Clyde Edwards-Helaire was getting all the opportunity in the world before Le’Veon Bell showed up last season.
The only reason why CEH managers were bothered by him during that span was his lack of TDs. But the TDs were going to come… and they were going to come in bunches.
CEH was averaging 23 touches/game for six games before Bell showed up for Week 7. That’s amazing opportunity right there. Here is how CEH’s opportunities stacked up early last season:
Week 1: 27 opportunities
Week 2: 18
Week 3: 26
Week 4: 19
Week 5: 18
Week 6: 30
Look at those possibilities for high-usage games – it’s what you want to see. A big chunk of his opportunity came in the passing game, as well.
During that span, he scored only ONE TOUCHDOWN. Those types of touches/opportunities don’t correlate with only one TD in a larger sample size. We can say he was allergic to the end zone, but that’s not how it works. It’s math… and those TDs were going to come. He was simply unlucky.
While Darrel Williams is still on the roster and Jerick McKinnon was added, I expect CEH’s role to increase to at least 65% of snaps. He was still playing about 50% of snaps in a 3-man rotation last year, and I expect more of a 2-man approach with CEH being the main back.
His usage with the first team in Week 1 of Preseason was very encouraging; he was on the field for every first team snap until his night was done.
On an explosive Chiefs’ offense, going into Year 2, I am taking a shot on CEH in the early 3rd round for the upside of him being a top-7 or 8 back for fantasy this season.