Player Outlook
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.

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2022
2021 517 4.34 4 2 19 129 2 979.7
2020 803 4.44 4 36 297 1 13910.7
3y Avg. 660 4.40 4 1 28 213 2 12110.1
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Fantasy News

  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: First through rotation

    Edwards-Helaire has taken the first rep on almost every series at training camp, with Jerick McKinnon typically next through the rotation with the first-team offense, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports. Sweeney notes that Ronald Jones, Isiah Pacheco and Derrick Gore have mixed in "from time to time" with the starters. Edwards-Helaire was on the PUP list to start camp, but only for a day, and he's still on track for a Week 1 start for the third time in three pro seasons. There are questions about his ability to hold on to that role, with Jones providing competition for early downs and goal-line work, while McKinnon may be preferred in obvious passing situations. McKinnon outsnapped CEH three-to-one in KC's final two playoff games last season, albeit with Edwards-Helaire's ailing shoulder a considerable factor in that distribution. The 2020 first-round pick is still the favorite to lead the Chiefs in carries this year, even if the dreams of a three-down workhorse role are all but gone.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Brief stint on PUP list over

    The Chiefs activated Edwards-Helaire (undisclosed) from the active/PUP list Wednesday, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports. Edwards-Helaire's stay on the PUP list to begin training camp ultimately lasted only one day, and he's already resumed practicing Wednesday. The 23-year-old is looking to get the most out of the first full offseason of his NFL career, after COVID-19 protocols made preparations for his rookie campaign mostly virtual, and gall bladder surgery set him back last offseason. Throughout training camp, the 2020 first-round pick should receive plenty of opportunities to solidify himself as the lead option in a revamped backfield that also includes Ronald Jones, Jerick McKinnon, Isiah Pacheco, Derrick Gore and Tayon Fleet-Davis.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Practicing Wednesday

    Edwards-Helaire (undisclosed) is participating in Wednesday's training camp session, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. Edwards-Helaire was added to the active/PUP list Tuesday, but it looks like his stay on the list will be a brief one. The Chiefs haven't yet officially activated Edwards-Helaire, but his participation in practice is a likely indication that such a move is coming. The 2020 first-round pick's fantasy prospects would stand to benefit if he's able to stay healthy and impress during training camp.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Could come off PUP list soon

    Edwards-Helaire (undisclosed) could come off the PUP list within the next few days, according to Nate Taylor of The Athletic. Though the nature of Edwards-Helaire's injury has yet to be clarified, Taylor relays that he's been told the running back's issue is nothing major. For now, Ronald Jones, Jerick McKinnon, Isiah Pacheco, Derrick Gore and Tayon Fleet-Davis are slated to handle Kansas City's backfield reps at the start of training camp.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Starting camp on PUP list

    Edwards-Helaire (undisclosed) has been placed on the active/physically unable to perform list, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Added clarity on what injury or issue Edwards-Helaire is dealing with could come as soon as Wednesday, when coach Andy Reid is slated to address reporters, per Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star. With Edwards-Helaire sidelined, Ronald Jones, Jerick McKinnon, Isiah Pacheco, Derrick Gore and Tayon Fleet-Davis are available to handle Kansas City's backfield reps.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Hopes to benefit from full offseason

    As he approaches his third NFL campaign, Edwards-Helaire believes that he'll improve from getting in a full offseason of work for the first time in his pro career, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. "This offseason, it was pretty much getting back to the basics, being able to have a full offseason," Edwards-Helaire noted. "That was one of the things Coach (Andy) Reid and I talked about. He said, 'This is really your first real offseason in the NFL.' Really, health was the biggest thing." As a rookie in 2020, Edwards-Helaire's first NFL offseason was mostly virtual due to the league's COVID-19 protocols, while the running back dealt with gallbladder surgery last offseason. At this stage, he indicated that he feels great heading into training camp, as he looks to move past the injuries (to his left knee and left collarbone) that slowed him down in 2021. Looking ahead, the 23-year-old is projected to lead a backfield that also includes Ronald Jones, Jerick McKinnon, Derrick Gore and Isiah Pacheco. However, Taylor does suggest that with a strong effort this summer, Jones could challenge Edwards-Helaire for the starting job in a Kansas City offense that will be operating without playmaking wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who was traded to Miami in March.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Backfield depth added

    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.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Effective in return

    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.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Back in action Sunday

    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.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Another full practice

    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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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Returns to full practice

    Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. Edwards-Helaire didn't practice this past Thursday and Friday before ultimately being ruled out ahead of Kansas City's win over Pittsburgh in the wild-card round, but the running back's return to a full session to begin the current week presumably paves the way for him to return to the field Sunday against the Bills in the divisional round. With that in mind, Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com relays that head coach Andy Reid noted that Edwards-Helaire "moved around well" Wednesday, but reiterated that the real test for the 2020 first-round pick will come Thursday.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Won't play in wild-card round

    Chiefs head coach Andy Reid ruled Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) out for Sunday's wild-card game against the Steelers, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports. Following a two-game absence to close the regular season, the second-year back looked to be on the right track to suit up this weekend after he practiced Wednesday in a limited capacity, but his odds of playing dipped when he regressed to no practice participation Thursday. Edwards-Helaire won't be on the field for Friday's practice session either, prompting Reid to rule him out since his shoulder injury "wasn't quite as good" as the team expected following Wednesday's workout, per Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com. Meanwhile, Darrel Williams (toe) is practicing Friday and is expected to be ready to play Sunday, leaving him in line to serve as Kansas City's lead back for the postseason opener.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Not spotted at practice

    Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) wasn't spotted during the media-access portion of Friday's practice, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports. Edwards-Helaire didn't practice Thursday, so his absence from the early portion of Friday's session isn't the best sign with regard to his chances of suiting up for Sunday's wild-card game against the Steelers. Later Friday, the Chiefs will release their final injury report, which will add further clarity regarding Edwards-Helaire's status as well as fellow running back Darrel Williams (toe), who has been limited in practice the past two days.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Misses practice

    Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports. Edwards-Helaire was a limited participant Wednesday in the Chiefs' first practice of the week, so his absence a day later suggests the running back either received some extra maintenance or experienced a setback with his injured shoulder. If it's the latter case, Edwards-Helaire would likely be at major risk of missing his third straight game Sunday, when the Chiefs host the Steelers in the wild-card round. On a positive note, Darrel Williams (toe) was on the practice field again Thursday after joining Edwards-Helaire as a limited participant at Wednesday's session, so Kansas City should have at least one of its top two backs available for the start of the postseason.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Limited at Wednesday's practice

    Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday. Darrel Williams (toe) was also limited, though head coach Andy Reid said both backs "looked good" during their respective workouts Wednesday, per Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star. Reid added that the team will continue evaluating Edwards-Helaire and Williams in the coming days, but at this stage, both are trending in the right direction as Sunday's wild-card game against the Steelers approaches.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Progressing in recovery

    Coach Andy Reid said Monday that Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) is making progress in his recovery, Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com reports. Edwards-Helaire was inactive for Saturday's regular-season finale after he was unable to practice ahead of Week 18, but Reid said that he expects the running back to get some work in ahead of Sunday's wild-card matchup against Pittsburgh. Whether the 22-year-old will be cleared for game action in time for the postseason opener remains to be seen, but Darrel Williams (toe) once again could be in line for a lead role if Edwards-Helaire is unavailable. If both Edwards-Helaire and Williams are sidelined, Derrick Gore is the next player in the Chiefs backfield, with Jerick McKinnon on hand as a change-of-pace option.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Ruled out for Week 18

    Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) has been ruled out for Saturday's regular-season finale against the Broncos. Edwards-Helaire, who was inactive Week 17, was unable to practice this week, and he'll now focus on returning to Kansas City's lineup in time for the team's postseason opener. In his continued absence, Darrel Williams is slated to head the Chiefs backfield this weekend, with Derrick Gore working in a complementary role and Jerick McKinnon in reserve.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Not in line to play Week 18

    Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) won't practice Thursday and is unlikely to play Saturday against the Broncos, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. After he was diagnosed with a bruised shoulder/collarbone following his early exit in the Chiefs' Week 16 win over the Steelers, Edwards-Helaire didn't practice in any fashion last week before being listed as questionable heading into the team's Week 17 game against the Bengals. He was ultimately inactive for the 34-31 loss, but the Chiefs had hope the second-year back might be available for the regular-season finale. Ultimately, Edwards-Helaire looks set to miss his second straight game after again failing to practice this week, paving the way for Darrel Williams to get another turn as the Chiefs' lead back. Later Thursday, Kansas City will release its final Week 18 injury report, which will reveal whether Edwards-Helaire is listed as questionable, doubtful or out heading into Saturday's game.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Ruled out for Week 17

    Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. With Edwards-Helaire not in line to travel with the team, look for Darrel Williams and Derrick Gore to head Kansas City's Week 17 backfield, with Jerick McKinnon (hamstring) a candidate to mix in as well after having been activated from IR in advance of Sunday's contest.
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  • Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Officially questionable for Week 17

    Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Though Edwards-Helaire was unable to practice this past week, head coach Andy Reid isn't yet ruling the running back out for Sunday's contest. If, however, Edwards-Helaire is deemed out or handles only a limited role Week 17, more opportunities would be available for Darrel Williams and Derrick Gore. Jerick McKinnon (hamstring) is a candidate to be activated from injured reserve if Edwards-Helaire isn't ready to play.
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