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What to do with Clyde Edwards-Helaire in Week 1 fantasy football

Clyde Edwards-Helaire stands out as one of the best fantasy football running back options ahead of Week 1.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire of Louisiana State interviews during the second day of the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images

3rd quarter game update: Clyde Edwards-Helaire is off to a blazing start in his NFL debut. Midway through the third quarter, the Chiefs first round pick has rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on only 12 carries. Darrel Williams has five carries for 18 yards, but this is the Edwards-Helaire show in a big way. The Chiefs lead 24-7.

There’s a lot of hype surrounding Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and the rookie running back will make his NFL debut Thursday as his Kansas City Chiefs take on the Houston Texans. The LSU product will join one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL and has rare versatility that makes him useful running the ball and making receptions out of the backfield. We’ll go over whether we think he’s worth the hype below.

Fantasy Football Analysis: Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Edwards-Helaire was expected to win the starting job at some point in the 2020 season from the start, and Damien Williams opting out for the year raised the rookie’s floor and ceiling significantly. While Edwards-Helaire is expected to split carries with Darrel Williams, his pass catching sets him apart from Kansas City’s other backfield options. Damian Williams scored four touchdowns in two games against the Texans in 2019 despite working alongside an elite receiving corps, and Edwards-Helaire is more skilled than him.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Edwards-Helaire in all formats. He could be one of the most productive backs in the league this year and is worth taking a risk despite his lack of experience in the pros.