Michael Floyd Fantasy News

Saturday, August 1, 2015, 12:23pm

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WR Michael Floyd played in all 16 regular-season games for the second straight year in 2014.

The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver started the season strong, with two 100-yard games in the first three, but ended it on a low note. Then a week after catching two touchdowns and totaling 153 receiving yards on eight grabs in the regular-season finale against San Francisco, Floyd’s only catch went for 9 yards in a playoff loss at Carolina.

"Mike started to have a breakout year last year," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "I mean a big one. Just be consistent and make the plays that he is capable of making, and he should be a big-time player. He needs to be a big-time player in big games. Those 50-50 balls, start coming down with them."

“Expectations for me are always high,” said Floyd, the 2012 13th overall draft pick said. “It’s getting in and out of breaks faster. Watching tape, too ... and just getting better at reading coverages.”

Fantasy Impact:

Floyd’s catches and yards were down overall from 2013 to '14, as he had 18 fewer catches (65 to 47) and 200 fewer yards (1,041 to 841). Floyd has confidence the Cardinals can succeed against the defensive secondaries of division rivals Seattle and St. Louis, the better two in the NFC West. Floyd also went through changes at QB and everyone seemed to suffer after Carson Palmer went down. A healthy Palmer this season could be just what Floyd needs for a bust-out season. Floyd is just 40th on our list making him a low-end WR3 in 12 team leagues, but with an ADP of the middle rounds he could end up being a solid pick as long as Palmer stays healthy.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer 'not even thinking' about surgically-repaired knee

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 5:20pm

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As it was last year, Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has brought wide receiver John Brown to southern California to live with him and work out. And as it was last year, Palmer feels he is throwing well, sharpening his mental game – and feeling no problems with his knee.

“I’m not even thinking about my knee,” Palmer said. “I’m still rehabbing just to be on the safe side of things but I don’t need to be at rehab. I’m full go in the weight room, full go on the field, and until it’s brought up, I haven’t thought about what I’m not

doing because I’m doing everything I was doing.”

Fantasy Impact:

As he outlined in his Cardinals-qb-carson-palmer">Sleeper Alert, Palmer is Sr. Editor John Paulsen's favorite sleeper at the quarterback position. In the 15 games since his team’s 2013 bye, Palmer is averaging 277 yards 1.8 touchdowns and 0.8 interceptions. Those are fringe QB1 numbers, and he has a nice receiving corps (including Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown) to throw to. As long as the knee is good to go, Palmer is an ideal candidate for a "wait on QB" strategy.

Wesseling: John Brown will 'make the leap'

Monday, July 13, 2015, 8:18pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

It is not just the Cardinals and their fans who are expecting WR John Brown to be a difference maker in the Cardinals offense. NFL.com writer Chris Wesseling ranked Brown sixth in his list of players he believes will "make the leap" this season and start to become a household name around the NFL.

"It's rare to come across an offseason hype bunny who meets expectations as a rookie. It's even more rare to find an NFL draft sleeper in the height of the Twitter era. A hidden gem from small-school Pittsburg State, the third-round pick immediately impressed the Cardinals with his high-end speed, uncanny instincts and unexpected understanding of route concepts.

"Before the end of his first training camp, Brown was already drawing comparisons to potential Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison, Colts star T.Y. Hilton and 2003 rookie sensation Anquan Boldin."

Fantasy Impact:

The article went on to say Wesseling thinks Brown needs to work on his strength, but he believes it's not out of the question Brown could pass teammate Michael Floyd this year. Right now we have Brown ranked 45th on our WR list with an ADP of the 9th round. Interestingly, we have the Cardinal WRs all going around the same time in 12-team formats: Brown 9.07, Floyd 8.04 and Larry Fitzgerald 8.11. However it's Fitzgerald who we have rated the highest at 24th (Floyd's ranked 39th on our list). Fitz could end up being the best value among the three as other WRs ranked around Fitzgerald are all going as many as three rounds earlier. A healthy QB Carson Palmer is the key to how successful the Arizona passing game is this season, and of course all three of these guys will help boost Palmer's value.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer expects 'huge things' from WR John Brown in 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 8:02pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald still looks as strong and fit as ever, but the chemistry building between Carson Palmer and second year wide receiver John Brown was on full display, especially on deep routes.

"I expect huge things from you this year. There is something different about him," Palmer told me after practice.

Word around the Cardinals building is that his Brown is stronger, in better shape and people are taking notice of his work ethic. (Wide receiver Michael Floyd sat out with a tweaked hamstring) Carson and Brown will continue working together after this week's minicamp ends. Brown will work out in San Diego with Palmer.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown finished as the #49 WR in standard formats and #53 in PPR. He saw a hefty 103 targets as a rookie, and with Larry Fitzgerald back and Michael Floyd still in the mix, it's doubtful that Brown's usage will increase too much. If Carson Palmer is healthy, however, the whole passing offense could take a step forward, and that would push Brown into fantasy-starter territory.

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 1:20pm

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Cardinals WR John Brown stopped eating fast food, and he feels the difference.

“It was hard to give up because I used to eat it every day,” Brown told the Arizona Republic. “Once I went to practice without fast food [in my stomach], I felt so much better. I don’t even look at restaurants any more. I’ve put on a lot of muscle, and I’m feeling stronger and better.”

Fantasy Impact:

Brown finished as the #49 WR in standard formats and #53 in PPR. He saw a hefty 103 targets as a rookie, and with Larry Fitzgerald back and Michael Floyd still in the mix, it's doubtful that Brown's usage will increase too much. If Carson Palmer is healthy, however, the whole passing offense could take a step forward, and that would push Brown into fantasy-starter territory.

Cardinals WR John Brown believes he'll be 'used more in underneath routes'

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:47pm

ArizonaSports.com - [Full Article]

In all, Cardinals WR John Brown played the role of burner about as well as one could have, though he thinks he could emerge as the team's top option in the passing game this year.

"Coach Bruce Arians does a great job of calling plays, and it's actually designed for anybody to make plays and be that guy," he said. "Because it's just when the ball is in the air, you have to get it.

"And I think I'll be used more in underneath routes trying to turn and beat (the defense)."

Fantasy Impact:

Brown was the #49 receiver as a rookie and that's about where we have him ranked heading into the 2015 season. The main concern is his opportunity to find consistent playing time and targets behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, though he did lead the team in targets (103) and averaged a solid 6.7 T/G with Carson Palmer in the lineup. Fitzgerald averaged 6.8 T/G while Floyd averaged just 5.0 T/G in those six games.

Cardinals WR John Brown packing on the pounds

Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:41pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

John Brown burst onto the scene with fire during his rookie campaign. The Arizona Cardinals' speedster posted 48 receptions for 696 yards and five touchdowns, with several of those scores being of the big-play variety.

However, his production waned late in the season. Brown posted just 127 yards on nine catches the final month of the regular season, including a goose egg in Week 14. He then compiled just 34 yards on four catches in the playoffs.

While the atrocious quarterback situation played a big part in Brown's production reduction, his body also began to break down.

"At the end of the season my body started going down, I started losing weight," Brown told the team's official website. "This year I'm trying to focus on being able to keep this weight on as the season goes on."

After playing at 173 pounds in 2014, Brown said he is already up to 183 and plans to add more weight through the offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

The hope here is that the added weight doesn't negatively impact his speed. Brown finished as the #49 WR in standard formats and #53 in PPR. He saw a hefty 103 targets as a rookie, and with Larry Fitzgerald back and Michael Floyd still in the mix, it's doubtful that Brown's usage will increase too much. If Carson Palmer is healthy, however, the whole passing offense could take a step forward, and that would push Brown into fantasy-relevant territory.

Cardinals Beat: Bruce Arians 'loves' WR John Brown, 'big things' coming

Friday, April 17, 2015, 3:11pm

AZCentral.com - [Full Article]

Cardinals beat writer Bob McManaman on WR John Brown:

He's got the hunger to strive to be better and I know how he cherishes the opportunity he's getting with the Cardinals. HC Bruce Arians loves him and the respect is mutual. I expect big things from Smokey this season.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown finished as the #49 WR in standard formats and #53 in PPR. He saw a hefty 103 targets as a rookie, and with Larry Fitzgerald back and Michael Floyd still in the mix, it's doubtful that Brown's usage will increase too much. If Carson Palmer is healthy, however, the whole passing offense could take a step forward, and that would push Brown into fantasy-relevant territory.

Cardinals want to keep Larry Fitzgerald

Monday, December 22, 2014, 11:15am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Not only do the Cardinals intend to keep Larry Fitzgerald next season, they want to keep him much longer than that.

Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said he hopes it’s a much longer-range relationship.

“We have to make good business decisions,” Keim told Arizona Sports 98.7, via Darren Urban of the team’s official website. “I don’t think it’s any secret that we said all along that it is our intent to have Larry Fitzgerald retire a Cardinal. I don’t want to get into it too deep, but with planning purposes and financially, from a cap standpoint and all those sort of things, we have Larry’s [cap] number already baked into our numbers.

“Now, any kind of business decisions moving forward, renegotiations with Larry and that sort of thing, we’ve had ongoing talks with [agent] Eugene Parker and we will continue to have ongoing talks. But again, the best I can tell you is that it is our intent to keep Larry and make sure he stays a Cardinal the rest of his career.”

Fantasy Impact:

Reports say the Cards are prepared to carry the veteran wide receiver next year even with his $23.6 million cap hit. Fitzgerald has the Cards in a unique position, the story went on to say. If they’re intent on not releasing him, he can sit tight on the big number by refusing to take a pay cut or restructure. Of course, if there’s something in it for him to do a longer deal, then Keim may get his wish. Assuming QB Carson Palmer can emerge healthy next season, Fitzgerald will be part of a nice group of WRs which include Michael Floyd and John Brown, but Fitz is no longer an elite, top fantasy WR.

Cards aren't sure when Drew Stanton will return

Monday, December 15, 2014, 1:27pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Cardinals don’t know yet when quarterback Drew Stanton will be able to return from the knee injury he suffered on Thursday.

Asked about a report that Stanton would miss four weeks, Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said it’s simply too soon to say how quickly Stanton will heal.

“I think it’s one of those things with that type of knee injury, everybody heals different,” Keim said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, via ESPN.com. “And I know that ESPN and some other outlets have put a timeline on it. It’s extremely difficult to do. You can say it’s going to be four weeks — I’ve heard people say 1.5 weeks. Everybody heals differently. Drew will be here around the clock rehabbing, and I know he’ll be ready to go as soon as possible.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Cardinals are already down starting quarterback Carson Palmer for the season, and Stanton’s absence means they’ll be playing with one of their two co-third stringers, Ryan Lindley or Logan Thomas. Obviously those aren't the kind of fantasy names you want to put in your lineup Week 16. It also means the value of WRs Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown will drop a bit more.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 14. It appears that Fitzgerald is on track to play in Sunday’s game against Kansas City, though he’s “still not 100 percent,” per HC Bruce Arians, who also called Fitzgerald a game-time decision. The Cardinals play in the late round of games. It’s a bad matchup for the Arizona passing game, but Michael Floyd and John Brown would have some appeal if Fitz is out.

Larry Fitzgerald inactive for Cardinals

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2:45pm

Cardinals Inactives
Desmond Bishop LB
Michael Bush RB
Kenny Demens ILB
Larry Fitzgerald WR
Matthew Mulligan TE
Ed Stinson DE
Alameda Ta'amu NT

Fantasy Impact:

Fitzgerald’s absence is a boost for John Brown and Michael Floyd, who should both see plenty of targets in a very good matchup against the Falcons. HC Bruce Arians said last week that he should have done a better job dialing up plays for Floyd, who only saw two targets against the Seahawks. Brown has played well with Drew Stanton under center.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 13. Fitzgerald called himself “highly likely” to play, though he was apparently limited in Friday’s practice. The Cardinals play in the late round of games on Sunday, so it will be difficult to trust him if he’s a true game-time decision. John Brown and Michael Floyd would get a bump if Fitzgerald is out.

Cards Beat: Michael Floyd will be the offensive 'centerpiece' if Larry Fitzgerald is out

Friday, November 28, 2014, 11:15am

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Cardinals beat writer Josh Weinfuss on how the team would compensate if Larry Fitzgerald misses another week: A second week without Fitzgerald is sure to be better than the Cardinals' first. Arizona looked like it didn't know what to do without Fitzgerald in the lineup, and it cost the team dearly in its 19-3 loss to Seattle on Sunday. If a second time around happens this weekend, I'd expect Michael Floyd to be the centerpiece of the offense. HC Bruce Arians admitted he didn't do a very good job of getting Floyd involved, which was evident by him not having a catching in two targets.

Fantasy Impact:

This wasn't the case in Week 12, where Floyd was only targeted twice. Arians acknowledged his mistake, and should find the going easier against a shaky Falcons pass defense. John Brown would also get a bump if Fitzgerald is out. The Cardinals play in the late round of games on Sunday, so if Fitz is a game-time decision, it would complicate matters.

Larry Fitzgerald could 'miss more games'

Monday, November 24, 2014, 10:15am

Kent Somers on Twitter - [Full Article]

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's knee sprain didn't respond as hoped for Week 12. Could well miss more games.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cards have a nice matchup in Week 13 - on the road at Atlanta. If Fitz can't lay, Michael Floyd and John Brown should benefit as the primary pass-catchers.

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