Chad Williams - WRPosted 4/28/17 8:22pm ET
The Arizona Cardinals selected WR Chad Williams with the 98th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Williams lands with a Cardinals team that could use another quality receiver, and playing with Larry Fitzgerald should only help his development. He could be a sneaky stash candidate in keeper formats.
David Johnson - RBPosted 4/7/17 9:30am ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson did not back down from head coach Bruce Arians' recent assertion that Johnson could approach 30 touches per game in 2017. 'I?m still young. I?m still on my first contract. So I feel I can definitely handle 30 touches. I did it last year, basically, with running the ball and catching it out of the backfield,' Johnson told the team's website.
Huddle Up: Johnson led the league with 373 touches last season, or 23.3 per game, and he'd need 107 more to hit Arians' goal. Only one running back in league history - the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' James Wilder with 492 in 1984 - has even come all that close to topping 480 touches, so expect Johnson to fall well short. With that said, Johnson could push for 400 touches and is certainly in the discussion for the top overall pick in fantasy drafts this summer.
David Johnson - RBPosted 3/29/17 4:46pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson could receive 30 touches a game next season because of the amount of offense he can produce, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Johnson was one of the most productive players in the NFL this past season with 1,239 rushing yards, 879 receiving yards and 20 total touchdowns. He ranked second on the team with 80 receptions. Johnson should be a first-round pick in all fantasy leagues and is a candidate for the first overall pick.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 3/17/17 5:56am ET
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington landed a one-year deal with a $775,000 base salary.
Huddle Up: Ellington is expected to be used more as a receiver in the backfield, but David Johnson's emergence as potentially the best RB in fantasy limits Ellington to possible flex usage.
David Johnson - RBPosted 3/11/17 1:29pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (knee) said he has completely recovered from the knee injury he suffered near the end of the season.
Huddle Up: Johnson should participate in all of the offseason workouts and be ready for training camp. He is one of the most valuable players in the NFL because of his running and receiving abilities. Johnson likely will be one of the first players selected in all fantasy leagues.
John Brown - WRPosted 2/14/17 8:04pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (illness) is now 'very healthy,' according to team president and owner Michael Bidwill, who also said that it 'looks like they found the issue' regarding the sickle cell problem the receiver was dealing with this past season. Bidwill added: 'We'll get (Brown) back the way we had him.'
Huddle Up: That would be terrific news for the Cardinals and fantasy owners, as Brown regressed mightily after a breakout 2015 campaign that saw him register his first career 1,000-yard season. In 2016, Brown managed only 39 receptions for 517 yards and a pair of scores, but that had more to do with the sickle cell issue than anything else. With a clean bill of health, Brown could easily be a nice buy-low candidate and re-emerge to deliver solid WR3 value.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 2/9/17 12:17pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has announced that he will play in 2017 after considering retirement.
Huddle Up: Palmer is coming off a 2016 season where he recorded 4,233 yards, 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Palmer will have plenty of weapons to work with in the passing game, but he probably should be considered a No. 2 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 2/3/17 11:58am ET
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he thinks QB Carson Palmer will 'announce he's coming back real soon,' in regards to his status for the 2017 season.
Huddle Up: With fellow veteran Larry Fitzgerald recently announcing that he'd back next year, there is strong belief that Palmer will indeed return as well. In an above-average offense that puts up a lot of points, the former No. 1 overall draft pick will have potential to put up some desirable numbers, but coming off a down campaign last season, he should be considered more of a QB2 on draft day in most leagues.
David Johnson - RBPosted 2/2/17 9:13am ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson said he wants to have 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving next season. Johnson believes he can reach that goal if he improves his route running.
Huddle Up: Johnson finished 2016 with 1,239 rushing yards and 879 receiving yards, so there is a good chance he can accomplish the feat if he remains healthy. Johnson will be a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues next season and can be in the conversation for the first overall pick.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 2/1/17 7:13pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald announced Wednesday, Feb. 1, that he is 'definitely' returning for a 14th season and play out the final year of his contract in 2017, according to ESPN's Jim Trotter.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald's return at least gives Arizona a fighting chance to remain competitive in 2017 while the team continues to develop its young talent at receiver. Fitzgerald's second-half fades over the last two years will continue to be a concern entering his age-34 season, but it's hard to complain too much about a receiver who has proven 100-catch upside and will likely be available in the middle rounds in fantasy drafts again this summer.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 2/1/17 7:46pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer is reportedly 'tied to the hip' with WR Larry Fitzgerald in terms of their playing futures. Fitzgerald announced Wednesday, Feb. 1, he will return for another season, suggesting it is a 'good sign' Palmer will do the same.
Huddle Up: Palmer has been noncommittal about his playing future to this point. He has indicated his intention is to play, but that it will depend on how his body recuperates from 'the most physically trying season of his career.' It seems more probable than not Palmer plays at least one more year, but Arizona needs to ramp up its efforts to find his successor. Palmer turned 37 in December and should be treated as midrange QB2 in 2017 should he decide to keep playing.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/31/17 6:52pm ET
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians expects both QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald to return in 2017. He feels 'comfortable with where they're at' and added, 'I think when the juices start flowing and the injuries go away, they?ll both be back. But there?s nothing to confirm yet.'
Huddle Up: At this point early into Arizona's offseason, it's still unknown if both stars plan on continuing their respective careers. Fitzgerald is 33 years old and coming off his eighth 1,000-yard season, so there is certainly no doubt that he can still play at an elite level, which could point to him returning. Palmer, 37, isn't as much a sure bet to come back, especially after somewhat of a down campaign, but Arians hinted that one's decision could affect the other, so the early indication is both will keep playing in '17.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/29/17 12:40pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has yet to confirm whether he intends to return for another season or retire. At least one prominent general manager and two coaches around the league believe Palmer has played his last down.
Huddle Up: Palmer is coming off a physically punishing and overall trying season during which he looked almost nothing like he did in 2015, when he was in the running for league MVP. The 37-year-old picked it up late in the season, but with Larry Fitzgerald also contemplating his future and Arizona possibly in the midst of an offensive makeover, Palmer may decide to call it a career.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 1/29/17 12:50pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald reportedly told friends in September he expected 2016 to be his last season. He has yet to make a definitive decision one way or the other, but when asked about his future last offseason, the 10-time Pro Bowler told KMVP-FM 'a lot of it's tied to Carson (Palmer).'
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald is 33 and led the NFL with 107 receptions this season, so while he wouldn't be leaving the game in his prime, he would be doing so despite transforming himself into one of the league's top slot receivers in recent years. With Palmer also pondering retirement, expect Arizona to target receiver early in April's NFL Draft. If Fitzgerald retires, John Brown, J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown, who is recovering from a torn ACL, would be the Cardinals' top receivers as things stand at the moment.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/27/17 1:32pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer threw for 1,821 yards, 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on the road this season. He threw for 2,412 yards, 13 touchdowns and only three interceptions at home.
Huddle Up: Palmer has not announced if he will play in 2017, but he probably will be back with the Cardinals. He has posted solid numbers of the last few seasons and will have a number of weapons to work with in the passing game. Owners should consider Palmer a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues and a No. 2 quarterback in standard leagues.
David Johnson - RBPosted 1/25/17 5:13pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson rushed for 633 yards and eight touchdowns at home this season and rushed for 606 yards and eight touchdowns on the road. Johnson also caught 40 passes and two touchdowns both on the road and at home.
Huddle Up: Johnson was one of the best fantasy options for owners this season because of his success in the running and passing game. He will continue to be a focal point in Arizona's offense and should be one of the first players selected in fantasy leagues in 2017.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/22/17 9:19am ET
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said QB Carson Palmer has not told him if he will continue his playing career but he believes Palmer will play in 2017.
Huddle Up: Palmer saw his numbers drop this past season and finished the season with 4,233 yards, 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 15 games. Owners should keep an eye on the situation because Palmer can be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues if he returns.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 1/18/17 5:49pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald finished the 2016 season with 107 receptions, which was the most in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald has finished each of the last two seasons with at least 100 catches and has accomplished the feat four times in his career. He may consider retirement this offseason, so owners will need to monitor his situation. Fitzgerald can be considered a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues if he decides to play in 2017.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 1/14/17 8:05pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald hasn't committed to playing in 2017, and head coach Bruce Arians said he won't try to convince Fitzgerald to return because the decision to play should be his call.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald led the NFL with 107 catches this season, so there is no question he can still produce. If he returns, he is a WR2 candidate with added value in PPR formats.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/8/17 4:23pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer threw 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in the eight games when he was sacked fewer than three times, and he threw 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in the eight games when he was sacked three times or more.
Huddle Up: When Palmer is kept upright, he can still sling it with the best of them, but consistency will likely remain an issue. He can be a QB1 when the matchups are right, but he should be drafted as a fantasy backup.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/8/17 4:32pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer is under contract through 2018, but head coach Bruce Arians said in his postseason news conference that the team needs to find a successor for Palmer.
Huddle Up: Even if the Cardinals spend an early pick on a quarterback, Palmer should still be running the show in 2017, and he can be trusted as a quality QB2.
David Johnson - RBPosted 1/4/17 3:39pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson set single-season franchise records in scrimmage yards (2,118), rushing touchdowns (16) and total touchdowns (20) in 2016.
Huddle Up: Despite Arizona's lack of success this season, Johnson is a legitimate MVP candidate. His rise to the top of the fantasy elite was swift, starting in his rookie season last year. There is no fault in selecting him as the first player in fantasy drafts next season.
David Johnson - RBPosted 1/2/17 10:34am ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and will not require surgery. He will sit out the Pro Bowl but is only expected to need six to eight weeks of rehab.
Huddle Up: It is shocking Johnson escaped with a relatively minor injury, as it appeared he was staring at a blown-out knee or broken leg initially. The Cardinals will need to find a way to back off his workload somewhat moving forward (373 touches in 2016 despite leaving early in Week 17), but his 2017 redraft outlook is still very bright. Along with Le'Veon Bell, Johnson should be in the running for the top overall pick in fantasy next summer.
David Johnson - RBPosted 1/1/17 2:00pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (knee) was carted off the field after suffering a knee injury during the team's Week 17 game.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see the severity of Johnson's injury. Johnson will have the entire offseason to recover from the injury and may be ready for training camp if it is not too severe. Johnson should be in the conversation for the No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts and will be a top-five pick in all leagues.
David Johnson - RBPosted 1/1/17 4:26pm ET
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (knee) had initial tests on his injured knee Sunday, Jan. 1. The tests revealed meniscus damage, but his anterior cruciate ligament remained intact, according to a source. Johnson will have an MRI for further clarity Monday, Jan. 2.
Huddle Up: Johnson's injury looked awful initially, but this is great news for Johnson and those in keeper fantasy leagues, too. Johnson figures to be either the No. 1 or 2 pick in all fantasy leagues in 2017, and now that it appears he dodged an ACL injury that plan is still in effect.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 12/30/16 3:07pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 30, and is not on the injury report for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Palmer has been playing better recently with eight touchdowns in the last four games and has two 300-yard games in that span. He will be facing a decent Los Angeles Rams defense but can still be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 12/30/16 3:11pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 30, and is not on the injury report for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald has been receiving plenty of targets over the past month but has been held to 31 yards or less in two of the last three games. He has also gone 10 games without a touchdown, which has hurt his fantasy value. Fitzgerald can still be a No. 3 receiver or a flex option because of his role in the passing game.
John Brown - WRPosted 12/29/16 7:25pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (illness) returned to practice and was a limited participant Thursday, Dec. 29.
Huddle Up: Brown has been streaky all year, and he will continue to be an all-or-nothing flex option against the Rams in Week 17.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 12/29/16 7:37pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) returned to practice and was a full participant Thursday, Dec. 29.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald's production has slipped in recent weeks, but the targets are still there. He could easily be a WR3 against the Rams in Week 17.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 12/29/16 7:28pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (non-injury) returned to practice and was a full participant Thursday, Dec. 29.
Huddle Up: Palmer has played better down the stretch, and a friendly matchup against the Rams makes him a QB1 candidate in Week 17.
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