Cardinals Fantasy News

Beat: Cardinals want Andre Ellington at 'around 20' touches per game
Monday, July 21, 2014, 7:41pm

AZCentral - [Full Article]

Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers on the potential workload of RB Andre Ellington: "I think they'd like to keep his touches around 20."

Fantasy Impact:

We currently project Ellington for 15.3 touches per game and he's our #15 RB in standard formats (#12 in PPR). If he actually gets 20 touches per game, he'll likely finish as a solid fantasy RB1. Only eight running backs averaged 20-plus touches in 2013, so Ellington is more likely to finish under than threshold.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014, 11:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cardinals beat writer Josh Weinfuss on RB Andre Ellington's potential for goal line carries: "I think Andre Ellington is capable of being a short-yardage workhorse, but I don't see Cardinals coach Bruce Arians using him there all the time. I think Ellington will certainly get the call on a few occasions, but I can see Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer getting more of the short-yardage carries. And don't be surprised if Robert Hughes -- if he ends up making the roster and staying healthy -- will be responsible for some of those situations as well."

Fantasy Impact:

HC Bruce Arians says he wants to build the offense around the diminutive RB, but that they’ll be careful not to overwork him, implying that they may limit his short-yardage work. He was the #25 RB in 2013 on 10.4 touches per game, but averaged 12.4 touches in his last 11 games. In that span, he averaged 9.3 FP, which are low-end RB2 numbers. Arians’ offenses don’t utilize the running back heavily in the passing game, but with the way he has been gushing about Ellington’s skill set, that may change. Ellington averaged 0.771 fantasy points per touch in 2013, so if he can maintain that production at a 15-touch workload, he’s looking at an average of 11.6 FP per game. Those are high-end RB2 numbers.

Panthers are 'better' at receiver
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 12:10pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Panthers are better at receiver than they were a year ago. Nothing against Steve L Smith, but at 35 he was no better than a No. 2 receiver and at the end of his career. Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon really weren't big losses when you look at it closely. Hixon wouldn't have been a loss at all were it not for the game-winning touchdown against New Orleans. The key here will be chemistry, but first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin looks like a red zone beast at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds. Free agent signees Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant are solid possession receivers, and more dependable than the players they replaced. Who steps up as the fourth receiver will be the biggest question, whether it's free agent Tiquan Underwood or one of the young receivers. The Panthers plan to run a lot more two tight-end sets makes that less critical.

Fantasy Impact:

We project Cotchery and Benjamin to start but believe that Greg Olsen will once again lead the team in catches. Benjamin has upside, but Cotchery is a dirt cheap WR5/WR6 option available in the final rounds.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 9:34am

ESPN - [Full Article]

DeMarco Murray, who is coming off his first 1,000-yard season, and Lance Dunbar are locks to make the Dallas roster.

Joseph Randle has the inside track for the No. 3 job and would likely take over the every-down role if something were to happen to Murray. He will be pushed by Ryan Williams, who is a former second-round pick. He was unable to stay healthy in his time with the Arizona Cardinals but he has natural ability that could push him by Randle, a fifth-round pick last year.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray's handcuff could be an important roster spot on your fantasy team as he often struggles to stay healthy for a full season. It looks like Randle has the inside track but Williams could be an interesting name to watch in camp.

Friday, July 11, 2014, 9:59pm

Jaguars.com - [Full Article]

There are several reasons Mike Brown is in Minnesota this week, but the biggest one is simple. There’s really nowhere else he would rather be.

The same is true of Cecil Shorts III, who – like Brown, his teammate in the Jaguars’ wide receivers corps – is in Minneapolis, Minn., with a slew of NFL wide receivers and quarterbacks at Larry Fitzgerald’s annual offseason workout camp at the University of Minnesota.

Slim Kyle Rudolph looks to play big role
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 2:45pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

It generally isn't until about now, with training camp just around the corner, that Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph starts keeping a close eye on his weight. He has always worked out in the offseason, with an eye toward getting ready for the season, but Rudolph will admit he has also used his training regimen as justification to cut some nutritional corners.

Rudolph started keeping a closer leash on his diet in February, with an eye toward slimming down before the Vikings' voluntary veterans' minicamp in April. He is now about 260 pounds, he said, after playing at 275 last season, and with a more active role in the Vikings' passing game likely awaiting him this season, Rudolph has been working to refine his skills as a receiver.

Fantasy Impact:

Rudolph is working out at Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald's training camp this week, training with Fitz and a group of receivers for the fourth year. He has been drilling his speed in and out of his cuts with Fitzgerald's trainer, Bill Welle. In a scheme that has traditionally rewarded tight ends, Rudolph could see the payoff this season. We currently rank Rudolph 9th among our TEs with an ADP of the 10th round, but outside of the top-three, everyone can look the same when it's time to draft that position. Perhaps Rudolph is a name to keep in mind as someone to step up this season among a large group of second tier players.

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.

Beat: Andre Ellington to be the 'featured back'
Thursday, July 3, 2014, 11:23am

USA Today - [Full Article]

Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers on RB Andre Ellington: Last year, the Cardinals limited how much they gave Andre Ellington the ball. They weren't sure the 5-9, 199-pound rookie could take a pounding. But he was more durable than they thought and as explosive as they expected. With the retirement of Rashard Mendenhall, Ellington becomes the featured back. Arians said he would like to get Ellington the ball 25 times a game. That's a bit exaggerated, but you get the idea. Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer are the main backups.

Fantasy Impact:

Rashad Mendenhall retired, and the Cardinals didn’t do much of anything at RB in free agency (outside of signing Jonathan Dwyer), so the path is clear for Ellington to become a feature back. HC Bruce Arians says he wants to build the offense around the diminutive RB, but that they’ll be careful not to overwork him, implying that they may limit his short-yardage work. He was the #25 RB in 2013 on 10.4 touches per game, but averaged 12.4 touches in his last 11 games. In that span, he averaged 9.3 FP, which are low-end RB2 numbers. Arians’ offenses don’t utilize the running back heavily in the passing game, but with the way he has been gushing about Ellington’s skill set, that may change. Ellington averaged 0.771 fantasy points per touch in 2013, so if he can maintain that production at a 15-touch workload, he’s looking at an average of 11.6 FP per game. Those are high-end RB2 numbers.

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10:56am

ESPN - [Full Article]

It's Cardinals TE John Carlson who's impressed the most during organized team activities and minicamp.

"John has done a really, really good job," HC Bruce Arians said. "First off, he's extremely bright. He picked up the system extremely quick. He plays full speed all the time and has got outstanding hands. His issue in the past ... he's not an overwhelming blocker but he's more than adequate."

Each new addition to the tight end room brought more competition. While some players wilt at the first sign of having to play for their job, Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer said that hasn't happened yet with the Cards.

"It's been phenomenal to have John here for a number of (reasons)," Palmer said. "Mainly, he's really pushed that tight end group. He's really brought the best out of [Rob Housler]. Bringing competition to that spot has really helped Robby improve."

Fantasy Impact:

The tight end position isn't a big part of Bruce Arians' offense, but if Carlson wins the starting job, he may be useful as a TE2 or as part of a streaming strategy.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 10:26am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The sudden retirement of last year’s starting running back, Rashard Mendenhall, didn’t throw the Cards’ running game into a brief bout of turmoil. Andre Ellington was calmly promoted to the starter while Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer, who was signed in the offseason, were given the chance to battle for the second and third running back spots.

The signing of Robert Hughes has been hailed internally, and it also has given the Cardinals a likely steady back at the fourth spot who can play running back, fullback and tight end, according to Arians.

“It’s a good battle going on,” Arians said. “There’s a ton of talent with Stef and Jonathan. Robert Hughes is an outstanding player.”

Fantasy Impact:

Arians made headlines early in the offseason when he said he’d like to give Ellington 25 to 30 carries per game. While many feel that's still too much for a back his size, it at least opens the door that he'll make a fantasy impression this season with not a lot of competition. Ellington led all eligible rushers with 5.53 yards per carry. We rank Ellington 12th among RBs on our PPR list and he's got an ADP of the early 4th round.

Monday, June 30, 2014, 8:10pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Former Eagles, Cardinals and Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb was arrested on Saturday for boating while intoxicated in Willacy County, Texas, according to a report by 956sports.com.

Saturday, June 28, 2014, 2:24pm

AZCardinals.com - [Full Article]

According to beat writer Darren Urban, Cardinals rookie TE Troy Niklas is "far behind right now."

Beat: Andre Ellington will see 20-22 touches per game
Saturday, June 28, 2014, 2:21pm

AZCardinals.com - [Full Article]

Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com on Cardinals RB Andre Ellington: "He’s earned the right, and we’ll see about the touches per game, which I will guess will be 20 to 22 a game."

Fantasy Impact:

Rashad Mendenhall retired, and the Cardinals didn’t do much of anything at RB in free agency (outside of signing Jonathan Dwyer), so the path is clear for Ellington to become a feature back. HC Bruce Arians says he wants to build the offense around the diminutive RB, but that they’ll be careful not to overwork him, implying that they may limit his short-yardage work. He was the #25 RB in 2013 on 10.4 touches per game, but averaged 12.4 touches in his last 11 games. In that span, he averaged 9.3 FP, which are low-end RB2 numbers. Arians’ offenses don’t utilize the running back heavily in the passing game, but with the way he has been gushing about Ellington’s skill set, that may change. Ellington averaged 0.771 fantasy points per touch in 2013, so if he can maintain that production at a 15-touch workload, he’s looking at an average of 11.6 FP per game. Those are high-end RB2 numbers. We currently project Ellington for 15.2 touches per game, so if he sees 20-22 like Urban predicts, he's likely going to finish as a solid fantasy RB1.

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 10:17am

Cincinnati Bengals - [Full Article]

Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson: "I think new Bengals OC Hue Jackson’s panacea on cutting down the turnovers is to be a more ball possession team that runs it more, but sets up more explosive pass plays more efficiently. Fewer passes, but more bang for the buck off play-action is what is sounds like. At least that’s what he did in Oakland."

Fantasy Impact:

For a guy who has finished #17, #12 and #4 in his first three seasons, Dalton doesn’t get a whole lot of respect. He’d be ranked higher this year if not for Jackson’s propensity to run the ball. However, Jackson’s 2011 Raiders threw the ball 52.9% of the time with Carson Palmer under center, which isn’t too far off the Bengals’ 55.0% pass rate in 2013. We’re expecting fewer pass attempts, but Dalton should still be a quality option for owners who like to stream the position or draft a committee.

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.