Arizona Cardinals

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals’ cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the NFL season for violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The suspension was originally eight games but was reduced to six when Peterson withdrew his appeal. Peterson has reportedly been unhappy in Arizona for quite some time, and trade rumors have been buzzing as of late. The Chiefs have been the top team linked to a possible Peterson trade, but with news of the suspension and Kansas City’s recent history with players’ character issues, the team may decide not to further pursue a deal. The suspension may be the final straw for Arizona, and if the Cardinals can find a trade partner, Peterson is likely out the door.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen has been traded to the Miami Dolphins along with a 2020 fifth-round pick for the 62nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rosen has been rumored to be on the trading block for weeks now, with the Arizona Cardinals rumored to be enthralled with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. The Cardinals, of course, drafted Murray first overall just one year after selected Rosen in the first round, and they now get only a late second-round pick in return for him. Rosen should step in and immediately have an opportunity to start for the rebuilding Dolphins.

David Johnson is looking forward to playing more snaps in the shotgun formation this upcoming season. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury has yet to talk too much about his offensive plans this season but has mentioned a desire to use shotgun more often. Johnson is excited about it, saying he ran out of the shotgun in college. However, the key for DJ's fantasy season will be how involved he is as a pass catcher. We're guessing Kingsbury will use him in that role.

The Cardinals will release TE Jermaine Gresham when the new league year begins this week. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gresham has flirted with fantasy relevance over the years at the wasteland that is the TE position. There are a few interesting free agent tight ends this offseason, and Gresham could become an interesting name depending on his landing spot. For now, he's just a name to monitor.

Category: Rumors

Christian Kirk (foot) says he's ahead of schedule in his rehab process. (Source: Arizona Cardinals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 22-year-old broke his foot late in the season to end a somewhat promising rookie campaign. The Cardinals didn't have many fantasy contributors in 2018, but that could change next year now that the offensive minded Kliff Kingsbury is in town.

Category: Injury Updates

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Larry Fitzgerald will return to the Cardinals for a 16th NFL season in 2019. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: That was quick. Fitzgerald left the door open for retirement after Arizona’s final regular season game, but he obviously didn’t but have to think about it for too long. Fitzgerald will play next season at age 36 and will be a trustworthy receiving option for Josh Rosen. There isn’t a whole lot of talent around Fitzgerald in Arizona, which could once again limit his fantasy upside. Perhaps new coach Kliff Kingsbury can scheme guys open more often next year.

Cardinals to fire Steve Wilks

Mon, Dec 31st 10:43am EST
By Blaine Blontz

The Cardinals will reportedly fire head coach Steve Wilks. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wilks was in his first season with the team, making the move surprising in that way. However, there had been rumblings for some time that Wilks would be done after this season given the team's inept play and questionable use of players, like David Johnson. There were also concerns around rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, who failed to take a step forward like the other first-round rookie signal callers. Wilks was a defensive coordinator prior to taking the head coaching job in Arizona, and he could return to coaching in 2019 in that capacity.

Category: Transactions

Ricky Seals-Jones (shoulder) was inactive for Arizona's regular season finale on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: It was a disappointing end to a disappointing season for the 23-year-old. Seals-Jones was a popular sleeper pick back in August, but he wound up totaling just 343 receiving yards and one touchdown in 2018. He won't be on the fantasy radar going into next year.

Category: Game Recaps

Trent Sherfield caught two passes for 23 scoreless yards in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: The rookie wideout finishes with 19 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown. He started playing more once Christian Kirk went down with a season-ending injury. Sherfield isn't expected to see much run in 2019, however. Arizona will surely make some upgrades to its receiver core.

Category: Game Recaps

Zane Gonzalez converted 1-of-2 field goal tries and missed his lone PAT attempt in Week 16.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy players can surely do better than a kicker in one of the leagues' worst offenses.

Category: Game Recaps

Chase Edmonds rushed eight times for 22 yards and caught two passes for another 22 yards in Arizona's 40-14 Week 15 loss to Atlanta.

Fantasy Impact: Edmonds scored a pair of touchdowns a couple of weeks ago, but has gone back to being a non-factor ever since. He's nothing more than a handcuff for David Johnson owners.

Category: Game Recaps

Phil Dawson converted 1-of-2 field goal tries and 1-of-1 PAT attempts in Arizona's 45-10 Week 12 loss to the Chargers.

Fantasy Impact: Dawson's field goal went for 30 yards. Fantasy players can do better than a kicker on an offense this bad. The Cardinals visit the Packers in Week 13.

Category: Game Recaps

Chad Williams has been ruled out Week 12 against the Chargers due to an ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact: Williams continues to be sidelined due to the injury. At this point, he's not fantasy relevant.

Category: Injury Updates

The Arizona Cardinals have released quarterback Sam Bradford. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Incredibly, Bradford signed a two-year, $40 million deal with the team back in March. He'll wind up "only" getting paid about $13.5 million from the team, and it appears as if his days as a starting QB in the NFL are over. Mike Glennon will back up rookie Josh Rosen from here on out.

Category: Transactions

Zach Moore recorded one solo tackle, one tackle for loss, and one sack in the Arizona Cardinals' Week 7 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: Moore isn't really a fantasy factor, but he's worth keeping an eye on if either Chandler Jones or Markus Golden were to get injured.

Category: Game Recaps

Markus Golden recorded two solo tackles and one tackle for loss in the Arizona Cardinals' Week 7 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: Golden is still struggling to get his season started after healing up from his 2017 ACL injury. Stay patient with him, as he has league-winning upside.

Category: Game Recaps

Chandler Jones collected two solo tackles, one assisted tackle, one tackle for loss, and one sack in the Arizona Cardinals' Week 7 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: Jones didn't have a big day, but he still picked up a sack. He'll likely continue to be up-and-down all year as the Cardinals struggle to stay competitive in games.

Category: Game Recaps

Haason Reddick collected three solo tackles and one assisted tackle in the Arizona Cardinals Week 7 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: Reddick is still only a part-time player, but if Deone Bucannon is traded as the rumors suggest Reddick would be a sneaky high-upside pickup. Keep your eye on him.

Category: Game Recaps

Josh Bynes recorded three solo tackles and three assisted tackles in the Arizona Cardinals Week 7 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: Bynes has cooled off considerably as of late, but he's still playing well and still has plenty of opportunity to rack up tackles in this Cardinals defense.

Category: Game Recaps

Budda Baker recorded five solo tackles, three assisted tackles, and one tackle for loss in the Arizona Cardinals Week 7 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: Baker is the top-ranked fantasy DB in the NFL. He is not slowing down anytime soon.

Category: Game Recaps