• Dan Arnold

  • TE
  • , Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 26
  • 220 lbs
  • 6' 6"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

CAR TE Dan Arnold - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Dan Arnold settled into a nice role with the Cardinals last season with a modest 31 catches, 438 yards and four touchdowns. He now joins a Panthers offense with an open spot at the position and has said to local reporters that he joined Carolina expected a large role in the passing game. Arnold was quietly TE13 over the second half of last season and is getting very little interest in draft circles. His current ADP is TE36 and he’s available in the late 23rd round – so essentially free. Most importantly, his new quarterback is named Sam Darnold. So we’ll get Darnold throwing to D. Arnold. That has to count for something.

Fantasy Downside

The Panthers have a lot of receiving options, including Christian McCaffrey coming out of the backfield, so there may not be enough volume for Arnold to put up fantasy points. Also, he gets a pretty big downgrade at quarterback going from Kyler Murray to Darnold, even if Darnold shows massive improvement over his Jets days. Arnold also has to contend with holdover Ian Thomas and rookie Tommy Tremble for tight end snaps, although Thomas and Tremble both profile more as blockers than receivers. With Arnold, it’s the opposite.

2021 Bottom Line

Arnold is worth a dart throw in any league where drafters are taking three tight ends. He’s available at the very end of all drafts and has TE1 upside. Every year, we hope for some low-profile tight ends to rise to the top, so if you can’t snag a good one early on, and decide three late guys are the answer, Arnold is worth being the third of those three.

by Brandon Niles

ARI TE Dan Arnold - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Los Angeles Rams

Dan Arnold had three catches on five targets last week. Those aren’t great numbers by any means, but his five targets in two straight games and four touchdowns over his past six are meaningful on a team that has not featured the tight end for years. Arnold is too risky to start in any leagues, but he’s still an interesting dynasty addition on deep rosters. If the Cardinals don’t add anyone, Arnold could continue to develop and he’s only 25 years old.

by Brandon Niles

ARI TE Dan Arnold - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. San Francisco 49ers

Dan Arnold had another reasonably good day by tight end standards last week against the Eagles, catching three balls for 54 yards on five targets. Arnold has increased his production as the season has progressed, and while his targets are still limited – averaging just 3.4 targets over his five-game stretch of fantasy relevance – he’s found a way to make the most of those targets. He’s had four touchdowns in the past five games.

This week, Arnold faces a 49ers defense that ranks fourth in aFPA to opposing tight ends. In a better matchup, in a different week, maybe you gamble on Arnold. In a tough matchup, during the championship, hopefully, you have better options available.

Side Note: If you’re playing dynasty and you have an open roster spot, Arnold might be worth grabbing. If the Cardinals don’t add anyone else in the offseason, it’s worth the roster spot to see if he can keep up the production. His name isn’t yet on the tongues of most fantasy owners.

by Brandon Niles

ARI TE Dan Arnold - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Dan Arnold isn’t getting a ton of targets – just three per game over his last four – but he’s had four touchdowns in that span, including three in his past two games. This week, he faces an Eagles defense that ranks 14th in aFPA to opposing tight ends, but just gave up a touchdown to Jared Cook last week. It’s risky to bank on Arnold, but with his recent scoring, he’s worth considering as a deep-league streamer if you’re desperate at the position.

by Anthony Stalter

NO TE Dan Arnold - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Tampa Bay Bucs

Dan Arnold caught 2-of-2 targets for 20 yards in the Saints’ Week 13 loss to the Cowboys. He has now caught at least two passes in four-straight games and while his output wasn’t great, Arnold has also surpassed Ben Watson on the Saints’ tight end depth chart. While he’s a name to keep an eye on, Arnold still isn’t fantasy relevant until he becomes a bigger part of Sean Payton’s offense. Ranked as our TE22, leave him on the bench when the Saints visit the Bucs in Week 14.

by Anthony Stalter

NO TE Dan Arnold - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Dallas Cowboys

Dan Arnold caught four-of-six targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ Week 12 win over the Falcons. He could have had another touchdown, but Atlanta defensive back Sharrod Neasman clubbed the ball out of his hands just as Arnold was crossing the goal line. The undrafted former receiver from Wisconsin-Platteville has seen his targets increase in recent weeks. The six targets were a season-high for Arnold, who also saw a combined five targets in the Saints’ previous two games. While it’s unlikely that he continues to see six targets a game moving forward, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Arnold could be a red-zone option for Drew Brees and the Saints moving forward. Given how thin the tight end position is in fantasy this year, Arnold is a name to keep an eye on moving forward. That said, he ranks as our TE25 for Week 13 and will be nothing but a dart throw Thursday night when New Orleans visits Dallas.

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