Is Clyde Edwards-Helaire a top-six running back in fantasy for 2020?

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Will Clyde Edwards-Helaire achieve RB6 status in fantasy football in 2020?

The only running back taken in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft was Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He went No. 32 overall to the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs after his final season with the LSU Tigers, winning a College Football Playoff National Championship alongside Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow. He’s expected to do big things in Kansas City.

While it’s usually a tricky proposition to figure out how a rookie running back will perform on your fantasy football team, The Fantasy Footballers are bullish on how Edwards-Helaire fits into the Kansas City offense, especially after last year’s starter Damien Williams opted out of the 2020 NFL season. Does Edwards-Helaire have what it takes to finish RB6 in fantasy this fall?

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The reason RB6 is significant is it means your team features one of the best running backs in the league. If your RB1 is RB6 or better, there is a great chance you will be able to win your fantasy football league. It’s just so difficult to win a league when you don’t have a reliable bell-cow back to lean on, who can run for days, as well as catch some passes out of the backfield here and there.

Is Clyde Edwards-Helaire a sure-fire RB1 in fantasy football league-wide?

The guys established a top-three Edwards-Helaire will not surpass in his rookie season. This trio is in some order Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants, Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys and Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers. From there, it depends on if you think three starting running backs are better than the newcomer to the Kansas City Chiefs. Who is better than him?

In the next cluster including Edwards-Helaire, we are looking at guys like Nick Chubb, Dalvin Cook, Kenyan Drake, Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs and Alvin Kamara. Drake may be mentioned because the guys are excited about how the Arizona Cardinals running back will perform for their favorite team. The interesting guy in all this is Kamara, who is the greatest pass-catcher out of these six players.

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So can Edwards-Helaire be RB6? Absolutely, first-round rookie running backs have been top-12 in recent years. Look for the Chiefs to run the ball a lot late in games with him when they have a lead. However, you will be hard pressed to say only two of those six running backs mentioned above will be better fantasy players than Edwards-Helaire in his rookie season out of LSU. It’s close, but no.