4. The Buccaneers minimize Clyde Edwards-Helaire
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a rut. It’s not so much that they fell at the feet of the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football. It’s the topsy-turvy consistency of their performance. Bruce Arians’ team was recently flogged by the New Orleans Saints. In Week 11, they were vanquished at home by the Rams. The feel is not very Brady-like.
One thing they do consistently, however, is to stop the run. Tampa Bay will be motivated to rebound indeed, but the task is tall to do so vs. the world champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Nevertheless, they should bottle up Clyde Edwards-Helaire and force Patrick Mahomes to win the contest, which he is more than capable of doing. The Buccaneers hold opposing teams’ running backs to just 12.5 PPR points per game. Edwards-Helaire is a formidable young back, but he is not the Derrick Henry or Dalvin Cook type to shatter a stout run defense.
Edwards-Helaire will not be shut out, but starting him at RB1 may affect your playoff push. He’s probably safer as a FLEX as Tampa Bay’s defensive acumen is well-documented.