The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the final pick of the first round. Fantasy football owners are super excited about this, given the history of successful running backs during Andy Reid's coaching tenure.
Edwards-Helaire will have an opportunity to maximize his talent right away as a rookie; think back to the big names led by Reid.
Kareem Hunt was a fantasy star in his rookie season, Jamaal Charles was a fantasy stud under the guide of Andy Reid, LeSean McCoy and the legendary Bryan Westbrook all had top fantasy seasons when paired with Reid's playbook. Fantasy owners are very romantic when something works; they keep going back to it.
This past weekend, I wanted to take a look to see how high Edwards-Helaire was going in drafts. I looked at several different sites, and what I found out was just what I expected. Edwards-Helaire is going in the second round of fantasy drafts pretty consistently. The former LSU Tigers back is the 21st player off the board and the 14th running back.
As we get closer to the NFL season and more people start drafting, Edwards-Helaire could sneak up to as high as the top of the second round. Running backs are a hot commodity in the early rounds. Edwards-Helaire's hype will be sure to grow throughout the summer. The issue is whether he will be able to play up to his draft value. A second-round pick should be a borderline superstar. That's a lot to ask for a rookie, even with his perfect landing spot.
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