Arizona Cardinals

NFC West

According to AZCardinals.com, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson will not shadow opposing No. 1 wide receivers in 2018. (Source: AZCardinals.com)

Fantasy Impact: This seems like something that might change as time goes on, as the Cardinals cornerback depth behind Peterson is, well, not good. He wasn't the reason for the defense slipping last year, as he allowed just 28 receptions on 60 targets in coverage while shadowing the opposing team's best receiver. This would be an upgrade for wide receivers slated to go against him this year, as creative coordinators will scheme for their top wide receiver to play away from Peterson. This scheme is supposed to give him more opportunities for interceptions, but why fix something that isn't broken?

Category: Rumors


Bob McManaman of The Republic reports that the Cardinals increased Sam Bradford's participation during on-field drills at Cardinals' minicamp and the 30-year-old veteran looked good in shirts and shells. Head coach Steve Wilks walked away impressed, saying "He looked good. You look at some of his throws, they were right on point. Just good accuracy." (Source: AZCentral sports )

Fantasy Impact: The same article also praises Josh Rosen's progress. The plan has always been for Bradford to start as long as his troublesome left knee holds up. Assuming he can get through the summer without setbacks, Bradford's superb accuracy makes him a solid QB2 with weekly streaming appeal.


Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson failed to report for the beginning of the team's mandatory minicamp and is reportedly seeking a new contract, per Adam Schefter, who tweeted "The two sides have been in discussions regarding a new contract and are hopeful a new deal will be reached before the start of the season." (Source: Adam Schefter via twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is only slated to earn $1.882 million in 2018. After missing almost the entire 2017 season, Johnson is trying to lock-up a lucrative, long-term deal with guaranteed money, which isn't a huge surprise. Hopefully, both sides will make progress towards a resolution and Johnson, who is reportedly healthy and gunning for a 1,000/1,000 yard season, will be ready to roll for Week 1. The sooner Johnson and the Cardinals can work out a deal, the better it will be for all involved, as Johnson has shown that he's one of the best young running backs in the game and certainly worthy of top-5 fantasy consideration in every format.


Second-round rookie wide receiver Christian Kirk had charges of disorderly conduct and property damaged dismissed after Kirk paid restitution. This should close the case, as there will not be any disciplined doled out from the league over this matter. (Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Cardinals were aware of the case before the draft and still felt confident enough to use the No. 47 pick on the former Texas A&M star. Kirk has a good chance at winning the team's No. 2 wideout spot in camp and should be on the redraft radar as an upside pick in the later rounds of 12-team drafts.


AZCentral Sports Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers wrote that No. 10 overall pick Josh Rosen could unseat Sam Bradford as the club's Week 1 starter, even if Bradford remains healthy. First-year Arizona head coach commended Rosen's intelligence, saying "Smart, this guy is extremely smart...his ability to see certain things from the defense and pick it up quickly and execute." (Source: Kent Somers)

Fantasy Impact: Bradford signed a fully guaranteed, one-year $15 million contract and is the favorite to open the season as the starter. However, Bradford has a long and checkered injury history, so it's a lock that Rosen will start at some point in 2018. Rosen isn't on the redraft radar, but is worth consideration in the second round of rookie-only dynasty drafts.


Tyrann Mathieu was cut by the Arizona Cardinals. The defensive back refused to take a pay cut, ultimately resulting in his release. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Cardinals save significant guaranteed money by making the move. Mathieu, the former All-Pro, has been a shell of the player that broke into the league, largely due to injuries. He's only 25 and figures to sign with a new team soon, but his name doesn't carry the value that it once did in IDP leagues.

Category: Transactions


Former Cardinals wide receiver John Brown is expected to sign with the Baltimore Ravens, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Twitter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brown is a speedy wide receiver who began stretching defenses a few seasons ago for the Cardinals when he posted over 1,000 receiving yards to go with a 15.4 yards-per-reception average. He has been limited by injuries and inept Arizona offenses since that season, but the Ravens are hoping he can rediscover some of that ability with a quarterback in Joe Flacco who is not lacking in arm strength.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Arizona Cardinals have officially released RB Adrian Peterson. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Peterson is a free agent for the second straight offseason. Arizona cut him on Tuesday. However, although he will turn 33 on March 21, I'm not sure Peterson is ready to hang up his cleats just yet. He could linger on the open market for a while though and not join a new club until training camp, as many veterans elect to do.

Category: Transactions


According to Ian Rapoport, Larry Fitzgerald has informed the Cardinals that he will return to play the 2018 season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is what was expected all along, but it's good news for the Cardinals who get another year to build their wide receiver corps that will have a huge void once Fitzgerald leaves. Both Jaron Brown and John Brown are set to be unrestricted free agents, and Carson Palmer has already announced his retirement. This Cardinals offense will have a completely different look to it in 2018, and Fitzgerald's fantasy value will be highly dependent on the quarterback they bring in to replace Palmer. Considering the lack of talent around him, Fitzgerald is still likely to finish as a top 30 wide receiver, regardless of who is throwing him the ball.

Category: Rumors


Carson Palmer retires

Tue, Jan 2nd 5:11pm EST
By Anthony Cervino

ESPN's Field Yates is reporting Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has announced his retirement from the NFL. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After 15 seasons in the league, Palmer has announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday. His retirement comes to no surprise as he's battled regressing play and injuries in recent memory. He'll walk away from the game with a 92-88-1 quarterback record, 46,247passing yards, 294 touchdowns, and 187 interceptions.


Though there were some great individual performances, the Cardinals gave up 24 points to the potent Seahawks offense on Sunday. The special teams provided the field position and gave the Cardinals opportunities to provide the win.

Fantasy Impact: An up and down year for the Cardinals defense. Let's see what the draft brings before we put them in the top ten next year.

Category: Game Recaps


Elijhaa Penny had eight carries for 39 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals 26-24 win over the Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: Kerwynn Williams received the bulk of the carries, but Elijhaa got the glory. David Johnson will be the three-down back for the Cardinals next season until further notice

Category: Game Recaps


Olsen Pierre had a big game in Week 17 with four tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and two tackles for a loss of yardage. He finished the season with 5½ sacks.

Fantasy Impact: Nice game from Pierre, but there are better IDP options.

Category: Game Recaps


Chandler Jones sacked Russell Wilson twice in Week 17 to break Simeon Rice's team record of 16 1/2 sacks set in 1999. He set the new franchise record of 17 with two sacks on the day.

Fantasy Impact: Jones is a blossoming star that dominated at points during the season. More experience and consistency will make him a solid IDP play.

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Kerwynn Williams ran for 75 yards on 23 carries as the Cardinals beat the Seahawks 26-24 in Seattle in Week 17. He added one reception that went for six yards.

Fantasy Impact: Williams was the lead back while injuries to David Johnson and Adrian Peterson kept them on the sideline and really did nothing to show that he would be anything more than Johnson's backup next season.

Category: Game Recaps


Rookie tight end Ricky Seals-Jones went catchless for the second straight game in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: He was only targeted once. After 7 catches for 126 yards in Weeks 11 and 12, Seals-Jones had just five grabs for 75 yards in his last five games. His future fantasy value could depend on team mate Jermaine Gresham’s recovery from an ACL tear and the identity of the Cardinals next head coach.

Category: Game Recaps


Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham caught three passes for 24 yards against the Seahawks, before he tore his ACL.

Fantasy Impact: Gresham was targeted three times, all of which he reeled in. He had more than 24 yards in just four games in 2017, while his 9.9 yards per reception was the second lowest mark since Gresham’s rookie year. He is likely to miss the whole offseason.

Category: Game Recaps


Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton passed for 145 yards and a touchdown in what turned out to be the last game of the Bruce Arians era, a 26-24 victory over the Seahawks

Fantasy Impact: It took 34 passes to get Stanton to his lofty tally. He also tossed an interception, the fourth time in five games he has thrown at least one pick. It has emerged that Stanton has practically no ACL due to years of damage. With Bruce Arians retiring, it is unlikely his successor will want Stanton around in 2018.

Category: Game Recaps


Phil Dawson had a perfect end to the season, going 4-for-4 on field goals and 2-for-2 on extra points. Dawson converted from 49, 46, 53, and 42 for the four field goals.

Fantasy Impact: Phil Dawson finished the Week 17 season by making 28-of-36 field goals and 21-of-24 extra points. Although Dawson was solid all year, look for the Cardinals to bring in a kicker to challenge the veteran Dawson in training camp.

Category: Game Recaps


J.J. Nelson failed to catch his lone target on Sunday against the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Nelson hadn't been producing much lately anyway, and it's doubtful that anyone was relying on him at this point in the season, especially with Drew Stanton at quarterback. He's obviously not a play next weekend against Seattle.

Category: Game Recaps