Fantasy Football: Arizona Cardinals on Week 4 Bye Week

Arizona Cardinals

QB Carson Palmer/Drew Stanton:

Carson Palmer has been around for awhile, he has developed the gunslinger reputation. He will take deep shots and generally, has racked up the yardage, and usually tosses a pick. Right now, he only played in the opening win and is dealing with a nerve issue around his shoulder/neck. Drew Stanton is yet another quarterback engineering a Bruce Arians offense, aka the QB whisperer. Stanton isn’t going to light up defenses, but he is going to be a game manager that will get one-on-one opportunities downfield to challenge his inexperience. He got his feet wet in week 2 before throwing a pair of touchdown strikes in week 3. If you need an Arizona QB, I’d say you have bigger problems in fantasy if you don’t already have a better option. If you play two QBs, I’d recommend to look elsewhere until Palmer gets back on the field.

RB Andre Ellington

This unknown commodity has asserted himself for an average of 18 touches per game. He is the the feature back and a fantasy RB2. The bye week comes at an excellent time for him to further heal his foot. Despite not crossing the pylon for scores in three games, Coach Arians will continue to get him the ball in a balanced offensive attack. His ability to catch and wiggle in space keeps him on the field as an every-down back, any backup that plays will only spell him.

WR Michael Floyd: 

He has posted a pair of 100-yard performances in three weeks, going for triple digits with two different quarterbacks. Floyd started to break out last season and appears to be the new #1 WR, as was the indication over summer. Floyd can simply get open, and even if he isn’t, he’s got the size to use his body to shield defenders and the hands to make a tough grab. One play he reels in a sideline comeback, the next he burns the corner for a deep ball. Consider him a borderline WR1/2, with some quiet games from time to time.

WR Larry Fitzgerald: 

His father expressed public frustration after week 1, where he grabbed 1 of 4 targets for 22 yards. The Cardinals played without quarterback Carson Palmer in week 2, where Drew Stanton hit Fitzgerald on 6 of 10 targets for 51 yards. With another week under his belt, Stanton connected with him on 3 of 7 targets for 34 yards, and Fitzgerald fumbled. The team is undefeated and Fitz is clearly on the decline. He is the #2 WR after passing the torch to Floyd, and slot WR John Brown is making an immediate impact. Expect him to remain a constant in the final year of his contract, probably touchdown-dependent.

WR John Brown: 

I have been talking about this rookie since his coaches were hyping him up over summer. This guy has drawn comparisons to T.Y. Hilton, another young receiver that got to work with Coach Arians. He will make an impact here and there, and probably see an expanded role as the season progresses. He won’t leap-frog his teammates, but the fact that their scheme consists of tight ends mostly blocking, Brown has played the majority of offensive snaps, drawing a handful of targets each week.