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PFN Table for 6: Chase Edmonds, James Connor, Alvin Kamara, Julio Jones, and others

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Table for 6: Sunday, December 12
Welcome back to Table for 6: Pro Football Network’s rundown of six players we are closely tracking today. Six players whose values could pop or plummet before the sun goes down. Six players who could make or break your fantasy team if you manage your roster to maximize the probabilities.
There are 13 games remaining in Week 14. Here are six players I’m watching intently.
Guests of Honor
Chase Edmonds and James Conner, RBs, Cardinals
Chase Edmonds landed on injured reserve with an ankle injury suffered in Week 9. He started the season as Arizona’s co-lead back with James Conner. Edmonds’ exceptional running (5.7 yards per carry) and impressive passing-game usage (30 catches in his first eight games) did not translate well in fantasy, as he found the end zone only once.
Conner’s yards-per-carry is nearly two yards worse (3.8), and he’d caught only five balls in the team’s first eight games. Yet he also scored five times during the first half of the season, including four times from the opposing 1-yard line. Conner’s fantasy production wasn’t as talent-driven as Edmonds’ was – it was more situational.
But with Edmonds sidelined, Conner has assumed a full bell-cow role – including earning 15 receptions in these past four contests – while continuing to pile up touchdowns (he’s up to 14). Conner’s inefficient running doesn’t seem to matter. This is a Super Bowl-caliber team, and Conner remains an invaluable piece of the puzzle.
And perhaps one reason Conner’s poor yards per carry doesn’t matter is because he’s performed better than Edmonds on other metrics, and I’m not just talking about scoring. Conner is averaging 2.2 yards after contact versus only 1.6 for Edmonds. Conner averages a broken tackle every 11.1 carries, versus 19.0 for Edmonds.
Edmonds is questionable heading into Monday Night Football. Whether he returns tomorrow or next week, the question is what role he’ll take for the fantasy playoffs. Is he still the co-lead back? Will he earn more scoring opportunities? Will he take a backseat to Conner in the passing game?
Injuries simplify split-RBs backfields in the short term and then complicate them when the injured player returns. Some head coaches go with the hot hand. Others re-install their preferred 1A option. What happens in this backfield could impact the fantasy fortunes of millions of fantasy managers.
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Tune in: Fantasy Podcast
Can you trust Jarvis Landry in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens?
BJ Rudell, Tommy Garrett, and Jason Katz are back to bring fantasy football managers the latest injury updates from around the NFL on Friday that will help determine who they should start or sit in Week 14 of NFL action.
The guys discuss whether or not you can trust Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry against the Baltimore Ravens, whether or not Ezekiel Elliott will have success if Tony Pollard sits out, and whether or not fantasy football managers can start both AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones against the Chicago Bears.
Tune in on your favorite podcast platform, including Apple and Spotify
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Other Guests
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
He’s back. 
One of the greatest running backs of his era in the midst of his most disappointing season during the Saints’ worst season in perhaps 16 years. 
I’ve written a great deal about Alvin Kamara this year, including why I traded him after Week 1. Thi`s was not the elite RB1 we had come to know. New Orleans’ passing game had been one of the league’s worst. As the offensive centerpiece, Kamara would get bottled up by defenses. 
And that’s essentially what we saw before Kamara went down with a knee injury in Week 9 after averaging only 3.6 yards per carry. 
Receptions (32) and touchdowns (7) have kept him afloat in fantasy. Now he’ll play alongside the run-friendly Taysom Hill. Last year, three of Kamara’s four lowest reception totals were in games where Hill started. It will be fascinating to see which Kamara we see today.
Julio Jones, WR, Tennessee Titans
What do we make of Julio Jones’ rapid fall from elite WR to seemingly unstartable WR? 
From 2014 to 2019 he was, in order, the WR6 (despite missing a game), WR2, WR6 (despite missing two games), WR7, WR4, and WR3. Few receivers have dominated the fantasy landscape for six consecutive seasons. 
And last year – his final season in Atlanta – wasn’t as bad as the stats suggest: a 51-771-3 receiving line in nine games. Expanded to a 16-game season, he was on pace for an impressive 91-1,371-5 line. His alleged “regression” resulted from teammate Calvin Ridley’s ascension than Jones’s supposedly diminished talent. 
Now, I’m not naïve to his situation. 
The Titans’ passing attack was a wreck even before Jones and A.J. Brown got hurt. But with Jones finally on track to return from a hamstring injury, I’m focused on whether Jones is a far better fantasy asset than most managers realize.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns
It’s getting harder to remember Jarvis Landry former fantasy greatness. He was a WR1 or WR2 for five straight seasons from 2015 to 2019. Last year, he took a step back yet easily led all Cleveland receivers with 72 receptions on 101 targets for 840 yards and 3 touchdowns. 
He turned 29 years old barely two weeks ago. This is not an aging star. Landry is capable of returning to fantasy greatness, particularly with Odell Beckham, Jr. gone. 
The biggest question marks are how much the team will commit to the passing game and how effectively the deeply injured Baker Mayfield will get him the ball. 
Landry can still be a fantasy asset if last week’s 6-111 receiving line is any indication. Today, I’m watching to see if the Browns remain committed to their clear-cut No. 1 wideout.
Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns
If I’m writing about Landry, I’m writing about Austin Hooper. Their careers have followed similar paths, as Hooper earned back-to-back seasons as the TE6 for the Falcons in 2018 and 2019. Then, Cleveland made him the high-paid NFL tight end, and he’s wallowed in fantasy obscurity ever since. 
Last year, he parlayed the team’s second-most receptions (46) and targets (70) into a disappointing TE21 campaign. This year, he’s regressed further (TE26) despite once again being No. 2 in receptions (28) and targets (45). 
Such fantasy futility is almost unheard of for a team’s top-2 receiving option, and it reflects how poor this team’s passing attack has been. Hooper should be getting more than 2.3 catches per game. 
If the Browns figure this out and correct it, their high-priced TE should return to fantasy relevance.
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