Cardinals Fantasy News

Cards tell Drew Stanton he'll have a chance to start when Carson Palmer's done

Monday, July 4, 2016, 10:03am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Quarterback Drew Stanton’s contract expired at the end of the 2015 season, but he didn’t wade into the free agent market in March.

Stanton re-signed with the Cardinals for two years before free agency opened, leaving him set to serve as Carson Palmer’s backup for a fourth season. Stanton’s deal includes $4.5 million in guaranteed money, but no immediate chance to lead the offense.

He told Alex Marvez and Rick Neuheisel of Sirius XM NFL Radio that being in a place he and his family enjoy was more important in the short term and that the Cardinals have told him he’ll have a chance to be the next starter in Arizona.

Fantasy Impact:

Palmer will turn 37 this year. Stanton knows the offense well and would be in a great situation with a group of WRs who are both established yet still seem to have some upside. The big question is how long will Palmer stick around and perform at a high level.

Cardinals hint at 'hot hand' approach at running back

Friday, June 3, 2016, 9:20pm

Arizona Sports - [Full Article]

For nine games last year, Chris Johnson got to call himself the starting running back for the Arizona Cardinals. Entering 2016, he doesn’t think the starting title will matter much.

“In our room I don’t really think we have like a solid starting running back, because with this type of offense, we do so many things as a running back,” Johnson told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday. “(David Johnson) got his things that he’s good at and I got my things that I’m good at, and (Bruce Arians) knows how to get both of us the ball.”

Offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin confirmed last week that the Cardinals are going to determine their starting running back on a week-by-week and game-by-game basis.

“Being with (Bruce Arians) since 2007, the hot hand always wins,” Goodwin said. “So, if David is killing, Chris falls back a little bit. If Chris is killing it, vice versa. Obviously there is going to be a lead dog starting every game, but to me if some guy is feeling it that day — if Michael Jordan is feeling it, you keep feeding him the ball. If David is feeling it, keep feeding him the ball. If Chris is feeling it, keep feeding him the ball. So, it’s a good problem to have."

Fantasy Impact:

David Johnson is being drafted like he's the clear workhorse for the Cardinals, but that doesn't sound like it's the case. Meanwhile, Chris Johnson is an afterthought in early fantasy drafts and could offer nice value in the final rounds. Remember, the veteran out-touched the rookie 18.4 to 4.9 in the 11 games in which they both played.

Cardinals Beat: WR J.J. Nelson 'making a case for an increased role' in the offense

Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 9:48pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Going into his second season, wide receiver J.J. Nelson is making a case for an increased role in the Cardinals' prolific offense.

Nelson, a fifth-round draft pick in 2015, has impressed in the organized team practices this month. That continued Tuesday with a couple of fine over-the-shoulder grabs in coverage, plays which displayed Nelson's hands and speed.

Coach Bruce Arians sees Nelson's confidence growing with each workout.

"He has a very unique skill in tracking the ball that the great ones have when the ball's coming over your opposite shoulder," Arians said. "When you have a little fast guy that can do that, you have a special one.

"Every day, he's making a big play or two," Arians added. "Getting a little bit stronger. He might be a buck-61 right now. We're going to try to get 4 more pounds on him."

Fantasy Impact:

Nelson will have a tough time getting on the field if the team's top three receivers stay healthy, but he's a player to have on speed dial if either John Brown or Michael Floyd go down with injury.

Arians: David Johnson earned right to be 'bell cow'

Friday, April 1, 2016, 1:06pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has a challenge most coaches would only wish for. He has three starting running backs in his backfield. On the other hand, he has the unenviable task of dividing one football multiple ways.

“It’s my job to get them the ball enough because they can all do different things,” Arians said.

With Chris Johnson re-signing with the Cardinals in March, the backfield tandem of David Johnson, who’s entering his second season, and Andre Ellington became a trio. All three have started for the Cardinals. All three have rushed for at least 581 yards in a season.

But with David Johnson's emergence in the final five games last year after Chris went down with a fractured tibia, he’s established himself as the Cardinals’ feature back.

“David’s earned the right now to be the bell cow,” Arians said. “Everybody’s got to take it from him. But Chris ran for 800 (yards) and probably would have had 1,200 had he stayed healthy. Andre can break the game open.”

Fantasy Impact:

David Johnson finished with 581 yards in his rookie season, 442 of which came in the final five games -- the third most in the NFL during that span. Chris Johnson had 814 yards, fourth most in the league at the time he went down. David Johnson is poised to be one of the top fantasy backs in drafts this summer, but will likely lose some work to Chris Johnson and even Ellington on third down. However, Ellington has struggled to stay healthy over the last few years.

Cardinals re-sign RB Chris Johnson

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 5:15pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

RB Chris Johnson is re-signing a one-year deal with Arizona, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson was the #15 RB (standard) through the first 11 weeks prior to going down with an injury in Week 12. The dynamic has changed with David Johnson likely to assume RB1 duties. Johnson will provide depth and eat into Andre Ellington's potential upside.

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 11:19pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

TE Jermaine Gresham is re-signing with the Cardinals, source said. He's taking less to stay.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers underwent 'minor scope' on knee

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 10:22am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a legitimate reason for pulling out of the Pro Bowl.

Rodgers underwent knee surgery within days of the team's Jan. 17 playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals, he confirmed to ESPN on Friday night.

One source described the surgery as a minor scope and a "cleanup of an old injury."

Rodgers told ESPN that he is "doing well" and "recovering on schedule."

Fantasy Impact:

This shouldn't affect his availability for offseason activities or his overall health heading into the 2016 season.

David Johnson, John Brown both ACTIVE vs. Panthers

Sunday, January 24, 2016, 5:30pm

Cardinals Inactives
QB Matt Barkley
OLB Jason Babin
CB Corey White
RB Kerwynn Williams
LB Shaq Riddick
OT D.J. Humphries
DT Xavier Williams.

Fantasy Impact:

There wasn't a lot of doubt both RB David Johnson (toe) and WR John Brown (shoulder) would play in this NFC final today. Both are active and ready to go.

Breer: Carson Palmer's finger has been 'more of an issue than he's let on'

Sunday, January 24, 2016, 12:10pm

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

It's fair to say Carson Palmer's finger's been a little more of an issue than he's let on. Good news: It looked better in practice this week.

Fantasy Impact:

Palmer has been listed as probable with a finger injury for the last three games. In the first game, he shredded the Packers. Then he struggled against the Seahawks in the season finale and then was shaky in a rematch with the Packers in the Divisional Round.

Friday, January 22, 2016, 4:44pm

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (right finger, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 20. No worries here.

Friday, January 22, 2016, 4:44pm

Cardinals RB David Johnson (toe, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 20. Johnson is expected to play against Carolina.

Friday, January 22, 2016, 4:44pm

Cardinals WR John Brown (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 20. Brown played almost the whole game last week and should be fine to play through the shoulder injury.

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 5:50pm

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (right finger) took full practice reps again Thursday. No worries here.

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 5:50pm

Cardinals RB David Johnson (toe) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Johnson is expected to play against Carolina. If he’s limited or out, Andre Ellington would see an expanded role.

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 5:50pm

Cardinals WR John Brown (shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Brown played almost the whole game last week and should be fine to play through the shoulder injury.

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