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Fantasy Football Start/Sit Advice: Start or Sit Clyde Edwards-Helaire? (Week 3)

Sep 23, 2022
Fantasy Football Start/Sit Advice: Start or Sit Clyde Edwards-Helaire? (Week 3)

Start or sit decisions can be excruciating. While it feels great to make the right call and cruise to fantasy glory, it hurts just as much when you have someone erupt while on your bench. You can use our Who Should I Start? tool to gauge advice from fantasy football experts as you make your lineup decisions. And you can also sync your fantasy football league for free using our My Playbook tool for custom advice, rankings, and analysis.

Let’s take a look at a few polarizing players for Week 3 of fantasy football and what the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) advise. Here is our Week 3 fantasy football start/sit advice for Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

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Fantasy Football Start/Sit Advice: Start or Sit Clyde Edwards-Helaire?

Edwards-Helaire has been ultra-efficient with his volume averaging 11 touches and producing 96 total yards. Edwards_Helaire has averaged 41.5% of the snaps through two games, but this is somewhat misleading. In Week 1, the Chiefs handily blew out the Cardinals early, and last week Edwards-Helaire had his knee stepped on after the conclusion of a play. After that occurred, he missed some snaps before returning. Edwards-Helaire leads the backfield with seven high-value touches and a 9.6% target share. If the Colts can keep it close, we could see Edwards-Helaire get more run this week. He’s been the backfield leader for early-down snaps (44.2-46.7%), while McKinnon has garnered the third-down work (71.4%). It’s amazing what a full offseason and health can do for a player. Edwards-Helaire is currently (minimum ten carries) third in yards after contact per attempt, fourth in breakaway percentage, and eighth in PFF’s elusive rating. He’s also first in yards per route run and PFF receiving grade among running backs (minimum five targets). This week, Edwards-Helaire will have to load up on his production through the passing game. The Colts remain a top-tier run defense with the third-lowest rush EPA, seventh-lowest success rate, and the lowest explosive run rate allowed. Indy can be damaged through the air, though, by running backs. They ranked 27th in DVOA last year and are 24th this season. They have faced the 12th-most targets to the position allowing the ninth-most receptions and 11th-most receiving yards. Edwards-Helaire is an RB2 for Week 2.
– Derek Brown

On the one hand, Edwards-Helaire has just 15 carries and seven targets this year. On the other hand, he also has 192 yards and two touchdowns from scrimmage and is the No. 1 back on a team averaged 35.5 points per game. The Colts will likely get back All-Pro LB Shaquille Leonard (back) this week … but that’s what we all thought the past two weeks. Of all starting backs, Edwards-Helaire is No. 1 with 5.6 yards after contact per carry (per our Advanced RB Stats Report).
– Matthew Freedman

Clyde Edwards-Helaire has averaged 11 touches per game over the last two weeks. Yes, he’s been efficient on his opportunities against two extremely soft run defenses. But concerns about how he will fare without volume in tougher matchups. His opportunity share ranked 24th in Week 2.
– Andrew Erickson

Clyde Edwards has looked terrific, averaging 7.7 yards per carry and 10.9 yards per catch, but he’s logged just 15 carries in two games and has played only 41% of Kansas City’s offensive snaps — a smaller snap share than Jerick McKinnon.
– Pat Fitzmaurice


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If you want to dive deeper into fantasy football, check out our award-winning slate of Fantasy Football Tools as you navigate your season. From our Start/Sit Assistant – which provides your optimal lineup based on accurate consensus projections – to our Waiver Wire Assistant, which allows you to quickly see which available players will improve your team and how much – we’ve got you covered this fantasy football season.

 

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