ESPN’s Louis Riddick is an excellent NFL analyst, though his fantasy advice may not be as sound. Riddick took to Twitter to show his supports for Chiefs RB, Clyde Edwards-Helaire to be the No. 1 pick in fantasy.
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) August 9, 2020
Since incumbent starter Damian Williams opt-out of the 2020 season, the Chiefs rookie is, on average, being selected in the top-10 in early fantasy drafts. Prior to the announcement of Williams’ decision, CEH was going No. 35 overall, No. 15 among RBs.
Selecting the 5’7″ running back comes with risk: He’s never taken a carry in the NFL; he has a bit of injury history, including hamstring woes at LSU; it’s no guarantee that the Chiefs give their first-round a full workload or employ him in the red zone.
Edwards-Helaire is likely to be a good fantasy option during the upcoming season and he has top-level upside. However, there are several elite, safer options who should be considered ahead of him, such as Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, and Ezekiel Elliott. Still, if you have the No. 1 overall pick and badly want CEH, then selecting him there is likely your only chance to obtain him; just be aware of the risk.