Okay, so the thought that Patrick Mahomes will be an elite fantasy quarterback option wasn’t a surprise to anyone with a pulse. What if I told you that I’m not as bullish on the running back group, from a fantasy standpoint? The fantasy community might call me crazy, but give me a few minutes to explain my reasoning before jumping to the conclusion that I’m insane.
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While Damien Williams may have been a Super Bowl hero, his fantasy season was a bit of a disappointment, especially in standard scoring. In his 11 games played, Williams scored less than eight points in nearly half of them. While he was viable most weeks in PPR (points per reception) leagues thanks to his nearly three receptions a game, he was almost unplayable in standard leagues due to his volatility. Another problem he faces will be the inevitability of losing his starting job.
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Clyde Edwards-Helaire is most certainly a better fit for the Chiefs offense. With the way Andy Reid utilizes his backfield, CEH’s skills should be on full display. He is a great receiving back and excellent in open space. If you were to tell me that he would be the starting back from day one, I would be all over the rookie. I don’t think anyone will be telling me that, however, because I don’t think that will be the case.
I would say that Williams will assume the starting role for at least a handful of games. That puts a major damper on CEH’s fantasy value. But why? Because, he will most likely see limited touches until he becomes the starter. Even when he does become the starter, they aren’t going to just completely forget about Williams. I see it being around a 60/40 split between the two. Williams leading to start the season and CEH taking over around the Week Five or Six mark.
The only positive I see coming from this situation is CEH could be a buy low candidate after a few weeks. He is currently ranked as RB15 by Fantasy Pros. If he isn’t getting the touches and producing like a guy at his draft position, owners may be looking to ship him off. You may be able to get him for cheaper than expected and make good when he is the “lead” back. I personally will be avoiding both CEH and Williams in my leagues. I tend to play my drafts safe, at least in the earlier rounds. While I think the two will form a potent duo, they will more than likely eat into each other’s production. As a result, each will be preventing the other from becoming a top option.
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