Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals

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Arizona Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers is reporting head coach Bruce Arians "seems comfortable" with Kerwynn Williams entering the 2017 season as David Johnson's backup. (Source: AZCentral.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Cardinals elected not to bring back Chris Johnson, David Johnson's backup in the past two seasons, in 2017. However, with a light and unknown running back depth chart behind David Johnson, the role of his primary backup is in question. While the Cardinals decided to move Andre Ellington to wide receiver early in the offseason, it wasn't long before he was moved back to RB. Despite his presence, Williams is the favorite to open the upcoming campaign as the team's RB2. Williams, who is entering his fifth year in the NFL, has a light resume. He's only rushed for 545 yards and three touchdowns since his 2013 rookie season. From a fantasy football perspective, Williams is nothing more than a shot in the dark handcuff in the event David Johnson, fantasy football's top player regardless of position according to most experts, is sidelined at any point in 2017 due to injury. He'll likely go undrafted in fantasy drafts and available on waivers.

Category: Rumors


Pro Football Talk is reporting Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer's playing future "remains up in the air" past the 2017 season. “I love every facet of it,” Palmer said via ArizonaCardinals.com. “I don’t want to stop. But I’ll have to wait and make that decision after the season. … There’s always urgency, especially as you get to the second half of your career. You just never know when your last year is going to be.” (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Palmer, 37, is entering his 15th season in the NFL. However, his playing future past the 2017 campaign remains uncertain. Coming off of a 2016 season in which he accumulated a 4,233-26-14 stat line while completing 61 percent of his passes and averaging 282.2 YPG, the veteran signal caller appears to have gas left in the tank, at least for the upcoming year. From a fantasy football perspective, Palmer holds value at his QB21 ADP as he could easily put together a back-end QB1 statistical season. View him as a fine late-round selection if he maintains his current ADP.

Category: Rumors


Arizona Cardinals beat writer Kyle Odegard is reporting wide receiver Jaron Brown (knee) is a limited participant at OTAs on Wednesday. (Source: Kyle Odegard on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brown, who tore his ACL in Week 7 of the 2016 season, is working his way back from injury. He participated in individual drills during Wednesday's OTAs session. Barring a setback, Brown will have a chance to compete with John Brown for the No. 3 wide receiver spot on the depth chart for the 2017 season.

Category: Injury Updates


Between the sickle cell trait and a cyst in his spine, Brown wasn't ever fully healthy. He'll be ready for a bounce-back year after having the cyst removed back in January. (Source: AZ Cardinals)

Fantasy Impact: Brown has a solid situation in Arizona, as Michael Floyd is gone and the only pass catcher added from the draft being Chad Williams, a raw prospect that likely won't see much field time early. The team's defense has gotten worse, but that works in his favor, as the offense might be forced towards a more pass-centric, downfield approach. David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald are both outstanding players, but Brown can find plenty of opportunities to get the ball behind those two.

Category: Rumors


Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told the media "he'd like to get" running back David Johnson at least 30 touches per game in 2017 "due to the amount of offense he can produce." (Source: John Weinfuss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson, who is already considered the top fantasy running back by most experts, could see his fantasy value increase even more for the 2017 season. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told the media Wednesday that he expects to give the versatile rusher at least 30 touches per game in the upcoming campaign. Last season, his second year as a pro, Johnson averaged 23.3 TPG and led the NFL with 2,113 total yards from scrimmage. Expect Johnson to be a top five pick in 2017 fantasy drafts.

Category: Rumors


Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told the media running back Andre Ellington will convert to wide receiver for 2017. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ellington, a four-year veteran running back on the Cardinals, will convert to wide receiver for the 2017 season. Due to the emergency of David Johnson as a rusher and primary receiver out of the backfield, Ellington's skill set could be better served at wideout. Expect Ellington to enter the upcoming season as the No. 4 or No. 5 receiver on Arizona's depth chart.

Category: Rumors


The Detriot Lions and tight end Darren Fells agreed to terms on a one-year deal. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After spending the first three years of his career in Arizona, Fells signed wit the Lions Saturday. Fells, who caught 14 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown playing in 14 games last season, is unlikely to affect starter Eric Ebron's targets in Detriot. Fells has minimal fantasy value in 2017 with or without Ebron on the field.

Category: Transactions


Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham has signed a new four year deal with the team, keeping him under team control under 2020. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gresham's 391 yards in 2016 was the 6th most for a Cardinals tight end since the 2000 season. It's not a huge number, but for a tight end in Bruce Arians offense it's huge. It's not enough to put Gresham firmly on the redraft radar, but he may have Weekly DFS appeal.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will return for the 2017 season. The NFL Insider added that Fitzgerald is "feeling 'back to normal' physically" and that his "desire to win and compete still burns," citing his reasons for returning to play out the final year of his contract. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fitzgerald will, in fact, play in 2017, after months of contemplating retirement. With a Fitzgerald return, it is believed that he and Cardinals signal caller, Carson Palmer, are "tied at the hip," meaning he is likely to play next season as well -- although Palmer's return is not yet official. Despite Fitzgerald's decision to play another year, it is a likely scenario that the Cardinals address the wide receiver position this offseason in the draft, or via free agency -- planning for the future.

Category: Rumors


J.J. Nelson hauled in four of 12 targets for 75 yards on Sunday against the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: This was the first time in five games that Nelson did not score a touchdown, but his 12 targets tied a season high. With Michael Floyd gone and John Brown battling injury, Nelson established himself as a reliable fantasy wide receiver. He will need to up his rate of catches (he caught just 46% of his targets) to move into WR2 territory in 2017.

Category: Game Recaps


Michael Floyd, who was cut from the Cardinals following his DUI arrest in Monday, has been claimed by the New England Patriots off waivers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Floyd probably won't have an immediate impact on the WR situation in New England. He definitely could have an impact but it more than likely won't take place during the fantasy season as he will need time to become familiar with the team and offense. However, Floyd could be a surprising draft target for next season depending on how he's used the rest of this season.

Category: Transactions


Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro was successful on 1-of-2 field goal attempts and on 4-of-4 extra point attempts in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Washington Redskins.

Fantasy Impact: Catanzaro tallied seven points for fantasy football purposes Sunday despite missing a 50-plus yard field goal. He is ranked 23rd in fantasy scoring among kickers with 81 points and is not a reliable fantasy option for Week 14.

Category: Game Recaps


Stephan Taylor didn't get a single snap in last night's game against the Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: With Chris Johnson on IR, the Cardinals have opted to use receiver J.J. Nelson out of the backfield as their number 3 option. Taylor is merely there as an emergency option at this point. Even in the deepest of deep leagues he doesn't deserve a roster spot right now.

Category: Game Recaps


Drew Stanton completed 11 of his 28 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Both touchdowns were thrown to Larry Fitzgerald (who also saw eight targets). Stanton did a good job managing the game, but the Cardinals heavily relied on their running game. As long as Carson Palmer is out, the Cardinals will continue to lean more on their running game than their passing game, and Stanton would be nothing more than a low-end QB2.

Category: Game Recaps


The Arizona Cardinals have placed RB Chris Johnson (groin) on the injured reserve list. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is suffering from a groin injury that could ultimately end his season. He was placed on IR on Tuesday but would be eligible to be removed from the designation after eight weeks per league rules. Andre Ellington should now be considered David Johnson's handcuff while Chris Johnson is on the mend.

Category: Injury Updates


The Cardinals are signing QB Zac Dysert off their practice squad on to their active roster. (Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a sign that Carson Palmer (concussion) may not play Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

Category: Injury Updates


Fox Sports 910 Mike Jurecki is suggesting that TE Troy Niklas "looks more confident and comfortable" in the team's offensive system. Head coach Bruce Arians said that Niklas "continues to press those other two guys (Gresham & Fells) for the starting job." (Source: FoxSports910.com)

Fantasy Impact: Niklas is currently slated as No. 3 tight end on Arizona's depth chart behind Jermaine Gresham and Darren Fells. Niklas was ineffective in 2015 with the Cardinals. He only caught four passes for 33 yards, two of which did go for touchdowns, however. Niklas will have minimal fantasy value in 2016 if he remains the low man on the totem pole.

Category: Rumors


Cardinals tight end Ifeanyi Momah reeled in three receptions for 33 yards in Friday's preseason opener.

Fantasy Impact: Two of Momah's receptions came on the same drive, as Matt Barkley used him as a safety blanket on a late first half drive. At 6'7, Momah offers a huge target, but Bruce Arians does not favour using tight ends in the passing game unless absolutely necessary.

Category: Game Recaps


Wide receiver Jaxon Shipley finished with a team high three catches in Friday's preseason defeat to the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: 30 of the 54 yards Shipley racked up came on one play. He showed some chemistry with third string QB Matt Barkley, but there was a bad drop from a well thrown pass that Shipley will wish he had again.

Category: Game Recaps


Cardinals cut Joseph Fauria

Sat, Sep 19th 2:50pm EDT
By Neil Dutton

After promoting Kerwyn Williams to the active roster in the wake of Andre Ellington's injury, the Cardinals released former Lions tight end Joseph Fauria. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thanks for stopping by, Joe. Fauria is, on his day, a redzone nightmare at 6"7, but with Jermaine Gresham and Troy Niklas approaching full health and Darren Fells fresh from the best receiving game by a Cardinals tight end since 1989, he was an obvious odd man out.

Category: Transactions


Brittan Golden survived the last round of roster cuts to make it onto the 53 man roster.

Fantasy Impact: Darren Urban did not expect Golden to make the team. The sixth man out of six, Golden will be dependent on injuries and the Cards continued reliance on four receiver sets if he wants to see the field. He's a long way from fantasy relevance.

Category: Transactions


The Cardinals placed rookie tight end Gerald Christian on Injured Reserve, ending his 2015 season.

Fantasy Impact: Christian suffered his injury during the final preseason game. He was far from a lock to make the 53.

Category: Injury Updates


The Arizona Cardinals released backup QBs Logan Thomas and Phillip Sims Saturday. (Source: nfl.com)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas and Sims both played well in their final preseason game Thursday, but obviously it wasn't enough to save their jobs. With the Cardinals signing Matt Barkley from the Eagles, it was only a matter of time before Thomas and Sims were released. Carson Palmer remains the only viable fantasy QB in Arizona.

Category: Transactions


Rookie wideout Trevor Harman finished the Cardinals final preseason game with three receptions for 31 yards.

Fantasy Impact: With experts believing the Cardinals will only keep five wide receivers, Harman has done precious little to elevate him above the entrenched starters, Jaron Brown or J.J. Nelson. He won't make the 53 man roster.

Category: Game Recaps


Travis Harvey caught two passes for 41 yards, including a 40 yard touchdown from Phillip Sims, in the Cardinals 34-19 loss to the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Harvey's score came in the 4th quarter, after the starters had long since departed. He faces a tough road to make the roster, but every little helps.

Category: Game Recaps


According to Mike Jurecki on Twitter, Robert Hughes will be utilized as the short-yardage running back for the Arizona Cardinals this coming season. The hybrid fullback/running back has apparently done some things that Coach Arians has liked as an inside runner, and will get first crack at the job. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This could mean that Hughes will gain some fantasy relevance with a shot at scoring some touchdowns, however in a crowded backfield that includes Andre Ellington, David Johnson, Kerwynn Williams, and Stefan Taylor, it might be a difficult chore.


Ryan Lindley signed with the Patriots on Monday, the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots needed a third string quarterback after waiving Matt Flynn on Monday and did not wait long to replace him as they signed Ryan Lindley who last played for Arizona. Lindley is providing depth in training camp and may be the back up to Jimmy Garroppolo if Tom Brady ends up suspended for four games. Lindley has two career touch down passes to go with eleven interceptions. If he did have to start for the Patriots he would probably still not be a fantasy option.


Andre Ellington has been ruled out and Michael Bush has been cut. Stepfan Taylor will draw the start, but it is believed Grice will be worked in with a committee approach. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was originally thought that Grice would get the start. He wasn't a recommended play under that thinking, now even less so. Perhaps the backfield can get itself worked out, but a combination of talent and schedule leaves Grice and Taylor incredibly risky plays moving forward.


Arizona cuts Michael Bush

Fri, Dec 5th 6:09pm EST
By Mike Wright

Arizona has cut Michael Bush merely a week after signing him. (Source: azcardinals.com)

Fantasy Impact: It would seem Bush doesn't have anything left to offer. He's been on the shelf for over a year and a team with RB needs cut him after a week. Bush will be remembered fondly as Matt Forte's TD Vulture.


Chicago Bears sign Jay Feely

Wed, Dec 3rd 2:34pm EST
By Dale Redman

Bears have signed veteran kicker Jay Feely to likely replace an injured Robbie Gould. Gould is nursing a sore quadriceps muscle and is listed as doubtful for Thursday's game against Dallas. Feely was cut by Arizona this pre-season. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: The Bears offense has been struggling recently as Gould has only attempted three field goals in the last six games. So expectations for Feely are low. There are better kicker options out there, so leave Feely on the waiver wire where he belongs.


John Carlson had 3 catches for 25 yards in Sunday's loss to Seattle.

Fantasy Impact: Carlson does not receive the targets needed to have fantasy relevance in the Cardinals scheme. Unfortunately for fantasy players, his value is strictly for actual football.


Jonathan Dwyer rushed for a meager 20 yards on just 7 attempts (2.9 yards per carry) and chipped in with 2 catches for 8 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Rounding off his first week of action with less than 30 total yards, and a underwhelming 9 touches, there are definitely some unanswered questions about whether he or Stepfan Taylor is the true RB2 in Arizona this season. This only has fantasy impact in the potential absence of Andre Ellington, who has been dealing with a foot injury.


WR Tedd Ginn Jr is dealing with a minor knee ailment and will not play in the opening preseason game against the Texans. (Source: azcardinals.com)

Fantasy Impact: The issue with Tedd Ginn Jr's knee is minor and he is expected to play in next week's game.


TE Jake Ballard announced his retirement today saying his "body never felt the same" after suffering a knee injury in Super Bowl XLVI while playing for the New York Giants. Ballard played in eight games last season for the Cardinals, starting three. (Source: azcentral.com)

Fantasy Impact: This lessens a bit of a logjam at TE for the Cardinals as Ballard was listed as #2 on the depth chart. The team has John Carlson, Rob Housler, Troy Niklas (r), Darren Fells, and Andre Hardy on the roster. TE has historically been a position with little fantasy relevance in Bruce Arians' offense.


Pro Football Talk is reporting Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer's playing future "remains up in the air" past the 2017 season. “I love every facet of it,” Palmer said via ArizonaCardinals.com. “I don’t want to stop. But I’ll have to wait and make that decision after the season. … There’s always urgency, especially as you get to the second half of your career. You just never know when your last year is going to be.” (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Palmer, 37, is entering his 15th season in the NFL. However, his playing future past the 2017 campaign remains uncertain. Coming off of a 2016 season in which he accumulated a 4,233-26-14 stat line while completing 61 percent of his passes and averaging 282.2 YPG, the veteran signal caller appears to have gas left in the tank, at least for the upcoming year. From a fantasy football perspective, Palmer holds value at his QB21 ADP as he could easily put together a back-end QB1 statistical season. View him as a fine late-round selection if he maintains his current ADP.

Category: Rumors


Drew Stanton completed 11 of his 28 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Both touchdowns were thrown to Larry Fitzgerald (who also saw eight targets). Stanton did a good job managing the game, but the Cardinals heavily relied on their running game. As long as Carson Palmer is out, the Cardinals will continue to lean more on their running game than their passing game, and Stanton would be nothing more than a low-end QB2.

Category: Game Recaps


The Cardinals are signing QB Zac Dysert off their practice squad on to their active roster. (Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a sign that Carson Palmer (concussion) may not play Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

Category: Injury Updates


The Arizona Cardinals released backup QBs Logan Thomas and Phillip Sims Saturday. (Source: nfl.com)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas and Sims both played well in their final preseason game Thursday, but obviously it wasn't enough to save their jobs. With the Cardinals signing Matt Barkley from the Eagles, it was only a matter of time before Thomas and Sims were released. Carson Palmer remains the only viable fantasy QB in Arizona.

Category: Transactions


Ryan Lindley signed with the Patriots on Monday, the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots needed a third string quarterback after waiving Matt Flynn on Monday and did not wait long to replace him as they signed Ryan Lindley who last played for Arizona. Lindley is providing depth in training camp and may be the back up to Jimmy Garroppolo if Tom Brady ends up suspended for four games. Lindley has two career touch down passes to go with eleven interceptions. If he did have to start for the Patriots he would probably still not be a fantasy option.


Arizona Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers is reporting head coach Bruce Arians "seems comfortable" with Kerwynn Williams entering the 2017 season as David Johnson's backup. (Source: AZCentral.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Cardinals elected not to bring back Chris Johnson, David Johnson's backup in the past two seasons, in 2017. However, with a light and unknown running back depth chart behind David Johnson, the role of his primary backup is in question. While the Cardinals decided to move Andre Ellington to wide receiver early in the offseason, it wasn't long before he was moved back to RB. Despite his presence, Williams is the favorite to open the upcoming campaign as the team's RB2. Williams, who is entering his fifth year in the NFL, has a light resume. He's only rushed for 545 yards and three touchdowns since his 2013 rookie season. From a fantasy football perspective, Williams is nothing more than a shot in the dark handcuff in the event David Johnson, fantasy football's top player regardless of position according to most experts, is sidelined at any point in 2017 due to injury. He'll likely go undrafted in fantasy drafts and available on waivers.

Category: Rumors


Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told the media "he'd like to get" running back David Johnson at least 30 touches per game in 2017 "due to the amount of offense he can produce." (Source: John Weinfuss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson, who is already considered the top fantasy running back by most experts, could see his fantasy value increase even more for the 2017 season. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told the media Wednesday that he expects to give the versatile rusher at least 30 touches per game in the upcoming campaign. Last season, his second year as a pro, Johnson averaged 23.3 TPG and led the NFL with 2,113 total yards from scrimmage. Expect Johnson to be a top five pick in 2017 fantasy drafts.

Category: Rumors


Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told the media running back Andre Ellington will convert to wide receiver for 2017. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ellington, a four-year veteran running back on the Cardinals, will convert to wide receiver for the 2017 season. Due to the emergency of David Johnson as a rusher and primary receiver out of the backfield, Ellington's skill set could be better served at wideout. Expect Ellington to enter the upcoming season as the No. 4 or No. 5 receiver on Arizona's depth chart.

Category: Rumors


Stephan Taylor didn't get a single snap in last night's game against the Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: With Chris Johnson on IR, the Cardinals have opted to use receiver J.J. Nelson out of the backfield as their number 3 option. Taylor is merely there as an emergency option at this point. Even in the deepest of deep leagues he doesn't deserve a roster spot right now.

Category: Game Recaps


The Arizona Cardinals have placed RB Chris Johnson (groin) on the injured reserve list. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is suffering from a groin injury that could ultimately end his season. He was placed on IR on Tuesday but would be eligible to be removed from the designation after eight weeks per league rules. Andre Ellington should now be considered David Johnson's handcuff while Chris Johnson is on the mend.

Category: Injury Updates


According to Mike Jurecki on Twitter, Robert Hughes will be utilized as the short-yardage running back for the Arizona Cardinals this coming season. The hybrid fullback/running back has apparently done some things that Coach Arians has liked as an inside runner, and will get first crack at the job. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This could mean that Hughes will gain some fantasy relevance with a shot at scoring some touchdowns, however in a crowded backfield that includes Andre Ellington, David Johnson, Kerwynn Williams, and Stefan Taylor, it might be a difficult chore.


Andre Ellington has been ruled out and Michael Bush has been cut. Stepfan Taylor will draw the start, but it is believed Grice will be worked in with a committee approach. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was originally thought that Grice would get the start. He wasn't a recommended play under that thinking, now even less so. Perhaps the backfield can get itself worked out, but a combination of talent and schedule leaves Grice and Taylor incredibly risky plays moving forward.


Arizona cuts Michael Bush

Fri, Dec 5th 6:09pm EST
By Mike Wright

Arizona has cut Michael Bush merely a week after signing him. (Source: azcardinals.com)

Fantasy Impact: It would seem Bush doesn't have anything left to offer. He's been on the shelf for over a year and a team with RB needs cut him after a week. Bush will be remembered fondly as Matt Forte's TD Vulture.


Jonathan Dwyer rushed for a meager 20 yards on just 7 attempts (2.9 yards per carry) and chipped in with 2 catches for 8 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Rounding off his first week of action with less than 30 total yards, and a underwhelming 9 touches, there are definitely some unanswered questions about whether he or Stepfan Taylor is the true RB2 in Arizona this season. This only has fantasy impact in the potential absence of Andre Ellington, who has been dealing with a foot injury.


Arizona Cardinals beat writer Kyle Odegard is reporting wide receiver Jaron Brown (knee) is a limited participant at OTAs on Wednesday. (Source: Kyle Odegard on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brown, who tore his ACL in Week 7 of the 2016 season, is working his way back from injury. He participated in individual drills during Wednesday's OTAs session. Barring a setback, Brown will have a chance to compete with John Brown for the No. 3 wide receiver spot on the depth chart for the 2017 season.

Category: Injury Updates


Between the sickle cell trait and a cyst in his spine, Brown wasn't ever fully healthy. He'll be ready for a bounce-back year after having the cyst removed back in January. (Source: AZ Cardinals)

Fantasy Impact: Brown has a solid situation in Arizona, as Michael Floyd is gone and the only pass catcher added from the draft being Chad Williams, a raw prospect that likely won't see much field time early. The team's defense has gotten worse, but that works in his favor, as the offense might be forced towards a more pass-centric, downfield approach. David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald are both outstanding players, but Brown can find plenty of opportunities to get the ball behind those two.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will return for the 2017 season. The NFL Insider added that Fitzgerald is "feeling 'back to normal' physically" and that his "desire to win and compete still burns," citing his reasons for returning to play out the final year of his contract. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fitzgerald will, in fact, play in 2017, after months of contemplating retirement. With a Fitzgerald return, it is believed that he and Cardinals signal caller, Carson Palmer, are "tied at the hip," meaning he is likely to play next season as well -- although Palmer's return is not yet official. Despite Fitzgerald's decision to play another year, it is a likely scenario that the Cardinals address the wide receiver position this offseason in the draft, or via free agency -- planning for the future.

Category: Rumors


J.J. Nelson hauled in four of 12 targets for 75 yards on Sunday against the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: This was the first time in five games that Nelson did not score a touchdown, but his 12 targets tied a season high. With Michael Floyd gone and John Brown battling injury, Nelson established himself as a reliable fantasy wide receiver. He will need to up his rate of catches (he caught just 46% of his targets) to move into WR2 territory in 2017.

Category: Game Recaps


Michael Floyd, who was cut from the Cardinals following his DUI arrest in Monday, has been claimed by the New England Patriots off waivers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Floyd probably won't have an immediate impact on the WR situation in New England. He definitely could have an impact but it more than likely won't take place during the fantasy season as he will need time to become familiar with the team and offense. However, Floyd could be a surprising draft target for next season depending on how he's used the rest of this season.

Category: Transactions


Wide receiver Jaxon Shipley finished with a team high three catches in Friday's preseason defeat to the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: 30 of the 54 yards Shipley racked up came on one play. He showed some chemistry with third string QB Matt Barkley, but there was a bad drop from a well thrown pass that Shipley will wish he had again.

Category: Game Recaps


Brittan Golden survived the last round of roster cuts to make it onto the 53 man roster.

Fantasy Impact: Darren Urban did not expect Golden to make the team. The sixth man out of six, Golden will be dependent on injuries and the Cards continued reliance on four receiver sets if he wants to see the field. He's a long way from fantasy relevance.

Category: Transactions


Rookie wideout Trevor Harman finished the Cardinals final preseason game with three receptions for 31 yards.

Fantasy Impact: With experts believing the Cardinals will only keep five wide receivers, Harman has done precious little to elevate him above the entrenched starters, Jaron Brown or J.J. Nelson. He won't make the 53 man roster.

Category: Game Recaps


Travis Harvey caught two passes for 41 yards, including a 40 yard touchdown from Phillip Sims, in the Cardinals 34-19 loss to the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Harvey's score came in the 4th quarter, after the starters had long since departed. He faces a tough road to make the roster, but every little helps.

Category: Game Recaps


WR Tedd Ginn Jr is dealing with a minor knee ailment and will not play in the opening preseason game against the Texans. (Source: azcardinals.com)

Fantasy Impact: The issue with Tedd Ginn Jr's knee is minor and he is expected to play in next week's game.


The Detriot Lions and tight end Darren Fells agreed to terms on a one-year deal. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After spending the first three years of his career in Arizona, Fells signed wit the Lions Saturday. Fells, who caught 14 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown playing in 14 games last season, is unlikely to affect starter Eric Ebron's targets in Detriot. Fells has minimal fantasy value in 2017 with or without Ebron on the field.

Category: Transactions


Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham has signed a new four year deal with the team, keeping him under team control under 2020. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gresham's 391 yards in 2016 was the 6th most for a Cardinals tight end since the 2000 season. It's not a huge number, but for a tight end in Bruce Arians offense it's huge. It's not enough to put Gresham firmly on the redraft radar, but he may have Weekly DFS appeal.

Category: Transactions


Fox Sports 910 Mike Jurecki is suggesting that TE Troy Niklas "looks more confident and comfortable" in the team's offensive system. Head coach Bruce Arians said that Niklas "continues to press those other two guys (Gresham & Fells) for the starting job." (Source: FoxSports910.com)

Fantasy Impact: Niklas is currently slated as No. 3 tight end on Arizona's depth chart behind Jermaine Gresham and Darren Fells. Niklas was ineffective in 2015 with the Cardinals. He only caught four passes for 33 yards, two of which did go for touchdowns, however. Niklas will have minimal fantasy value in 2016 if he remains the low man on the totem pole.

Category: Rumors


Cardinals tight end Ifeanyi Momah reeled in three receptions for 33 yards in Friday's preseason opener.

Fantasy Impact: Two of Momah's receptions came on the same drive, as Matt Barkley used him as a safety blanket on a late first half drive. At 6'7, Momah offers a huge target, but Bruce Arians does not favour using tight ends in the passing game unless absolutely necessary.

Category: Game Recaps


Cardinals cut Joseph Fauria

Sat, Sep 19th 2:50pm EDT
By Neil Dutton

After promoting Kerwyn Williams to the active roster in the wake of Andre Ellington's injury, the Cardinals released former Lions tight end Joseph Fauria. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thanks for stopping by, Joe. Fauria is, on his day, a redzone nightmare at 6"7, but with Jermaine Gresham and Troy Niklas approaching full health and Darren Fells fresh from the best receiving game by a Cardinals tight end since 1989, he was an obvious odd man out.

Category: Transactions


The Cardinals placed rookie tight end Gerald Christian on Injured Reserve, ending his 2015 season.

Fantasy Impact: Christian suffered his injury during the final preseason game. He was far from a lock to make the 53.

Category: Injury Updates


John Carlson had 3 catches for 25 yards in Sunday's loss to Seattle.

Fantasy Impact: Carlson does not receive the targets needed to have fantasy relevance in the Cardinals scheme. Unfortunately for fantasy players, his value is strictly for actual football.


TE Jake Ballard announced his retirement today saying his "body never felt the same" after suffering a knee injury in Super Bowl XLVI while playing for the New York Giants. Ballard played in eight games last season for the Cardinals, starting three. (Source: azcentral.com)

Fantasy Impact: This lessens a bit of a logjam at TE for the Cardinals as Ballard was listed as #2 on the depth chart. The team has John Carlson, Rob Housler, Troy Niklas (r), Darren Fells, and Andre Hardy on the roster. TE has historically been a position with little fantasy relevance in Bruce Arians' offense.


Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro was successful on 1-of-2 field goal attempts and on 4-of-4 extra point attempts in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Washington Redskins.

Fantasy Impact: Catanzaro tallied seven points for fantasy football purposes Sunday despite missing a 50-plus yard field goal. He is ranked 23rd in fantasy scoring among kickers with 81 points and is not a reliable fantasy option for Week 14.

Category: Game Recaps


Chicago Bears sign Jay Feely

Wed, Dec 3rd 2:34pm EST
By Dale Redman

Bears have signed veteran kicker Jay Feely to likely replace an injured Robbie Gould. Gould is nursing a sore quadriceps muscle and is listed as doubtful for Thursday's game against Dallas. Feely was cut by Arizona this pre-season. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: The Bears offense has been struggling recently as Gould has only attempted three field goals in the last six games. So expectations for Feely are low. There are better kicker options out there, so leave Feely on the waiver wire where he belongs.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (ankle) is expected to play Sunday against the New York Giants. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After missing the last two games of the regular season with an ankle injury, Cobb is on track to return to action Sunday against New York. He is a solid DFS option for the Wild Card Round of the Playoffs as he is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses when fully healthy.

Category: Injury Updates


Former Arizona Cardinals star DE, Calais Campbell, has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars will slide Campbell in on the right side opposite Dexter Fowler. Jared Odrick was released so Campbell will join a formidable defensive line with Malik Jackson as well. Campbell is one of the most reliable ends in the NFL playing in all 16 games six times in nine year career. He's never played less than 13 games in a season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Campbell is an excellent addition to a rising D/ST in Jacksonville. Campbell had eight sacks last season and his career-high is 9.5 so expect him to be somewhere around there with a solid line including Malik Jackson and Dexter Fowler already in Jacksonville. Look for the Jaguars D/ST to be a top-10 defense this season.

Category: Transactions


The Baltimore Ravens have signed highly sought after safety Tony Jefferson. (Source: Ian Rapaport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Jefferson ended 2016 with 96 tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles. Jefferson replaces safety Matt Elam and looks to maintain his high-end fantasy value as one of the top safeties in fantasy football. Jefferson should be one of the first safeties taken in upcoming fantasy IDP drafts.

Category: Transactions


ESPN's Dianna Russini is reporting the Arizona Cardinals and pass rusher Chandler Jones agreed to terms on a five-year deal Wednesday. (Source: Dianna Russini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones, who was franchise tagged, will not play 2017 under the tender after all. He is getting a five-year deal from the Cardinals that is expected to be finalized Wednesday. One of the league's premier pass rushers, the 27-year old is tied to Arizona until the 2022 season. Jones finished the 2016 season with 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, two recoveries and three passes defended.

Category: Transactions


Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) is ruled out for Week 14. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: ESPN reports that Mathieu is "contemplating" surgery to repair his injured shoulder - an injury that will sideline him for his fourth game in five weeks Sunday versus Miami. Arizona's defense remains a top 10 fantasy option for Week 14 despite their recent struggles, which could be attributed to their Pro Bowl defensive back's absence.

Category: Injury Updates


Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (knee) is officially active for Week 13. (Source: Josh Weinfuss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Peterson will play Sunday against Washington despite suffering from a knee injury that occurred last week in Atlanta. Arizona's D/ST is ranked sixth in fantasy scoring in 2016 with 108 fantasy points. However, they are a risky fantasy option for Week 13 facing a red-hot Kirk Cousins and a Redskins offense that is firing on all cylinders.

Category: Injury Updates


Arizona Cardinals CB Mike Jenkins tore his ACL Sunday against the Texans and will spend this season on IR. Bruce Arians, " He's going to have to have surgery and he'll be out for the year." (Source: Arizona Sports on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This adds concern to the CB position. This group already lacks depth. The starting job opposite Patrick Peterson is still open and is a competition between Justin Bethel and rookie Brandon Williams, both of whom have had their struggles in preseason. These struggles may cause concern for monitoring the progress of their defense, but nevertheless still remains a top option in fantasy.

Category: Injury Updates


Arizona Cardinals rookie defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) is expected to make his NFL debut against the Houston Texans this Sunday. He will play "a bunch" said head coach Bruce Arians. "He's got a lot of room to make up." (Source: azcardinals.com)

Fantasy Impact: This is good news for the Cardinals. The defensive line depth is there, and this is good for Nkemdiche. He will be playing on a crowded line that ranked sixth against the rush last season and helped the Cardinals to the NFC championship game. With his versatility and the depth of their D-line, look for the Cardinals to repeat as a top tier defense.


Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Alex Okafor (torn bicep) said he hopes to play in the team's season opener. (Source: AZ Central)

Fantasy Impact: Okafor surprisingly decided not to undergo surgery to repair his torn bicep tendon, and instead intends to play through the injury after consulting with others. His presence provides a pass-rushing boost to the team's outside linebacker position, and if healthy he should generate around five sacks on his own. He is just another reason to own the Cardinals D/ST in redraft leagues.


Justin Bethel looked good in his return to practice on Monday. Head Coach Bruce Arians says he has time to take the job back from rookie Brandon Williams. (Source: Kent Somers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bethel just returned to practicing in pads. The Cardinals removed Bethel (foot) from PUP list last Tuesday. He'll look to re-enter competition at starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. He finished 2015 with 46 tackles, two interceptions, and one TD. The Cardinals' D/ST is a high value target in all fantasy formats.

Category: Injury Updates


Cardinals “moneybacker” Deone Bucannon chipped in with eight tackles on Thursday Night Football, helping his team move past the Vikings 23-20.

Fantasy Impact: The hard hitting Bucannon, once called a “missile” by Greg Cosell, has seven or more tackles in eight games this season. His play this season has reminded owners that Mathieu is not the only IDP force in the Cardinals backfield.

Category: Game Recaps


Rashad Johnson got his hands on a ball for his fifth interception of the season. He also added three tackles.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson has been one of many ball hawking secondary members for the Cardinals this season. He now has 52 tackles to go along with those five interceptions and is playing near Pro Bowl level.

Category: Game Recaps


Dwight Freeney adds a sack

Mon, Nov 23rd 3:21pm EST
By Kyle Smith

Dwight Freeney produced one tackle and one sack in Sunday's win over the Bengals.

Fantasy Impact: The Cardinals continue to deploy Freeney as a passing-down pass rusher. One his sack he made one of the best LT in football look like a rookie with his patented spin move. While Freeney only recorded one sack, he provided pressure numerous other times, and helped keep Dalton feeling uncomfortable for a long stretch of the game.

Category: Game Recaps


The rookie Markus Golden flashed some big time potential on numerous plays on Sunday Night Football. He picked up three tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble.

Fantasy Impact: Golden also showed he is still a rookie when he was out of position on a few big plays. Still he shows he has big-time athleticism and can really chase down the ball carrier. Golden will be a nice player for the Cardinals in the future.

Category: Game Recaps


Kevin Minter was a force on Sunday against the Bengals. He constantly was sent on the blitz and time-and-time again he blew up Jeremy Hill when he stepped up to try and block him. Minter finished with 7 tackles but his pressure kept Dalton uncomfortable for most of the night.

Fantasy Impact: Minter has had a resurgence over recent week using primarily to blitz and provide pressure on the quarterback. It seems whoever the Cardinals plug in at linebacker instantly becomes better and that is certainly the case for Minter this season.

Category: Game Recaps


The Arizona Cardinals sent Chris Clemons to I.R. with a hamstring injury, ending his season. (Source: Adam Caplin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Clemons was mainly a special teams player, who only played 22 defensive snaps all season. He's been battling hamstring problems the majority of the season, and will probably be released off I.R. with some kind of injury settlement once he gets healthy.

Category: Injury Updates


The Cardinals recently received some unfortunate news, as starting nose tackle Corey Peters tore his left Achilles' tendon and in turn will miss the entire 2015-2016 season. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This will certainly hurt the Arizona defense to begin the season, and they will now need to choose between Alameda Ta'amu and Rodney Gunter as the replacement. Peters was signed this past offseason to a three year deal, worth roughly $9 million.

Category: Injury Updates


According to Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, it's is going to be another week on the sidelines for inside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon due to the hamstring he pulled on day one of camp.

Fantasy Impact: Unfortunately for Weatherspoon, he has not had a chance to get in a full day of practice because of this injury, and seems to have a black cloud following him after just missing all of last season with a ruptured Achilles.' This is obviously not encouraging for the Cardinals or fantasy owners that may be targeting him as one of their individual defensive players.

Category: Injury Updates


Jimmy Legree led the team with seven tackles in the Cardinals preseason opener against the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: With Antonio Cromartie gone, the second cornerback spot opposite Patrick Peterson could be up for grabs. If Legree can continue to produce numbers like this, and get a starting gig, he could be a sneaky IDP sleeper.

Category: Game Recaps


Cardinals cut Alfonzo Dennard

Wed, Jul 29th 5:07pm EDT
By Neil Dutton

Alfonzo Dennard, the former Patriots cornerback, has been released by the Cardinals, as per Mike Jurecki. He was claimed off waivers in May following his release by New England. (Source: Mike Jurecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The release leaves the Cardinals a little light at cornerback behind Patrick Peterson and Jeraud Powers. Tyrann Mathieu remains the top IDP option from this secondary.

Category: Transactions


NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said regarding Daryl Washington's ban, "There is no change in his status and we have nothing further to report." (Source: Mike Jurecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: When Washington returns, he'll be punished further for his domestic violence arrest from May 2014.


Dranell Dockett signed a 2-year deal with San Francisco worth $7.5 million. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Dockett is 34 years old and coming off an ACL injury. In 2013 he graded out in the bottom half of defensive ends. He will have to compete for a starting position in San Fran, but will likely end up in a rotation. His best days are behind him, however, expect Dockett to give everything he has left in the two games against Arizona.


The Cowboys coaching staff is assessing the potential free agents at the Pro Bowl this week and Cromartie is a major target for the Cowboys. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys ranked 26th in pass defense and the veteran cornerback would boost the Cowboys defense greatly. Cromartie is going into his tenth season and has 31 interceptions and 106 passes defended in his career. He has made two All-Pro teams and four Pro Bowl teams in his career, distinguishing himself as one of the best man to man defenders on the outside. The Cowboys could cut Brandon Carr this offseason and add Cromartie to what would be a very improved pass defense.


Veteran Cardinals linebacker Larry Foote is having a nice start to 2014, racking up 24 tackles and 1 interception through the first 3 games. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Leading the Cardinals defense with 64 snaps in Week 3 versus the 49ers, the 34-year-old former Steelers great is having a renaissance start to the 2014 season. He's averaging 8 tackles per game, with an interception thrown in for good measure, so keep him in the mix as a viable IDP option heading into Week 5 after their bye week.


Pro Bowl LB John Abraham arrived in Phoenix late last night and will report to training camp this morning. He has missed 3 weeks of camp after being charged with DUI in Atlanta in late June. He will address the media after team walkthrough around 11:30 AZ time. (Source: azcentral.com)

Fantasy Impact: It is widely believed Abraham missed time in camp due to checking himself into rehab. He was the team's leading pass rusher with 11.5 sacks last year and the Cardinals definitely cannot afford to lose that production. Abraham might avoid a suspension this season given the amount of time it takes to complete the legal process.


Former Arizona Cardinals star DE, Calais Campbell, has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars will slide Campbell in on the right side opposite Dexter Fowler. Jared Odrick was released so Campbell will join a formidable defensive line with Malik Jackson as well. Campbell is one of the most reliable ends in the NFL playing in all 16 games six times in nine year career. He's never played less than 13 games in a season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Campbell is an excellent addition to a rising D/ST in Jacksonville. Campbell had eight sacks last season and his career-high is 9.5 so expect him to be somewhere around there with a solid line including Malik Jackson and Dexter Fowler already in Jacksonville. Look for the Jaguars D/ST to be a top-10 defense this season.

Category: Transactions


Arizona Cardinals rookie defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) is expected to make his NFL debut against the Houston Texans this Sunday. He will play "a bunch" said head coach Bruce Arians. "He's got a lot of room to make up." (Source: azcardinals.com)

Fantasy Impact: This is good news for the Cardinals. The defensive line depth is there, and this is good for Nkemdiche. He will be playing on a crowded line that ranked sixth against the rush last season and helped the Cardinals to the NFC championship game. With his versatility and the depth of their D-line, look for the Cardinals to repeat as a top tier defense.


The Cardinals recently received some unfortunate news, as starting nose tackle Corey Peters tore his left Achilles' tendon and in turn will miss the entire 2015-2016 season. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This will certainly hurt the Arizona defense to begin the season, and they will now need to choose between Alameda Ta'amu and Rodney Gunter as the replacement. Peters was signed this past offseason to a three year deal, worth roughly $9 million.

Category: Injury Updates


Dranell Dockett signed a 2-year deal with San Francisco worth $7.5 million. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Dockett is 34 years old and coming off an ACL injury. In 2013 he graded out in the bottom half of defensive ends. He will have to compete for a starting position in San Fran, but will likely end up in a rotation. His best days are behind him, however, expect Dockett to give everything he has left in the two games against Arizona.


Pro Bowl LB John Abraham arrived in Phoenix late last night and will report to training camp this morning. He has missed 3 weeks of camp after being charged with DUI in Atlanta in late June. He will address the media after team walkthrough around 11:30 AZ time. (Source: azcentral.com)

Fantasy Impact: It is widely believed Abraham missed time in camp due to checking himself into rehab. He was the team's leading pass rusher with 11.5 sacks last year and the Cardinals definitely cannot afford to lose that production. Abraham might avoid a suspension this season given the amount of time it takes to complete the legal process.


ESPN's Dianna Russini is reporting the Arizona Cardinals and pass rusher Chandler Jones agreed to terms on a five-year deal Wednesday. (Source: Dianna Russini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones, who was franchise tagged, will not play 2017 under the tender after all. He is getting a five-year deal from the Cardinals that is expected to be finalized Wednesday. One of the league's premier pass rushers, the 27-year old is tied to Arizona until the 2022 season. Jones finished the 2016 season with 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, two recoveries and three passes defended.

Category: Transactions


Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Alex Okafor (torn bicep) said he hopes to play in the team's season opener. (Source: AZ Central)

Fantasy Impact: Okafor surprisingly decided not to undergo surgery to repair his torn bicep tendon, and instead intends to play through the injury after consulting with others. His presence provides a pass-rushing boost to the team's outside linebacker position, and if healthy he should generate around five sacks on his own. He is just another reason to own the Cardinals D/ST in redraft leagues.


Cardinals “moneybacker” Deone Bucannon chipped in with eight tackles on Thursday Night Football, helping his team move past the Vikings 23-20.

Fantasy Impact: The hard hitting Bucannon, once called a “missile” by Greg Cosell, has seven or more tackles in eight games this season. His play this season has reminded owners that Mathieu is not the only IDP force in the Cardinals backfield.

Category: Game Recaps


Dwight Freeney adds a sack

Mon, Nov 23rd 3:21pm EST
By Kyle Smith

Dwight Freeney produced one tackle and one sack in Sunday's win over the Bengals.

Fantasy Impact: The Cardinals continue to deploy Freeney as a passing-down pass rusher. One his sack he made one of the best LT in football look like a rookie with his patented spin move. While Freeney only recorded one sack, he provided pressure numerous other times, and helped keep Dalton feeling uncomfortable for a long stretch of the game.

Category: Game Recaps


The rookie Markus Golden flashed some big time potential on numerous plays on Sunday Night Football. He picked up three tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble.

Fantasy Impact: Golden also showed he is still a rookie when he was out of position on a few big plays. Still he shows he has big-time athleticism and can really chase down the ball carrier. Golden will be a nice player for the Cardinals in the future.

Category: Game Recaps


Kevin Minter was a force on Sunday against the Bengals. He constantly was sent on the blitz and time-and-time again he blew up Jeremy Hill when he stepped up to try and block him. Minter finished with 7 tackles but his pressure kept Dalton uncomfortable for most of the night.

Fantasy Impact: Minter has had a resurgence over recent week using primarily to blitz and provide pressure on the quarterback. It seems whoever the Cardinals plug in at linebacker instantly becomes better and that is certainly the case for Minter this season.

Category: Game Recaps


According to Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, it's is going to be another week on the sidelines for inside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon due to the hamstring he pulled on day one of camp.

Fantasy Impact: Unfortunately for Weatherspoon, he has not had a chance to get in a full day of practice because of this injury, and seems to have a black cloud following him after just missing all of last season with a ruptured Achilles.' This is obviously not encouraging for the Cardinals or fantasy owners that may be targeting him as one of their individual defensive players.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said regarding Daryl Washington's ban, "There is no change in his status and we have nothing further to report." (Source: Mike Jurecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: When Washington returns, he'll be punished further for his domestic violence arrest from May 2014.


Veteran Cardinals linebacker Larry Foote is having a nice start to 2014, racking up 24 tackles and 1 interception through the first 3 games. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Leading the Cardinals defense with 64 snaps in Week 3 versus the 49ers, the 34-year-old former Steelers great is having a renaissance start to the 2014 season. He's averaging 8 tackles per game, with an interception thrown in for good measure, so keep him in the mix as a viable IDP option heading into Week 5 after their bye week.


The Baltimore Ravens have signed highly sought after safety Tony Jefferson. (Source: Ian Rapaport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Jefferson ended 2016 with 96 tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles. Jefferson replaces safety Matt Elam and looks to maintain his high-end fantasy value as one of the top safeties in fantasy football. Jefferson should be one of the first safeties taken in upcoming fantasy IDP drafts.

Category: Transactions


Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) is ruled out for Week 14. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: ESPN reports that Mathieu is "contemplating" surgery to repair his injured shoulder - an injury that will sideline him for his fourth game in five weeks Sunday versus Miami. Arizona's defense remains a top 10 fantasy option for Week 14 despite their recent struggles, which could be attributed to their Pro Bowl defensive back's absence.

Category: Injury Updates


Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (knee) is officially active for Week 13. (Source: Josh Weinfuss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Peterson will play Sunday against Washington despite suffering from a knee injury that occurred last week in Atlanta. Arizona's D/ST is ranked sixth in fantasy scoring in 2016 with 108 fantasy points. However, they are a risky fantasy option for Week 13 facing a red-hot Kirk Cousins and a Redskins offense that is firing on all cylinders.

Category: Injury Updates


Arizona Cardinals CB Mike Jenkins tore his ACL Sunday against the Texans and will spend this season on IR. Bruce Arians, " He's going to have to have surgery and he'll be out for the year." (Source: Arizona Sports on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This adds concern to the CB position. This group already lacks depth. The starting job opposite Patrick Peterson is still open and is a competition between Justin Bethel and rookie Brandon Williams, both of whom have had their struggles in preseason. These struggles may cause concern for monitoring the progress of their defense, but nevertheless still remains a top option in fantasy.

Category: Injury Updates


Justin Bethel looked good in his return to practice on Monday. Head Coach Bruce Arians says he has time to take the job back from rookie Brandon Williams. (Source: Kent Somers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bethel just returned to practicing in pads. The Cardinals removed Bethel (foot) from PUP list last Tuesday. He'll look to re-enter competition at starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. He finished 2015 with 46 tackles, two interceptions, and one TD. The Cardinals' D/ST is a high value target in all fantasy formats.

Category: Injury Updates


Rashad Johnson got his hands on a ball for his fifth interception of the season. He also added three tackles.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson has been one of many ball hawking secondary members for the Cardinals this season. He now has 52 tackles to go along with those five interceptions and is playing near Pro Bowl level.

Category: Game Recaps


The Arizona Cardinals sent Chris Clemons to I.R. with a hamstring injury, ending his season. (Source: Adam Caplin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Clemons was mainly a special teams player, who only played 22 defensive snaps all season. He's been battling hamstring problems the majority of the season, and will probably be released off I.R. with some kind of injury settlement once he gets healthy.

Category: Injury Updates


Jimmy Legree led the team with seven tackles in the Cardinals preseason opener against the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: With Antonio Cromartie gone, the second cornerback spot opposite Patrick Peterson could be up for grabs. If Legree can continue to produce numbers like this, and get a starting gig, he could be a sneaky IDP sleeper.

Category: Game Recaps


Cardinals cut Alfonzo Dennard

Wed, Jul 29th 5:07pm EDT
By Neil Dutton

Alfonzo Dennard, the former Patriots cornerback, has been released by the Cardinals, as per Mike Jurecki. He was claimed off waivers in May following his release by New England. (Source: Mike Jurecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The release leaves the Cardinals a little light at cornerback behind Patrick Peterson and Jeraud Powers. Tyrann Mathieu remains the top IDP option from this secondary.

Category: Transactions


The Cowboys coaching staff is assessing the potential free agents at the Pro Bowl this week and Cromartie is a major target for the Cowboys. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys ranked 26th in pass defense and the veteran cornerback would boost the Cowboys defense greatly. Cromartie is going into his tenth season and has 31 interceptions and 106 passes defended in his career. He has made two All-Pro teams and four Pro Bowl teams in his career, distinguishing himself as one of the best man to man defenders on the outside. The Cowboys could cut Brandon Carr this offseason and add Cromartie to what would be a very improved pass defense.