Michael Floyd Fantasy News

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 8:34pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Heading into his 11th NFL season, Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald brushes aside suggestions that his best days are behind him.

"I think it's funny people assume I actually listen to anything anybody says," he said. "The only thing you can control in life is your effort. I give my best effort every single day and try to improve my craft."

And he still figures prominently in the team's plans for the coming season.

"I don't think anybody's the same at 30 as you were at 20," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "You're a lot more experienced so you should be able to play faster — mentally."

When Arians took over a year ago, Arians moved Fitzgerald to the slot, putting big, young, athletic Michael Floyd at wideout.

"There comes a point in time in your career that if you want to continue to have success and get a lot of balls," Arians said, "then you've got to stretch your envelope a little bit."

Fantasy Impact:
Fitz is ranked 17th among our WRs and after a disappointing season in 2012, he bounced back nicely in 2013. He's not the top-five WR he once was in terms of fantasy numbers, but he can certainly be a worthy WR2 and he continues to look good with Carson Palmer at QB.

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Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:09am

ESPN - [Full Article]

If Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was going to overthrow receiver Michael Floyd in the end zone and have a miscommunication with Larry Fitzgerald lead to an interception returned for a touchdown, Sunday night in front of a national TV audience was the time for it.

That's what preseason is about, working out the kinks, figuring out what went wrong and why it happened. Arizona will spend the next few days breaking down the film of their 19-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium, figuring out where its offense went.

"We had a number of things that were just off, from overthrows to missed opportunities," Palmer said. "Some funky things that happened on some routes, some drops. We didn't take advantage of some of the looks we had.

"We're just a little bit off and that's not what we wanted to do. That's not what we expected at all."

Fantasy Impact:
The first-team offense's sluggish start was unexpected considering how efficient the Cardinals have looked during the first two preseason games. Arizona had scored on its two opening drives this year, but the Cards' first drive Sunday stalled at the Bengals' 37 after three straight incomplete passes, including two straight to Floyd, the story said. Shouldn't be cause for a lot of concern, at the moment anyway, as the Cards offensive fantasy players like Floyd, Fitzgerald and RB Andre Ellington should continue to be legit starters.

Cardinals Beat: Offense 'light years' ahead of last year

Friday, August 22, 2014, 11:19pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Arizona offense really is light years ahead of where it was last year. Just watch the first two preseason games. The Cardinals were as efficient as they’ve been in some time, but that wasn’t just a show for the cameras. During practice, Arizona moved the ball with ease despite a defense knowing exactly what was coming most of the time. When Carson Palmer faced the scout defense this week, he looked almost flawless, using his battery of weapons to his advantage. What stood out most, however, was that the formation issues that plagued them last year were gone. This was an offense that knew what it was doing.

Fantasy Impact:
This bodes well for Palmer, who was the #22 QB through eight weeks, but was #6 from Week 10 to Week 17, after the team’s Week 9 bye. He said he felt much more comfortable in Bruce Arians’ offense down the stretch and his numbers reflect that. His receiving corps is good with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who had a breakout season in his second year.

Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (groin) back at practice

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 10:53pm

AZ Central - [Full Article]

Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd has two practices under his belt since missing two weeks with a groin injury, and he sees some room for progress.

On one hand, he's taking his full complement of reps with the first-team offense. On the other hand, he has some polishing to do.

"He looked like he'd been out for a bit like anybody would," quarterback Carson Palmer said. "It's going to take him a couple practices to kind of get his conditioning back and his wind back. I think the strength and cutting of his routes, that's kind of something that just takes you a couple times to get back into it."

Fantasy Impact:
Michael Floyd broke out in his second season with a 66 catches for 1,054 yards and five TDs, gaining at least 90 yards and/or finding the endzone in seven of his last 11 games. He should continue to progress as he enters his third year in the league.

Cardinals offense 'light years' ahead of last year

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 11:39am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Arizona went 7-2 over the final nine games, and the offense, a complex system that HC Bruce Arians installed after being hired in January 2013, was finally understood and, as cliché as it sounds, began clicking on all cylinders.

It's just gotten better during this season's training camp.

Quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald have said it. Arians has repeated it. The Cardinals are “light years” ahead of where they were last year at this time. It's obvious in the route running, which is crisper, and the formations, which aren't discussed by receivers pre-snap.

Fantasy Impact:
Palmer was the #22 QB through eight weeks, but was #6 from Week 10 to Week 17, after the team’s Week 9 bye. He said he felt much more comfortable in Bruce Arians’ offense down the stretch and his numbers reflect that. His receiving corps is good with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who had a breakout season in his second year. Still, it’s hard to get too excited about Palmer as anything more than a committee type given the fact that one-quarter of his schedule consists of matchups against the Seahawks and 49ers. He’s a very cheap option and ideal for a QBBC.

Cardinals WR Michael Floyd in for a 'big year'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 3:26pm

Dan Pompei, Twitter - [Full Article]

Sports on Earth writer Dan Pompei: "Few observations from my visit to Cardinals camp: 1. Michael Floyd is in for a big year. Some people in camp think he'll be their No. 1 WR."

Fantasy Impact:
Michael Floyd broke out in his second season with a 66 catches for 1,054 yards and five TDs, gaining at least 90 yards and/or finding the endzone in seven of his last 11 games. He should continue to progress as he enters his third year in the league. Fitzgerald could pass the baton to Floyd as early as this season.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:39am

AZCentral.com - [Full Article]

Last season, the Cardinals had one quarterback, Carson Palmer, start all 16 games. This year, Palmer is again the guy and Drew Stanton is the backup.

Saturday, Palmer completed all five pass attempts. Stanton was 11 for 17, and rookie Logan Thomas was 11 for 12. Palmer has said how much he enjoys this locker room because it lacks drama. That's especially true of the quarterback position.

Think back to recent Cardinals locker rooms. Uncertainty at the position found players quietly picking sides. And a coaching staff's inability to help a quarterback's development left some players second-guessing leadership.

Remember the preseason of 2010, when then coach Ken Whisenhunt released Matt Leinart eight days before the first game? That left Derek Anderson, John Skelton and Max Hall to combine for a 5-11 record.

How about 2012? Whisenhunt opened up the competition, and Skelton won the job over Kevin Kolb. Skelton got hurt and Kolb took over. Kolb played well but was injured, and Skelton was back leading the charge.

Fantasy Impact:
The Cards have some stability at QB, but if Palmer would miss time, the talent around him, like WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, would take at least a bit of a hit in fantasy value. For now with Palmer, these are pretty good WRs to target in your second tier after the studs are drafted.

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 9:57am

Arizona Republic - [Full Article]

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said WR Michael Floyd, who sat out with an injured groin, should be back in 6 to 10 days.

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 9:51am

Arizona Republic - [Full Article]

Supplementing rookie John Brown's success at wide receiver, Jaron Brown made sure the Cardinals didn't feel the temporary loss of injured receivers Michael Floyd and Ted Ginn, Jr. on Saturday.

The second-year pro caught quarterback Drew Stanton's 5-yard pass in traffic for the Cardinals' second touchdown of the game, and tallied 15 yards in two receptions.

Brown saw action in 16 games last season and recorded 140 yards in 11 receptions. Coming out of his rookie season, the receiver said his game improved considerably.

"It's a lot better," he said. "I feel like we're finally starting to get some kind of rhythm going with the quarterbacks. That's one thing we work on in training camp."

Not having to worry about replacing Floyd and Ginn long-term, Brown's performance Saturday made it that much harder for Arians to trim his receiving pool.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer feeling comfortable in offense

Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:12am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cardinals WR John Weinfuss: It’s very clear that quarterback Carson Palmer has picked up this offense and all its nuances, even if he’s telling us the same thing. I’ve seen Palmer often pull a running back or wide receiver aside after a play and start motioning with his hands where he should be lined up. He’s done it a couple times with new tight end John Carlson, who’s just learning the offense. Palmer's ability to teach more shows how far he's come, but Palmer's also getting help. His receivers know exactly where they’re supposed to line up, compared to last year, when both often looked confused.

Fantasy Impact:
Palmer was the #22 QB through eight weeks, but was #6 from Week 10 to Week 17, after the team’s Week 9 bye. He said he felt much more comfortable in Bruce Arians’ offense down the stretch and his numbers reflect that. His receiving corps is good with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who had a breakout season in his second year. Still, it’s hard to get too excited about Palmer as anything more than a committee type given the fact that one-quarter of his schedule consists of matchups against the Seahawks and 49ers. He’s a very cheap option and ideal for a QBBC.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 3:06am

ESPN - [Full Article]

He’s been one of the talks of camp, but Cardinals WR Michael Floyd put his offseason improvement on display Tuesday. On one pass, Floyd got a step behind cornerback Patrick Peterson for a touchdown that sailed in just beyond Peterson’s reach. Floyd then hauled in another score over cornerback Justin Bethel. Earlier Tuesday, quarterback Carson Palmer praised Floyd’s size and his ability to overpower cornerbacks, which was the case Tuesday. Bethel is listed as 6-0 and Peterson 6-1, but Floyd played taller and bigger than the 6-2, 220 pounds he’s listed as.

Fantasy Impact:

Floyd broke out in his second season with a 66 catches for 1,054 yards and five TDs, gaining at least 90 yards and/or finding the endzone in seven of his last 11 games. He should continue to progress as he enters his third year in the league.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 12:27pm

azcardinals.com - [Full Article]

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerlad wears gloves — post practice.

Usually, in practice, he just tapes up his thumbs.

“Every day after practice I put gloves on — they are these really tight, stiff mitts, and they make you work extremely hard to close and open your hands,” Fitz says. “It strengthens my hands, especially the thumbs — your thumbs are really what control your grip.”

“I’m obsessed with my craft,” he said. “I just want to squeeze every single drop out of the lemon that I possibly can. I don’t want to have any regrets, and to this point I can sleep at night.”

Fantasy Impact:
Fitz's days as a top-five fantasy WR may be behind him, but he's shaping up to be a solid WR2. We have him ranked 14th and he has an ADP of the fourth round. With WR Michael Floyd on the other side, and the electric Andre Ellington at RB, there is plenty of talent surrounding Fitzgerald, but that could end up being a good thing.

Cardinals 'very high' on 'special' WR John Brown

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 10:11am

Gil Brandt, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cardinals 3rd-round pick WR John Brown will work out with Carson Palmer in San Diego. Cards think he'll be special player. Very high on him.

Fantasy Impact:
Brown will compete with speedster Ted Ginn to be the WR3 behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. He's nothing more than a flier in redraft leagues, but he's definitely a player to consider in dynasty/keeper formats.

Cardinals intend to use Ted Ginn as WR3

Monday, June 16, 2014, 5:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

On the subject of Cardinals WR Ted Ginn...

"He doesn't have that much experience as a wide out, surprisingly," HC Bruce Arians said. "I have no idea why."

Well, that's about to change. With the Cardinals, Ginn will be primarily used as their third receiver, filling the void left by Andre Roberts, who signed with Washington during free agency. Ginn will still be charged with returning kicks and some punts, but his main duties will be alongside Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.

"Anytime you can hit a home run in one play, it's easy," Arians said. "The threat of those guys being out there is that every play you can hit one. What they do to the defense to open up everybody else, you don't have to throw it long. You hit a fast guy going across the field, it's easier for him to turn it up and go to the distance."

Arians has been pleased with Ginn's route running and catching ability, which has led to more confidence for Ginn. He'll need it as he embarks on a season as primarily a receiver. He'll still have special teams' duties and QB Carson Palmer hopes Ginn will be able to give the offense shorter fields to work with.

Fantasy Impact:
Rookie John Brown has been getting the most offseason press, but the Cardinals added Ginn for his speed and intend to use it. Ginn could be fantasy relevant as a spot starter, especially if either Larry Fitzgerald or Michael Floyd get nicked up.

Friday, June 13, 2014, 5:50pm

Arizona Cardinals - [Full Article]

Last year you could hear it in Cardinals QB Carson Palmer’s voice especially, a pump-the-brakes feel when he talked about Bruce Arians’ scheme and the team grasping its responsibilities. Perhaps more than any other player in the locker room, Palmer isn’t willing to dress up a situation just to do it. He won’t start harshly criticizing anything, but you can hear the reticence. That concern was gone this offseason. Palmer isn’t declaring the Cardinals an offensive juggernaut. But there is a comfort level in what Arians does and the people he has doing it.

Fantasy Impact:
Palmer was the #22 QB through eight weeks, but was #6 from Week 10 to Week 17, after the team’s Week 9 bye. His receiving corps is pretty solid with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who had a breakout season in his second year. While it's good to hear that he's more comfortable in the offense, it’s hard to get too excited about Palmer as anything more than a committee type given the fact that one-quarter of his schedule consists of matchups against the Seahawks and 49ers.