Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals

NFC West

Tyrann Mathieu recorded three solo tackles, one for a loss, two pass breakups and an interception on Sunday against the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: Mathieu's interception sealed the victory for Arizona by allowing them to kick the game-winning field goal in overtime. Mathieu hasn't been his usual dominant self, as he has only recorded six tackles on the year so far, but this interception may be the play he needs. Mathieu should still be considered a must-own player, but if he has a few more low-tackle performances it will be hard not to think about replacing him. This would be the time to buy low on him from a frustrated owner because Mathieu is still a DB1 and one of the most polarizing players in the game.

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Carlos Dansby finished yesterday's overtime victory over the Colts with ten tackles, including six solo and one tackle for loss.

Fantasy Impact: Dansby has been as consistent as they come over the years, even though he is getting "old". The Cardinals defense has seen the field more than expected with their offensive struggles. If the offense continues to struggle Dansby could have sneaky LB2 upside, but could also be the odd man out when Deone Bucannon is fully healthy. He is worth an add but the situation is worth monitoring.

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Chandler Jones totaled seven tackles with five solo, three tackles for loss and two sacks on three quarterback hits.

Fantasy Impact: Jones was a force all day against the Colts. Jones was the recipient of a contract extension in the offseason has blossomed into one of the Cardinals best players on defense. Jones is an every week LB1 and a must-start.

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Andre Ellington had two carries for 11 yards rushing and three receptions for 12 yards as the Cardinals beat the Colts 16-13.

Fantasy Impact: Ellington seems to be the third-down back in passing situations in what looks like a committee led by Chris Johnson and Kerwynn Williams. Unless you are in a very deep league, it might be hard to justify the third back on a team struggling to move the ball with any consistency.

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Kerwynn Williams had nine carries for 22 yards as Chris Johnson led the team with 11 carries for 44 yards. He did not have a run longer than five yards.

Fantasy Impact: Along with Andre Ellington, this looks like a full blown committee that will not add up to David Johnson. If you own Williams, you might want to add Chris Johnson and see how this shakes out.

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Chris Johnson carried the ball 11 times for 44 yards to lead the Cardinals in carries and rushing yards against the Colts. His longest run went for 11 yards and he did not find the end zone. Johnson was re-signed after being cut by the team before the season after the injury to David Johnson.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson looked like the lead back over Kerwynn Williams today and is worth an add if you need RB help. Don't expect David Johnson numbers but hope for some goal line carries.

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The Arizona Cardinals held the Indianapolis Colts to three second half points and got a key interception by Tyrann Mathieu on the first play of overtime to set up the winning field goal. The Cardinals won the game 16-13.

Fantasy Impact: It was a good showing against a Colts offense they were expected to play well against without Andrew Luck on the field. Owners should be happy to see their highly-rated defense bounce back after being lit up by the Lions last week.

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Phil Dawson scored 10 points (three field goals and one extra point) in the Week 2 win at Indianapolis. Dawson connected from 27, 30, and 40 yards on his field goals, but missed a 42-yarder at the end of regulation.

Fantasy Impact: Dawson was solid, though the missed kick would've hurt owners in leagues that penalize for kicks missed under 50 yards. If you are desperate for a kicker, he is a good option, but don't go overboard for him.

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Jaron Brown caught four passes for 73 yards in the Week 2 win at Indianapolis. Brown was targeted a team-high 11 times and his longest reception was for 22 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Brown saw more playing time in this game due to John Brown's absence. Brown was highly targeted, but was only able to yield four catches on 11 targets. He is only worthy of a roster spot in very deep leagues.

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Larry Fitzgerald caught three passes for 21 yards in the Week 2 win over the Colts. Fitzgerald was targeted six times and his longest reception was for 10 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Very disappointing day for Fitzgerald owners, as Fitzgerald put up a stinker vs. a Colts secondary starting two rookies. Stay patient, though. Fitzgerald has another good matchup next week vs. the Cowboys' forgiving secondary.

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J.J. Nelson caught five passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in the Week 2 win over Indianapolis. Nelson was targeted seven times and his longest reception was for a 45-yard touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Nelson stepped up big-time in place of the inactive John Brown. Nelson has now scored twice in two games thus far this season. With Brown still battling a quad injury that has troubled him for much of the offseason, it would make sense to roster Nelson if he's available in your league. It may be prudent to see a little more before starting him, but he has at least proven worthy of a roster spot.

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Troy Niklas caught his sole target for 16 yards on Sunday against the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: Niklas had one fewer target than last week, but one more catch. His family will be proud, but he is nowhere near fantasy relevant.

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Cardinals tight end Ifeanyi Momah caught one pass for 46 yards in the team's win over the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: Momah was targeted twice. He saw more time on the field after Jermaine Gresham sat the game out. He has little to zero fantasy appeal moving forward.

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Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer finished Sunday's win over the Colts with 332 yards and a touchdown. He also threw an interception and gained six yards rushing on three carries.

Fantasy Impact: Palmer once again looked shaky at the beginning of this game, but as the Colts began to wither he started to look a bit more like his old self. His touchdown pass was a bomb to J.J. Nelson, after an earlier score was wiped off after review. He'll take on the Cowboys at home next Monday night.

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Robert Nkemdiche (calf) is expected to make his season debut in Week 2 against the Colts. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Nkemdiche's Week 1 absence wasn't missed in the running game as the Cardinals largely held the Lions in check on the ground. Where he was missed was generating a pass rush, especially in the second half. This is a good matchup for the Cardinals against the Colts who struggled against the Rams last week. Fire up Nkemdiche if he plays as a low end DL2.

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ESPN's Field Yates is reporting that Cardinals wide receiver John Brown has already been ruled out for Week 2 against the Colts. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is devastating news for Brown, who has been fighting through his quad injury since the beginning of training camp. We don't know if this is a result of his sickle cell trait, but it's hard to say that it's not a factor. At this point, it wouldn't be a shock if Brown is placed on I.R. Needless to say, if you need someone to contribute on your roster, feel free to drop him for someone like Kenny Golladay or Paul Richardson.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (wrist) is undergoing wrist surgery Tuesday and will miss the next 2-to-3 months of football activities as a result. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Johnson is missing extended time, 2-3 months to be exact, which translates to an early-November-December return. This is a terrible blow to Johnson's fantasy owners as their top overall pick will be sidelined for a good chunk of the year. However, his presumed return does fall around Week 12 in a best-case scenario, which is right in time to make a push for the fantasy playoffs. Kerwynn Williams is instantly must-add at running back in all fantasy formats. Andre Ellington is worth a look too in deeper formats in case the Cardinals employ an RBBC in Johnson's absence.

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Justin Bethel finished the Cardinals' loss to the Lions with four tackles, three solo, and two passes defensed to go along with an 82-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Bethel's interception return for a touchdown was the highlight of today for Arizona, which goes to show how rough things were for the Cardinals. Unless you're in a league where you have to start a cornerback, there is no need to roster Bethel.

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Tyvon Branch finished today's loss to the Detroit Lions with 11 tackles, 10 solo, and had two pass break ups.

Fantasy Impact: Branch was all over the field and was a bright spot for the Cardinals defense. This defense is normally a stingy unit, but spent a lot of time on the field today which somewhat inflated his stats. He is a player to keep an eye on in IDP leagues for bye week replacement if he can keep up this production but until he proves more consistent, anything more than that would be a risk.

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Haason Reddick finished with eight tackles, six solo, including one tackle for a loss in today's loss at Detroit.

Fantasy Impact: Reddick was thrust into a starting role because of an injury and he made the most of it. He finished second on the team in tackles and showed that he is a capable starter. In this defense, Reddick has the potential to be an LB2 for IDP leagues. If he is still available scoop him up while you can before it;s too late.

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