Chase Edmonds Fantasy Outlook Clouded by Kenyan Drake Injury Update

Max Staley
Chase Edmonds fantasy outlook is tied to Kenyan Drake's injury update.
Chase Edmonds fantasy outlook is tied to Kenyan Drake's injury update. / Norm Hall/Getty Images

Updated (Sunday, Nov. 15, 3:30 p.m. EST): Kenyan Drake will reportedly play in Week 11. This is a huge blow to Chase Edmonds' fantasy outlook, knocking him down from an RB2 to more of a FLEX option. Drake should slot in as a risky FLEX option this week as well.

The Arizona Cardinals' backfield has been a mess for fantasy purposes this season. Kenyan Drake looked primed for a monster 2020 campaign, but aside from a few splashy performances, he hasn't delivered on all that hype quite yet. An ankle sprain suffered in Week 7 only derailed his season further, and we haven't seen him play since.

Kenyan Drake Injury Update

Meanwhile, his backup Chase Edmonds was poised for a great game in Week 10 against a beatable Buffalo Bills' run defense, but Drake reportedly has a chance to suit up for this one, which would be a huge blow to Edmonds' value.

If Drake is inactive, Edmonds should be a rock-solid RB2 this week. But if Drake plays, both he and Edmonds would be little more than risky FLEX options.

Chase Edmonds Fantasy Outlook

The Bills' run defense ranks just No. 22 against the run, per Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. If Edmonds does get to work as the team's no-doubt RB1, he should be in for a really solid day.

In his lone game as the Cardinals' starter, he turned a whopping 28 opportunities (25 carries plus 3 targets) into 88 yards from scrimmage. His efficiency is likely to improve against a shaky Buffalo defense.

If Drake is active, Edmonds would only be a viable start in PPR formats, where his pass-catching ability (4.4 targets per game) makes him a much more attractive option.

Kenyan Drake Fantasy Outlook

If Drake does play, the matchup is definitely good enough to justify starting him. He clearly worked ahead of Edmonds as an early-down back before getting hurt, averaging 17.5 carries per game to Edmonds' 4.1 from Week 1-6.

But he hasn't been particularly great this season, and he's likely still not at 100%, so it'll be hard to feel confident about using him this week. If active, he should slot in as a decent FLEX option, though his value takes a hit in PPR formats.

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