Week 4 Fantasy Football Market Share Report: Don't Sleep on Chase Edmonds
Between injuries and pandemic rescheduling, it's prudent that we keep our heads on a swivel. Planning for the future in fantasy has never been more important than now.
Those running backs and wide receivers who you might be laughing off as a one-hit wonders or not worth your time just might be worth reconsidering.
Take a look at some players who might not seem urgent, but try and tell yourself a story. If this happens am I ready to pounce? Or did I just hope my players stayed safe and missed an opportunity to stash some great players on the cheap?
Rushing Market Shares
Chase Edmonds, Cardinals
It’s now or never to grab and stash Chase Edmonds before the Kenyan Drake experiment ends.
On Sunday, Edmonds took advantage of his few opportunities. But this is one player whose market share is at the basement but will only rise.
Drake had 56 percent of the Cardinals' rushing attempts but only netted 36 yards. He's has a forgettable season but flashes just the same.
Edmonds’ 4 attempts for 16 yards were sparse, but his 6 targets for 5 receptions, 24 yards, and a touchdown were quite intriguing. And he's just cheap enough to grab and stash for later.
Latavius Murray, Saints
Latavius Murray staked his claim as the best complimentary running back in football by posting 14 carries for 64 yards and 2 touchdowns while grabbing 1-of-2 targets for 19 yards.
Murray's 30 percent rushing market share makes him an absolute must to roster, which isn't news. But in sharing work with Alvin Kamara, his value is more in line with a number two running back or flex play.
Murray is reminding fantasy owners of the days of when Mark Ingram and Kamara were fantasy starters in the same backfield. But because of how special Kamara is, Murray managers may be willing to deal and likely have other options in line.
Receiving Market Shares
Tim Patrick, Broncos
Courtland Sutton is gone for the season. We want Jerry Jeudy to be the one, but as of now, he’s one of four. With so many pass catchers getting work for the Broncos, Patrick makes for an interesting flex play and could have number two receiver value with Noah Fant dealing with an ankle injury.
The Denver offense is in flux, and if you have some space, stashing Patrick may be the long-game play that pays off.
Emmanuel Sanders, Saints
It took Emmanuel Sanders a few weeks to find his niche in the New Orleans Saints' offense, but he may have found it just in time to blend with the eventually returning Michael Thomas.
On Sunday, Sanders racked up 6 receptions for 93 yards on 9 targets. He doubled the next highest targeted Saints receiver and was targeted on 36 percent of the Saints' passes.
With Drew Brees being criticized from all angles and experts and the running game being the highlight, Sanders could be a throwaway piece in a deal that nets you big points down the stretch.
Red Zone Market Shares
Jerick McKinnon, 49ers
Jerick McKinnon was the next man up for the San Francisco 49ers. But it's his red zone work of late that's providing the greatest intrigue for fantasy managers. McKinnon has 9 red zone rushing attempts for 53 yards and 3 touchdowns to date.
As of now, he has the job to himself, and his tasty 45 percent red zone rushing share is worth a look if you have a need for a second running back or flex play.
Calvin Ridley, Falcons
Yes, I saw Monday's game. Calvin Ridley was shut out. Like, no receptions period.
But he had a target in the end zone, and Matt Ryan missed him.
And despite the goose egg, Ridley is tied for second in the league with 8 red zone receiving opportunities and already has 3 touchdowns.
Ryan has targeted Ridley on 44 percent of the Falcons’ red zone receiving opportunities.
And Ridley will be easy to target in trades. The trade offer writes itself. He was shut out and shut down and was hardly part of the game plan. Go get him on the cheap.