For two seasons, we've had high expectations for Edwards-Helaire, and for two seasons we've been disappointed. Hopefully, this is the year he delivers a standout Fantasy campaign. One major difference for Edward-Helaire this season is his draft value. He was previously being drafted in the first three rounds in the majority of leagues over the past two seasons. This year, he likely won't be selected until after Round 5. He has competition in Ronald Jones and potentially Jerick McKinnon again, but Edwards-Helaire should be the starter and will hopefully play on passing downs. He needs to stay healthy after missing 10 games over the past two seasons, but there's a path to success if Edwards-Helaire can be a primary target in the passing game. We like him as a low-end No. 2 running back/flex, with his value higher in PPR, and this could finally be a breakout season for Edwards-Helaire in 2022. We just hope Jones doesn't get the most work on rushing downs, or that McKinnon is the primary pass catcher. Then, unfortunately, Edwards-Helaire would be a bust again. But we want to remain optimistic with the top running back in Kansas City this year, which should be CEH.
Edwards-Helaire has certainly fallen short of the expectations we had for him when the Chiefs made him the 32nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. But he’s scored as a high-end RB3 in fantasy points per game the last 2 years, so it’s not like he’s killed you.
He has another chance to deliver in 2022 after the Chiefs let RBs Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon go and only added RB Ronald Jones.
We don’t believe CEH is a difference-making talent. But to pay off in fantasy he just needs to be good enough to command lead-back work in this Patrick Mahomes-led offense. He’s worth a shot if you can get him for a RB3 or even low-end RB2 price.
Edwards-Helaire hasn't quite lived up to expectations since being drafted in the first round of the 2020 draft. The LSU product has missed 10 regular-season games and has yet to produce a top-20 fantasy campaign. Even if we exclude a Week 5 game he left injured last season, Edwards-Helaire ranked 22nd among backs in fantasy PPG. Perhaps even more concerning, he was out-snapped 102-to-35 by Jerick McKinnon during two playoff games together. There's still hope for Edwards-Helaire, as he's only 23 years old and his chief competition for snaps in one of the league's top offenses is newcomer Ronald Jones II. "CEH" is safest as a flex, but there's some post-hype appeal here.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire has seen a turbulent first two seasons of his career. Edwards-Helaire was a first-round pick in 2020, before finishing as RB22 in 13 games while averaging 13.5 points per game. Edwards-Helaire then fell to 12.0 points per game in 10 games in 2021. Edwards-Helaire has missed 10 out of a possible 33 games through two seasons, but his 2021 season raised questions as Edwards-Helaire had fewer targets (23) than Darrel Williams (26) in games they both played. Williams is a free agent and the Chiefs brought in Ronald Jones, which should open up the receiving opportunity for Edwards-Helaire in 2022 even if Jones is added competition for carries.