Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Clyde Edwards-Helaire

25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Kansas City Chiefs
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Edwards-Helaire has seen his stock collapse since being a 2020 first-round pick, but the Chiefs used him some down the stretch last year and then brought him back on a one-year deal after his rookie contract expired. At this point, he mostly seems to be valued for his familiarity with Andy Reid's offense and competent receiving skills. Edwards-Helaire even dropped to 3.2 yards per carry on 70 attempts last year, after averaging either 4.4 or 4.3 YPC each of his first three seasons. He's no threat to Isiah Pacheco, who took over as the lead back as a rookie in 2022 and then improved considerably in 2023. Any chance for Edwards-Helaire to be useful in fantasy leagues depends on Pacheco suffering an injury, though there could be a surprising degree of value in that case, as the Chiefs offense is usually among the league's best and has little else in the way of backfield depth. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Chiefs in April of 2024.
Re-signs with Super Bowl champs
RBKansas City Chiefs
April 2, 2024
Edwards-Helaire has agreed to a one-year deal to remain with Kansas City, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Edwards-Helaire, who turns 25 on April 11, is coming off a 2023 campaign in which he took 70 carries for 223 yards and a TD while catching 17 of his 22 targets for 188 yards and a receiving score in 15 regular-season contests. Now that he's signed on for a fifth year with Kansas City, the 2020 first-rounder is set to work in a complementary role behind top option Isiah Pacheco in a backfield that also currently rosters La'Mical Perine, Keaontay Ingram, Deneric Prince, Hassan Hall and Louis Rees-Zammit. Edwards-Helaire's fantasy upside is modest as long as Pacheco is healthy and available.
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How do Clyde Edwards-Helaire's 2023 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
17.1%
 
Positive Run %
78.6%
 
% Yds After Contact
65.9%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.1
 
Rushing TD %
1.4%
 
Touches Per Game
5.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
39.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-4.1
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.28
 
% Team Air Yards
-1.6%
 
% Team Targets
3.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-2.8 Yds
 
Catch Rate
77.3%
 
Drop Rate
4.5%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
13.8
 
% Targeted On Route
17.5%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.49
 
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#% of Team Snaps

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26820%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Clyde Edwards-Helaire's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 7"
 
Weight
207 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.60 sec
 
Vertical Jump
39.5 in
 
Broad Jump
123 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.63 in
 
Arm Length
29.00 in
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Shakes early week illness
RBKansas City Chiefs
February 10, 2024
Edwards-Helaire, who was limited in Wednesday's practice with an illness, was able to close out the week with consecutive full sessions and does not have an injury designation for Sunday's Super Bowl LVIII clash against the 49ers.
ANALYSIS
The complementary back is apparently no worse for wear heading into the weekend, but there is some question as to what exactly his role for the game will be. Edwards-Helaire has operated as the No. 2 back behind Isiah Pacheco throughout the postseason, but there's a chance Jerick McKinnon is activated from injured reserve Saturday afternoon if the Chiefs determine he's sufficiently recovered from his sports hernia issue.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
Edwards-Helaire never returned last year after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 11 -- he didn't come off IR until the Super Bowl, and then he was inactive. His opportunities dried up long before then. Edwards-Helaire was a high-volume pass catcher at LSU, but Kansas City mostly tried to feature him as a rushing specialist, then pulled the plug when it didn't work. The Chiefs declined to pick up his fifth-year option for 2024, so a trade might be better for both sides. Edwards-Helaire was always small (5-7, 207) and slow (4.60 40), so it's perhaps odd Chiefs the chose a running role for him. He is not as fast or strong as Isiah Pacheco, and it seems unlikely the Chiefs will give CEH an opportunity to displace Jerick McKinnon as the passing-down back. It may take an injury or two for Edwards-Helaire to find playing time in Kansas City.
Consecutive 100-yard rushing performances in Weeks 3 and 4 made it look like Edwards- Helaire was headed for a breakout in 2021, but instead a knee injury suffered the following week against the Bills derailed his momentum, and the 2020 first-round pick never got back on track after spending the next five games on the shelf. Kansas City elected to scale back his workload in the second half, but even that didn't keep him healthy as a broken collarbone cost him the final two games of the regular season and the team's first playoff contest. When he's 100 percent, Edwards-Helaire has the agility and vision to be effective in Andy Reid's scheme, along with the receiving skills to stay on the field in all situations. He could have more chances in the passing game this year after former backfield mate Darrel Williams left for Arizona, though the addition of Ronald Jones in KC represents a threat to Edwards-Helaire's usage on early downs. The incumbent will head into training camp atop the depth chart, but a nearly even split of touches between Jones and Edwards-Helaire when both are in the lineup wouldn't be a surprise.
Big things were expected from Edwards-Helaire when he was selected by the defending Super Bowl champions at the end of the first round last year, and the hype only grew after he rushed for 138 yards in his NFL debut. The overall results didn't quite meet expectations, however, as he enjoyed a couple other big performances — including a 161-yard effort against the Bills in Week 6 — before slumping mid-season and later missing Weeks 16-17 and one playoff game with a high-ankle sprain. Still, Edwards-Helaire should be a good fit for Andy Reid's scheme long-term, compensating for average speed (4.60 40) with an impressive combination of power, contact balance, elusiveness and receiving skills. Plus, it's impossible for defenses to key on him, given all the other threats in the Kansas City offense. His touch volume could also grow significantly in 2021, as the Chiefs released Damien Williams (2020 opt out) and brought in only Jerick McKinnon to replace Le'Veon Bell. While McKinnon and Darrel Williams could take away third-down work, neither is a threat to Edwards-Helaire's status as the lead runner and likely goal-line back. Patrick Mahomes will still take a huge share of the offense's volume, but we've already seen Damien Williams and Kareem Hunt enjoy highly productive stretches in pass-happy, high-efficiency Reid/Mahomes attacks. Edwards-Helaire could be the next KC back to shine, running behind a remade O-line led by former Ravens OT Orlando Brown and former Patriots LG Joe Thuney.
If any player could be said to have hit the jackpot in the 2020 NFL Draft, it's Edwards-Helaire. Selected by the Chiefs at the end of the first round, the dynamic running back moves from one championship squad to another after he helped LSU to an undefeated season in 2019. At 5-7, 207, Edwards-Helaire was widely seen as the best receiving back in this year's draft class, but he's far from one-dimensional as his power, low center of gravity, elusiveness and vision make him difficult to bring to the ground. Another back with a similar skill set, Brian Westbrook, thrived under Andy Reid in Philadelphia, and CEH seems likely to see a significant role right away in Kansas City's supercharged offense, given the draft capital used to acquire him. Damien Williams initially remained atop the depth chart, but his decision to opt out of the 2020 season could leave Edwards-Helaire unchallenged for the lead backfield role. The upside scenario probably looks similar to what Kareem Hunt did for the Chiefs in 2017 and 2018.
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Good to go
RBKansas City Chiefs
February 9, 2024
Edwards-Helaire (illness) doesn't have an injury designation for the Super Bowl against San Francisco on Sunday.
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Comes down with illness
RBKansas City Chiefs
Illness
February 8, 2024
Edwards-Helaire practiced in a limited capacity Thursday due to an illness.
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Minimal involvement in Week 18
RBKansas City Chiefs
January 9, 2024
Edwards-Helaire notched two rushes for one yard and gathered in one of two targets for nine yards during Sunday's 13-12 win against the Chargers.
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Sidesteps injury report
RBKansas City Chiefs
January 3, 2024
Edwards-Helaire (illness) doesn't appear Wednesday on the Chiefs' initial Week 18 injury report.
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Surprise inactive Sunday
RBKansas City Chiefs
Illness
December 31, 2023
Edwards-Helaire (illness) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
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