After sky-high expectations in 2020, Clyde Edwards-Helaire returns as a post-hype breakout candidate with top-20 appeal in 2021. He actually started off his rookie season with some good numbers, averaging 11.7 non-PPR/15.1 PPR points per game in his first six. Then the Chiefs acquired Le'Veon Bell ... and gave some work to fellow back Darrel Williams ... and then Edwards-Helaire got hurt. No wonder his playing time, touches and Fantasy totals shriveled. So why trust him now? Despite Williams sticking around and the Chiefs adding long-time pass-down specialist Jerick McKinnon, Edwards-Helaire is still considered Kansas City's best back. It wouldn't be surprising to see him fall into 15 touches per week, and it would be most excellent if he could pick up more in the short-yardage/goal-line game. A much-improved offensive line and a fairly good schedule to begin the year also helps. Edwards-Helaire would be an excellent third-round pick, but he's good enough to reach for late in Round 2.
:Edwards-Helaire’s rookie season was a mixed bag. He was good-not-great in most efficiency metrics. He really struggled at the goal line. And he lost volume to Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams over the 2nd half of the season.He still finished 25th among RBs in PPR points per game and 26th in non-PPR -- which feels like his absolute floor in 2021. And as the clear favorite for lead duties in 1 of the league’s top offenses, there’s still a RB1 ceiling here.CEH figures to come cheaper in fantasy drafts this summer than last. His risk/reward profile makes sense in Round 3.
Expectations were sky high for Edwards-Helaire last season after the LSU product was selected by the Super Bowl champion Chiefs in the first round of the draft. Despite being handed a feature role out of the gate, "CEH" didn't live up to expectations, managing only two top-10 fantasy weeks in 13 appearances. Edwards-Helaire's efficiency was pedestrian across the board and he dealt with some bad TD luck (five TDs, 7.8 OTD). On the plus side, the 22-year-old remains in a great spot as the high-scoring Chiefs' lead back and, unlike last year, he won't cost you a first-round pick. Consider him a RB2 option and post-hype sleeper for RB1 numbers.
Admit it: You thought Clyde Edwards-Helaire was headed toward an epic rookie season after he ran for 138 yards and a touchdown in the 2021 season opener against the Texans. But after the big debut, things didn't pan out as hoped for the former LSU star. Edwards-Helaire had just one more 100-yard rushing day the rest of the way, missed three regular-season games and a playoff game due to injury, and finished RB22 in fantasy scoring in both PPR and non-PPR formats. He averaged 113.7 yards from scrimmage over the Chiefs' first six games but only 59.7 yards from scrimmage over the rest of the regular season. The decline was more about decreasing workload than decreasing effectiveness. Edwards-Helaire averaged 17.8 carries over his first six games, then 10.6 carries over the rest of the regular season and 7.5 in the playoffs. And while Edwards-Helaire was involved in the passing game, with 54 targets and 36 receptions, it doesn't appear that he'll be an elite pass-catching back Ã la Christian McCaffery or Saquon Barkey. Still, Edwards-Helaire is a shifty runner with a versatile skill set, he plays in a top offense, and none of the running backs behind him on the depth chart are likely to threaten his role. At 5-8 and 209 pounds, Edwards-Helaire might not be cut out for workhorse duty, but he's going to be prominently involved in this offense, and an RB1 season is well within his range of possible outcomes.