 0 7.0
3 at BAL W 34-20 20 64 3.2 0 6 5 70 14.0 0 13.4
4 NE W 26-10 16 64 4.0 0 3 3 27 9.0 0 9.1
5 LV L 32-40 10 40 4.0 0 8 3 40 13.3 0 8.0
6 at BUF W 26-17 26 161 6.2 0 4 4 8 2.0 0 16.9
7 at DEN W 43-16 8 46 5.8 1 4 1 17 17.0 0 12.3

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