Cardinals Fantasy News

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 10:50am - [Full Article]

Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin says that the Ted Ginn signing is going to help Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd: "Ted Ginn, speed. Great addition, and it's going to help the overall passing game a lot from a play-action standpoint and a drop-back standpoint. It's going to help Larry (Fitzgerald) and Michael (Floyd)."


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Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:39pm - [Full Article]

About five weeks into the season last year, Carson Palmer approached coach Bruce Arians to talk about rookie running back Andre Ellington.

“Let’s make him a wideout,” Palmer said.

“No,” Arians responded. “We can use him as a wideout as a running back.”

“He is still not a guy who you will pound up the middle 30 times a game and survive,” Arians said. “He can run the football 30 times a game if you do it correctly, but you’d rather have him have 10 catches and 20 carries."

Fantasy Impact:

That would be 30 touches, which is a far different tune than the Cardinals sang with Ellington last year as they tried to limit him to about 15. He's shaping up to be a very desirable player, especially in PPR leagues.

Panthers sign Tiquan Underwood
Friday, March 21, 2014, 12:35pm

Aaron Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Tiquan Underwood has agreed to terms with the Panthers, according to a league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Underwood did well with the limited number (46) of targets that he saw in 2013, posting the #10 FP/target in the league (1.48). He's a 4.31 speedster and a good athlete, but hasn't done much in his five seasons in the league. There should be plenty of opportunity in the Carolina offense due to the lack of playmakers in the receiving game. Underwood could be fantasy relevant in 2014 if he sees starter's snaps. At a minimum, Underwood should be this year's Ted Ginn, who was the #53 WR in standard formats.

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 3:23pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Jets CB Antonio Cromartie reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, per ESPN source.

Cam Newton's foot surgery is successful
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:27am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton underwent surgery on Wednesday afternoon to repair ligament damage in his left ankle.

The full recovery process is four months, which would take Newton until the start of training camp. However, he could be freed to throw on a limited basis before then.

"Dr. (Robert) Anderson did not find anything unexpected in the procedure and the surgery went well," Carolina head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said in a statement.

Fantasy Impact:

This is the second red flag in Newton's offseason, the other being the Panthers' woeful WR situation. They cut Steve L Smith and let both Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn walk as well.

Friday, March 14, 2014, 12:31pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Jonathan Dwyer, a 2010 sixth-round pick of the Steelers who has played his entire career in Pittsburgh, has signed with the Cardinals.

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:41pm

Darren Urban, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Cardinals signed WR Ted Ginn to 3-yr deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Ginn will likely serve as a primary kick returner and the 3rd or 4th receiver on offense.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 5:05pm

Darren Urban, Twitter - [Full Article]

TE Jake Ballard re-signed with the Cardinals.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 4:41pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Redskins have re-signed WR Santana Moss. One year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

This indicates that the Redskins are expecting Andre Roberts to play outside.

Redskins, Andre Roberts agree to terms
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 11:55am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The Redskins have agreed to terms with fifth-year wide receiver Andre Roberts, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Fantasy Impact:

This looks like a good signing by the Redskins, who have struggled to find a consistent option opposite Pierre Garcon. Roberts lost playing time in 2013 to an emerging Michael Floyd, but was the #39 WR in standard (and #34 in PPR) in 2012 while playing starter's snaps. New HC Jay Gruden has a history of airing it out, so the entire Washington passing game should get a boost. Another top 40 season is possible for the 26 year-old Roberts, assuming he starts.

Rashard Mendenhall retires at 26
Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:03pm

Huffington Post - [Full Article]

In a piece for The Huffington Post, former Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall explains why he has retired from football.

Fantasy Impact:

Mendenhall's retirement is somewhat surprising. If the Cardinals do not sign or draft another legitimate running back, then Andre Ellington's stock may be out of control by the time 2014 fantasy drafts are in full swing. Ellington is probably in the same boat as Giovani Bernard — considered “too small” to be an every-down workhorse. He was the #25 RB in 2013 on 10.4 touches per game, but averaged 12.4 touches in his last 11 games. In that span, he averaged 9.3 FP, which are low-end RB2 numbers. It's a good sign that GM Steve Keim confirmed that Ellington will get more work in 2014 -- expect around 15 touches per game, though a bigger workload is possible.

Friday, March 7, 2014, 6:11pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Cardinals are paying TE John Carlson $4.65M over two years, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact:

Rob Housler takes a hit with this news. Carlson was good (#5) for a four-game stretch from Week 10 to Week 13 after Kyle Rudolph went down, but isn't much of a fantasy option in Arizona.

Arians: Michael Floyd is 'starting to reach his potential'
Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:03pm - [Full Article]

Cardinals WR Michael Floyd is coming off his first 1,000-yard season. But it wasn’t the yards or catches that impressed Arians the most, it was the injuries Floyd played through – most notably the shoulder problem that the wideout had when he went off for a career-high 193 yards in Jacksonville.

“I think Michael is starting to reach his potential,” Arians said. “He still needs to be more consistent each week. He played through injuries for the first time which is a huge step for a young player to play through injuries. A lot of times they just sit themselves down. He wanted to win, he wanted to help us win. I thought he made great strides. This year, can he do it again?”

Fantasy Impact:

Floyd broke out in his second season with a 66 catches for 1,054 yards and five TDs, gaining at least 90 yards and/or finding the endzone in seven of his last 11 games. He should continue to progress as he enters his third year in the league.

Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:02pm - [Full Article]

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians changed the role of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald last season, having him play inside and moving him around. Arians said Fitzgerald got more comfortable with it during the season and it helped to play inside where his size could be an advantage. Arians had done it previously in Pittsburgh with Hines Ward and in Indianapolis with Reggie Wayne.

A major factor in making the shift for Fitzgerald, Arians said, was the receiver’s age. Fitzgerald turned 30 in August.

“Guys lose a step at age 30,” Arians said. “It’s just natural. As hard as they train and everything, at 30 it’s just a different ballgame. They accept it, they want to become better players, they say help me become a better player than when I was 26. This is how you do it.”

Friday, February 21, 2014, 1:17pm

Darren Urban, Twitter - [Full Article]

At the Combine, Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said, "Tight ends for me block first, catch second."

Fantasy Impact:

This doesn't bode particularly well for Rob Housler, who had a late-season stretch of decent play (#15 TE from Week 10 to Week 14) after an injury kept him out of the first two games.