Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
NFC West | 8-8-0
Rank: 13th
Avg Yds
Rank: 4th
Avg PYds
Rank: 16th
Avg RYds
Rank: 5th
Posted 7/20/2021 8:40 pm GMT
Los Angeles Rams RBs Darrell Henderson, Raymond Calais, Xavier Williams and Jake Funk each figure to get a long look in camp, based on comments from head coach Sean McVay following the season-ending injury to Cam Akers (Achilles) recently. 'I don't know that veteran route is something we'll rule out, but it's not something we're looking at right now,' McVay said.
Huddle Up: McVay's comments hardly rule out the possibility of a veteran acquisition in August or September, but they do suggest the Rams like their depth on paper for now. The other issue is there is a lack of realistic options to replace Akers in free agency. Should Los Angeles go the veteran route, two of the more likely possibilities are signing Adrian Peterson or trading a Day 3 pick for Melvin Gordon. Until another move is made, Henderson can be considered a quality RB2 option in fantasy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted 5/21/2021 6:51 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds says he's ready to take advantage of the opportunity and seize the team's lead-back role in 2021. 'It's now or never,' Edmonds said in an article posted Friday, May 21, on the team's website . 'I've finally got my opportunity really and truly in front of me to have a pretty big role in this offense. It's something I've been dying for, praying for, since my first three years in the NFL. It seemed like it would never happen, but I've finally got this opportunity, and I've got to make the most of it.'
Huddle Up: Edmonds has averaged 101 touches in his three seasons with the Cards, including a career-most 150 last season (good for 850 total yards and five TDs). Former Pittsburgh Steelers bellcow back James Conner was added in the offseason, but the incumbent Edmonds should finally be the Cards' No. 1 back this season and is a low-end RB2 draft possibility.
Posted 5/08/2021 2:20 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR Rondale Moore will be used 'in as many different ways' as possible, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury. 'Whether it's handing the ball from the backfield, toss to him on a sweep, go outside or on a fade route, he does it all,' Kingsbury said. 'So, we're going to move him around and make sure he gets his fair share of touches.'
Huddle Up: Moore's speed and versatility should be a good fit in Arizona's offense, but he joins a crowded receiving corps that will make it tough for him to provide worthwhile fantasy production as a rookie.
Posted 5/01/2021 12:26 am GMT
Purdue WR Rondale Moore was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the 49th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Moore has tremendous speed and could be a possible slot receiver for the Cardinals. He should see a minimal amount of targets in this crowded passing game. Moore could be a late-round pick in standard leagues but has plenty of hurdles to overcome as a rookie.
Posted 4/30/2021 2:27 am GMT
Tulsa LB Zaven Collins was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the 16th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Collins could step in and solidify the middle of the Arizona defense from Day 1, posting solid tackle numbers and making a push for IDP consideration in the process.
Posted 4/13/2021 3:40 pm GMT
Free-agent RB James Conner (Steelers) agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday, April 13. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Huddle Up: Conner and Chase Edmonds figure to serve as a committee, and any steam that Edmonds had this offseason has fizzled with this move. Both will be low-end RB2/high-end RB3 candidates in fantasy.
Posted 4/12/2021 6:20 pm GMT
Free-agent RB James Conner (toe) had surgery to repair a turf toe this offseason and is expected to be fully recovered by June, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Conner may be able to find a starting job in free agency but should be part of a committee with his new team. He could be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy running back depending on his situation.
Posted 4/02/2021 2:06 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins is the only player in the NFL with at least 100 receptions in each of the last three seasons.
Huddle Up: Hopkins has topped 1,100 yards in each of those three seasons, logging 1,407 yards in his first year with Arizona. The addition of A.J. Green could take away a few targets from Hopkins, but he will remain the go-to weapon for Kyler Murray and a top-five fantasy receiver in 2021.
Posted 3/24/2021 3:03 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR A.J. Green 'is a guy ... that could play the 'Z' position for us, has great character ... and I still think he has some stuff left in the tank,' general manager Steve Keim said Tuesday, March 23.
Huddle Up: Green was riddled with injuries in 2018 and 2019 before showing virtually zero chemistry with Joe Burrow and failing to create much separation in 2020. That didn't stop the Cardinals from giving him a one-year deal with a $6 million base salary. If Green can turn back the clock for even one year in 2021, Arizona could be home to the most dynamic offense in the league. The odds are against Green staying healthy, however, meaning he should be considered a late-round flier at best in most leagues.
Posted 3/22/2021 11:11 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds may receive some competition this offseason as general manager Steve Keim suggested Monday, March 22, that he will monitor the running back position. However, Keim is of the belief that Edmonds is an 'excellent' player.
Huddle Up: This is definitely one situation to monitor as the offseason unfolds. Edmonds has been allowed to assume a heavy workload on occasion when Arizona's starter has been sidelined - like Kenyan Drake was for a game in 2020 - suggesting the team could be willing to make him the unquestioned starter if they don't add anyone of note. If Arizona avoids the running back position over the first two days of the draft next month, Edmonds would have a solid path to potential fantasy RB1 status.
Posted 3/17/2021 11:16 pm GMT
Free-agent PK Matt Prater (Lions) signed a two-year, $7 million base contract with the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday, March 17, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Arizona is an appealing destination for a kicker heading into the 2021 season with QB Kyler Murray and WRs DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green. Prater will be a starting option most weeks.
Posted 3/17/2021 5:28 pm GMT
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent WR A.J. Green plans to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Cardinals may lose Larry Fitzgerald, so Green could take over that role to line up with DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk. Green has struggled over the last several years but probably will have some fantasy value next season. He could be a possible No. 4 fantasy receiver for players.
Posted 3/12/2021 9:36 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB James Conner may receive interest from the Miami Dolphins during free agency.
Huddle Up: Conner has struggle with injuries during his NFL career and finished with 721 yards and six touchdowns this past season. He probably would receive a majority of the carries if he signed with the Dolphins and could be at least a No. 3 fantasy back.
Posted 3/05/2021 3:45 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds gives the team confidence in his abilities as a starting running back if they don't re-sign RB Kenyan Drake.
Huddle Up: Everyone remembers the 27-126-3 game he had against the New York Giants two years ago. Edmonds can run and catch, and he would be an upside RB2 in PPR leagues if he winds up the starter.
Posted 3/03/2021 5:37 pm GMT
Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals DE J.J. Watt's two-year deal includes a $12 million signing bonus, a $14.5 million base salary in 2021, $13.5 million base salary in 2022 and a maximum of $31 million. He can earn $3 million in incentives for sacks. If he gets 10 sacks in 2021, it's worth $1 million with a $1 million escalator in 2022. Ten sacks in 2022 nets $1 million as well.
Huddle Up: Watt only had five sacks last year, but he still finished 11th in fantasy points at the position. He should have more potential for sacks with his new team and will be a midrange DL1 in IDP leagues.
Posted 3/02/2021 5:35 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB James Conner is not likely to be re-signed in the offseason.
Huddle Up: The good: Conner has rushed for 4.3 yards per carry in 532 rushes in his career. He also has 22 rushing touchdowns over the last three years. However, he has not completed a full season in his career. He had 55 catches three years ago, but he really hasn't been able to repeat it through the air. He's RB2 material wherever he lands, but he'll be better to have in non-PPR leagues.
Posted 2/20/2021 10:22 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins is only one of two receivers in the NFL to post at least 100 receptions in each of the last two seasons.
Huddle Up: Hopkins performs well whoever the quarterback is and showed good chemistry with Kyler Murray this season. He should continue to be one of the top receivers in the NFL as long as he is healthy and will be one of the first receivers drafted in fantasy leagues in 2021.
Posted 2/19/2021 6:27 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals LB Chandler Jones has been the subject of a recent report speculating he could be an offseason salary-cap casualty, but general manager Steve Keim shot that down Friday, Feb. 19, in an interview with an Arizona radio station. 'I'll reject that,' Keim said, adding that the team is more inclined to wotk out a contract extension instead.
Posted 2/01/2021 3:36 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray threw 26 touchdowns and ran for 11 scores in 2020, becoming just the second quarterback in league history to throw for at least 25 touchdowns and score at least 10 rushing touchdowns in a single season.
Huddle Up: While Murray's production dipped a bit down the stretch, his versatility as a runner gives him a strong floor and the upside to be a top-five fantasy option at the position on any given week.
Posted 1/04/2021 12:32 am GMT
Arizona Cardinals QB Chris Streveler completed 11-of-16 passes for 105 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 17 against the Los Angeles Rams, subbing for the injured QB Kyler Murray (ankle), who left early. RB Kenyan Drake posted 10 grabs for 36 yards, while TE Dan Arnold led with 46 yards on three grabs. WR Trent Sherfield had four catches for 44 yards, WR DeAndre Hopkins ended up with 35 yards and four catches on 10 targets, while RB Jonathan Ward added an 11-yard touchdown on his only catch. LB Tanner Vallejo led the way on defense with a game-high 12 total stops, a sack and a quarterback hit.
Posted 1/03/2021 10:45 pm GMT
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during the Week 17 game and is considered questionable to return.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see if Murray is able to return. He is a weekly starting option when healthy.
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