A fantasy football geek’s look at which Arizona Cardinals are worthy of being added to your roster for the upcoming season
Let’s face it fantasy football fanatics, it may not be a great idea to pepper your rosters with Arizona Cardinals this year. There are a couple of very worthy candidates, that’s for sure. However, there are question marks surrounding the offense which makes it difficult to gauge the value of some of it’s personnel.
There is one obvious choice from the Cards, a player who could quite possibly be the first-overall selection in many drafts. Sure, many of us were burned by this particular running back in 2017. Fantasy stud David Johnson played in just one game last season, but is now back and ready to make amends.
In the age of the dreaded “running back by committee”, a fantasy player’s nightmare, the Cardinals’ star is a breath of fresh air. Johnson, the epitome of a “workhorse”, racked up 3,156 yards from scrimmage and 33 total touchdowns during his first two professional campaigns. If given the opportunity, draft this scoring dynamo, and then watch him pile up the points for you on a weekly basis.
By the time they have reached their mid-30s, many NFL wide receivers are no longer a viable fantasy option. The great Larry Fitzgerald, however, is the exception, not the norm. The future Hall of Famer’s statistics over the past three years are direct proof of that notion.
A touchdown machine, Fitzgerald is not. His 21 trips to the end zone during the last three seasons is average, at best. But the 325 receptions and 3,394 receiving yards he registered over the same time period make “Larry Legend” an attractive addition to your lineup.
If you’re looking to add a quarterback to your roster, it’s probably a good idea to steer clear of Arizona. Starter Sam Bradford‘s injury history certainly lowers his fantasy value. There’s no guarantee that Josh Rosen will even see the playing field in 2018, so relying on the rookie could potentially be a mistake, as well.
There is a wildcard candidate at the Cards’ tight end position. Ricky Seals-Jones flashed exciting ability as a part-time performer in 2017. The second-year player’s stock could rise if starter Jermaine Gresham‘s recovery from an Achilles’ tendon tear is a slow one.
Placekicker Phil Dawson turned in an inconsistent performance in ’17. The now 43-year old missed eight field goals and three extra-points during his first campaign with the club. A bounce-back season for Dawson is possible, but select the aging veteran at your own risk.
The Cardinals defense/special teams may be worth taking a flier on. Chandler Jones‘ 17 quarterback sacks led the league last year, and a new defensive scheme could provide more play making opportunities for the outstanding Patrick Peterson. Kickoff and punt returning has rarely been Arizona’s forte, but T.J. Logan and Christian Kirk could help to change that.