David Johnson and Chase Edmonds Injury Updates Cloud Fantasy Outlook Following Kenyan Drake Trade

Jason Schandl
Seattle Seahawks v Arizona Cardinals
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Even before news broke that the Arizona Cardinals had traded for Kenyan Drake, David Johnson and Chase Edmonds' injury updates were creating some real concern about their fantasy outlook for Week 9.

Johnson had already missed essentially all of the Cards' last two games, and Edmons' status is in doubt as he only gets a short week to recover from a hamstring injury suffered on Sunday.

This Drake trade is a concerning update for both Edmonds and Johnson. It's not likely the Cardinals would have spent draft capital to acquire a running back if they didn't expect either of their current top backs to miss extended time, especially with how impressive they have both looked.

Johnson is the more likely of the two to have a prolonged absence, already having missed two games and being expected to miss Thursday's contest against the San Francisco 49ers as well.

While Edmonds could be back on the field sooner than Johnson, he's likely going to lose more volume to Drake than Johnson would.

With so much uncertainty swirling around the duo's health (and Arizona's poor track record for accurate injury updates), all three backs should be owned in fantasy football.

Johnson has the most upside of the three, and Drake is a must-start fantasy option while both Edmonds and Johnson are injured. Edmonds is probably the least valuable of the three, likely serving as the No. 2 back to Drake (or No. 3 when Johnson returns). He showed off his upside with 35 fantasy points in Week 7 though, and it's not time to drop him just yet.

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