• Clyde Edwards-Helaire

  • RB
  • , Kansas City Chiefs
  • 22
  • 209 lbs
  • 5' 8"
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Scouting report

by Jordan Heck

KC RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 vs. Dallas Cowboys

Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been activated this week, ahead of the Chiefs' bye in Week 12. CEH has been out since injuring his knee in Week 5, and Darrel Williams has excelled in his absence. But CEH is talented as well, so the two Chiefs' backs will be splitting touches. Williams has excelled as a receiver, so we'd expect him to see more targets out of the backfield. We project Williams to see more touches overall this week as CEH eases back into things fresh off of IR. CEH should be viewed as an RB3 or flex play in Week 11 against a tough Cowboys defense.

by Jordan Heck

KC RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 vs. Buffalo Bills

For the second week in a row, Clyde Edwards-Helaire hit 100 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown through the air. It's interesting that both of CEH's touchdowns this year have come through the air as the Chiefs don't really involve him in the pass game. CEH has just seven total receptions through four games. While CEH's bump in production lately has been nice, we'd be surprised if it continued in Week 5. CEH draws a tough matchup against the Bills who have allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards to running backs so far this season, while also not giving up a rushing score to the position. He's still an OK play as a low-end RB2 in Week 5 as he should continue to see plenty of touches.

by Jordan Heck

KC RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 at Philadelphia Eagles

Clyde Edwards-Helaire had just his third career game where he hit 100 yards on the ground last week. He did so on 17 carries, which is the third-most he's had in a game in his career. CEH also found the endzone on a short pass, his first touchdown in five regular-season games. We aren't expecting another 100-yard game from CEH, but he's still a good play in Week 4. He draws a favorable matchup against the Eagles, who have allowed the fourth-most rushing yards to RBs so far this season. CEH should be a solid RB2 play this week.

by Jordan Heck

KC RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a very similar game on the ground in Week 2 as he did in Week 1. CEH went 14-43 on the ground in his first game compared to 13-46 in his second. The only difference is CEH was a non-factor in the passing game in Week 2 as he saw 0 targets. CEH also failed to score a touchdown again. CEH has only scored touchdowns in four of his 15 games. You'd expect more from him in this high-powered offense, but the Chiefs have a hard time putting the ball in someone's hand who isn't named Patrick Mahomes, and who can blame them? Having said that, CEH has a chance at a good game this week. He'll face a Chargers defense that's allowed the most rushing yards to opposing running backs through two games this season. With a tough pass defense, there's a chance the Chiefs lean more on CEH this week against the Chargers. We like him as a lower-end RB2 play in Week 3.

by Jordan Heck

KC RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 @ Baltimore Ravens

Clyde Edwards-Helaire was OK in Week 1, finishing with 43 yards on 14 carries. He added 29 yards on three receptions (and three targets). He played on 72% of the offensive snaps, which is just the third time in his career he's played more than 70% of the snaps in a game. Although similar to last year, the lack of touchdowns hurt CEH's performance. He gets an OK matchup in Week 2 against the Ravens. Baltimore allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to running backs a year ago but got off to a tough start in Week 1 by allowing two scores to Josh Jacobs. Although Baltimore held Jacobs in check outside of the scores, giving up just 34 yards on 10 carries. We're projecting around 90 scrimmage yards for CEH in Week 2, making him a strong RB2 play.

by Jordan Heck

KC RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Cleveland Browns

Clyde Edwards-Helaire has the backfield mostly to himself this year after the departure of Le'Veon Bell. While Bell didn't do a whole lot, he did enough to tank CEH's stock a bit. We like CEH to improve in his sophomore season, primarily as a receiver. CEH had decent receiving stats before Bell's arrival, but then finished with 20 yards receiving or less in six of the seven games with Bell active. CEH gets a decent Week 1 matchup against the Browns and should be viewed as a borderline RB1 play.

by Jordan Heck

KC RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a strong rookie season, finishing with 1,100 scrimmage yards despite missing three games. We’re expecting bigger numbers for CEH in 2021, especially with Le’Veon Bell gone. While Bell didn’t do much himself, he did seem to hinder CEH as the rookie was the No. 11 running back through six weeks before the Chiefs added Bell. But Bell is gone, and no one of note replaced him on the depth chart. CEH is a talented player in a high-powered offense who has already shown he can be productive.

Fantasy Downside
CEH’s biggest problem as a rookie was his lack of scoring, finishing with five total touchdowns. Another downside was the fact CEH only finished with 2.8 receptions per game. That’s a low figure for a back in a high-powered offense with Patrick Mahomes throwing the ball. CEH also had, including the playoffs, seven games with 10 rushing attempts or less. That’s nearly half of the 15 games he played in.

2021 Bottom Line
With Bell gone, and not a lot of depth behind him, we’d expect CEH to get back to the pace he had during the first six weeks of his rookie season. If his touches can improve, and be consistent, there’s no reason why CEH can’t put up bigger numbers in 2021. The Chiefs also revamped their offensive line, which should make things easier for CEH. We like him as a strong RB2 heading into this season, placing him around the RB15 mark (half-PPR).

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