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Kenyan Drake rushed 10 times for just 36 yards and caught 3-of-3 targets for 15 yards in a 18-7 Week 17 loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Drake couldn't find much running room against a stout Rams front seven and saw just 10 carries on the day. He finishes the 2020 season with 955 yards on the ground with 10 touchdowns. It's unknown at this point if Drake remains a Cardinal in 2021, as he played on the one-year transition tag this season.

Category: Game Recaps

DeAndre Hopkins caught just 4-of-10 targets for 35 yards in a 18-7 loss to the Rams in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Kyler Murray had to leave this game in the first quarter with an ankle injury, so Hopkins was trying to catch passes from Chris Streveler, who had never thrown a pass in a regular season NFL game until Sunday. Murray came back into the game late in the 4th, but Hopkins couldn't capitalize on the opportunity. Hopkins ends his 2020 campaign with 115 catches for 1,407 yards and six touchdowns.

Category: Game Recaps

Kyler Murray (ankle) completed 8-of-11 passes for 87 yards and rushed two times for an additional three yards in a 18-7 loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Murray injured his ankle in the first quarter and had to come out of the game. With a playoff berth on the line, Murray found the courage to re-enter the game in the fourth quarter, but was unable to help his team overcome a two-score deficit. Murray ends the 2020 campaign just shy of 4,000 yards passing, with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 819 yards and 11 touchdowns. He'll be a borderline top-5 quarterback option in 2021 with his high floor due to his rushing ability.

Category: Game Recaps

Budda Baker (neck) is active for Week 17's game against the Rams. (Source: Kent Somers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Budda Baker will suit up for Week 17’s must-win matchup against the Rams. Baker has been an elite IDP option this season and remains one in this matchup. There’s no reason to expect him to be limited, so keep him plugged in your lineup with confidence.

Category: Injury Updates

Chase Edmonds (hip) will play in Week 17's matchup against the Rams. (Source: Kent Somers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Edmonds comes into this matchup against a stout Rams defense as a gametime decision, so it’s tough to trust him in this matchup. We’ve seen Kliff Kingsbury rest active players in the past, so Edmonds is a risky start this week. In a must-win game, they may try to get their electric running back some plays but the risk is too high to justify confidently starting him.

Category: Injury Updates

Larry Fitzgerald (groin) will not be able to play in Week 17's matchup against the Rams as he continues to heal from a groin injury. (Source: Kent Somers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fitzgerald was considered a gametime decision and unfortunately won’t be able to play through his injury for Week 17. The Cardinals need a win in this game and Bears loss to get into the playoffs, so the odds that we see Fitzgerald play again in this season come down to that. The veteran wide receiver had a solid 2020 campaign with 54 receptions for 409 yards and will hope to return at age 38 for another season.

Category: Injury Updates

The Cardinals placed WR Christian Kirk on the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Arizona Cardinals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kirk won't play in Week 17 against the Rams. This puts a lot on DeAndre Hopkins' plate, who will be matched up with star CB Jalen Ramsey all afternoon.

Category: Injury Updates

Dan Arnold caught 3-of-5 targets for 54 yards in a Week 15 win over the Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: Arnold still just played 39% of the snaps, but saw another five targets in this game. He's now averaging 3.8 targets in his last four games and has found the end zone three times in that span. He's become a low-end TE2 as Murray has looked his way more often, especially down in the red zone, more often than he was early in the season. He'll get the Cardinals in Week 16.

Category: Game Recaps

Cardinals K Zane Gonzalez will miss his second straight game in Week 15 against the Eagles. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mike Nugent will once again fill in for Gonzalez. He's a serviceable streamer for fantasy managers in need of a kicker this weekend.

Category: Injury Updates

Cardinals wide receiver Andy Isabella is inactive for the team's Week 14 matchup against the New York Giants. (Source: Dov Kleiiman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Isabella was not on the injury report and appears to be a healthy scratch for Week 14. He caught two of his five targets for seven yards last week.

Category: Transactions

The Cardinals activated K Mike Nugent from the practice squad and he'll kick in Week 14 against the Giants. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zane Gonzalez (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game. Nugent is worth considering for fantasy purposes if fantasy managers were relying on Gonzalez.

Category: Transactions

Cardinals' DT Corey Peters will miss the remainder of 2020 with a torn patellar tendon. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a big loss to the Cardinals' run defense as Peters is one of their best in the middle of the D-line. He finishes the season with 15 tackles and two sacks.

Category: Injury Updates

Cardinals G J.R. Sweezy (elbow) has been activated from IR and will play in Week 10 versus the Buffalo Bills. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sweezy left Week 5 with an elbow injury and was placed on IR as a result. He'll make his return to the offensive line in Week 10 which is good news for Kyler Murray and Chase Edmonds/Kenyan Drake owners.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

The Patriots claimed TE Jordan Thomas off waivers. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas could see some immediate opportunity as New England only has one healthy tight end at the moment in Ryan Izzo. Thomas was with the Cardinals' practice squad this year and was in line for playing time with the Texans in 2019 before getting hurt.

Category: Transactions

Cardinals RB Eno Benjamin is inactive for Week 9 against the Dolphins. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chase Edmonds is a legit RB1 with Kenyan Drake (ankle) not playing. DJ Foster will be the backup against Miami.

The Arizona Cardinals D/ST played a pivotal role in the 37-34 overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks, intercepting Russell Wilson three times, and sacking him twice.

Fantasy Impact: Budda Baker had an interception in the red zone and almost took it to the house if it weren't for the beast that is DK Metcalf chasing him down and preventing a potential game-changing play. The Cardinals picked off Wilson in overtime, which gave Kyler Murray and the Cardinals offense good enough field position to win the game. Cardinals D/ST will be on bye in Week 8 and will have an interesting matchup against the Miami Dolphins in Week 9.

Category: Game Recaps

Arizona Cardinals safety Chris Banjo is active for Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys. (Source: Arizona Cardinals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Banjo has been sidelined for the past two weeks, which has allowed Deionte Thompson to step into an IDP relevant role. With Banjo back and expected to step right back into starters snaps, Thompson should be sent back to benches. Banjo has emerged as DB3 with DB2 upside and should be plugged back into lineups for those who have both Banjo and Thompson on their rosters.

Category: Injury Updates

Cardinals' LB Chandler Jones is undergoing biceps surgery and has been declared done for the season by HC Kliff Kingsbury. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones accounted for 10 tackles and one sack through the first five games of the 2020 season before suffering a torn bicep in a 30-10 win over the New York Jets this past Sunday. The Cardinals' defense is allowing a steep 400.8 yards per game average to opposing teams and the loss of a veteran like Jones will keep the Arizona offense pass-centric as they will look to air it out while playing from behind.

Category: Injury Updates

Cardinals CB Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion) is active for Week 4. (Source: Dov Kleiman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kirkpatrick is a surprise "active" after not practicing on Friday. However, Arizona is missing starting safety Budda Baker. It sets up for a nice opportunity for Teddy Bridgewater and the Panthers' passing attack.

Category: Injury Updates

The Arizona Cardinals are placing tight end Maxx Williams on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Williams will be ruled out for the next three games. (Source: Kyle Odegard on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Williams out, the Cardinals will likely turn to Dan Arnold as their top pass catching option. If Arnold can make an impact, he could keep that role at tight end throughout the season.

Category: Injury Updates