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What to do with Chase Edmonds in Week 9 fantasy football

Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds should benefit from Kenyan Drake’s absence and a matchup with the Dolphins defense this Sunday.

Running back Chase Edmonds #29 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 37-34 in overtime. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Arizona Cardinals have emerged as one of the surprise stories of the 2020 NFL season. Currently sporting a 5-2 record and trailing only the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West, the Cardinals stand in strong position at the halfway point to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

While the rise of quarterback Kyler Murray and the emergence of head coach Kliff Kingsbury have played the largest roles in Arizona’s ascendence, but the team’s ground game has become a factor as well.

Fantasy Football analysis: Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds

With Kenyan Drake officially on the shelf for Week 9 with an ankle injury, Chase Edmonds can expect to see the lion’s share of the workload in Arizona’s offense. Already a meaningful contributor — Edmonds has scored three touchdowns and recorded 398 yards from scrimmage — he can now expect to receive double-digit touches in a high-volume offense.

And Sunday’s matchup should yield more scoring opportunities for Edmonds. The Miami Dolphins haven’t allowed a ton of yards to running backs this season (719 on the ground, 325 through the air), but they have given up eight combined touchdowns to the position group. Edmonds can threaten defenses both as a runner and receiver and, given the likely number of touches the Cardinals will provide him, has a strong chance of delivering big.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Edmonds in all formats.