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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2024 Draft Rankings

Marvin Harrison Jr. Note
Marvin Harrison Jr. photo 22. Marvin Harrison Jr. WR - (vs . SF)
Harrison Jr.'s prospect profile speaks for itself. Over the last two years of college, he ranked fifth and seventh in YPRR and third and sixth in PFF receiving grade. He has the size and overall skillset to command alpha-level volume from the jump, and he'll have that opportunity in Arizona. Yes, he will have to contend with Trey McBride for the weekly team lead in targets, but after McBride, things get sparse quickly. Arizona still has Greg Dortch and Michael Wilson and added Zay Jones this offseason, but none of those players have proven they can consistently push for a 20% target share in the NFL. Harrison's draft stock is spicy, but he deserves it. Last year, Arizona tossed the rock 555 times; if Harrison can command a 25% target share (which is possible), he would be tied for 13th in raw target volume among wide receivers last year. Harrison could rank top 12 in targets among wideouts in his rookie season.
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Kyler Murray Note
Kyler Murray photo 58. Kyler Murray QB - (vs . SF)
Murray immediately reinserted himself into the QB1 conversation in fantasy last year. He finished as the QB9 in fantasy points per game while struggling as a passer. Among 45 qualifying passers last season, he was 38th in CPOE, 35th in highly accurate throw rate, and had the ninth-highest off-target rate. It wasn't pretty, but for fantasy purposes, he smoothed over those rough edges with rushing ranking ninth in rushing yards per game, 10th in carries per game, and ninth in red zone carries per game. Murray has displayed serious arm talent in the NFL previously, so I'm expecting a bounce back with his passing. Last year, we saw his floor, which is still a QB1 in fantasy. In 2020, we saw what the ceiling looked like (QB3). Murray will be one of my most drafted players in 2024.
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Trey McBride Note
Trey McBride photo 59. Trey McBride TE - (vs . SF)
McBride was on a tear at the end of last year, and I fully expect him to pick up right where he left off in 2024, where he left off. In Weeks 8-18, among tight ends, he ranked first in weighted opportunity and target share, fourth in YPRR and missed tackles forced, and fifth in PFF receiving grade. If you extrapolated that ten-game sample over a full season, McBride would have finished with 144 targets, 112 receptions, and 1,114 receiving yards. Yes, McBride will have to contend with Marvin Harrison Jr. weekly for the team target lead, but that's it. There isn't another soul on the Cardinals roster that will consistently push these two with a high-end target share. McBride could easily finish this season as the TE1 overall.
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James Conner Note
James Conner photo 64. James Conner RB - (vs . SF)
James Conner is like a finely aged bourbon. He keeps getting better as the years are piling up. Since he arrived in Arizona, he has finished as the RB7, RB9, and RB13 in fantasy points per game. On a per-touch basis, last season might have been his best year to date. Despite ranking 21st in rushing attempts, he was sixth in rushing yards in the NFL. Conner showed no signs that Father Time was starting to creep in as he ranked seventh in explosive run rate, eighth in missed tackles forced per attempt, and fifth in yards after contact per attempt. Conner will likely lead this backfield in snaps in 2024, but, with the addition of Trey Benson to the fold, don't be shocked if the team splits the work more evenly this season. Conner is an RB2/3.
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Trey Benson Note
Trey Benson photo 118. Trey Benson RB - (vs . SF)
Benson will have to contend with a still-spry James Conner for touches all season. Yes, Conner hasn't played more than 13 games in a season over the last two years, so Benson could get some run as the team's starter in 2024. It's impossible to project that with the uncertainty of injuries, but it has to be mentioned. Even in a 1B role to Conner, Benson could make some noise with big plays. Over the last two collegiate seasons, Benson has ranked 10th and third in breakaway percentage and 42nd and first in elusive rating (per PFF). With an offense that ranked fourth in neutral script rushing rate last year, there should be enough rushing volume weekly for Benson to have flex viability. He's a priority handcuff this season with some standalone value.
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Michael Wilson Note
Michael Wilson photo 176. Michael Wilson WR - (vs . SF)
The highlight of Week 18? Rookie Michael Wilson.
6 targets (21% target share) and 6 receptions for 95 yards. 68 air yards and 40% air yards share. The rookie posted a very under-the-radar campaign as a highly involved Cardinals WR. He ran a route on 80% of the dropbacks (35th among all WRs) which locks him into a full-time role in this offense next season, as long as he can fend off Zay Jones. Wilson also finished his season on a high note, averaging 15.5 points per game after his last two contests with Marquise Brown out.
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Zay Jones Note
Zay Jones photo 245. Zay Jones WR - (vs . SF)
Zay Jones' 2023 season was marred by injuries, limiting his impact to just 34 receptions for 321 yards and 2 touchdowns in 9 games. Despite the challenges, his performance in the final four games hinted at his potential when healthy, averaging 8 fantasy points and just south of 10 targets/game. His signing with the Arizona Cardinals after being released presents a fresh opportunity, and if he can maintain his health, he could become a valuable asset in their offense as No. 3 option.
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Michael Carter Note
Michael Carter photo 285. Michael Carter RB - (vs . SF)
Emari Demercado Note
Emari Demercado photo 310. Emari Demercado RB - (vs . SF)
Greg Dortch Note
Greg Dortch photo 323. Greg Dortch WR - (vs . SF)
Matt Prater Note
Matt Prater photo 390. Matt Prater K - (vs . SF)
Arizona Cardinals Note
Arizona Cardinals photo 441. Arizona Cardinals DST - (vs . SF)
DeeJay Dallas Note
DeeJay Dallas photo 442. DeeJay Dallas RB - (vs . SF)
Chris Moore Note
Chris Moore photo 454. Chris Moore WR - (vs . SF)
Tip Reiman Note
Tip Reiman photo 510. Tip Reiman TE - (vs . SF)
Elijah Higgins Note
Elijah Higgins photo 542. Elijah Higgins TE - (vs . SF)
Desmond Ridder Note
Desmond Ridder photo 550. Desmond Ridder QB - (vs . SF)
Tejhaun Palmer Note
Tejhaun Palmer photo 553. Tejhaun Palmer WR - (vs . SF)