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Clyde Edwards-Helaire
KC

RB KC

#15 Running Back

203 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 12
Experience: 1 Yr(s)
Age: 22
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 207
40 Time: 4.60

Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
44 0.3 2.2 16 0.2 9
Week 4
CEH has rebounded from a couple of weak outings for 2 straight 100-yard games. He also scored a receiving TD for the 2nd straight game in Sunday’s win over the Eagles.

If you have Edwards-Helaire on your team, you already know all of that. So let’s get to the downside.

The rushing yards at Philly overshadowed that CEH played a season-low 52% of the snaps. Darrel Williams, meanwhile, played a season-high 36% and carried 10 times vs. Edwards-Helaire’s 14.

The TD “reception” also overshadowed a season-low route rate. CEH ran a route on just 46% of Patrick Mahomes’ dropbacks. And his TD catch was a shovel pass at the goal line -- basically a fancy handoff.

We’ll certainly take any kind of touches near the goal line, but it’s more gadget play than staple.

Edwards-Helaire will never be a “must” sell, because the Kansas City offense vaults his weekly upside. But his usage hasn’t matched the fantasy numbers he has put up the past 2 weeks. That makes the 2nd-year RB worth shopping.
Week 3
Sunday had the potential for disaster. In the 2nd quarter, CEH lost a fumble — his 2nd of the young season. Fortunately, though, HC Andy Reid stuck with the 2nd-year back. And he responded by posting his 3rd career 100-yard rushing day on 17 attempts. He remained a limited factor in the passing game, however, snagging 2 of 2 targets for 9 yards. One catch did go for a score on a designed screen. Frankly, a matchup with the Chargers should have produced breakout numbers. Going forward, CEH will belong in fantasy lineups as an RB2, but expect further turbulence. There’s at least further scoring upside for a Week 4 matchup at Philly.
Week 2
It’s frustrating to see the lack of efficiency when CEH has the ball. He was given 13 carries in the game but was unable to do much with those opportunities. The Chiefs were in position to kick a late field goal and take the lead, but CEH coughed up the ball with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game.

When he was drafted, fantasy owners were drooling over the possibilities of massive production from CEH in this dynamic offense. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen him being utilized as much as we would like. CEH finished the day with 13 carries for 46 yards against Baltimore.

On a positive note, CEH does have favorable conditions in the box when he does get opportunities due to the incredible efficiency of the Chiefs passing game. He also will face a banged-up defense that just allowed 180 rushing yards and 2 TDs last week against Dallas. We have him ranked at RB17 this week against the Chargers. He is also ranked RB17 the rest of the way.
Week 1
Edwards-Helaire rushed 14 times for 43 yards, hauling in all 3 of his targets for 29 yards in Kansas City's Week 1 win over the Browns.
Edwards-Helaire struggled to get anything going against the Browns with a long run of just 9 yards — but he did have 14 of the 15 carries in the Chiefs backfield.
There will be bigger games ahead for CEH as he dominated touches in the Chiefs backfield and will have plenty of chances to score in the Chiefs high-powered offense.
Edwards-Helaire should be viewed as a borderline RB1 in Week 2’s matchup against the Ravens, who let the Raiders score 33 points against them on Monday night in Week 1.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Edwards-Helaire finished his 2020 rookie campaign with a 181-803-4 rushing line and 36-297-1 receiving line across 13 regular-season games.
  • He ranked 25th among RBs in PPR points per game and 26th in non-PPR.
  • CEH scored at a top-24 level in 9 of his 13 outings -- a rate of 69% that ranked 13th highest at the position.
  • He missed Week 13 with a non-COVID illness and the final 2 regular-season games -- plus Kansas City’s playoff opener -- with a left hip strain and high-ankle sprain. He returned for the AFC Championship and Super Bowl.
  • Edwards-Helaire averaged 17.8 carries and 5.2 targets over his first 6 games. Those marks sunk to 9.9 carries and 3.1 targets over his final 9 games (including playoffs) as he ceded more work to Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams.
  • Among 47 RBs with 100+ carries last year, Edwards-Helaire ranked 13th in Elusive Rating, 20th in Pro Football Focus rushing grade and 33rd in Football Outsiders DVOA.
  • Among 37 RBs with 30+ targets, he ranked 25th in yards per route run and 16th in PFF receiving grade.
  • Two areas CEH struggled: Pass protection and near the goal line.
    • He ranked 31st among those 37 RBs in PFF pass-blocking grade.
    • He scored on just 1 of 9 carries inside the opponent’s 5-yard line. That 11.1% conversion rate ranked 47th among 48 RBs with 5+ chances inside the 5.
      • Edwards-Helaire received 9 carries inside the 5 over his first 5 games; just 2 over his final 8.
  • CEH remains in a great position heading into 2021 with QB Patrick Mahomes and HC Andy Reid.
    • Reid’s offense has produced a top 16 PPR RB in 16 of 22 seasons, including 10 top-10 finishes.
  • The Chiefs parted ways with Le’Veon Bell this offseason but re-signed Darrel Williams and also added Jerick McKinnon.
  • Edwards-Helaire remains the clear favorite for lead duties -- but just how big a slice of the backfield pie he’ll receive is unclear.
  • The 2020 Chiefs ranked 12th in Pro Football Focus’ run-blocking grades and 14th in Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards.
  • They made a bunch of moves on the offensive line this offseason …
    • Made a trade for OT Orlando Brown, a 24-year-old who’s ranked 40th and 25th at his position in Pro Football Focus’ run-blocking grades the last 2 seasons.
    • Signed G Joe Thuney to a 5-year, $80 million deal. He ranked 18th among 63 qualifiers in PFF’s 2020 run-blocking grades.
    • Signed G Kyle Long to a 1-year deal. He’s a 3-time Pro Bowler but is 32 and has played in just 30 games over the past 4 seasons.
    • Signed former Rams C Austin Blythe and drafted C Creed Humphrey in Round 2. Those 2 figure to battle for the starting job this summer.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Edwards-Helaire’s rookie season was a mixed bag. He was good-not-great in most efficiency metrics. He really struggled at the goal line. And he lost volume to Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams over the 2nd half of the season.

He still finished 25th among RBs in PPR points per game and 26th in non-PPR -- which feels like his absolute floor in 2021. And as the clear favorite for lead duties in 1 of the league’s top offenses, there’s still a RB1 ceiling here.

CEH figures to come cheaper in fantasy drafts this summer than last. His risk/reward profile makes sense in Round 3.

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The Chiefs placed RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) on IR. So we now know that he'll miss at least the next 3 games vs. Washington, Tennessee and the Giants. It sounds like there's a good chance he's ready when first eligible to return in Week 9. Darrel Williams is the favorite to step in as Kansas City's lead back in the meantime, with Jerick McKinnon mixing in on passing downs.

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Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire sprained the MCL in his left knee in Sunday night's loss to the Bills. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the injury will keep him out for "a few weeks." Kansas City has just Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon behind Edwards-Helaire on the roster, with Derrick Gore the only RB on the practice squad. We'd bet on them adding someone else this week, though anything short of a trade is unlikely to bring in a RB with immediate fantasy football relevance. Williams figures to be the lead back for an upside scoring matchup with Washington in Week 6. After that come soft RB matchups with the Titans, Giants and Packers.

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Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire injured his left leg in the 3rd quarter of Sunday night's game vs. the Bills. He was in obvious pain and had to be helped off the field by teammates. We'll update his status when we know more.

Update: K.C. quickly ruled him out for the game with a left knee injury.

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Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Updates on his status since an ankle injury in Week 2 of the preseason have been sparse, but it looks like he'll be ready for his planned role in Sunday's opener vs. the Browns.

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Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Monday that RBs Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) and Darrel Williams (concussion) are on track to play in this weekend's opener vs. the Browns. “It looked like they’re moving around pretty good," Reid said. “I think we’ll be okay there.” Edwards-Helaire looked like a 3-down back in limited preseason action. We'll track his practice participation this week, but plan on having him in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

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