Clyde Edwards-Helaire will only get better in fantasy

Clyde Edwards-Helaire is only getting started as a featured NFL running back.

When the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, they were hoping he’d become the next star running back for their franchise. Though went for over 100 yards in his NFL debut vs. the Houston Texans, he has not been able to recreate that type of fantasy production in the last three weeks. Should we be concerned?

The Fantasy Footballers point out that Edwards-Helaire is RB13 through the first quarter of the 2020 NFL season. This is about where they expected he’d be. Though some fantasy football players viewed him as high as the fifth running back to come off their board, Edwards-Helaire remains a must-start player and a borderline RB1 for your fantasy team in most leagues.

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In four games this season, Edwards-Helaire has 71 carries for 304 yards, but only one rushing touchdown. He has been held out of the end zone since Week 1 vs. Houston. While he has been factoring into the receiving game to some degree out of the backfield (14 catches for 129 yards), the big concern here if there is one is he’s not being used in the red zone by Andy Reid at all.

As the weather changes, Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s value will only increase.

Even though the Chiefs are 4-0, they haven’t been blowing the opposition out like we thought they would. While the Chiefs have scored between 23 and 34 points in all four of their victories, the biggest reason for their early-season success has been Steve Spagnuolo’s defense. Kansas City hasn’t allowed more than 20 points in a game and only allowed 10 points to be scored in Week 4.

Though the red zone issues may remain for Edwards-Helaire, the good news for him as a fantasy player is three-fold: One, he plays on the best offensive in football, so he’ll get better as the season progresses, simply by playing in it. Two, the Chiefs will win most of their games, so they can lean on him to close out ballgames. And three, the weather is about to change in his favor.

Though he may be from the south and not ready for the harsh Midwestern winter that is rapidly approaching, it’s the best thing going for him in his rookie year out of LSU. Patrick Mahomes may be electrifying as a quarterback, but he and his team know that they’ll need to count on Edwards-Helaire to be their bell-cow to win big in November, December and almost certainly January.