Fantasy Football Week 1 Running Back Preview: Can you start both Chiefs’ backs in the opener?


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Everyone is starting Clyde Edwards-Helaire in Week 1, and why wouldn’t they? He’s a first-round pick, he’s on the best offense in football, and unlike most of the rest of the 2020 rookie class, he’s actually starting in Week 1. He’s a clear starter with massive upside. But that doesn’t mean you have to ignore Darrel Williams, too. 

The Chiefs have been candid about wanting to acclimate Edwards-Helaire slowly and that means there’s a decent chance Williams is getting double-digit touches. Three times he touched the ball that many times in 2019. All three times he topped 12 PPR Fantasy points. Williams figures to be the primary back called on to pass block, but I’d also expect him to be involved running routes. He’s also the most likely back to carry the ball inside the five yard line, at least in Week 1.

If Edwards-Helaire is able to shake off the nerves and play to his potential, there’s a chance this is the only week Williams sees something close to a 50-50 split in the backfield. But there is an equally good chance that Williams is a solid flex the first month of the season. And if something were to happen to Edwards-Helaire, Williams would have legitimate league-winning upside. 

I’m starting Williams over all the rookie running backs besides his teammate. But even if you aren’t that optimistic about Week 1, you should make sure he’s rostered in your league. Astonishingly, Williams is still available in 49% of leagues.

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