With the option to skip the 2020 NFL season during the coronavirus pandemic, plenty of players are already opting out, with plenty more likely still to come.
The most recent opt-out is Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams, and this news makes rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire an incredibly value fantasy football asset for the 2020 season.
Edwards-Helaire was already the top rookie for fantasy football this season before the Williams news. As a first-round pick with a proven track record as both a rusher and receiver out of the backfield, he was likely to see some significant volume all season. But now, with Williams out, he could be an absolute workhorse.
Andy Reid didn't really use a true workhorse back in the Chiefs' offense last season, but that appears to have mostly been about Williams being injured. In the postseason, Williams averaged 22 opportunities (15.3 rushes plus 6.7 targets) per game, playing at least 85 percent of the team's offensive snaps in each game.
Edwards-Helaire stepping into his role is very different than having a combination of LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams doing it. The Chiefs made Edwards-Helaire the only running back selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and that is a huge vote of confidence in his abilities.
With a clear path to seeing workhorse volume in the NFL's best offense, Edwards-Helaire' fantasy outlook should make him at least a second-round pick in fantasy football, with the potential to be a first-rounder if the Chiefs don't add a pesky free agent like Devonta Freeman.
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