The Cardinals will head to Seattle on Thursday night to take on a Seahawks defense that has been gashed through the air for the majority of the season. The general consensus is that Seattle can be beaten via aerial attack. However, in addition to taking advantage of the Seahawks shortcomings in the passing game, the Rams took to the rushing game in Week 10 and ran for 101 yards while pounding in three touchdowns on the ground.
Will the Cardinals consider a similar double-edged attack in Week 11 and do Chase Edmonds or Kenyan Drake deserve a spot in your starting in lineup? We break down the fantasy analysis below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Cardinals RBs Kenyan Drake, Chase Edmonds
Kenyan Drake continues to recover from an ankle injury that caused him to miss Week 9, and managed an impressive 6.3 yards per carry as he racked up 100 yards on 16 carries in his Week 10 return. Unfortunately this did not translate into fantasy success, as Drake did not find the end zone and had only one reception for 9 yards. Fantasy owners had hoped Drake would hold more value by this point in the season, but unfortunately his upside is limited by the fact that he has to split carries with Chase Edmonds and also by Kyler Murray’s propensity for handling the rushing duties in the red zone. This places Drake in the low end RB2 range in this week’s matchup.
Chase Edmonds had his chance to shine in Week 9, when he got the start in Drake’s absence. Unfortunately he managed only 70 yards on 25 carries in that outing, and was relegated to his back-up role in Week 10. He had eight carries for 56 yards in Week 10 while adding 21 yards on three receptions. Edmond’s upside is limited for the same reasons as Drakes’, yet Edmonds is further hampered by his position as the backup running back in the offense. Edmonds’ involvement in the passing game helps him hold some value and he can be considered a low end RB2/flex play in Week 11 against a very susceptible Seahawks defense.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Kenyan Drake as a low end RB2
Start Chase Edmonds as a low end RB2/flex