1. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
We could break down Edwards-Helaire in a sophisticated manner such as we did with Taylor but we will make it real easy. You take the main running back in one of the best offenses–even if he’s just a rookie– and put him on your roster and you will score points. The Chiefs are going to be in the red zone often and besides touches, you want your players to get opportunities. There’s no offense that is more opportunistic than the Chiefs.
Edwards-Helaire isn’t just any back though. The Chiefs selected him in the first round to be their feature back of the near and distant future. The former LSU running back came from a national championship pro-style offense that put up gaudy stats.
He can run a complete route tree and out of the backfield has a low center of gravity (at 5-8) to make a single cut and go. At LSU he averaged 6.9 yards per touch. He doesn’t have elite speed but there’s just so much the Chiefs can do with him, so we expect him to be a three-down back instantly.
And this just in, Damien Williams, who was the incumbent starter, is opting out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns. So all the signs point to Edwards-Helaire’s number being called a lot, which is why he’s the top rookie back in all formats.
Recommendation: Target as an RB2 in dynasty, redraft, PPR, STD, and daily leagues in Rounds 3-4.
2019 Personnel Grouping Stats obtained from Sharp Football Stats.