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James Conner game-day decision, Chase Edmonds OUT for Week 18

We break down the news that Edmonds and Conner are working through injuries in Week 18.

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James Conner of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after his third quarter touchdown with Chase Edmonds against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Inglewood, California.
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Friday PM update: With Edmonds out, the team needs Conner to step up, but he is questionable after missing last week with a heel injury. He was able to get limited practices in this week and appears to be trending in the right direction.

Friday update: Kliff Kingsbury says that Chase Edmonds is out for Week 18, per Darren Urban. We’ll need to wait on Conner’s status.

Thursday update: The Cardinals were back at practice and it was the same report for Chase Edmonds and James Conner. Edmonds was a DNP and Conner was limited.

The Arizona Cardinals have clinched a playoff spot already but want to finish the season strong against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 18. The Cardinals can still improve their seeding, so they’ll be hoping to get a win in the final week.

Fantasy football implications

Edmonds and Conner have split carries out of the backfield, with the latter getting more redzone touches while the former mans the space between the 20s. Edmonds has more receiving value but has a bigger hurdle to climb as he didn’t practice Wednesday. With his touchdown potential, Conner is the stronger fantasy option this season. Edmonds does have more worth in PPR formats, though managers will want to monitor his status for the rest of the week. If both running backs end up sitting out in Week 18 against the Seahawks, Eno Benjamin would be the lead running back for the Cardinals and would merit fantasy consideration.