Cardinals Fantasy News

He's back! Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald will play in 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 12:13pm

AZ Cardinals - [Full Article]

Larry Fitzgerald will play again for the Arizona Cardinals, for at least one more season.

The veteran wide receiver has decided to return for a 16th year by signing a one-year contract this week with the team, ending for now the speculation about his future.

Fitzgerald, who will turn 36 at the end of August, remains the top receiver on the team and a crucial leader at a position that is young and inexperienced. While his statistics sunk in 2018, it was due to the entire unit’s struggles more than Fitzgerald’s own dip in play. He still led the team in receptions (69), receiving yards (734) and receiving touchdowns (6).

Fantasy Impact:

Fitzgerald finished the season as the No. 26 WR in PPR formats. It marked just the fourth time in the last 14 seasons that he finished outside the top 20. While his yards per reception stayed even (10.6 in both 2017 and 2018), his catch rate dropped to 61.6% thanks in large part to Josh Rosen's 55.2% completion rate.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald taking time to decide future

Monday, January 14, 2019, 10:10am - [Full Article]

The Arizona Cardinals are journeying down a new path with coach Kliff Kingsbury. One lingering question is whether Larry Fitzgerald will return for another walkabout in the desert.

Fitzgerald told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Sunday that he plans to take his time before deciding about his future.

"There's a checklist I always go through and sometimes I'm able to get to my conclusion faster than others," Fitzgerald said, via the Arizona Republic. "I have to do my due diligence in terms of just taking some time to let your body heal because when you're sore and your fingers are broken, it's easy to say, 'Man, I just don't want to do this anymore. My body's hurting.' You have to give yourself some time to decompress and take a step back."

Fantasy Impact:

Fitzgerald is set to be a free agent in 2019, but the 35-year-old reiterated he plans to play for no organization other than Arizona if he keeps his career going. Like most of the Cardinals offense, Fitzgerald had a down year by his standards, earning 69 catches and a career-low 734 yards with six touchdowns while helping buoy rookie quarterback Josh Rosen. The future Hall of Fame receiver said he plans to sit down with owner Michael Bidwill and the rest of the team brass before deciding whether to take on a 16th NFL season.

Brown to name Steve Wilks as defensive coordinator

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 9:14pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

The Browns are expected to hire former Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks as their new defensive coordinator, sources say.

Fantasy Impact:

They are close on a deal and it should be done Monday. It's a big hire for new coach Freddie Kitchens, Rapoport said. Wilks struggled with the Cards as the HC, but his defense in Carolina was solid before taking the Arizona job last year.

Buccaneers to hire Bruce Arians as next head coach

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 8:03pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a deal to make Bruce Arians their next head coach, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini.

Arians, who retired following the 2017 season coaching the Arizona Cardinals, has spent the 2018 NFL season working as a game analyst for CBS.

Related players: Jameis Winston

Fantasy Impact:

Todd Bowles will be Arians' defensive coordinator according to the story and Byron Leftwich, former Cards OC, will a passing game coordinator. Perhaps Arians' biggest task will be getting the most out of Winston, who the team said would return prior to hiring Arians. The story added Winston attended Arians' football camp as a youth in Alabama.

Cardinals set to hire Kliff Kingsbury as head coach

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 3:53pm - [Full Article]

The Arizona Cardinals are finalizing a deal to hire former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury to become the franchise’s next head coach, according to multiple reports.

FOX’s Peter Schrager was the first to report that the two sides were nearing a deal before NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport added, “this should be done shortly.”

Kingsbury, 39, was one of five known candidates to interview for the position left vacant by Steve Wilks, who was fired on New Year’s eve following a 3-11 season. Wilks lasted one season with the Cardinals after replacing Bruce Arians.

Fantasy Impact:

Kingsbury was the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders for six seasons, compiling a 35-40 overall record. His best season was his first one in 2013, when the Raiders went 8-5 and won the Holiday Bowl over then-No. 16 Arizona State. They were ranked as high as No. 10 in the country that season. The story went on to say Kingsbury coached quaterbacks that included Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb. Under Kingsbury’s tutelage, Mahomes passed for a nation-leading 5,052 yards in his junior season in 2016, while Texas Tech’s offense finished eighth in the country in total yards.

Cardinals fire offensive, defensive coordinators

Monday, December 31, 2018, 5:52pm

Josh Weinfuss on Twitter - [Full Article]

I was told most of the Cardinals' assistants were let go, including both coordinators, OC Byron Leftwich and DC Al Holcomb.

Fantasy Impact:

Leftwich was promoted in October when Mike McCoy was let go, now QB Josh Rosen will have to work with his third OC in less than a year. The Cards offense did improve a bit under Leftwich as his goal was to run the offense through guys like David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald.

Cardinals to fire HC Steve Wilks

Monday, December 31, 2018, 9:31am

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Sources: Cardinals coach Steve Wilks has told his staff during a meeting that he will not be the coach going forward. He has not yet heard it official from owner Michael Bidwill. But that is what he has told his staff.

Fantasy Impact:

Wilks had just one year in Arizona but managed the Cards to the worst offense in the league. It started up front as the offensive line wasn't good and Mike McCoy was fired early on as the OC. Wilks came over after a season as the DC in Carolina and early reports said he could end up back there.

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 3:43pm

Cardinals Inactives
Markus Golden DE
Zack Golditch OG
Benson Mayowa DE
J.J. Nelson WR
Ricky Seals-Jones TE
D.J. Swearinger FS
Jalen Tolliver WR

Seahawks Inactives
Emmanuel Ellerbee LB
Rasheem Green DE
Dion Jordan DE
Kalan Reed DB
Bo Scarbrough RB
J.R. Sweezy OG
Tedric Thompson FS

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones (shoulder, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. Jermaine Gresham should see most of the snaps at tight end.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Cardinals TE Darrell Daniels (illness) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday.

Rams RB Todd Gurley is INACTIVE

Sunday, December 23, 2018, 3:10pm

Rams vs Cardinals Inactives

Rams Inactives
Jamil Demby OG
Todd Gurley RB
Sebastian Joseph-Day DT
Obo Okoronkwo LB
Tanzel Smart DT
Darious Williams DB
Trevon Young LB

Cardinals Inactives
Darrell Daniels TE
Markus Golden DE
Zack Golditch OG
Chris Jones DB
J.J. Nelson WR
Deatrick Nichols CB
Rees Odhiambo OT

Fantasy Impact:

C.J. Anderson will get the start in place of Todd Gurley this week in a game the Rams should easily win. He is a risky, low-floor play, though, as LA may look to involve as many as three backs in a rotation. We'd recommend staying away if at all possible.

Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:10pm

Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones (illness, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 16. Seals-Jones was fourth in TE air yards over the last two weeks, so he’s due to catch a long one if he continues to see the targets from Josh Rosen.

Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:10pm

Cardinals WR Chad Williams (hamstring) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week.

Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:10pm

Cardinals WR Trent Sherfield (ankle) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week.