Cardinals Fantasy News

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.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 5:55pm

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (right finger) practiced fully Wednesday. No worries here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 5:55pm

Cardinals RB David Johnson (toe) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Johnson played most of the snaps last week, so the Cardinals are probably just giving him some rest.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 5:55pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Stewart has a sprained ankle, but should be able to play this week against the Cardinals.

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