It’s that time of year once again! Football Absurdity will bring you a breakdown of every notable fantasy football-relevant player throughout June, July, and August. We finished our quarterbacks already; that means it’s time to get to the most frustrating position! That’s right, we’re on to the running backs. Today we take a look at a sophomore running back who has had the hate go too far on him. Certainly, he didn’t return his first-round average draft position from 2020, but should we cast him into the Pit of Despair? It’s the 2021 Clyde Edwards-Helaire fantasy football profile!
Clyde Edwards-Helaire ADP & AAV:
Average Draft Position (HPPR): RB19, Pick 30
Average Auction Value: $30.5 (RB16)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Statistics:
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2021 Clyde Edwards-Helaire Fantasy Football Overview:
2020 Clyde Edwards-Helaire had way too much fantasy football helium, which vaulted him into the first round of fantasy football drafts. Now, because we were wrong about CEH, 2021 Clyde Edwards-Helaire gets buried all the way into the third round by draft position. There’s no need for this. I understand the goal line carry problem, he’s bad at the goal line!
Clyde Edwards-Helaire had nine goal-line carries last year, and five of them came in his first career game. Three of those were destroyed by J.J. Watt obliterating the Chiefs’ line almost all by himself. So, is he bad at the goal line, or did he run into a buzz saw named J.J. Watt? I would bank on the second, personally. So, the goal line thing doesn’t worry me.
There’s also the concern surrounding him being unproductive as a running back, overall. Well, that’s just not true. The Chiefs did the prudent thing and signed Le’Veon Bell when he fell into their laps halfway through the season, creating a CEH/Bell/Darrel Williams three-headed monster. But, before the Chiefs added Bell, CEH was… really good. He averaged 21.3 touches per game (3.5 catches) for 113.7 yards per game. In the first six weeks of the season, he ranked sixteenth in total yards… among rookie running backs… since 1970. To call a career start that ranks between Bo Jackson and Marcus Allen disappointing is a shocking turn of events for fantasy football circles.
[Editor’s note: it’s not that shocking]
2021 Clyde Edwards-Helaire Fantasy Football Draft Strategy:
Go get Clyde Edwards-Helaire in your salary cap draft, he had one of the greatest running back career starts of all time, a start that was derailed by the Chiefs adding Le’Veon Bell to muck up the works. Touchdown regression will come for CEH in a big way in 2021, and that’s a rocketship you can ride to fantasy football glory.
There’s nobody behind CEH to steal snaps and touches, as Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon do not scare me, and neither does Darwin Thompson. It’s the Clyde Edwards-Helaire show in Kansas City. You can either fight it or lean into it. Don’t forget, this offense turned Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware into useful fantasy football commodities. Don’t overthink 2021 Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Best Case Scenario:
Andy Reid has turned Brian Westbrook and Kareem Hunt into absolute fantasy football studs. Andy Reid said that Clyde Edwards-Helaire was “better than Brian [Westbrook].” Do with that what you will.
Worst Case Scenario:
Well, Le’Veon Bell said he would literally never play for Andy Reid again, so let’s say *spins wheel* Duke Johnson Jr. mucks this all up for 2021 Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
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[Statistics are sourced from pro-football-reference.com, airyards.com, and ftnfantasy.com]