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|After spending his first two seasons stuck behind David Johnson, Chase Edmonds is still second in the Cardinals backfield this season behind Kenyan Drake. Drake had some truly gigantic fantasy performances down the stretch and there's no question that he deserves to be valued highly in drafts, but fantasy owners might just be sleeping on Edmonds.
He saw the field only sparingly for the first few weeks of the 2019 season, but Edmonds quietly began to sneak onto the field a bit more in the weeks leading up to Johnson's injury. Then Edmonds proceeded to absolutely crush in his one starting opportunity, as he accumulated 150 total yards and three touchdowns on 29 total touches. Fantasy owners were ecstatic that they might have struck gold off the waiver wire, but the ride didn't last long as Edmonds unfortunately suffered a hamstring injury that would keep him off the field for three weeks. By the time he returned, the Cardinals had traded for Kenyan Drake who had taken over the backfield and Edmonds simply didn't look like the same player in the limited opportunities he did get to spell Drake down the stretch.
The Cardinals did draft Eno Benjamin who himself was a serious weapon out of the backfield at Arizona State, but Edmonds appears to be entrenched as at least the primary backup for Drake. He may even see between eight to 12 touches per week when Drake is healthy, given that the Cardinals run a fast-paced offense that regularly requires them to give breathers to their starters.
Now healthy after a full offseason, Edmonds could have fantasy-viable weeks even if Drake remains healthy as the starter. He's a solid contributor in the passing game and he's shown an ability to find the end zone near the goal line. He also looks to be one of the few late-round handcuff-type running backs who has real upside to provide RB1 weeks in the case that he does become the starter.
| Kenyan Drake "close" to returning to practice|
WR DeAndre Hopkins also back soon for Cards
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Wed Sep 2, 7:28 am
|Cards HC Kliff Kingsbury said both wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back Kenyan Drake are "close" to returning to full practice. Kingsbury had previously said he didn't want them back on the field until they were 100 percent with an eye toward being ready for the season opener Sept. 13. (AZCardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: They should be practicing next week as they lead up to the season opener against the 49ers. Drake will likely get a full workload in an offensive scheme that saw Drake become an every-week RB1 play late last season. He'll resume that valuable role this season with Chase Edmonds serving as his handcuff.
| Kenyan Drake in walking boot|
HC calls move precautionary
By: Doug Orth | Mon Aug 24, 4:30 pm
|Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury on RB Kenyan Drake being in a walking boot today at practice: He said it was more precautionary than anything, wouldn't say it would keep him out of the season opener at 49ers. (Bob McManaman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Drake took to Twitter shortly after the report and said, "I'm good." He even reminded folks he was in a walking boot around this time last summer. While the situation is one to monitor over the next few days, it doesn't appear to be a big deal. Chase Edmonds would be the next man up and has already proven himself to be a very capable NFL running back, so he would become a high-end RB2 at worst if Drake is forced to miss time for any reason in 2020.