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The Upside Pick in Every Round

By Kevin English 9:08am EDT 8/31/20

You don't want to just win your fantasy league. You wanna crush your fellow owners. Make them not wanna play in the league next year. Maybe quit fantasy football altogether.

If you're taking that mindset into draft day, here are the high-upside league-winners to target in each of the first 10 rounds.

Round 1: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Chiefs

A Round 1 RB in fantasy and reality, it’s easy to envision a massive season from CEH. You know the Chiefs are scary good with Patrick Mahomes, but consider that they ranked top 6 in scoring, yards and yards per play despite him missing 2 games last year.

With Damien Williams opting out, CEH’s main competition comes from former UDFA Darrel Williams and free agent add DeAndre Washington. Truthfully, though, CEH’s biggest competition might be himself.

At bottom: Can he overcome an adverse offseason? And can he stay on the field for critical passing down snaps?

So far, so good.

“He’s strong,” HC Andy Reid said in late August, via USA Today in late August. “He’s short, but he’s strong. So, he gets himself in good position with his quickness and his leverage and does a good job in protection.”

OC Eric Bieniemy had this to say on his new protégé (also via USA Today):

“So, am I going to say he’s perfect? No, he’s not perfect, but I’ve enjoyed watching the progress that he has made each and every day. Then, when you’ve got a kid that can explain to you why he made a mistake, that’s when you know he’s getting it. So, he’s doing a heck of a job. I know he’s going to do everything under the sun to help us to do better in what we need to, but also too, he understands the importance. If you don’t protect that damn quarterback, you can’t play.”

There’s inherent risk in a 21-year-old NFL newcomer. You simply couldn’t ask for a better situation. Edwards-Helaire's fantasy ceiling extends into the top 5 at his position.

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