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.
The Chiefs have signed Ronald Jones to work in tandem with Edwards-Helaire this coming season, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. Signing Jones addresses a void in the team's backfield, with Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon still unsigned in free agency. The former Buccaneer will now pair with Edwards-Helaire, creating the potential for a time-share that could hamper the weekly volume of the duo, when both are available. That said, in an offense that will no longer have explosive wideout Tyreek Hill to throw to, it's plausible that the Chiefs running backs, including Edwards-Helaire, will be presented with more receiving opportunities in 2022. Though it's possible that the team will continue to bring in additional skill players via free agency and/or the draft, for now things are set up for Edwards-Helaire and Jones to compete for RB slotting this summer.
Edwards-Helaire rushed six times for 36 yards and added a four-yard catch on two targets in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game. Edwards-Helaire worked in a change-of-pace role behind Jerick McKinnon, who totaled 95 yards on 15 touches. McKinnon will be a free agent this offseason, but Edwards-Helaire -- who was selected in the first round of the 2020 Draft -- has been unable to grab the leading role in Kansas City's backfield by the horns over his first two seasons. Given Edwards-Helaire's modest production, the Chiefs likely will bring in competition for touches this offseason, either by re-signing McKinnon or adding an alternative option via free agency or the draft.
Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) rushed seven times for 60 yards and caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 42-36 overtime win over the Bills. Edwards-Helaire looked spry in his first action since Week 16, mustering 69 scrimmage yards on just eight touches compared to Jerick McKinnon's 78 yards on 15 touches. McKinnon's the superior pass catcher out of the backfield, but Edwards-Helaire has reestablished himself as the leading option on the ground for the pass-heavy Chiefs ahead of next week's AFC Championship Game against Cincinnati.
Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) will join Jerick McKinnon and Derrick Gore out of the Chiefs backfield for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Bills with Darrel Williams (toe) inactive, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports. Making his first appearance since Week 16 due to a bruised shoulder, Edwards-Helaire is swapping in for Williams, but the breakdown of touches between himself, McKinnon and Gore remains to be seen. McKinnon fared well in Kansas City's wild-card win against the Steelers, taking 12 carries for 61 yards and gathering in all six targets for 81 yards and one touchdown. On the season, though, Edwards-Helaire averaged 13.8 touches in his 10 appearances, so it stands to reason he'll have some sort of role.
Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) practiced fully again Thursday. After having logged back-to-back full sessions Wednesday and Thursday, Edwards-Helaire appears on track to suit up Sunday against the Bills, barring any setbacks. Friday's final injury report will confirm whether Edwards-Helaire approaches the contest minus an injury designation as well as add further context with regard to the status of fellow running back Darrel Williams (toe), who has yet to practice this week.
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|2||09/15||Los Angeles Chargers||28||20.65|
|4||10/02||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||14.00|
|5||10/10||Las Vegas Raiders||25||19.67|
|7||10/23||@San Francisco 49ers||7||14.60|
|11||11/20||@Los Angeles Chargers||28||20.65|
|12||11/27||Los Angeles Rams||9||14.95|
|18||01/08||@Las Vegas Raiders||25||19.67|
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