Cardinals Fantasy News

Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones arrested

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 11:24am

KTAR - [Full Article]

Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was arrested in Scottsdale on July 14 for assault, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing, according to the Scottsdale Police Department. The incident in question involved Seals-Jones attempting to use a bathroom at a Scottsdale hotel where he was not a guest, which led to him pushing a hotel employee. Reports say he "appeared intoxicated".

Fantasy Impact:

Hopefully this ends up being nothing for the sophomore tight end, but it is something to monitor. The NFL has certainly suspended players for less. Seals-Jones is the No. 25 tight end off the board right now in fantasy drafts.

WR Larry Fitzgerald says he'll only play for Cardinals beyond 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 8:58am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be back for a 15th season in 2018 and he said this offseason that he hasn’t come to a decision about whether it will be his last year as a player.

If Fitzgerald does decide to play another year, he’ll need to sign a new contract as his current pact with the Cardinals expires after this season. Life as a free agent doesn’t appear to be in the cards, however. Fitzgerald said on Monday that there won’t be any need for other teams to come up with sales pitches designed to lure him away from Arizona.

“If I’m not playing in Arizona, I won’t be playing anywhere,” Fitzgerald said, via the Pioneer Press. “I’ve built a good life for myself down there. Playing in the same place for 15 years is a true blessing.”

Fantasy Impact:

As the story said, Fitz has over 100 catches and 1,000 yards each of the last three seasons, so he doesn't seem to be slowing down.

Cardinals Beat: TE Ricky Seals-Jones could break out

Sunday, July 8, 2018, 2:44pm

Mike Jurecki on Twitter - [Full Article]

Cardinals beat reporter Mike Jurecki on Twitter singled out tight Ricky Seals-Jones as breakout offensive player for the 2018 upcoming season.

Fantasy Impact:

Jurecki went on to say Seals-Jones' targets should be a lot higher this year with an expanded role. He’s still working on becoming a better blocker, though. Seals-Jones is our No. 24 ranked tight end, so he's someone who will be available later in drafts

Peterson: Cards QB Josh Rosen 'blew my mind'

Monday, July 2, 2018, 8:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Although CB Patrick Peterson thinks Sam Bradford is the Cardinals' starting quarterback, he didn't hold back from heaping a mound of praise on first-round pick Josh Rosen. He said Rosen "blew my mind" during the first week of practice because of his football IQ and advanced skill set.

"Just to see him run hurry-up offense, to see him make all different checks, to see him put guys in position, I was completely stunned when I saw it," Peterson said. "I was like, 'This guy's only been here a week, and he's already doing what? We're already running two-minute offense now?'"

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson added he thinks Rosen is the future of the franchise and was "very, very impressed," according to the story.

Cardinals QB Sam Bradford expected Week 1 starter

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 12:49pm

NFL Total Access - [Full Article]

Speaking on NFL Total Access, rookie wide receiver Christian Kirk said he expects Sam Bradford to start at quarterback come Week 1.

"I mean, to be honest, you know, just with what the coaches have said, and just the way it's looking, I'm pretty sure Sam's going to start, but you never know. Training camp, you know, provides opportunities for Josh to go out there, show what he can do as well."

Fantasy Impact:

This isn't a surprise considering the contract Arizona is paying Bradford, but it seems based on Kirk's quote that Rosen would have to play out of his mind to take the starting job away to open the year. This is good news for David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, who stand to benefit from a veteran taking snaps.

Cardinals QB Sam Bradford helping Josh Rosen

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 11:10am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The word from Arizona at the end of the team’s offseason program was that rookie QB Josh Rosen has done well, but that Sam Bradford remains the likely choice to start at quarterback for the Cardinals come September.

Trying to keep that spot on the depth chart hasn’t gotten in the way of Bradford aiding Rosen’s transition to the professional level, however. Bradford told Rosen after the draft that he would be an “open book” for the first-round pick and Rosen said Bradford’s been true to his word.

Fantasy Impact:

Rosen said during minicamp that Bradford has been “helping me out a ton” and that he’ll return the favor any way he can during his rookie season, according to the story. This is only good news for those interested in the Cards QB situation, especially given Bradford's injury history. Rosen could be under center as the starter sooner than later.

Cards RB David Johnson skipping minicamp

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 12:14pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is skipping this week's mandatory minicamp in hopes of getting a new contract, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said the two sides have been in discussions regarding a new contract and are hopeful a new deal will be reached before the start of the season. Johnson is due to make $1.8 million this season, and the team can franchise him in 2019 and 2020.

Cards Brice Butler shooting for WR2 spot

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 8:13pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said recently that it is “hard to say” who will be the team’s No. 2 wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald, but one of the competitors believes he will make it an easy call before the regular season gets underway.

The Cardinals signed Brice Butler as a free agent this offseason and his starting experience over five years with the Raiders and Cowboys is limited to seven games. Butler, who has 73 career catches, doesn’t think that will keep him from making it clear that he’s the best choice for such a role in Arizona.

Related players: J.J. Nelson, Cobi Hamilton, Chad Williams, Christian Kirk

Fantasy Impact:

As the story said, Butler's limited starts have him in the same boat as the rest of his competition. Keep in mind, one of these guys could very well have a significant fantasy role this season.

Cards say QB Sam Bradford 'on schedule'

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 7:27pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Cardinals have a three-day minicamp next week and it looks like they will drop the curtain on their offseason program by giving quarterback Sam Bradford more to do.

Bradford has been limited over the last couple of months as the team tries to do whatever it can to make sure that his oft-injured knee doesn’t get overworked at this point in the calendar. On Tuesday, head coach Steve Wilks said that the process has gone well.

“I think he’s on schedule,” Wilks said, via the team’s website. “He feels real confident right now with how his knee feels. Again, we are doing a great job in-house with the trainers and strength and conditioning coach and getting him where he needs to be. I think from a mental standpoint, he’s feeling pretty good.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story added the team plans to “ramp up” Bradford’s work in the final week of the offseason program and identified different looks from a blitz standpoint as well as a two-minute offense as areas that they hope to focus on with the veteran quarterback.

Cardinals RB David Johnson to have fullback for first time

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 4:13pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Arizona Cardinals have welcomed David Johnson back to the field during organized team activities with something he's never had before in the NFL.

A true fullback.

During his first three seasons, Johnson played in the fullback-less offense of former coach Bruce Arians, who didn't shy away from his dislike of the position.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson is quoted in the article saying it makes his job a little easier, which is welcome news to fantasy owners, who already have sky-high expectations for him coming off an injury last season. Johnson also ran behind a fullback in college, and his new RB coach Kirby Wilson said he's always coached a fullback. This move may be out of necessity though, as the Cardinals are thin at WR behind Larry Fitzgerald, meaning far less 3WR sets in 2018. It will likely also mean more defenders in the box against Johnson. Either way, Johnson is locked in as an elite high-volume RB option in 2018 fantasy drafts, but this is a curious wrinkle to watch in the preseason.

Patriots sign TE Troy Niklas

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 4:12pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots have added to their tight end stable by agreeing to a one-year deal with former second-round pick Troy Niklas.

Fantasy Impact:

Niklas will be entering his fifth season, but hasn't made much of an impact due to injuries. He's caught 19 total passes in four years, with 11 of those catches coming last season. If Niklas sticks around in New England he will likely compete with Dwayne Allen for the second tight end role behind Rob Gronkowski.

Arizona Cardinals to sign QB Mike Glennon

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 9:08pm

Tiffany Blackmon - [Full Article]

NFL Network reporter Tiffany Blackmon reported that a source close to her said the Cardinals signing Mike Glennon "is done" and will be made official tomorrow.

Fantasy Impact:

Sam Bradford was brought into the fold earlier in the day, as the assumed new No. 1 QB in Arizona. Once Glennon is officially released by the Chicago Bears he can sign a new deal with Arizona. It's pretty wild that the 2018 free agency period hasn't even started yet, officially, but that Mike Glennon has a new team before he's been released by his "current" team.

With Bradford's injury history, this could turn out to be a significant backup QB signing—and one 2QB/Superflex owners should take note of.

Ravens to sign WR Ryan Grant

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 9:03pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

In what might be the most surprising signing of the day, financially, the Baltimore Ravens are going to sign former Washington WR Ryan Grant to a four-year deal worth $29 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed. The team brought in John Brown earlier in the day.

Fantasy Impact:

While Grant set career-highs in targets (65), catches (45), yards (573), and touchdowns (4) last season, it seems the Ravens may have overpaid for his services. With John Brown now in the fold, the Ravens are looking to shake-up their WR depth chart.

WR John Brown to sign with the Baltimore Ravens

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:03pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

It's about to get Smokey in Baltimore, as the Ravens will welcome WR John Brown to the team, according to Adam Schefter.

Fantasy Impact:

Ever since his breakout 2015 campaign, in which he caught 65 passes for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns, Brown has been hyped up as fantasy sleeper at the receiver position. However, that sleeper potential has never materialized, and now the soon-to-be 28-year-old WR will join an offense quarterbacked by Joe Flacco that saw only one receiver catch more than 50 passes last season—Mike Wallace (52).

QB Sam Bradford to sign with the Arizona Cardinals

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 2:47pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Another team with a need at quarterback has made a move, this time it's the Arizona Cardinals, who plan on bringing in Sam Bradford. According to Adam Schefter, the deal is for one year at a rate of $20 million, with $15 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Following the retirement of Carson Palmer, and Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert both free agents, the Cardinals literally had zero depth at quarterback. They had been rumored to Mike Glennon earlier in the day, but instead opted to go with Bradford.

Injuries have played a big role in Bradford's career, last season being no exception, as he appeared in only two games. However, it looked like 2017 was going to be a promising one for Bradford, having thrown for 346 yards and three touchdowns in his season debut. It's that type of tantalizing performance that continues to net him opportunities.

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