The Kansas City Chiefs face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4 of the NFL season, and we have you covered on all the fantasy football angles of this matchup. One of the key questions is whether fantasy managers should start running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire against the Buccaneers. Let’s dive into your fantasy options for the week.
Should you start Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. the Buccaneers?
While the entire fantasy community continues to name Edwards-Helaire as a sell-high candidate, I’m happy to continue riding a player getting a truly unique workload. The Chiefs rank in the middle of the pack with their pass rate, and Edwards-Helaire is clearly their top option in the backfield. Sure, he had zero rushing yards last week, but CEH caught five passes for 39 yards and ran for a touchdown.
Edwards-Helaire’s continued involvement within the offense near the goal line has given his fantasy value new life. It’s strange how the Chiefs have utilized him, with an average of seven carries per game and a snap count under 41% in two outings. But being on pace for 17 touchdowns because there’s not another back stealing his valuable touches is hard to overlook.
With CEH as the RB1 in Kansas City and ranked RB26 and No. 94 overall in our expert fantasy football rankings, he’s considered a decent starting option for virtually all managers. His TD output has given him more relevance than expected and has made up for only carrying the ball 22 times this season.
Will Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes forget about the running game this week, or will they even be able to produce worthwhile attacks if they try?
The Buccaneers are the best defense in the NFL in points allowed to the RB position this year. Their stingy defensive front is a massive problem for any unit they face. Even with the Chiefs possessing a strong offensive line and impressive efficiency numbers, the unit barely tries to run the ball. They rank 23rd in rushing attempts and 21st in rushing yards.
The best way to handle Edwards-Helaire is to only start him if you absolutely have to. This is a nightmarish matchup. For as much as I love how Kansas City features him in the red zone and can create unique plays to create easy scoring opportunities, the Buccaneers have a dominant front seven that swallows opposing backs and win their run fills as well as any defense.
Our friends at Underdog Fantasy have Edwards-Helaire projected to produce 11.55 fantasy points, 61.5 total yards, 35.5 rushing yards, and 19.5 receiving yards. This is a solid output if he can match these projections. I certainly like the lower side of the rushing yards considering he had zero against the Colts last week, but this gives a good idea that his best value to your team is again based on touchdowns.
If you don’t have a stronger Flex play, at least you have a red-zone specialist in the most creative offense in the NFL. Things could be worse. That’s why I don’t want to sell off CEH just yet. But this week will be the hardest matchup he’ll face along with his showdown against Buffalo later this year.