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Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds is expected to be the team's primary ball carrier while Kenyan Drake (ankle) is sidelined. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Arizona has a Week 8 bye, but Drake is still expected to miss a few weeks with his ankle injury. This positions Edmonds as a borderline RB1 in fantasy. The 24-year-old erupted for 145 total yards (including seven receptions) in Arizona's Sunday night victory over Seattle. Eno Benjamin will likely see some run as well, but Edmonds is the back to own for fantasy purposes.


Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake (ankle) is expected to miss “a few weeks” with a slight ligament tear in his ankle. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The team is treating it like a high-ankle sprain, so Drake is likely to miss 3-4 weeks with the injury based on historical recovery from that type of injury. Chase Edmonds becomes a fringe-RB1 while Drake is out and rookie Eno Benjamin could pick up a few snaps in a reserve role as well.

Category: Injury Updates


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 K Zane Gonzalez played hero on Sunday night, connecting on 3-of-4 FGs (including a game-winner in overtime) and going 4-for-4 on his extra points.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez had a big night, blasting all of his field-goals from 40+ yards (44, 48, 49) and only missing one. Gonzalez is now 10-for-13 on field goals this season while hitting 23-of-24 PATs for one of the best offenses in the NFL. He should be considered one of the top-12 kickers in the NFL through Week 7.

Category: Game Recaps


Arizona Cardinals WR Andy Isabella caught one pass for seven yards in a 37-34 overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: Isabella was a non-factor, drawing three targets and pulling in one catch for seven yards. He's now gone four games without a touchdown since his 2 TD outburst in Week 2. Isabella should be treated as a dynasty stash rather than a player to roster in redraft leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 62 yards in a 37-34 overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: Fitzgerald had his best game of the season, reeling in all eight of his targets and producing a season-high 62 yards. He was second on the team in targets (tied with Christian Kirk with eight) and had some crucial chain-moving catches late in the game. Fitzgerald is more of a WR4 in most leagues and will need an injury to regain any fantasy relevance in 10-12 team redraft leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk caught 5-of-8 targets for 37 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-34 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night.

Fantasy Impact: Kirk's now scored four touchdowns in his past two games and the Cardinals have finally figured out how to get him more involved around the goal line. Kirk has performed well over his last three games and if he was dropped anywhere in 10-12 team leagues, he should be rostered immediately.

Category: Game Recaps


Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins caught 10 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-34 overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: Hopkins caught a beautiful 35-yard pass by Kyler Murray in the first quarter, where DHop made a contested catch on the sideline and just hit the inside of the pylon for the score. Hopkins did not practice for most of the week due to an ankle sprain, but he showed no signs of injury. Fantasy managers will be without Hopkins in Week 8 because of a bye, and hopefully, he can use that time to rest his ankle and go into Week 9's matchup against the Miami Dolphins near full strength. Hopkins has 57 receptions for 704 yards and three touchdowns through seven games this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray completed 34-of-48 passes for 360 yards, three touchdowns, one interception, and added 14 rushes for 67 yards on the ground with another touchdown in a 37-34 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: Murray displayed his pinpoint accuracy as he torched the Seahawks defense in a primetime thriller. Murray juked past Seattle defenders all night and looked comfortable in and outside the pocket, eluding the Seahawks pass rush for most of the game. His ascension into being one of the top quarterbacks in fantasy football this season has been fun to watch, and fantasy managers who took a leap of faith in the dual-threat second-year QB are reaping all of the benefits along the way. The Cardinals are on bye this week, but he'll get a good 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


Arizona Cardinals RG J.R. Sweezy has been placed on injured reserve due to an elbow injury. (Source: Kyle Odegard on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sweezy is the starting RG for the Cardinals and according to Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury, Justin Murray will replace Sweezy at right guard going forward.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


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


Eno Benjamin will not play in Sunday's game against the Jets. (Source: John Weinfuss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Benjamin was a talented college running back that the Cardinals took in the seventh round of this year's draft. He made the final roster but has yet to be active for a game yet this season. Expect Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds to split backfield duties as they have all season.

Category: Injury Updates


Arizona Cardinals S Budda Baker will return Sunday against the Jets after undergoing surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. (Source: ProFootballTalk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Baker has been nothing short of fantastic for the Cardinals since being selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He is a two-time Pro Bowler (2017, 2019) and was a first-team All-Pro special teams selection as a rookie. The Cardinals take on a lowly New York Jets team this week and his return should help boost an Arizona D/ST that's coming off back-to-back losses at the hands of Detroit and Carolina.

Category: Injury Updates


Dan Arnold catches 4-of-4 targets for 39 yards in a 31-21 loss to the Panthers in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: Arnold has yet to see more than four targets in any one game this season. He also has yet to score a touchdown. Arnold isn't rosterable at this point until he becomes more involved in the offense. The Cardinals will travel to New York to take on the Jets in Week 5.

Category: Game Recaps


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


KeeSean Johnson has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Johnson will miss the Cardinals week 1 game and could be out beyond that. (Source: Doug Haller on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson has not been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of yet, but has come in contact with someone who does. Johnson was in a tough position to see any snaps, as he was buried in the Cardinals' depth chart. Hopefully there are no other Cardinals' players who are impacted by this.


The Arizona Cardinals released 2019 fourth-round pick WR Hakeem Butler on Friday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The off-season acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins put pressure on the Cardinals receivers, and Butler couldn't beat out Andy Isabella, KeeSean Johnson, Trent Sherfield, or JoJo Ward as backups to Hopkins, Christian Kirk, and Larry Fitzgerald. There's a chance Butler resurfaces for another team given his talent, but it'll likely only be positional depth and not offer significant playing time or opportunity.

Category: Transactions, Rumors


Robert Alford suffered a pectoral muscle injury in Sunday's practice but the severity has not been evaluated yet. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Alford missed the entire 2019 season with a broken leg and is now dealing with this injury. Pectoral injuries can typically be pretty serious. Alford, entering his eighth year, would be the team's number one cornerback if healthy.

Category: Injury Updates