• Clyde Edwards-Helaire

  • RB
  • , Kansas City Chiefs
  • 21
  • 209 lbs
  • 5' 8"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
There’s no denying that Kansas City is a great landing spot for any running back. Prior to Damien Williams’ opt-out, GM Brett Veach said that the backfield will be a “shared load” and that Williams will “come in as the starting running back” while the rookie “will have to come in and compete for playing time.” With Williams out of the way, Edwards-Helaire has a fairly clear path to lead back touches, though last year’s offseason star, Darwin Thompson, Darrel Williams and free agent acquisition DeAndre Washington will have something to say about it. Edwards-Helaire has a wider range of outcomes than the running backs that will be drafted around him since we’re not exactly sure how Kansas City plans to utilize him this year. The Chiefs could also add someone like LeSean McCoy or Devonta Freeman to the mix.

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Scouting report

by Jordan Heck

KC RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Update
Clyde Edwards-Helaire's stock shot the roof once Damien Williams announced his intention to opt out of the 2020 season. The Chiefs still have some veterans on the teams including DeAndre Washington and Darwin Thompson, but CEH is the clear benefactor here. Our main concern with CEH was how he'd split time with Williams, but with him gone, CEH has RB1 potential. (7/29)

Fantasy Upside
After a rotation of running backs in 2019, the Chiefs spent a first-round pick on Clyde Edwards-Helaire this season, which is a great landing spot for any rookie (Chiefs finished 5th in total points and 7th in total yards). Rookie running backs, in particular, perform better in their first year than most other positions. Edwards-Helaire is a solid dual-threat back who can thrive on the ground and as a receiver.

Fantasy Downside
Edwards-Helaire enters a backfield that is keeping Damien Williams as an incumbent starter. While the prospects of rookies are fun, Williams has been highly productive in his two seasons with Kansas City. Chiefs GM Brett Veach even said in April that Williams “will come in as the starting running back.” Those comments are especially important this season with no preseason for Edward-Helaire to get comfortable with the pace of a professional league.

2020 Bottom Line
Kansas City’s backfield combined for 400 touches last season, so it wouldn’t be out of the question for Edwards-Helaire to see about half of that. With his talent as a runner and receiver (one team asked him to work out as a wide receiver at the Combine), he should flirt with 1,000 scrimmage yards this season. Edwards-Helaire is an intriguing prospect, but his ADP is a little too high for our liking.

2020 Strength of Schedule - KC

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
23
HOU
19
@LAC
10
@BAL
4
NE
20
LV
17
@BUF
7
@DEN
11
NYJ
32
CAR
BYE20
@LV
1
@TB
7
DEN
26
@MIA
3
@NO
9
ATL
19
LAC

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

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