Darren Fells - TEPosted 2/2/16 10:00am ET
Arizona Cardinals TE Darren Fells signed his exclusive-rights tender Monday, Feb. 1.
Huddle Up: Fells didn't have much of a choice, hence the name "exclusive rights". Fells appeared to usurp Jermaine Gresham as the Cards' tight end of choice down the stretch, and while it's not a particularly juicy role in that offense if he's seeing most of the looks he could be a viable plug-in fantasy play next season.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/26/16 9:57am ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (finger) won't be playing in the Pro Bowl in order to let his injured finger heal. He will not need surgery, however. Head coach Bruce Arians said that he didn't think the finger was an issue against the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship, but added that Palmer probably should not have played in Week 17 of the regular season because of the finger.
Huddle Up: Palmer clearly didn't have his "A" game in the conference championship, be it nerves or the finger or the Carolina defense. Good news that he won't need surgery, and by skipping the Pro Bowl he has plenty of recovery time before the next meaningful snap for the Cardinals.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/24/16 11:11pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer completed 23-of-40 passes for 235 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions in a 49-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 24.
Huddle Up: Palmer also lost two fumbles in a horrifying performance for a veteran QB who played like a serious MVP candidate for most of the season. Needless to say it's going to be a long offseason for the 36-year-old QB.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 1/24/16 11:18pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald finished with four catches for 30 yards in a 49-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 24.
Huddle Up: The veteran WR went from feast to famine following his 8-176-1 day a week ago against the Packers, dropping a couple passes and mainly just suffering from QB Carson Palmer's horrendous outing.
David Johnson - RBPosted 1/22/16 1:46pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson led the NFL with nine touchdowns on the road this year.
Huddle Up: The rookie third-rounder certainly displayed a nose for the end zone with 13 scores overall, including a 108-yard kickoff return, but he'll be up against one of his toughest challenges of the season in the Panthers' run defense, which ranked foutrth overall with 88.4 yards allowed per game.
John Brown - WRPosted 1/22/16 10:17pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 22, and is listed as probable for the NFC Championship Game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Jan. 24.
Huddle Up: No surprise, and that will give Carson Palmer a full complement of receivers to go up against a not-so-deep Carolina secondary.
John Brown - WRPosted 1/21/16 8:26pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (shoulder) and RB David Johnson (toe) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 21.
Huddle Up: We'll know more after their practice-participation levels Friday, but as of right now both are expected to be fine come Sunday.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 1/21/16 11:20pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald lined up for 505 plays out of the slot receiver position this year and had 53 catches for 626 yards. Carolina Panthers CB Josh Norman isn't expected to cover him in the NFC Championship Game.
Huddle Up: The 32-year-old Fitzgerald was beastly in catching eight of 12 targets for 176 yards a TD in the divisional-round win over the Packers, and he should have another favorable matchup Sunday as Norman typically doesn't move inside to cover the slot wideout.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 1/19/16 3:46pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald became the fastest player ever to reach 10 postseason receiving touchdowns. It took Fitzgerald eight games to accomplish the feat.
Huddle Up: Only Jerry Rice (22) and John Stallworth (12) have more postseason scoring grabs than the 32-year-old Fitzgerald, who will look to add to his total Sunday against a Panthers' D which allowed only 21 receiving TDs in the regular season but surrendered three in the second half of the divisional-round win over the Seahawks.
David Johnson - RBPosted 1/19/16 10:47pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson only ran for 35 yards on 15 carries in an overtime win against the Green Bay Packers last weekend. Head coach Bruce Arians put the blame on the offensive line for the struggling run game, saying there haven't been a lot of holes to run through and that the offensive line will need to do a better job against the Carolina Panthers this week.
Huddle Up: Including the regular-season finale against the Seahawks, the rookie third-round pick only has rushed for 60 yards on 26 carries after averaging 81.8 ground yards over his previous four contests. He now will be attempting to bounce back against a Carolina D, which allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards (88.4) in the league during the regular season.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 1/17/16 12:33pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald had eight catches for 176 yards and a touchdown in a 26-20 win over the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs Saturday, Jan. 16.
Huddle Up: The 32-year-old wideout turned back the clock in lifting his team to an OT win over the Pack and ranks as the only player with three post-season games with 150 or more receiving yards.
Chris Johnson - RBPosted 1/12/16 7:25pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (leg) returned to practice Tuesday, Jan. 13. He is still on the short-term Reserve/Injured list and is not eligible to play until the Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: Johnson had a good 11-game run (814 yards and three TDs on 196 carries), but it's rookie David Johnson's job as long as he's healthy.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 1/7/16 9:47am ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (toe) is not 100% at this point and probably will not be again until after the season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: This should come as no surprise, since staying healthy has been Ellington's bugaboo throughout his NFL career. With David Johnson in place as the feature back, expect Ellington to stay in a change of pace role going forward--perhaps not as lucrative fantasy-wise but one with limited touches that should keep him on the field more consistently.
Michael Floyd - WRPosted 1/2/16 3:53pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (knee) has a very good chance to play in the Week 17 game against the Seattle Seahawks even though he is listed as questionable, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Floyd was always expected to play despite the questionable tag. He'll be a WR2/3 this week against the Seahawks.
Michael Floyd - WRPosted 1/1/16 10:26pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 1, and is listed as questionable for the Week 17 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: Floyd is expected to play against the Seahawks. He'll be a WR2 despite the tough matchup in Week 17.
Michael Floyd - WRPosted 12/31/15 9:43pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 31.
Huddle Up: Floyd, who has topped 100 receiving yards in five of his last seven games, reportedly is dealing with some sort of knee strain, but Cards coaches are hopeful he'll be able to get on the practice field Friday.
Bruce Arians - HCPosted 12/29/15 12:40am ET
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he has no intention of resting his starters in Week 17 against the Seattle Seahawks. Arians said the Cardinals will approach it as if it were Week 1 of the season.
Huddle Up: The Cards say they won't -- and certainly shouldn't -- with the NFC's No. 1 seed still a possibility with a win Sunday and a Carolina loss and that's great news for fantasy owners of Cards players. Arizona will get a week of rest, though, regardless after already having secured a first-round bye.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 12/28/15 12:03am ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson carried nine times for 39 yards and a touchdown in the Week 16 game against the Green Bay Packers and he added three receptions for 88 yards on six targets. His touches were limited, but head coach Bruce Arians said Sunday, Dec. 27, that Johnson is fine and he just wanted to get RB Andre Ellington work.
Huddle Up: It wasn't the monster game Johnson had two weeks ago but 127 total yards and a touchdown still helped plenty of owners to a fantasy titles. Johnson is an emerging superstar heading into 2016.
Michael Floyd - WRPosted 12/28/15 10:09am ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd posted six receptions for 111 yards in the Week 16 game against the Green Bay Packers. He was targeted eight times.
Huddle Up: Floyd has regained go-to status in Arizona, though that status also remains bestowed on Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown. It's a loaded receiving corps, and Floyd is certainly claiming his share.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 12/26/15 12:56pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (toe) is expected to play against the Green Bay Packers in Week 16 even though he is listed as questionable, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Ellington's status won't impact David Johnson. Johnson is locked and loaded as an RB1 for fantasy championship week.
John Brown - WRPosted 12/22/15 12:25am ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown dropped two potential touchdown passes in the Week 15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. However, QB Carson Palmer didn't second guess Brown and went back to him in the second half, as Brown had three catches for 38 yards and a touchdown. 'I told him, I'm going to keep going to you. You're eventually going to make the plays we expect you to make and he did,' Palmer said.
Huddle Up: No real fantasy worries as Brown has either caught a TD or had at least 99 yards receiving in each of his last seven full games and remains a solid WR2 option.
Tyrann Mathieu - SPosted 12/22/15 2:25pm ET
Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 22, and S Chris D. Clemons was re-signed in a corresponding move.
Huddle Up: Brutal loss for the Cards' D as the Honey Badger is pacing the team with 16 passes defended and is tied for the lead with five interceptions and 80 solo tackles.
Tyrann Mathieu - SPosted 12/21/15 2:37pm ET
Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to head coach Bruce Arians. He is out for the rest of the season.
Huddle Up: It's a tough blow for the Cardinals' defense. Mathieu was playing at an elite level this season. For fantasy purposes, the Cardinals will still be worth starting against the Packers this week but they will now be short-handed.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 12/21/15 8:14pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (toe) could return to action in Week 16 against the Green Bay Packers, according to head coach Bruce Arians. The Cardinals want to give Ellington a shoe that is comfortable enough for him to play in while dealing with turf toe.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 12/18/15 9:12am ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd is coming down with more '50-50' balls than in previous seasons, according to head coach Bruce Arians, and QB Carson Palmer said he is more willing to take chances to Floyd.
Huddle Up: Not only does Floyd benefit from having Larry Fitzgerald draw coverage and John Brown stretch the field, he's a pretty good receiver in his own right. Palmer is right to trust him in 50/50 situations, as the multiple threats from Arizona's offense usually leave Floyd in single coverage and he's been winning more than his share of one-on-one battles. That's exactly what fantasy owners want from him.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 12/18/15 9:09pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (ankle) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 18, and is probable for Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald is in no danger of missing Sunday night's game. He's a high-end WR2 against an Eagles' defense allowing the second most fantasy points to receivers.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 12/18/15 9:09pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (toe) returned to a limited practice Friday, Dec. 18, but is questionable to play against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15. It was his first time back on the field since suffering a turf toe injury Nov. 29. Ellington will be a game-time decision Sunday night, Dec. 20.
Huddle Up: The Cardinals play late Sunday but Ellington isn't really a starting option at this point in the fantasy season. Even if Ellington is active, his presence shouldn't hurt David Johnson's value much. Johnson is locked in as a strong RB2 regardless of Ellington's status.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 12/16/15 8:37pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has 47 catches for 802 yards and 11 touchdowns in seven career games against the Philadelphia Eagles, who he faces in Week 15. Fitzgerald is likely to be matched up against Eagles slot CB Malcolm Jenkins Sunday, Dec. 20. Fitzgerald has found the end zone in all seven games against Philadelphia. Jenkins is a safety that has been converted to cornerback this season.
Huddle Up: The Eagles' defense allows the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Fitzgerald is a strong WR2 for fantasy semifinals.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 12/16/15 8:37pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (toe) is 'iffy' for Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Ellington isn't expected to play against the Eagles on Sunday. David Johnson will once again dominate touches and be a strong RB2 for the second week of fantasy playoffs.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 12/15/15 8:30pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington is making progress with his turf toe. Ellington said he can tell if he's progressing by how much pain he feels when he walks. Ellington said he wants to play this weekend, but admitted that he's not 100 percent yet.
Huddle Up: Ellington has missed two straight games and count on him missing at least one more as rookie David Johnson has impressed (two straight games with at least 120 total yards) in place of the injured Chris Johnson.
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