Game day update: There was some concern when Edwards-Helaire was limited on Thursday due to an illness. However, he was a full participant on Friday and is on track to start once again. In PPR leagues, ESPN projects Edwards-Helaire with 14.5 points and Bell with 8.1 points.
While the Kansas City Chiefs have been rolling thanks to Patrick Mahomes’ incredible play, their running backs have seen a pretty significant falloff in their overall usage patterns. Needless to say, this has had a pretty significant impact on their overall value in fantasy football.
Fantasy Football analysis: Chiefs RBs Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Le’Veon Bell
Once a formidable producer, Edwards-Helaire has just 19 carries and seven catches in his last three games. He had a season low five carries for 14 yards in his last outing, against the Panthers, with three catches for 20 yards. He did catch a touchdown pass in that one, and he had a rushing touchdown at the start of this three-game span. He’s slipped in value to a RB3 thanks mostly to the potential to score. It’s worth noting that Edwards-Helaire popped up on the injury report with an illness, but seems to have recovered well enough, as he returned to practice on Friday.
Bell is seeing even less work, truly a bit player since the Chiefs acquired him. He had four carries for eight yards in his last game, and just 21 yards on six carries the week before that against his old team, the Jets.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Clyde Edwards-Helaire at RB3. Sit Le’Veon Bell.