Edwards-Helaire had 14 rushes for 54 yards while adding 3 receptions for 28 yards in the Chiefs win over the Broncos on Sunday Night Football.
CEH had 14 carries compared to just 5 for Darrel Williams, but the Chiefs only scored 2 TDs as their offense struggled to move the ball in a low-scoring game.
Edwards-Helaire is getting strong usage in a good offense but has just 2 games with 20+ fantasy points with no more than 3 targets in a game all season.
Edwards-Helaire has an elite matchup in Week 14 against the Raiders, who give up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing RBs.
The Chiefs came out running against Dallas. Edwards-Helaire, back after missing 5 games because of a knee injury, gained 6 and 8 yards in the 1st 2 offensive plays. They seemed to be going by the blueprint that Denver used to beat the Cowboys. KC rolled up 69 yards in 7 carries in the 1st quarter, but just 57 yards over the last 3 quarters. CEH did score his 1st rushing TD this season from 1 yard out for a 16-3 lead early in the 2nd quarter. After crossing the goal line, he was penalized for taunting. He finished with 63 yards in 12 carries and caught both targets for 13 yards.
Because QB Patrick Mahomes has been such a prolific passer, there often isn’t room or a need for help on the ground. After a bye week resting his knee, Edwards-Helaire’s best chance to score could be on passes in the red zone; 2 of his 10 catches this season have crossed the goal line and he totaled 36 receptions last season. However, complementary RB Darrel Williams already has caught 32 passes this season.
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.
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.
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.
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.