First impressions go a long way. And when those first impression confirm previous trends, they can stick like superglue.
Andy Reid teams, dating back to his time with the Eagles, have consistently produced top-tier fantasy running backs — from Duce Staley to Brian Westbrook to LeSean McCoy in Philadelphia to Jamaal Charles and Kareem Hunt in Kansas City.
So when first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire assumed the unchallenged lead role to start the 2020 season, it was expected he would be the next, great fantasy RB in an Andy Reid offense.
And that is exactly how it started. He racked up 138 yards and a touchdown in his first game. Even without a reception, and assuming no 100-yard rushing bonus, that scored 19.8 PPR fantasy points.
He has not topped that since. Know how many rushing touchdowns he has, total? He has five — six if you count the playoffs (which don’t count for fantasy). So he has five touchdowns. Five! In ever.
But hey, last year he was a rookie. He missed some games. It was a weird year in general. Isn’t there something to be said for being the lead RB on one of the best offenses in football?
Of course there is. Yet, our worries persist. At this point, just two weeks in, and seeing how Sunday night’s game shook out, we seriously doubt he is going to live up to his draft position, a cost the Madman was not afraid of spending because, well, he is the lead RB on one of the best offenses.
Just take Sunday’s game at Baltimore. The Ravens stifled Tyreek Hill with a double-team virtually all night. Travis Kelce did his thing, (7-109, one TD). Yet, even a significant chunk of Kelce’s production came in one play — a 46-yard catch and run. If he is tackled immediately after the reception —which was possible considering defenders were in the area — he is 7-82, which is not nearly as impressive.
Now, granted, I know what you’re thinking. That is what Kelce and the Chiefs do. You can’t just magically make that play disappear. The Chiefs’ offense is like football porn. There is some filler plot (football foreplay for marginal gains) in between the action scenes (explosive big plays that result in a score).
And you’re right. Making big plays, and the setup required to make them work, is the strategy. We just point this out to highlight the fact that both Kelce and Hill were held in check for the bulk of the night. And all CEH could muster was 13 carries for 46 yards (zero targets). And Darrel Williams got the TD carry. And there was the game-changing fumble near the end (doghouse future?).
If he can’t be productive when the other stars aren’t, when will he? We’re going to bench him for guys like Damien Harris, Mike Davis, Chase Edmonds and the like. Essentially, CEH is in Ty’Son Williams territory — show us you can produce fantasy points, then we’ll start you again.
Go get ’em!
Daniel Jones QB, Giants
We don’t want Jones for rest of season, but if streaming QBs or you don’t like your starter’s matchup, this week he gets to face a generous Falcons pass defense.
Tony Pollard RB, Cowboys
He is being used sort of like Kareem Hunt in Cleveland. Outscored Ezekiel Elliott (23-17.7) this past week and had just two fewer touches.
Cordarelle Patterson RB, Falcons
Getting 10-ish touches per game and scored twice Sunday. Better than a lot of the end-of-bench scrubs on fantasy rosters. Also has WR eligibility on some sites.
Maxx Williams TE, Cardinals
After just one target in the season opener, he got seven Sunday. Expecting the future to look more like Week 2 than Week 1 in this explosive offense.
What’s up with ’em?
Saquon Barkley RB, Giants
Showed some flare this week with a long run, but also was a gaping hole so didn’t have to make elusive moves. We’re going to wait one more week before using him in our lineups.
Mike Davis RB, Falcons
He is getting more than 15 touches per game. Touchdowns will come eventually as long as his volume sticks.
DK Metcalf WR, Seahawks
Reportedly was “sore” this past week. Unless there is a real injury revealed, keep him in your lineup.
Robert Woods WR, Rams
Cooper Kupp is dominating the targets, but Woods is still a key part of a strong offense. He might not keep up with Kupp, but Woods remains a decent WR2 or strong Flex option.