Cardinals Fantasy News

Monday, June 29, 2015, 9:52am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Bucs WR Mike Evans helped make the 2014 rookie receiver class one of the best in NFL history.

Along with Odell Beckham Jr., Sammy Watkins, Kelvin Benjamin, John Brown, Martavis Bryant, Jordan Matthews and others, the young group boasts a potent combo of playmaking and stardom.

When asked by USA Today's Tom Pelissero recently if there is a competition within the group to be the best, Evans wouldn't constrain it to merely his own draft class.

"I'm just trying to be the best, period," he said.

Fantasy Impact:

While Beckham bathed in the spotlight in 2014, especially after his ridiculous one-handed catch on Sunday Night Football, Evans put up his 12-touchdown, 1,051-yard season relatively quietly on a two-win Buccaneers team. You can argue Evans' QB situation was among the worst of that group. But with Jameis Winston under the helm and Evans taking over the "X" receiver role in the Bucs' new offense under coordinator Dirk Koetter, the second-year pass catcher is confident he can push his name further into the national consciousness. We think so too as Evans is ranked eighth among our WRs this season heading into camps. He has an ADP of the third round and we project him for over 10 TDs and 1,200 yards.

Sign up now to receive hot fantasy news

Cosell: 49ers will 'try very hard' to get TE Vernon Davis more involved

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 11:11am

49ers - [Full Article]

Greg Cosell of NFL Films discussed the 49ers' offseason:

People tend to forget with Colin Kaepernick, because he had such great success early, that he's only been a full-time starter for two years. He's still a young quarterback, he's still learning the craftsmanship of the position and the subtleties of the position. With a new coordinator, I think Geep Chryst, my sense is, I think he'll try and be a little more expansive and explosive with the pass game. So I'm anxious to see that. I think they'll try very hard to get Vernon Davis back into it. So I think it's important for people to remember that Colin Kaepernick is still a young quarterback learning.

Fantasy Impact:

He was the #14 QB in 2014 after finishing #9 the season before, though his overall production only dipped by 11 fantasy points. He's a bounce-back candidate provided new OC Geep Chryst can design an offense that can move the ball. Chryst previously served as the OC for the Chargers in 1999 and 2000, but his offenses ranked 26th and 28th overall in that span. Any gains that Kaepernick can make as a thrower (due to his offseason work with QB coach Dennis Gile and former Rams/Cardinals QB Kurt Warner) will only help his overall value.

As for Davis, he's quite a bit better than the numbers he posted last year. His 50 targets were his fewest since 2008, and his usage was way too low considering he has finished in the top 8 at his position in four of the last six seasons. He was targeted just once in the red zone after seeing 20 red zone targets in 2013.

49ers Beat: QB Colin Kaepernick 'decisively accurate' at minicamp, especially 'on the move'

Monday, June 15, 2015, 2:29pm

49ers.com - [Full Article]

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was mostly on point throughout the minicamp. Sure, at times there were a few passes he'd like to have back. Kaepernick was intercepted twice in three days: Michael Wilhoite caught a deflected slant pattern; Jaquiski Tartt victimized Kaepernick on an end-zone pass to close out a situational two-minute drill. Other than those two passes, Kaepernick was decisively accurate with the football. Perhaps the most striking observation of the 49ers signal-caller was his accuracy on the move. One of the hardest throws to make is a rollout throw to the left for a right-handed quarterback. But not for Kaepernick. San Francisco's fifth-year quarterback is able to complete nearly every one of his rollout throws. Kaepernick used the three-day period to continue his chemistry with Smith as well as other prime targets like Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin.

Fantasy Impact:

It was reported earlier in the offseason that the team planned to utilize Kaepernick’s running ability to a greater degree. Kaepernick ran the ball 12 more times in 2014 than he did in 2013 for an additional 115 yards, so it's not like he abandoned the scramble. It sounds like it's more about utilizing the read-option as a larger part of the offense. If that's the case, it could be a boon to Kaepernick's fantasy value. He was the #14 QB in 2014 after finishing #9 the season before, though his overall production only dipped by 11 fantasy points. He's a bounce-back candidate provided new OC Geep Chryst can design an offense that can move the ball. Chryst previously served as the OC for the Chargers in 1999 and 2000, but his offenses ranked 26th and 28th overall in that span. Any gains that Kaepernick can make as a thrower (due to his offseason work with QB coach Dennis Gile and former Rams/Cardinals QB Kurt Warner) will only help his overall value.

Cardinals Beat: RB David Johnson 'catches the ball so naturally'

Sunday, June 14, 2015, 7:07pm

AZCentral.com - [Full Article]

Running back David Johnson catches the ball so naturally, he looks like he belongs with the receiver's group. But can he gain the tough yards inside? That's something the Cardinals missed last year.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson's isn't the thumper complement that some were expecting that the Cardinals would acquire to join Andre Ellington in the backfield. Instead, they elected to draft a running back with a similar skillset to Ellington so that the offense doesn't miss a beat if something happens to their starter. We view Johnson as a backup and the proper handcuff for Ellington owners.

Cardinals Beat: 'Healthy' Andre Ellington 'remains the linchpin' at running back

Friday, June 12, 2015, 3:00pm

AZCardinals.com - [Full Article]

Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website:

Andre Ellington is still the man. Rookie David Johnson, I’m guessing, will eventually have a role and there are other running backs who can help. But make no mistake, Ellington remains the linchpin at the position. He’s healthy and feeling good. He has to stay that way.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cardinals drafted David Johnson to lighten Ellington’s workload, and a reduction in touches may actually help his effectiveness, though it's unlikely to help his per game fantasy production. Ellington averaged 22.0 touches per game, but only managed 3.3 YPC after averaging 5.5 YPC in his rookie season. He owned the #10 PPG in PPR formats last year, so he can give up some touches and still provide solid RB2 numbers, especially if his per touch production bounces back.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 1:56pm

Mike Jurecki, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cardinals TE Troy Niklas rolled his ankle yesterday, will have a minor procedure tomorrow (ankle) According to Bruce Arians he'll be ready for training camp.

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.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) cleared for 11-on-11 drills

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 10:39am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

QB Carson Palmer, recovering from torn ACL, has been cleared to take part in 11-on-11 drills at Cardinals' minicamp that opens today.

Fantasy Impact:

Palmer averaged 271 yards, 1.8 touchdowns and 0.5 interceptions in six 2014 starts, or 17.2 fantasy points per game. Those are fringe QB1 numbers, continuing the progress he made in the second half of the 2013 in Bruce Arian's offense. So if Palmer (ACL) is good to go for 2015, he'll be on the radar as a late-round value for those owners looking to stream or form a committee at the position. He's one of our favorite 2015 sleepers at the quarterback position.

Cardinals Beat: RB Andre Ellington 'appears to be 100%'

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 1:03am

Mike Jurecki, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington appears to 100% after his injury-plagued season. Ellington is showing his elusive quickness in the OTA workouts.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cardinals drafted David Johnson to lighten Ellington’s workload, and a reduction in touches may actually help his effectiveness, though it's unlikely to help his per game fantasy production. Ellington averaged 22.0 touches per game, but only managed 3.3 YPC after averaging 5.5 YPC in his rookie season.

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick sporting a 'more compact' throwing motion

Friday, June 5, 2015, 1:28pm

Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

If you think 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's release is more compact, you're right.

"It's the first thing everyone sees -- how fast the ball comes out of his hand," QB Dennis Gile said. That's a result of all the alterations -- from his head to the bottom of his cleats -- that the quarterback has made. "It's not about how hard you can throw it or how fast you can get rid of it," Gile said. "It's how quickly he can release it while still being relaxed."

One of the main things that changed was Kaepernick's stance. Gile said it was too narrow. That is, his feet were close together -- "real tall on his tippy toes," Gile said -- and when he took a step to throw the ball, that step was too big, too exaggerated. That elongated his release.

It's also helped his accuracy. Gile said Kaepernick made the biggest gains with his deep passes. That has to be good news for wideouts like Torrey Smith and Jerome Simpson, who were brought in this offseason to add firepower to a deep passing attack that had been lightly utilized in previous seasons.

Gile said he expected Kaepernick to return to Phoenix and continue to work on his craft during the team's break in early July.

Fantasy Impact:

It was reported earlier in the offseason that the team planned to utilize Kaepernick’s running ability to a greater degree. Kaepernick ran the ball 12 more times in 2014 than he did in 2013 for an additional 115 yards, so it's not like he abandoned the scramble. It sounds like it's more about utilizing the read-option as a larger part of the offense. If that's the case, it could be a boon to Kaepernick's fantasy value. He was the #14 QB in 2014 after finishing #9 the season before, though his overall production only dipped by 11 fantasy points. He's a bounce-back candidate provided new OC Geep Chryst can design an offense that can move the ball. Chryst previously served as the OC for the Chargers in 1999 and 2000, but his offenses ranked 26th and 28th overall in that span. Any gains that Kaepernick can make as a thrower (due to his offseason work with Gile and former Rams/Cardinals QB Kurt Warner) will only help his overall value.

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 1:20pm

PFT - [Full Article]

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 intend to play with more tempo

Monday, June 1, 2015, 4:58pm

Mike Jurecki, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said that QB Carson Palmer is comfortable running no-huddle: “We can play real fast now.” They will use the no-huddle offense more than they have in the past.

Fantasy Impact:

Palmer averaged 271 yards, 1.8 touchdowns and 0.5 interceptions in six 2014 starts, or 17.2 fantasy points per game. Those are fringe QB1 numbers, so if Palmer (ACL) is good to go for 2015, he'll be on the radar as a late-round value for those owners looking to stream or form a committee at the position. An increase in the use of "no huddle" should only serve to boost his fantasy value.

Cardinals say RB David Johnson will be a 'big piece of the puzzle'

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 3:22pm

Arizona Sports - [Full Article]

David Johnson, a third-round pick out of Northern Iowa, ranked 15th in FCS in 2014, posting 1,553 rushing yards while finding the end zone 17 times. He is expected to make a big contribution to the Cardinals offense this season, according to his position coach, Stump Mitchell.

"He's a guy who has a lot of confidence in his ability to play," Mitchell told Doug and Wolf Thursday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "He's coachable. He's a smart young man, he's physical. He's going to make Andre (Ellington) pick up his game when given the opportunity.

"He has excellent hands and he's a bigger target to throw the ball to. He's going to be a big piece of the puzzle before this season is said and done."

Mitchell gushed about Johnson's physicality, citing his ability to run over people as well as run around them. He also conjured a comparison to one of the NFL's most productive backs over the last five years.

"He reminds me a lot of (Chicago RB) Matt Forte," Mitchell said. "You can put him outside and use him as a receiver and he's a good runner."

Fantasy Impact:

The Cardinals have been trying to add a bigger back to complement Andre Ellington, and Johnson fits the bill. He does a lot of the same things as Ellington, so for now we're expecting that he'll serve in a backup capacity, but Mitchell sounds as if Johnson will play a larger role than a typical backup. We currently project him for around 147 touches.

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington 'not limited in anything...feeling good' in OTAs

Friday, May 22, 2015, 1:15pm

Arizona Sports - [Full Article]

On the field for the first day of OTAs (organized team activities) Tuesday, Andre Ellington proclaimed himself healthy and ready to go.

"I'm not limited in anything," he said. "I'm out here running, running around, feeling good."

None of Ellington's injuries were the type that would keep him out long-term or inhibit him going forward. Once healed, he would essentially be the same player he was prior to getting hurt.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cardinals drafted David Johnson to lighten Ellington’s workload, and a reduction in touches may actually help his effectiveness, though it's unlikely to help his per game fantasy production. Ellington averaged 22.0 touches per game, but only managed 3.3 YPC after averaging 5.5 YPC in his rookie season.

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.

Learn how to make the playoffs and WIN.

  • Find draft bargains.
  • Master auction strategies.
  • Manage injuries like a champ.
  • ADDED BONUS: Learn how to beat FanDuel & DraftKings.
  • Receive breaking news alerts.