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.
HC Bruce Arians: Carson Palmer believes he might be able to come back in 4-6 weeks. Have to see what doctors say. If on IR, "definitely" save a return spot.
Related players: Drew Stanton
The Cards say they are going to stick with Stanton as the starter and he'll have an extra week to get ready thanks to a bye in Week 8. It's a downgrade for the entire offense though.
Arizona has lost its veteran quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Related players: Drew Stanton
Stanton will at least start Week 9, after the Week 8 bye, but he wasn't impressive completing just 5 passes for 62 yards. It's a downgrade for the entire Cardinals offense.
Heading into last season, Brown was one of the best up-and-coming receivers in the league. He was 25 years old and coming off of a 65-catch, 1003-yard, 7-touchdown sophomore year. Last year, he struggled with his sickle cell trait and also discovered that he had a cyst in his back. The cyst has been removed and he is reportedly feeling like his old self again. Carson Palmer has taken notice: "He doesn't look like he looked last year. He just has a different energy about him. He's heavier. He's stronger. He looks more explosive than he did last year, I think, with all the health issues he had last year.” Beat writer Josh Weinfuss said that Brown, who has added 12 pounds of muscle this offseason, looks like a “game-changing receiver.” Michael Floyd is out of the way, so outside of Fitzgerald, Brown’s main competition for targets is J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown. If John Brown is fully healthy again, and it appears that he is, he’s going to be a great value in the middle rounds.
While Cardinals QB Carson palmer remains in the league concussion protocol, GM Steve Keim commented that Palmer is "doing great by all indications."
This will be a situation to monitor closely all week, as Palmer's health obviously has a huge impact on the entire Arizona passing game. The Cardinals don't play until Monday night against the Jets, so deciding on John Brown and Michael Floyd as borderline flex plays could be tricky, although Drew Stanton did play well on Monday night and New York bleeds fantasy points to wide receivers.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:35pm
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (concussion, out) did not practice Wednesday. With Palmer out, Drew Stanton will get the start. In eight starts for the Cardinals in 2014, he averaged 203 passing yards with 0.75 touchdowns and 0.63 interceptions, so he doesn’t look like much of a streaming option even in a pretty good matchup with a mediocre San Francisco pass defense. Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown all take a hit.
Drew Stanton will make his first start of the season.
Palmer suffered a concussion on Sunday in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Coach Bruce Arians said Palmer made progress in recovery, but won't travel with the team out of precaution.
With Palmer out, Drew Stanton will get the start. In eight starts for the Cardinals in 2014, he averaged 203 passing yards with 0.75 touchdowns and 0.63 interceptions, so he doesn’t look like much of a streaming option even in a pretty good matchup with a mediocre San Francisco pass defense. Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown all take a hit in the rankings.
Carson Palmer's status for Thursday Night Football is up in the air.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters that the quarterback was at the team facility Tuesday, but remains in concussion protocol and is still taking tests. Palmer suffered the concussion in the fourth quarter of Arizona's Week 4 loss to the Rams and backup quarterback Drew Stanton threw two interceptions in a short relief appearance.
It's a short turnaround for the Cards, who will have to travel to San Francisco on Wednesday for Thursday night's game. So the expectations that Palmer will be available to play remain low. However, earlier in the day, Arians said on a conference call that there is still a "chance he could play."
Monday brought a somewhat different tune from Cardinals HC Bruce Arians. Carson Palmer is in the concussion protocol, but Arians said, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, that the quarterback’s condition was better on Monday than it was after Sunday’s loss.
The coach is “more optimistic” that Palmer can play and said that Palmer won’t need to practice in order to play against the Niners.
Related players: Drew Stanton
The game is a Thursday night so the odds are already against Palmer. Still, Palmer will need to pass the tests in order to be cleared even if the team is more optimistic than they were on Sunday. Drew Stanton would start if Palmer can't go.
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