Cardinals Fantasy News
Rashard Mendenhall "clearly" team's RB1
Friday, June 14, 2013, 10:05am
Given the one-year deal, the Cardinals (and other teams) may not feel that Mendenhall is completely healthy and want to limit their risk. The deal allows Mendenhall to prove himself and potentially cash in next summer. He will vie with Ryan Williams for touches in the Arizona backfield, but appears to have the inside track to be the team's RB1.
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Arians: WR Michael Floyd "can have a breakout year"
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 12:58pm
“I am really happy with him,” Arians said. “I see him making leaps and bounds getting better. He’s very serious about what he does. He doesn’t like to make mistakes. He’s totally bought in and if he just continues to improve his fundamentals he’s another guy who can have a breakout year.”
Click through to read the full article, which describes how Larry Fitzgerald has taken Floyd under his wing. We are relatively high on Floyd; he's #43 in our standard WR rankings even though he's been coming off the board in the 45-55 range in early drafts. He averaged 54 yards in his last eight games, including an 8-166-1 performance in Week 17 against the 49ers. Assuming he sees starter's snaps, he'll be a sleeper with Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians in town.
Arians: "Sky is the limit" for TE Rob Housler
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10:53am
Senior Editor John Paulsen recently watched all of Housler's 2012 targets and came away impressed. Look for his breakdown of the young tight end on the site in the next 48 hours.
Cecil Shorts to train with Larry Fitzgerald (again)
Friday, June 7, 2013, 11:29am
"I wanted to get stronger to be able to get off the press and be more powerful," Shorts said. "When I watch film, guys like A.J. Green, Michael Crabtree, Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, they all explode off the ball. Getting of the jam and being able to shed is important. You have to be strong to hold your own. I feel stronger. I feel more explosive."
When the team took 11 days off recently, Shorts didn't. He spent his time at the facility working with the rookies, who didn't get the time off. Later this summer, he will head to Minneapolis to work out with Larry Fitzgerald, whose workouts are legendary for being tough. Shorts trained with Fitzgerald, and some others, last summer.
"Fitzgerald is the ideal pro," Shorts said. "He's an extremely hard worker, extremely humble. He's the professional of all professionals. He gets it. You can see why he's one of the best. I want to work to get there."
All but one piece (QB play) is in place for Shorts to build on his breakout season. Blaine Gabbert did have a higher average FP/T (1.49) in passes to Shorts than Chad Henne did (1.30), but Henne targeted Shorts on a much higher percentage of his attempts (25%) than Gabbert (17%), per Pro Football Reference. So if Gabbert throws to Shorts more, it should mean big things for the third-year wideout.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 10:43am
For the first time in years, Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is studying at night in the off-season, although with new HC Bruce Arians, Fitzgerald is never sure what’s going to be on the test the next day. Fitzgerald might study his usual position, the “X,” then be asked to do something completely different, like play the “Z” (flanker), or the “F,” which is sort of a slot position.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 9:12am
We currently rank Floyd as our #42 WR in standard formats. He has been coming off the board in the later (10th-12th) rounds.
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 11:36am
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians on QB Carson Palmer: "He's as pretty a deep-ball thrower as I've ever seen, and he has a way of making a rapport with his receivers. [The last two years] he handled a situation very similar to the one I had [last year] in Indianapolis, with injuries and death and all the crazy things that happened in Oakland. When he became available, I thought he was the perfect fit for us."
Palmer has finished in the top 18 in three of the last four seasons and has averaged a ranking of 19.8 in fantasy PPG over the same span. I like his prospects playing for new HC Bruce Arians with a talented receiving corps that features Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts and TE Rob Housler. The Cardinals often find themselves in garbage time and Palmer should be able to make the most of it. His situation has improved and he can still get the ball where it needs to go.
Michael Floyd running with the starters
Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 2:17pm
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 4:30pm
Cardinals GM Steve Keim on RB Andre Ellington (6th round) — “Obviously after taking Stepfan Taylor, we did not anticipate taking a back, but sticking to our board and staying true to it, we wanted to take the best player available. The fact that most likely we are going to keep four backs on our roster, we feel that Andre is a guy that can bring a diffferent style to the table. His run style, his elusivness, his play speed and athleticism, is different from the other top three backs on our roster.”
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 4:27pm
Cardinals GM Steve Keim on WR Ryan Swope (6th round) — “A guy that B.A. and I have had our eyes on for quite some time. We were extremely excited that he started to slide. He is a guy that not only can stretch the field vertically but has some underneath quickness. He kind of reminds me of Brandon Stokely a little bit.”
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 4:26pm
Cardinals GM Steve Keim on RB Stepfan Taylor (5th round) — “Extremely productive running back. Three consecutive years with over 1,000 rushing yards. Not a burner with tremendous top-end speed but a guy that runs with balance, strength and fits Bruce’s offense very well with his ability to protect in pass protection situations.”
Dynasty leaguers should take note -- the Arizona RB situation is far from static. Taylor could be starting in a year or two.
Arians targeting 100 receptions, 10-15 TDs for Larry Ftzgerald
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:34pm
“It was a down year, and it’s nice to see him on a mission right now to get back to where he was, and rightfully so. He’s a premier player and we need to have him back up over 100 catches and 10-15 touchdowns.”
Under Arians, Colts WR Reggie Wayne finished 2012 with 106-1355-5, but Wayne was also helped by the arrival of QB Andrew Luck. Fitzgerald should also see an improvement in QB with Carson Palmer under center. Palmer is no savior, but he should provide at least mediocre play at QB which will be a big improvement from the three-headed monster of Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley. We're expecting a bounce-back season for Fitzy, who still is among the most-talented WRs in the NFL.
Arians: Rashard Mendenhall is "a legitimate big-time threat"
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 3:13pm
“He’s a legitimate big-time threat every time he touches the ball,” Arians, the Steelers former offensive coordinator, said this morning at the NFC coaches breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. “He’s a big back who never has to come out of the game. He has a 230-pound body with 180-pound feet.”
It certainly sounds as if Arians plans to start Mendenhall over Ryan Williams, but we'll know more once we get deeper into summer.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 6:27pm
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 1:37pm