In The Blitz, RotoViz writers react to the latest fantasy football news and help you place it within the context of our 2020 research and recommendations.
One offense with multiple offseason storylines took down the Super Bowl runner-up from last season. The Arizona Cardinals topped their division rival San Francisco 49ers in a thrilling matchup. The acquisition of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins stole the spotlight, and it’s hard to argue based on his Week 1 performance. But the most important development occurred at a different position. Kliff Kingsbury raved about Chase Edmonds during training camp, and he was used substantially more than many expected.
Edmonds saw a good amount of action in Week 1. He carried the ball six times for 26 yards and caught three of five targets for 19 yards and a touchdown. While he was out-touched by Kenyan Drake 18 to nine, Edmonds was more efficient with his touches, averaging 4.3 yards on the ground and 6.3 yards per reception, compared with 3.8 and 2.5, respectively, for Drake. Edmonds should continue to see somewhere around 10 touches per week in a high-functioning offense.
Can He Be a Standalone RB2?
It’s no secret that Kingsbury wants to run an up-tempo offense. In his debut season, they went no-huddle on 27% of their plays, almost doubling the next closest team. The sheer volume of plays, especially with Kyler Murray operating the offense, has the chance to afford ample opportunity to multiple players.
Kingsbury ran his practices at a lightning pace during training camp. Drake figured to be the primary beneficiary of this offensive scheme, but Edmonds was right there with him in Week 1. They both scored touchdowns, but Edmonds received the crucial passing work and only trailed his teammate by two points.
How To Play It
Last season, the Cardinals backfield produced 10 RB1 weeks between David Johnson, Edmonds, and Drake. Not only is Edmonds an elite handcuff with league-winning upside, but he also offers a relatively consistent floor solely based on opportunity and number of offensive plays.
Edmonds was a ninth-round Best Ball draft pick this offseason, going as the RB41. His ADP crept up as the season drew near, demonstrating fantasy owners’ trust in the offensive potential.
Week 1 was the fifth-best fantasy day for Edmonds (12.5 points). If the opportunity split in Week 1 is any indication, Edmonds could be a low-end RB2 . . . or a league winner if Drake misses time. Looking to the next four matchups (Weeks 2-5), the Cardinals have the easiest projected schedule of any backfield in the league.