Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
NFC West | 2-0-0
Avg PTS
36
Rank: 2nd
Avg Yds
464
Rank: 1st
Avg PYds
344.5
Rank: 1st
Avg RYds
119.5
Rank: 11th
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Posted 9/20/2021 6:52 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals TE Maxx Williams hauled in all seven of his targets for 94 yards in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: Williams has been with the Cardinals since 2019 and has never exceeded three catches or 42 yards receiving. In fact, his previous career highs of six receptions and 53 yards receiving came in the final game of his rookie year back in 2015. Suffice it to say that Williams probably won't have another game like this anytime soon and can be left on the waiver wire.
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Posted 9/20/2021 6:31 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk hauled in three of his four targets for 65 yards in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: He certainly wasn't able to repeat his two touchdowns from Week 1, but the rest of his production was quite similar (five catches, five targets, 70 yards in the opener). The big thing to pay attention to moving forward is Kirk's slot usage. He appeared to be working inside a great deal this week after living in the slot in Week 1. As long as that continues and he can stay healthy, he will have a good year in such an explosive offense. Consider him a WR4 with significant upside in Week 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Posted 9/20/2021 5:49 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR Rondale Moore hauled in seven of his eight targets for 114 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 versus the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: Moore came through for his fantasy managers when he got wide open on a bit of a Kyler Murray ad-lib and raced 77 yards for a score. This kind of performance undoubtedly should earn him more playing time, which he will need moving forward because it will be hard for him to repeat this kind of production playing less than half of his team's snaps as he did in this one. Moore possesses enough upside for fantasy managers to give him a shot in what should be a soft matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3.
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Posted 9/20/2021 5:37 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins caught all four of his targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: It would have been almost unthinkable last year for Arizona to score 34 points in a game where Hopkins only saw four targets, so it speaks to the upgrades the Cardinals made in the offseason. With that said, Hopkins offers perhaps the best combination of floor and ceiling among all fantasy receivers and should be considered a strong candidate for overall WR1 honors next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Posted 9/20/2021 4:53 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals RB James Conner carried eight times for 26 yards in Week 2 versus the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: Conner entered this season with some sleeper appeal because he had some theoretical touchdown upside in one of the best offenses in the league. Instead, he has been an equal backfield partner to Chase Edmonds in terms of carries with zero involvement in the passing game. He also has virtually no touchdown upside because Kyler Murray is handling the ball so often near the goal line. Conner may not be drop-worthy yet in most leagues, but he belongs on fantasy benches for the foreseeable future.
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Posted 9/20/2021 4:39 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds rushed for 46 yards on eight carries and caught all five of his targets for 29 yards in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: This is about the type of performance fantasy managers should expect from Edmonds moving forward since he splits the rushing work with James Conner and is the primary back on passing downs. His touchdown upside is minimal because Kyler Murray essentially serves as the No. 1 option near the goal line. Fantasy managers should expect roughly 13 touches per week without a score from him most weeks, but his work in the passing game makes him a serviceable RB2 in PPR leagues.
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Posted 9/20/2021 4:10 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray finished 29-of-36 for 400 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings. Murray also rushed for 31 yards and another score on five carries.
Huddle Up: Murray's athleticism occasionally gets him into trouble, but it pays off for him more often than not. Such was the case in this one, as he spun out of trouble to find DeAndre Hopkins on an early 14-yard TD strike and again on a wide-open 77-yard pass to a wide-open Rondale Moore. Murray has exploited two soft matchups in just the way fantasy managers should have expected, and he'll be in the running for overall QB1 honors next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Posted 9/15/2021 11:29 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR A.J. Green (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Huddle Up: Green was targeted six times in the regular season opener but finished with only two receptions and 25 yards. He will receive a handful of targets each game, but fantasy players will be able to find better options most weeks.
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Posted 9/15/2021 11:18 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Huddle Up: Hopkins opened the season with a two-touchdown performance and continues to be one of the top receivers in the NFL. He is a must-start option in all leagues.
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Posted 9/12/2021 11:42 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR A.J. Green ended up with two receptions for 25 yards on six targets in his team debut in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: The long-time Cincinnati Bengals pass catcher is trying to build a rapport with Kyler Murray, and he has to contend with DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, Rondale Moore and Chase Edmonds for targets. Green's fantasy value is limited to the deepest leagues at this point. The Cards host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2.
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Posted 9/12/2021 11:39 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk ended up with five catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns on five targets in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Kirk was considered a fringe fantasy option heading into the regular season, but he quickly improved his stock and will be highly sought off the waiver wire heading into Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings.
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Posted 9/12/2021 11:34 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins registered game highs with six receptions, 83 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Nuk is special, and this is why he is considered a Top 5 fantasy option at his position in every format. He'll look to keep up the good work in Week 2 against the visiting Minnesota Vikings.
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Posted 9/12/2021 11:32 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals RB James Conner ran 16 times for 53 yards in his team debut in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Conner had 16 carries to 12 for Chase Edmonds, but the latter averaged 5.3 yards per carry to just 3.3 for Conner. The two are likely to remain in a timeshare, but Edmonds was way more useful from a fantasy perspective in this one. The Cardinals host the Vikings in Week 2.
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Posted 9/12/2021 11:28 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds rushed 12 times for 63 yards in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans and he added four catches for 43 yards on four targets.
Huddle Up: Edmonds averaged 5.3 yards per carry, while Conner ended up with 53 rushing yards and 3.3 yards per tote. So Edmonds is likely to continue at least in a timeshare with Conner. He is a solid low-end RB2 or flex fantasy option heading into Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings.
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Posted 9/12/2021 11:26 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray completed 21-of-32 passes for 289 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans. He also ran five times for 20 yards and a score.
Huddle Up: Murray and the Cardinals looked awfully good against a team supposed to contend for the Super Bowl. That's a great sign of things to come for Murray and his fantasy owners. The Cardinals host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2.
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Posted 8/21/2021 3:57 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR Rondale Moore caught three of his five targets for 15 yards, rushed once for nine yards and returned a kickoff in a 17-10 preseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Friday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Moore was electric with the ball in his hands in college, and if the Cardinals continue to deploy him in a variety of ways when the season begins, the rookie could have a few big games in 2021.
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Posted 8/16/2021 4:02 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals RB James Conner was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: The usage of Conner and Chase Edmonds will be one to pay close attention to in camp. Conner is more between the tackles than Edmonds, and both figure to be RB3 options with Edmonds a low-end RB2 in PPR leagues.
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Posted 8/15/2021 8:13 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR A.J. Green (undisclosed) will participate in individual drills during practice Sunday, Aug. 15, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Huddle Up: Green is working his way back on the field and should be ready to play Week 1. He is expected to be a top-three receiver for the Cardinals and likely will see a handful of targets each game. He could be a late round option in some fantasy drafts.
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Posted 8/09/2021 8:02 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (undisclosed) will participate in practice Monday, Aug. 9.
Huddle Up: Kirk has been sidelined for a few days because of an undisclosed injury and probably will be eased back into practice. He is on track to be a top-three receiver for the Cardinals and could be a No. 4 or No. 5 receiver for teams.
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Posted 8/09/2021 7:50 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray will receive some playing time during the preseason game Friday, Aug. 13, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Huddle Up: Murray probably will be on the field for a few series but should be on the sidelined for most of the game. He should be considered a No. 1 fantasy quarterback in all leagues because of his ability to throw and run.
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Posted 8/03/2021 12:42 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR A.J. Green still 'has a lot in the tank' and is 'still in his prime,' according to teammate DeAndre Hopkins. 'I probably haven't played with anyone of his caliber. ... I know you guys are probably going to take that and run with it. ... The reason I say that, A.J. still has a lot in the tank. The other two (likely) Hall of Famers I played with (Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson), I'd say, were at the end of their career. They taught me a lot, but I feel like A.J. is still in his prime,' Hopkins said.
Huddle Up: High praise from Hopkins, and it's unlikely the result of deferring to an accomplished veteran. He's had a few practices to see what he needs to see in order to make this kind of statement. There is a distinct chance Green genuinely was ready to get out of Cincinnati around 2019, and it is possible that playing alongside Hopkins - who will undoubtedly take the attention away from Green - will be just what the doctor ordered to revive his career. Green is very much worth a late dart throw late in drafts.
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Posted 7/29/2021 9:01 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Thursday, July 29, because of a minor injury, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Huddle Up: Hopkins probably will be able to return to practice within the next week, but fantasy players can monitor the situation. He is one of the top receivers in the NFL and should be selected in the first or second round of all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 7/17/2021 3:12 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins had a 14.8 percent rate of 20-plus yard catches in 2020, and his 17 catches of 20-plus yards were tied for 12th among receivers.
Huddle Up: While Hopkins produced his share of big plays, it was a relatively low number for a player who tied for second in the NFL with 115 receptions. Still, Hopkins did almost everything else at an elite level for Arizona, and he should continue to be a reliable WR1 as the go-to weapon in Kliff Kingsbury's passing attack.
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Posted 7/03/2021 1:24 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray said his running ability 'should be a luxury' for the offense. 'And it kind of wasn't like that last year,' Murray said 'It was kind of me having to run for us in a sense and once my shoulder was banged up, or whatever, and I wasn't trying to put myself out there and take those hits and stuff like that, we kind of hit a lull.'
Huddle Up: While it is probably best for Murray's health if he stays in the pocket more in 2021, his fantasy value would suffer if his rushing stats decline. His scrambling ability is going away completely, so should remain a QB1. However, he will have a tough time finishing as a top-five option at the position if he isn't making consistent plays with his legs.
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Posted 6/29/2021 2:21 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR A.J. Green is expected to have a big year by QB Kyler Murray. Murray, who has worked out with Green this offseason, is impressed with him. 'I expect A.J. to have a big year,' Murray said. 'I know a lot of people are sleeping on him. I know a lot of things have been said about him maybe not being able to do it anymore. ... I'm glad he's on the team.'
Huddle Up: Green is 33 and has been riddled with injuries throughout his career. He could be a solid WR3 upside grab in PPR leagues, but don't reach for him.
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Posted 6/27/2021 1:51 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR Rondale Moore has head coach Kliff Kingsbury excited about the multiple ways he can be used in the offense. 'He's very good in the open field, making the first guy miss,' Kingsbury said. 'He has a knack at some of those plays, so, yeah, he's going to be a guy that's going to be fun to try to draw stuff up for, and see how many times we can get it to him.'
Huddle Up: Moore joins a crowded receiving corps, but he could eventually emerge as a dynamic weapon from the slot. For now, he is best suited to be a late-round option in best ball formats.
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Posted 6/26/2021 4:29 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray has general manager Steve Keim eager for 2021 as the quarterback enters his third season. 'Because it's arguably the most important position on the field, you always put some time and effort into that position,' Keim said in article Friday, June 25, on the team's website. '(But) I would say my confidence at the position and in general is at a real high. ... with a guy like Kyler Murray, the thing that is so exciting for me is having the opportunity to build around a young player, a guy you can grow with as an organization and as a roster. And there are different things you can do, especially with a rookie contract, as opposed to a veteran who is making a considerable part of your salary cap.'
Huddle Up: Fantasy-wise, Murray is much further ahead of schedule as only Josh Allen (29.1) and Patrick Mahomes (28.8) averaged more fantasy points per game than Murray (28.2) last season. Almost a third (9.2), though, of those points came via the ground so there's still ample room for Murray to grow as a passer. It all adds up to a top-five QB ranking for Kyler entering drafts this summer.
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Posted 6/17/2021 1:36 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals SS Budda Baker (illness) said Wednesday, June 16, that he tested positive for COVID-19. The Cardinals finished minicamp last week, and no close contacts were identified.
Huddle Up: Baker is among the top defensive backs in fantasy for his tackling ability. This shouldn't affect that status.
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Posted 6/09/2021 7:19 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals second-round pick WR Rondale Moore (Purdue) signed a four-year contract worth a reported $6.9 million - including a $2.9 million signing bonus - on Wednesday, June 9.
Huddle Up: Moore is expected to be Arizona's long-term answer in the slot regardless of whether Larry Fitzgerald returns or not. While DeAndre Hopkins will remain the clear leader of the pack among the Cardinals' receivers, the rookie figures to finish second on the team in targets in 2021 - assuming he can stay healthy - and will get plenty of work on jet sweeps and the like to highlight his ability to thrive in space. Moore figures to be a fantasy WR5 with plenty of upside right away.
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Posted 6/02/2021 7:28 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray has 'mastered our (offensive) system,' according to comments head coach Kliff Kingsbury made to Omar Ruiz of NFL Media on Wednesday, June 2.
Huddle Up: After trading for DeAndre Hopkins last offseason, the Cardinals continued to fortify Murray's supporting cast by adding A.J. Green via free agency and Rondale Moore in the draft this spring. Had Murray not got hurt midway through last season, he could have finished as the overall QB1. With good health and more weapons, he's a solid bet to make a run for that title in 2021.
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