Clyde Edwards-Helaire
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Why Clyde Edwards-Helaire Will Be A Fantasy Football Star in 2021

After being a first-round pick in the vast majority of drafts in 2020, expectations were sky-high for Clyde Edwards-Helaire. But he was mostly a disappointment, only notching two top-10 fantasy weeks in 13 games. He also wasn’t able to capitalize when given touches near the end zone. But this year, CEH will break out and put up big numbers in fantasy, a potential low-end RB1 with upside to be a mid-tier RB1.

Last year, Le’Veon Bell, a mid-season signing for the Chiefs, took away some carries from Edwards-Helaire. But, this year, he will no longer have to deal with that as Bell is now a free agent, and CEH will now be the featured back for the Chiefs elite offense. Another huge help should be the Chiefs retooling their offensive line, starting with trading for Orlando Brown Jr.

The Chiefs also have elite pass-catchers in Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill that will attract the attention of defenses, not to mention the elite dual-threat abilities of a fully healthy Patrick Mahomes. This should allow CEH to wreak havoc on defensive units. Another huge factor helping Helaire will be more pass-catching volume, as Patrick Mahomes has suggested that the Chiefs utilize their running backs as pass-catchers more often.

Right now, CEH is ranked 16th as a fantasy running back but is behind guys like Miles Sanders and D’Andre Swift. Not only is Edwards-Helaire on a better offense, but he will also have more pass-catching usage, which is gold in PPR leagues (remember JD McKissic?). 2020 may not have been Edward-Helaire’s year, but 2021 will be the year that CEH breaks out and becomes a fantasy football star.

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