Wait another week on Edmonds
Chase Edmonds and the Arizona Cardinals play Monday Night Football against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14, creating potential headaches for fantasy football managers. Edmonds has been nominated to return from the IR, but will he return this week? Let’s describe how fantasy managers should approach her and James Conner’s situation.
James Conner was great
I think it’s safe to say that no running back this year has been more of a pleasant surprise than Conner, who is the RB7 of the season in half-PPR. Conner has recorded fantastic double-digit points in all but one game since Week 3.
While Edmonds has been out since Week 9, Conner has also seen a significant increase in his receiving work, which was almost exclusively reserved for Edmonds at the start of the season. Conner has seen a total of 5 targets in the first eight weeks, but he’s seen 17 in the last four games alone.
He performed incredibly well with his opportunities, just like he did when he was with the Steelers. He caught 15 of those 17 targets for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The extra receiving work resulted in Conner being the RB4 since Week 9. He’s been a stable option no matter who the Cardinals quarterback has been.
Chase Edmonds is a game time decision
This is where it gets complicated. It has been reported that Edmonds is going to be a playing time decision on Monday, meaning fantasy managers have to make their decisions about what to do with the running back on Sunday morning.
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For my money, I still wait a week on Edmonds in most situations. If you are waiting to see if it will be active, you need a backup plan. The only backup plan for the running back would be Sony Michel on the other side of the ball. With Michel replacing Darrell Henderson Jr. (who has been placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list), he would be the preferred option with return duties.
Chase Edmonds’ Fantastic Expectations
If Edmonds is able to play, he still has to face Conner as the leader of this team. Edmonds’ main advantage is as a receiver, but there is no guarantee that he will immediately pick up that workload now. The Cardinals saw that Conner is more than capable of contributing in this phase of the offensive.
If Edmonds can play and if he gets the receiving job he was getting at the start of the year, then he would be a decent flexible play. But I’m not comfortable taking the bet he’ll play or getting back to his typical workload in his first game after injury. I’m placing Edmonds in favor of whoever I can trust on Sunday’s list of games, and I continue to trust Conner as the RB1 he has been.