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25 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB

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September 21, 2020 02:32 AM
Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Catches six passes vs. Chargers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edwards-Helaire carried 10 times for 38 yards and caught six of eight targets for an additional 32 yards during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Chargers.

After starring in the season opener, Edwards-Helaire averaged a lackluster 3.8 yards per carry in this one. He was much more involved as a pass catcher, however, and demonstrated the ability that made him such a tantalizing fantasy prospect leading up to the season. Despite a rather meager per-touch output in Week 2, the rookie still has 208 scrimmage yards and a touchdown through his first two NFL contests. Edwards-Helaire could find the sledding tough next Monday night against Baltimore, but his multi-faceted skillset should allow him to generate ample fantasy utility.

September 11, 2020 12:12 AM
Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Explodes onto NFL scene in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edwards-Helaire rushed 25 times for 138 yards and a touchdown and failed to bring in either of his two targets in the Chiefs' 34-20 win over the Texans on Thursday.

The rookie managed the improbable feat of being the standout performer of the night on a squad with luminaries such as Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, constantly tormenting the Texans' front seven in a spectacular NFL debut. Edwards-Helaire put an exclamation point on the performance with a 27-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter, but the fact he averaged 4.6 yards per rush on his other 24 carries underscores how consistently he was able to gain solid chunks of yardage. Edwards-Helaire looked like the complete package the Chiefs envisioned when they drafted him at the end of the first round in April, and the workload coach Andy Reid was willing to afford him in his first NFL game action of any kind certainly had to have pleased fantasy managers immensely. The only blemish on the LSU product's banner effort was his blanking on the receiving end, a matter he'll try to rectify in a Week 2 road matchup against the Chargers on Sunday, Sept. 20.

August 19, 2020 08:28 PM
Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Transition to NFL going smoothly
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edwards-Helaire has avoided making mistakes during camp and has performed well during the reps he's gotten, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. "Clyde has done a great job in the reps that he has gotten," said quarterback Patrick Mahomes on Sunday. "He's playing fast, and he has incredible vision. That's what's been the biggest thing so far."

Edwards-Helaire won't get the benefit of preseason action to dip his toes into NFL game action, so it will likely be trial by fire come Week 1 with Damien Williams opting out for 2020. Edwards-Helaire seems to be passing tests early in camp, doing his job as a running back, a pass catcher and a pass blocker, with Taylor noting that his biggest mistake to date was not being hydrated enough to participate in full Sunday. With more complex portions of the playbook set to be installed beginning Wednesday, Edwards-Helaire has some more learning ahead before the regular season fires up, but he's positioned well to serve as the team's lead back this season.

August 17, 2020 08:44 PM
Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Practices in full Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edward-Helaire (dehydration) was a full participant in practice Monday, Andrew Golden of The Wichita Eagle reports.

Edwards-Helaire's reps were impacted Sunday by some minor dehydration problems, but he appears to have used the 24 hours to take in some fluids. The rookie is slated to handle the Chiefs' starting running back role out of the gates following Damien Williams' decision to opt out of the 2020 campaign. Given that Darrel Williams worked with the first-team offense in his stead Sunday, it appears Williams may have an early leg up in the competition for the top backup job due to his experience in the Chiefs offense.

August 16, 2020 12:36 PM
Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Practice reps impacted Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Andy Reid called Edwards-Helaire "a bit dehydrated" Sunday, which caused the rookie running back to miss reps in the later stages of practice, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.

Edwards-Helaire likely would have been tabbed with "limited" participation if the Chiefs were required to file an injury report. Alas, it is training camp and not the regular season. In Edwards-Helaire's stead, Darrel Williams worked with the first-team offense, per Adam Teicher of But Williams' experience in the system may have played a role, as DeAndre Washington, Darwin Thompson and Elijah McGuire also are around in the wake of Damien Williams' decision to opt out of the season.

August 14, 2020 12:20 PM
Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Working with starters
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edwards-Helaire was the featured back Friday morning during the Chiefs' first practice in pads, Adam Teicher of reports.

Damien Williams' decision to opt out of the 2020 season left little doubt about Edwards-Helaire's predominance in the Kansas City backfield. DeAndre Washington, Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson and Elijah McGuire also hope to compete for roles, but they may just be fighting for scraps if the rookie first-round pick proves to be a quick study.

July 30, 2020 10:04 AM
Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Poised for big workload post-Damien
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

With Damien Williams opting out of the 2020 season, Edwards-Helaire is expected to handle the featured backfield role in Kansas City,'s Adam Teicher reports.

The No. 32 overall pick believes he's a perfect fit for Andy Reid's offense, noting that he hasn't had any trouble learning the playbook this summer. The lack of on-field offseason programs and preseason games could be tough on rookies around the league this year, but running backs usually face easier transitions than players at other positions. Edwards-Helaire now figures to be a first- or second-round pick in the vast majority of fantasy leagues, with DeAndre Washington, Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson and Elijah McGuire providing less-than-stellar competition for backfield snaps. There is some chance the Chiefs add a veteran, perhaps Devonta Freeman, but there's nobody available on the open market who would be as much of a threat to Edwards-Helaire as Damien Williams would've been.

July 30, 2020 04:04 PM
Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Fellow running back opts out
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

With fellow running back Damien Williams having decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season, Edwards-Helaire appears on track to see added touches in Kansas City's backfield, Adam Teicher of reports.

DeAndre Washington, Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson are also in the mix for added reps, but Damien's absence leaves Edwards-Helaire -- whom the team selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft -- is the current favorite to head the team's rushing attack. That said, there's a chance the Chiefs might elect to add further depth and sign a veteran free agent to compete with Edwards-Helaire.

May 1, 2020 10:32 AM
Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Likely sharing work with Williams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chiefs GM Brett Veach expects Damien Williams to "come in as the starting running back," while Edwards-Helaire will compete for playing time to form a one-two punch in the backfield, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reports.

Williams figures to take the first snap with the starting offense whenever the Chiefs are able to practice, but that doesn't necessarily mean the rookie won't have a shot at the lead role early on. Veach referred to Edwards-Helaire as a "franchise running back, true playmaker, someone special and unique," and the Chiefs presumably expect some form of immediate return on their first-round draft pick. The competition for snaps and touches between Edwards-Helaire and Williams will be one of the key storylines to monitor for fantasy football in 2020.

April 24, 2020 09:20 AM
Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Goes 32nd overall to Kansas City
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Chiefs selected Edwards-Helaire in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 32nd overall.

Edwards-Helaire is somewhat surprisingly the first running back off the board, but he's clearly a fine selection for the Chiefs even given his prior underdog status. At 5-foot-7, 207 pounds, Edwards-Helaire is densely built despite a frame that looks small at a glance, and his movements are both rapid and precise. Polished as a pass catcher out of the backfield, Edwards-Helaire resembles former Andy Reid star Brian Westbrook in terms of build, athleticism and skill set. Damien Williams was utterly dominant for the Chiefs the last two seasons when healthy, so while CEH is the runner of the future for the Chiefs, Williams could mostly hold him off for another year with better durability luck.

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