Michael Floyd Fantasy News

Michael Floyd catching 'soft passes'

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 4:25pm

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It appears Cardinals WR Michael Floyd is on the right track, as he was on the sideline catching "soft passes" before Tuesday's practice, according to Kent Somers. Floyd dislocated three fingers during the first week of training camp and later underwent surgery.

Fantasy Impact:

Head coach Bruce Arians stated he was "optimistic" Floyd would be ready to go in Week 1. As the story said, it's good news for the Cardinals that Floyd's progress has been steady ever since. It's also good news for Carson Palmer owners.

Arians: 'Wouldn't be shocked' if Michael Floyd plays Week 1

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd walked through the team’s locker room at University of Phoenix Stadium on Wednesday without his injured left hand wrapped.

It was a sign of progress, but coach Bruce Arians said there is still not an estimate on when Floyd will return.

"He’s doing extremely well, so no, I don’t think there is an exact timetable," Arians said. "I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s ready (for Week 1), knowing Michael."

The Cardinals open the regular season Sept. 13 at home against New Orleans.

Fantasy Impact:

Floyd’s stitches were removed on Aug. 18, almost two weeks after he had surgery to repair three dislocated fingers in his left hand. Floyd has been working on his conditioning with assistant strength and conditioning coach Roger Kingdom before and after practices.

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 4:45pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

One by one, Carson Palmer's passes landed softly in the hands of their intended targets.

Larry Fitzgerald. Michael Floyd. John Brown. Jaron Brown. One by one, Palmer hit them in stride, throwing his passes so perfectly that the receivers didn’t have to adjust a muscle to come down with the football.

Through the first two weeks of training camp, Palmer has defied expectations that accompany a 35-year-old who’s coming off a second major knee surgery and a rehabbed nerve that damaged his throwing shoulder. The proof came in a 65-yard bomb to John Brown that was perfect.

Fantasy Impact:

Palmer is definitely one of our sneaky, late round QB picks who could put up good enough fantasy numbers to at least make owners consider starting him a lot of weeks this year. Taking Palmer late will allow owners to load up at other positions.

Michael Floyd (dislocated fingers) hopes to miss no games

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 8:26pm

AZCardinals.com - [Full Article]

It wasn’t pain but shock that Michael Floyd felt when he first removed his glove after dislocating three fingers in practice last week.

“Things not in the right place,” was how Floyd described it Tuesday. “Things going left and right.”

The wide receiver drew laughs with that, and also how his teammates had a hard time handling the photo he texted to them pre-surgery. “They basically all said, ‘Gnarly,’ ” Floyd noted.

But he’s back around the team now, his left hand casted up, while he sits through a waiting game of his return. Like coach Bruce Arians, Floyd declined to give a timetable, saying only he’d take it “day by day” and listen to whatever instructions the doctors and trainers would deliver.

“I hope no games (missed),” Floyd said, “but we’ll see how I feel.”

The Cardinals’ opener is Sept. 13 against the Saints.

Fantasy Impact:

For now, Floyd cannot even work on his conditioning. Both Monday and Tuesday, Floyd stood on the practice field, watching his fellow receivers whether it was in individual drills or later during team work. Floyd said he was hopeful he won’t have to wear any kind of brace or splint on his hand in order to play, but didn’t know for sure what his journey back to the field will entail. All he’s doing now is squeezing a Styrofoam ball in the initial stages of his rehab.

'No timeline' for Michael Floyd's odd injury

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:12am

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Initial reports estimated Michael Floyd would be out three-to-five weeks, but Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Friday, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN, that Floyd’s injury was a “unique” one. As a result, there’s no timetable right now for his return and that leaves his status for the opening weeks of the season in some doubt.

Arians said that Floyd was injured when his fingers bent back while landing on a ball, something that the coach hasn’t seen in his 40 years in the game. Floyd had surgery to repair the injured fingers on Wednesday.

The Cardinals will rely on Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown as their top receivers while Floyd is out of the lineup.

Fantasy Impact:

John Brown gets a bump in value with the news that Floyd's return is up in the air. Jaron Brown figures to see the biggest increase in playing time if Floyd misses any games.

Cardinals WR Michael Floyd out a month with dislocated fingers

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 7:34pm

Kent Somers, Twitter - [Full Article]

Source confirmed Cardinals WR Michael Floyd suffered dislocated fingers. He'll miss around a month.

Fantasy Impact:

The new timeline means that Floyd should be ready to go for Week 1.

Saturday, August 1, 2015, 12:23pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

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.

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.

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