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Clyde Edwards-Helaire 2021 Dynasty Outlook
Clyde Edwards-Helaire was a 4 star recruit coming out of high school after winning the Louisiana State Championship and being named MVP of the game. He decided to stay local and commit to LSU where he spent his next 3 years. His freshman year at LSU, he was mainly on special teams. Heading into his sophomore season, CEH was able to secure the backup role behind senior Nick Brossette. He finished that season with 658 yards and 7 TDs on 146 carries while adding 11 receptions for 96 yards. He was named to starter for his junior year.
In 2019, a star was born. CEH finished with 1,414 yards and 16 TDs on 215 attempts. He also had 55 receptions for 453 yards and a TD. He was named First-Team All-SEC on their way to win the National Championship under Joe Burrow’s 6 TD throws. CEH didn’t score in that game but had 164 total yards.
With the 32nd overall pick in the the 2020 NFL Draft, the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs selected Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU.
There was a ton of hype for CEH with his Kansas City landing spot and the “Brian Westbrook under Andy Reid” comparisons. He was seen as a RB1 and turned that into a reality through the first half of the season, but the Le’Veon Bell signing and injuries took him out of the RB1 category. He finished as the RB22 in PPR formats. He finished the season with 803 rushing yards and 4 TDs on 181 attempts while catching 36 of 54 targets for 297 yards and an additional TD in 13 games played.
What’s the 21 year-old’s outlook in 2021 and beyond, though?
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Dynasty Outlook – Beyond 2021
The Clyde Edwards-Helaire hype has finally died down, but that’s a good thing because now he could be underrated heading into 2021. He’s got at least a couple RB1 seasons in him if he stays healthy. He only saw 5 TDs in 2020, so he’ll be looking to make a progression in that category. While he averaged 13.5 PPG in his rookie campaign, it’s not crazy to imagine him becoming someone who averages 16-18 PPG.
While the Chiefs are still in the playoffs, CEH missed their first game against the Browns. Le’Veon seemed like the clear RB to take over the backfield in his absence, but it was actually Darrel Williams who provided the value. This is good news for CEH because that means they probably won’t bring Bell back next year. If they do, his role will diminish making room for more Clyde like we saw in the first half of the season. I
This kid has a very bright future in this league, and though Andy Reid doesn’t always use his RB like he should, he’s still going to be a key contributor. He is a good pass catcher and will improve his 2020 numbers when he becomes part of the passing game even more. My one worry is that Andy makes the Chiefs a RBBC going forward, but CEH is clearly the most talented RB on the team.
According to the RotoHeat team, Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s ADP is #11 overall and #6 among RBs in 1QB PPR formats. His ADP in SuperFlex formats is #21 overall and #9 among RBs. His value in picks in both 1QB and SuperFlex is a top 3 draft pick and some. I think this value for him is worth it if you have a need at the RB position.
In 1QB leagues, players comparable in value to Clyde are Ezekiel Elliott, DK Metcalf, Derrick Henry, Joe Mixon, AJ Brown and Nick Chubb. The RotoHeat team is a little higher on CEH than I am, so the only player I could see myself trading for him is Zeke with a possibility in Mixon who’s extremely talented but very inconsistent. DK and AJ are some of the best young WRs in the game so I’d keep them over CEH pretty easily. Chubb and Henry are also just more valuable at the moment than CEH so I’d need more on top of him to trade those guys.
Players with similar value to Edwards-Helaire in SuperFlex leagues are George Kittle, Josh Jacobs, Amari Cooper, Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott and Kenny Golladay. I’m taking Kittle, Cooper and Wilson over CEH. I love the talent Jacobs has, but similarly to CEH, the Raiders don’t utilize their RB like they should, so I’d lean Jacobs but only by a small margin. If Dak stays in Dallas, he’ll be the easy option here, but if he goes to a team like Houston, I may choose CEH. On the contrary, I hope Kenny G leaves in free agency with growing rumors that Matt Stafford won’t be back next year. His landing spot will impact his value, though I think he’s QB proof.