Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:00pm
Cardinals WR John Brown (back, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 11. It looks like Brown will be able to play against the Texans. It’s a nice matchup, but it’s not clear if the Cardinals will be able to take advantage with Blaine Gabbert at the helm.
Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:00pm
Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 11. Blaine Gabbert has been named the starter against the Texans, who are No. 30 in QB aFPA. Gabbert has a few weapons to throw to and can put up points in the running game.
With Drew Stanton nursing a knee injury, the Cardinals will turn to Blaine Gabbert at quarterback this week versus the Houston Texans. Gabbert joins Bills QB Nathan Peterman as quarterbacks making their starting season debut this week—bringing the number of different quarterbacks to start a game this season to 47.
The good news for fantasy owners is that Gabbert gets to start his season with the third-best possible matchup for QBs against the Texans, according to our aFPA metric. The Texans are allowing 20.1 fantasy points per game (third-most), 269.2 passing yards per game (sixth-most), and 2.1 passing TDs per game (tied for second-most) to the quarterback position. The Texans have also allowed three different QBs to rush for at least 30 yards against them—a feat Gabbert achieved twice in five starts last season.
If you play in a fantasy league that requires you to start only one quarterback you probably have no use for Gabbert, despite the tasty matchup; however, if you play in a two-quarterback or superflex league, Gabbert could make for an ideal QB2 streamer this week.
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:07pm
Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Blaine Gabbert is expected to start against the Texans, who are No. 30 in QB aFPA. Gabbert has a few weapons to throw to and can put up points in the running game.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:19pm
Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Blaine Gabbert will start against the Texans, who are No. 30 in QB aFPA. Gabbert has a few weapons to throw to and can put up points in the running game.
Arians said Stanton, who has a sprained knee, will have “to show he can stay out of harm’s way” to make his third start of the season.
The Cardinals aren’t ruling out Stanton, though.
“Drew is extremely tough,” General Manager Steve Keim said on Arizona Sports 98.7. “He’s the type of guy I would not bet against.”
We had a story earlier today from ESPN that indicated the Cards should just play Gabbert as he has more of a chance to be a factor in the team's future at the position. The Cards feel Stanton gives them the best chance to win but at 4-5 it's going to be a tough climb.
The first is the Cardinals need to see what Gabbert has. He's been highly touted throughout the organization since he was signed in May, praised for both his skillset and his intellect. In order for Arizona to evaluate Gabbert as a starter in the NFL for the long term, he needs to, well, actually play. And is there a better situation than this weekend? The Houston Texans are 3-6. The Cardinals are coming off a long weekend after losing to Seattle on Thursday night. Gabbert has been active for the last two games. Everything appears to be working in Gabbert's favor.
The story said at some point the team needs to figure out the QB situation. If the season ended today they would be around the middle of the pack in the draft order, and likely too far down to draft a franchise QB. Palmer will be 38 after this season. Stanton is 33 and will be a free agent. Gabbert is 28, right in the thick of his football prime and this could end up being a good situation for him, the story thinks.
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2:40pm
J.J. Nelson should benefit from Brown out of the lineup. Since 2015, in the three games in which Nelson has played and Brown has missed, Nelson has averaged 2.3 receptions for 54 yards and 0.33 touchdowns, while adding 20 yards and 0.33 touchdowns as a runner. This adds up to 13.7 fantasy points in PPR formats.
Sunday, January 1, 2017, 3:07pm
Saturday, December 24, 2016, 3:10pm
After getting his first repetitions with the offense and not just the scout team in practice last week, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Christian Ponder was on the active 46-man roster for the first time this season Sunday in Atlanta.
So, with three games left in the season at the time of his promotion to above Blaine Gabbert on the depth chart, why now?
"Because we’ve seen him in practice do some really good things and earn a spot," Kelly said. "It’s got nothing to do with Kap. I thought Kap played well [against Atlanta]. It’s just that [Ponder] earned the spot as the No. 2. I think he and Blaine are battling. Blaine’s been great, and I think both of those guys can play, but you can only dress two right now. We may dress three next week because we won’t have enough [players] to dress."
It wasn't a surprise that Ponder was the backup to Colin Kaepernick in a season during which he's been the only of the team's three quarterbacks not to get an opportunity to play in coach Chip Kelly's offense, the story said. When Ponder began getting more than scout team work, it was a clear signal he was going to get a chance to be active sooner rather than later.
Sunday, December 18, 2016, 2:40pm
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