Free Agency Roundtable - Under the Radar Transactions

The Footballguys staff looks at which free-agent signings haven't gotten enough attention and who stands to benefit in fantasy as a result.

Which trade or signing hasn't gotten enough attention, and who stands to benefit most in fantasy as a result?

Scott Bischoff: Kenyan Drake signed with the Las Vegas Raiders, clearing the way for a new starting running back in Arizona. Chase Edmonds should get the first opportunity to replace Drake. Edmonds was the most talented runner in Arizona’s backfield last year and has the ability to post RB1 numbers if he opens the season as the starter in 2021.

Dan Hindery: Good call, Scott. We shouldn’t write Edmonds’ name in pen as the starter until after the NFL Draft, but he has a better chance of opening the season with the Cardinals’ starting job than most in the fantasy community seem to think.

There is not much left on the free-agent market and only a few running backs are projected to be drafted early. Arizona is one of the teams who should consider drafting a top running back, but it is easy to envision a scenario where they miss on the elite talents and only add a mid-round back to the mix.

“As far as Chase goes, you’ve seen when he’s had his opportunity, he’s played at a starting running back level,” Cardinals head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, said during a recent press conference. “We all understand that he’s unfortunately been nicked up a couple of times, which we want to keep him on the field. But we have all the confidence in the world in Chase and him being able to be the bell cow if that’s how this plays out.”

Kingsbury qualified his statement but Edmonds as the bell cow back in a very good running offense is a possibility we should take seriously.

Jason Wood: No disrespect guys, but I'm reluctant to sing the praises of Edmonds just yet. It's entirely possible, if not likely, he’ll face stiff competition from a rookie. If you were giving me even odds on a rookie running back leading the Cardinals in total yards over Edmonds, I’d take that bet.

Andy Hicks: I fully expect Arizona to add a running back in the draft too, Jason. Edmonds has only carried the ball more than 11 times twice in three years as a pro.

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