Projecting Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire For Dynasty Rookie Drafts
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images. Pictured: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Dynasty Rookie Analysis
- Position: RB | School: LSU
- Height: 5’7” | Weight: 207 pounds
- 40-yard dash: 4.60 seconds
- 2020 Age: 21 | Class: Junior
- Recruitment Stars: 3-4
- Draft Position: 1.32 (Chiefs)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s Fantasy Fit with Chiefs
Two tweets are all that is necessary.
I wouldn’t draft Edwards-Helaire as a top-12 back in 2020, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he were one by the end of the season.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Dynasty Analysis
I can probably run faster than Edwards-Helaire. Well, maybe not me. But I bet Jonathan Bales could.
Speed is not the name of his game. Based on his combine performance, CEH has a 36th-percentile 92.5 speed score (per Player Profiler). He’s not the kind of back who outruns defenders for long touchdowns.
But he’s still a good runner. He has above-average vision and makes sharp cuts. He runs with power and breaks tackles thanks to his bowling bowl-like compact frame. And despite his lack of speed, he is still remarkably explosive, as evidenced by his 39.5- and 123-inch vertical and broad jumps and 89th-percentile 128.7 burst score.
Even with his diminutive size and subpar speed, Edwards-Helaire in 2019 compared favorably as a runner to the other top backs in the class, based on his expected points added per attempt (EPA, per the 2020 Sports Info Solutions Football Rookie Handbook).
- Clyde Edwards-Elaire: 0.20
- J.K. Dobbins: 0.17
- Jonathan Taylor: 0.10
- Zack Moss: 0.09
- A.J. Dillon: 0.07
- D’Andre Swift: 0.05
- Cam Akers: -0.03
- Eno Benjamin: -0.10
On top of that, Edwards-Helaire might be the best pass-catch back in the class. He certainly gives Swift a run for his money.
Although Swift has the tactical edge on CEH in that he can line up all over the formation as a receiver and run a full, nuanced route tree, Edwards-Helaire is a master at turning checkdowns and screens into first downs and big plays.
With his 55-453-1 receiving line, Edwards-Helaire last year had an impressive 0.20 expected points added per target. In the NFL, he figures to be used almost immediately as a Danny Woodhead-esque pass-catching threat.
Basically, CEH is a complete player: “Not only was he the most
valuable running back in college football in PFF’s wins above
average (WAA), but he was the 13th-most valuable player
regardless of position and third-most valuable non-quarterback” (per Pro Football Focus).
Dude can ball.
The extent to which this information is relevant is uncertain, but it’s at least notable that Edwards-Helaire hails from a program that has produced numerous fantasy-relevant backs over the past 25 years.
Here are all the LSU running backs to enter the NFL since 1995 as fourth-rounders or better. (Apologies, to Jacob Hester, who was more of a fullback than true running back.)
- Kevin Faulk (1999, 2.46): Two 1,000-yard seasons
- Domanick Williams (2003, 4.101): Three 1,300-yard seasons
- LaBrandon Toefield (2003, 4.132): Nada
- Joseph Addai (2006, 1.30): Two 1,400-yard seasons
- Stevan Ridley (2011, 3.73): One 1,300-yard season
- Jeremy Hill (2014, 2.55): Two 1,000-yard seasons
- Leonard Fournette (2017, 1.04): Two 1,300-yard seasons
- Derrius Guice (2018, 2.59): Waiting
Given his projected draft position, college production, age and top-tier receiving ability, Edwards-Helaire is likely to have multiple 1,000-yard NFL campaigns as an Austin Ekeler-esque multidimensional contributor.
NFL Prospect Comp: Brian Westbrook with more youth and thickness but much less production
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Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of FantasyLabs, part of The Action Network.