RB - KC
Week 3 Outlook
Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed 10 times for 38 yards and had six receptions for 32 yards in the Chiefs' 23-20 overtime win over the Chargers Sunday. He was targeted eight times.
Edwards-Helair didn't produce much yardage Sunday, but his passing game usage was nice to see for owners. His six catches saved his day in PPR leagues. He remains a RB1 for next week's tilt with the Ravens.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed 25 times for 138 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' 34-20 victory over the Houston Texans Thursday night. He did not record a catch on two targets.
Edwards-Helaire saw a huge workload Thursday night on the ground and delivered for owners who took him early in drafts. He showed burst, power, and elusiveness on the way to a strong fantasy debut. Owners should expect more passing game usage with a lower carry count in most games going forward. Start him confidently as the RB1 you expected.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams could "split most of the Chiefs’ rushing attempts on opening night," per Nate Taylor of the Athletic.
The Chiefs want to ease Edwards-Helaire against the Texans Week 1, and Williams has had an impressive camp. "Don’t be surprised if Edwards-Helaire and Williams split most of the Chiefs’ rushing attempts on opening night," Taylor added. "Chiefs' HC Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy will want to ease Edwards-Helaire, the Chiefs’ first-round pick, into a rhythm against the Texans. Williams has been tremendous in camp, as he is the Chiefs’ best pass-block option at the position." CEH is expected to handle the majority of the carries out of the Chiefs' backfield, but Williams will play a key role Week 1. Edwards-Helaire is currently seventh among all running backs in the latest expert consensus rankings.
According to Chiefs GM Brett Veach, first-round rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire is “on pace to have a big year, to be our primary ballcarrier.”
In his article, Peter King notes that Edwards-Helaire “could not have been much more impressive,” in the two practices he watched in person. There’s a precedent that’s already been set by Andy Reid with rookie running backs and that’s with Kareem Hunt in 2017. All he did that year was rush for 1,327 yards and eight TDs on 272 carriers while catching 53 balls for another 455 yards and three scores. With Damien Williams opting out of the 2020 season, it sounds like CEH is now going to get the majority of the work in a high-octane offense powered by $500M-man Patrick Mahomes. Don’t let the former LSU product slip through your fingertips in the backend of the first round on draft day.
Chiefs rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire continues to impress players and coaches around him.
Particularly, the organization is talking him up as a "fast learner with great vision." Coach Andy Reid is also keep him in on plays after he takes a hit, which could be a sign the team plans to utilize him as a three-down back right away. The CEH hype is growing by the day, which has vaulted his ADP into the middle of Round 1.