Clyde Edwards-Helaire Fantasy Football Outlook Already Outstanding in Kansas City

Jason Schandl
Clyde Edwards-Helaire' fantasy football outlook is amazing ahead of his rookie season with the Chiefs.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire' fantasy football outlook is amazing ahead of his rookie season with the Chiefs. / Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

In something of a surprise move, the Kansas City Chiefs made Clyde Edwards-Helaire the only running back selected in Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft, pulling the trigger with their No. 32 overall pick.

Stepping into one of the NFL's best offenses as a first-round pick, Edwards-Helaire immediately has the potential to be one of the top running backs in fantasy football.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire Fantasy Football Value

The first obstacle to a rookie offering fantasy value is always going to be volume, and that's an obstacle CEH should clear easily. The high draft capital is a great indication that Andy Reid and the Chiefs have every intention of getting him on the field. Until Thursday night, Reid's teams had never drafted a running back in the first round.

Edwards-Helaire is also more than capable of being an every-down player. He caught 55 passes in his final season at LSU, while also rushing for 1,414 yards.

And while the potential for a big workload (especially in the receiving game) already gives him a great outlook, the offense surrounding him makes it even better. Running backs' fantasy value is often tied closely to the offense around them, and you couldn't ask to be surrounded by a better offense than the Chiefs'.

Damien Williams had averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in his career before landing in KC, and since then he's averaged 4.7. The high-scoring Chiefs' offense also means plenty of touchdown potential. Williams has averaged a touchdown every two games with the Chiefs.

Taking a huge talent, putting him in an elite offense and giving him a big workload is really the perfect storm for fantasy football production. Expect Edwards-Helaire to be the most productive rookie in fantasy football for the 2020 season, and it would be no surprise if he already found himself finishing inside the top 12 at running back.

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