Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
NFC West | 5-10-1
Rank: 16th
Avg Yds
Rank: 19th
Avg PYds
Rank: 21st
Avg RYds
Rank: 9th
Posted 5/24/2020 1:11 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake 'could pass 350 touches if he stays healthy' in 2020, in the opinion of Gregg Rosenthal of
Huddle Up: Drake logged 151 touches in eight games after being acquired by Arizona last season, so 350 touches isn't out of the realm of possibility in a full season as the lead back. If he can handle the workload, he has RB1 upside.
Posted 5/16/2020 9:35 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins ranks first in the NFL in targets (487) and receiving touchdowns (31) over the last three seasons. He also ranks second with 315 receptions in that time.
Huddle Up: Hopkins is the new addition to a receiving corps previously fronted by Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. Hopkins will remain the No. 1 option in the passing game, as he was with the Houston Texans, but he'll likely need to share targets much more than he did before. He's still a top-tier WR1, but a dip in production should be expected for his first season in Arizona.
Posted 5/15/2020 3:51 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals WR Hakeem Butler missed his entire rookie season after suffering a finger injury in training camp, but the coaching staff still believes he has an 'intriguing skill set,' according to Kyle Odegard of the team's website. '(Butler has) tons of ability. He's healthy. He's been working hard this offseason. He knows what we expect of him, and what we think he can be. I'm really excited when we can finally get him back on the field,' head coach Kliff Kingsbury said.
Huddle Up: Kingsbury also told the team's website one of the reasons the Cardinals passed on receivers in the 2020 draft was that they remain intrigued by Butler, Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson. Even though Arizona goes four-wide more than most teams, it's unlikely any of them make any significant noise in fantasy this season barring injury to DeAndre Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. As such, Butler and his fellow 2019 draft classmates figure to be nothing more than holds in dynasty leagues.
Posted 5/11/2020 1:28 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald topped 100 yards on double-digit targets in the first two games of 2019, but he failed to reach 100 yards or more than eight targets in any of the final 14 games, failing to reach 50 yards 10 times in that span.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald has delivered pedestrian numbers in each of the last two seasons, and he tied a career low with four touchdowns in 2019. The offseason addition of DeAndre Hopkins isn't going to help his recent decline in production either. Fitzgerald is a fantasy backup.
Posted 5/03/2020 5:08 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake said he was fine with receiving the franchise tag this offseason and hopes the two sides will be able to reach a long-term contract at some point.
Huddle Up: Drake was a breakout star after joining the Cardinals during the 2019 season and will be the main running back this upcoming season. He can be considered a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Posted 4/28/2020 7:31 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray is expected to take another big step in 2020 after being named the 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year, according to general manager Steve Keim Tuesday, April 28. 'I think he's even a better pure passer than people have anticipated, but the thing that's gonna separate him is the ability to process, to see things, to make good decisions, get the ball out of his hands, don't take so many sacks,' Keim said.
Huddle Up: Murray will certainly be helped by the offseason addition of No. 1 receiver DeAndre Hopkins. He was sacked a league-high 48 times last season and threw 12 interceptions against his 20 touchdown passes, but some experience and the ability to make quicker reads will help limit those mistakes. He's a mid-tier QB1 in re-draft leagues.
Posted 4/26/2020 5:15 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB Eno Benjamin is not expected to receive many offensive snaps during his rookie season since he is behind RBs Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds on the depth chart.
Huddle Up: Benjamin probably will receive a handful of touches early in the season but could earn a bigger role later in the season if he is productive. Fantasy players can avoid him during their drafts but should keep an eye on him during the season.
Posted 4/17/2020 6:01 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins said Friday, April 17, he wasn't caught off guard by the March trade that sent him from the Houston Texans to Arizona, adding that he first started hearing trade rumors in 2019. 'It wasn't a big surprise,' Hopkins said on a media conference call. 'I was preparing for it.'
Huddle Up: Hopkins has been a top-10 fantasy wideout in four of the last five seasons, and while the change in scenery is a first for Hopkins, continue to value him as a rock-solid WR1.
Posted 4/16/2020 4:35 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim is excited about the addition of WR DeAndre Hopkins. 'I feel like DeAndre is a game-changer. He's a guy that can play on the perimeter. He's physical. He's got a great catching radius. Strong hands. Really good after the catch. And he's a tenacious competitor. So, to be able to add that type of player to our locker room, to me, gets me really, really excited,' Keim said of the team's new No. 1 receiver.
Huddle Up: Hopkins will remain a high-target option with the Cardinals and continues as a WR1 in fantasy football drafts.
Posted 4/16/2020 3:21 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, as an update to previous reports, said he has spoken with RB Kenyan Drake's agent, Pat Dye, Jr., about signing Drake to a long-term deal. Drake has been re-signed to a one-year deal already, but Keim has made it clear the team would like Drake to remain with the Cardinals for longer than that.
Huddle Up: In eight games with the Cardinals last season following a mid-season trade from the Miami Dolphins, Drake rushed for 643 yards on 123 carries and scored eight touchdowns. He added another 171 yards on 28 receptions. While talented with huge upside in a scheme that appears to fit his talents better than Miami's system did, Drake should be considered a RB2 entering draft season.
Posted 4/13/2020 7:59 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins officially passed his physical Monday, April 13.
Huddle Up: Hopkins will be the focal point in the passing game this season and has been a consistent fantasy receiver no matter his quarterback. He likely will be one of the first receivers selected in all fantasy leagues in 2020.
Posted 4/09/2020 10:52 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said the third running back spot behind RB Kenyan Drake and RB Chase Edmonds may still be open following the re-signing of RB D.J. Foster. 'We think he has a good skill set,' Kingsbury said in regard to Foster, 'but that's an area we'd like to have three that you feel like we could roll through and not lose much.'
Huddle Up: Drake is the clear fantasy target from the Cardinals' backfield, and he'll be a strong RB2 as the depth chart currently stands. The selection of a top-end rookie back within the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft could take away from Drake's appeal in re-draft leagues, and the younger option would likely become the superior dynasty target.
Posted 4/09/2020 2:16 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RBs Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds have head coach Kliff Kingsbury 'really excited' about the first two spots on the depth chart, but Kingsbury told a group of reporters in a videoconference on Tuesday, April 7, that he'd like to have three running backs 'that we feel like we could roll through and not lose much.'
Huddle Up: While this could be an indication Kingsbury wants to use a three-man committee, it's more than likely a realization that he wants to be deep at a position that was ravaged by injuries in 2019. Drake did more than enough after arriving via trade at midseason to warrant at least 15 touches per week and should be considered a low-end RB1 for fantasy purposes. Edmonds also performed well before getting hurt and should be considered Drake's high-upside handcuff.
Posted 4/07/2020 8:09 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins has yet to take his physical with the team, but head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday, April 7, he has 'no doubt' the deal will get done before the 2020 NFL Draft (April 23).
Huddle Up: If the deal were to somehow fall through within the next two weeks, the Cardinals would be likely to target one of Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb or Henry Ruggs with their No. 8 overall pick. Of course, Hopkins would fill the Cards' need for a No. 1 receiver once the trade is finalized once and for all.
Posted 4/06/2020 2:10 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals WR Andy Isabella finished with nine catches as a rookie, playing just 38 snaps over the first eight games, and he was limited to 'fly routes and jet sweeps' because of his inability to separate on shorter routes, according to Josh Weinfuss of
Huddle Up: Isabella has the speed to take the top off defenses, but between his limited route tree and the addition of DeAndre Hopkins, fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect a dramatic step forward in Year 2.
Posted 3/31/2020 7:11 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins has had 'some conversations' with general manager Steve Keim regarding his contract, according to chairman Michael Bidwill Tuesday, March 31.
Huddle Up: Hopkins has no guaranteed money remaining on his current deal, but the Cardinals certainly won't be releasing him after acquiring him from the Houston Texans. He's still just 27 years old and is one of the top receivers in the game. An extension and a raise would make sense in order to keep Hopkins paired with QB Kyler Murray for the foreseeable future. Doing so would keep both players as top options at their respective positions in dynasty and keeper formats.
Posted 3/26/2020 10:09 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake officially signed his transition tag tender Thursday, March 26, according to sources.
Posted 3/21/2020 4:32 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake on Saturday, March 21, signed his transition-tag tender offer. Signing a longer-term deal also remains a possibility for Drake this offseason.
Huddle Up: Drake averaged an impressive 19.7 fantasy points (standard scoring) in eight games with the Cards last season, and that figure would've ranked second on the season behind only Christian McCaffrey (22.1). He's a low-end RB1 candidate for 2020 with David Johnson now out of the picture in Arizona.
Posted 3/20/2020 5:00 pm UTC
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins was officially acquired by the Arizona Cardinals Friday, March 20, along with a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Texans receive RB David Johnson, a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Hopkins will remain a top-three receiver in Arizona, despite a potential dip in target volume. His presence will also boost the values of QB Kyler Murray and WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. RB Kenyan Drake's value also rises with one less mouth to feed in the backfield.
Posted 3/16/2020 5:42 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick were traded to the Houston Texans in exchange for WR DeAndre Hopkins and a 2021 fourth-round draft pick on Monday, March 16.
Huddle Up: This deal has a feel of a fantasy trade that could have been completed two years ago. To say the return for Houston is a disappointment would be a serious understatement. It seems obvious at this point the Texans either didn't want to sign DeAndre Hopkins to an extension down the road or head coach Bill O'Brien and the receiver weren't on the same page. Johnson figures to fall in line with Lamar Miller and Carlos Hyde as recent volume-based backs in Houston that will end up being fantasy RB2s.
Posted 3/16/2020 3:21 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake received the transition tag Monday, March 16.
Huddle Up: Drake looks like he'll stay put, which was expected all along. Drake had a couple of monster games with the Cardinals and can be expected to ebb and flow as a fantasy back. He might be a low-end RB1 in PPR formats.
Posted 3/05/2020 10:22 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake is 'one to watch' for the Detroit Lions in free agency, according to Chris Burke of The Athletic Thursday, March 5.
Huddle Up: Signing Drake would certainly be bad news for Kerryon Johnson's fantasy value. Drake showed last season with the Cardinals he can lead a backfield, and he'd be likely to take over as the No. 1 option. He could be a low-end RB2.
Posted 2/28/2020 9:43 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake is believed to be looking for $8 million to $10 million per season in his next contract.
Huddle Up: Drake was a big factor on offense once he joined the Cardinals with 643 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in eight games. He likely will be a starter no matter where he plays in 2020 and can be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Posted 2/25/2020 9:56 pm UTC
Impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake is wanted back by the team, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim Tuesday, Feb. 25. 'We'd love to have him back, he's a perfect fit for our offense,' Kingsbury said. 'He's certainly a guy we would like to have back but again not sure what the market is going to do,' said Keim.
Huddle Up: Drake rushed for 643 yards and eight touchdowns over eight games with the Cardinals after being acquired from the Miami Dolphins. He dethroned David Johnson and Chase Edmonds in the backfield, and he'll be a top-end RB2 wherever he plays in 2020.
Posted 2/14/2020 8:42 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake has had some contract talks with the Cardinals since the end of the season, and general manager Steve Keim said he has told Drake that the team wants him back.
Huddle Up: Drake played very well after his trade to the Cardinals and rushed for 643 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games with Arizona. He probably would receive most of the touches at running back if he re-signs and can be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Posted 2/14/2020 4:09 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson has had initial contract talks, according to general manager Steve Keim. Peterson is entering the final year of his contract.
Huddle Up: Peterson was tested last year when he returned from suspension. He had 53 tackles in 10 games, and he had 54 in all of 2018. He has never been a dependable option in fantasy because teams feared throwing at him. That's no longer the case, and Peterson will quietly be an option in IDP leagues as a low-end DB1.
Posted 2/08/2020 5:29 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals LB Chandler Jones says he understands why the New England Patriots traded him to the Cardinals in 2016. 'When I spoke to Bill (Belichick) when I got traded, he told me it was best for the team; this was the best decision for our team,' Jones recently told Jeff Howe of The Athletic. 'At the time, I didn't understand. That next year, they won the Super Bowl, so I did understand that was best for the team -- saved money, and they actually went and won. There were no hard feelings at all. I understood it's a business and it was what was best for the team.'
Huddle Up: It's been a win-win trade for all parties as Jones has bagged a league-most 60 sacks since the deal, including a career-high 19 last season, while the Pats have won a pair of Super Bowls.
Posted 2/01/2020 10:20 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray was named the 2019 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Saturday, Feb. 1.
Huddle Up: Murray led the Cardinals to a 5-10-1 record while starting all 16 games in his rookie season. He finished the year with 349 completions on 542 attempts with 3,722 yards and 20 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. He added 544 rushing yards and four scores on the ground. He's already one of the league's best dual-threat quarterbacks, and his passing numbers should only improve with some upgrades to the Cardinals' receiving corps.
Posted 1/26/2020 2:18 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray finished the 2019 season with 3,722 passing yards, 544 rushing yards, 24 total touchdowns and 12 interceptions, joining Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for at least 3,500 yards and rush for at least 500 yards.
Huddle Up: Although Murray had his share of ups and downs in his rookie campaign, his dual-threat ability still allowed him to provide low-end QB1 production overall. He should at least be able to post similar numbers in Year 2, and his ceiling is even higher.
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