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Fantasy Panic Meter: Clyde Edwards-Helaire Rest of Season Fantasy Outlook Following Week 8

The NFL usually sees highly-touted rookie running backs step in and make a substantial impact in their rookie season. In 2020 however, it’s the wide receivers that are cranking out more of the rookie breakouts.

For running backs, it’s been a pretty shaky year. Adrian Peterson threw off D’Andre Swift‘s potential. Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown have been reliable enough for the Rams to severely cap Cam Akers‘ ceiling.

After week 8, two other rookie running backs have shaky futures for the rest of 2020: Jonathan Taylor and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Should we panic?

Part 2: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

A matchup with the Jets implied that the Chiefs could utilize a run-heavy game script against a dumpster fire of an opponent.

That didn’t happen, as Patrick Mahomes still chucked the ball 42 times in the 35-9 blowout win.

CEH and Le’Veon Bell split six carries apiece, and each caught all three of their targets. Bell edged Edwards-Helaire in total scrimmage yards, 38 to 31.

Panic Meter: 3/10

Let’s face it. The time to panic about CEH has come and gone. First, there was his low volume in the passing game. Then there was the Le’Veon Bell signing. At that point, it was time to grieve.

Tell yourself Bell doesn’t have it anymore. Cry out angrily to the fantasy gods who’ve screwed you over, a-a-again. Haggle pointlessly with leaguemates who won’t trade you a Cleveland Steamer for him. And by now, you should be done feeling sorry for yourself and have accepted your fate. 

Play CEH pessimistically, waiting for a possible Bell takeover, which may not even happen by the way. Clyde still has youth on his side. In a tandem comparable to LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams from last season, Bell is more likely to be the back that follows McCoy’s path of losing touches from the wear-and-tear of the season.

Hopefully, you’ve been savvy enough to compensate for the fallen stock of your (likely) first draft pick. If not, then remember all the times that you or a fellow leaguemate rose from the ashes of certain defeat. It happens. And if it hasn’t happened to you yet, well then that just means you’re due, right?

CEH came into week 8 as the RB15 on The Wolf’s Rest Of Season Big Board And Rankings. Where will he end up now? Find out as the Big Board gets updated every Monday night on Facebook, Youtube, or Periscope.


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