By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24):
Clearly, the Arizona Cardinals play in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL.
It isn't easy playing in the same division as the defending Super Bowl
champion Seahawks, the 49ers, as well as facing off against a team with an up and coming defense in the Rams.
But somehow, the Cardinals managed to hold their own in 2013 and even
knocked off the eventual champions Seahawks late in the season.
They may make some noise again this year, so let's
take a look at some of the fantasy relevant players on the Cardinals
roster heading into 2014:
Carson Palmer- Palmer had a good stretch for a few weeks but reverted
back to his old self finishing the 2013 campaign with 250 fantasy
points. He ended last season as a top 25 fantasy quarterback but
couldn't and still shouldn't be relied upon as a starting fantasy
quarterback. On a positive note, Palmer did throw for over 4,500 yards
and 25 touchdowns. He also stayed healthy for all 16 games. The
downside to Palmer's 2013 is he managed under 15 fantasy points per game
which will not cut it coming from the most important position in all of
Andre Ellington- Ellington could have had an even better fantasy season
had the Cardinals not held him back. Ellington isn't the biggest running
back in the game but proved he could get the job done when given the
chance. Ellington was even more valuable in PPR formats totaling 41
receptions for 381 yards and a touchdown. When the ball was thrown his
way, he averaged over nine yards per reception and scored over seven
fantasy points each game on average on limited touches. If the Cardinals
give Ellington more touches in 2014, he could be in store for a monster
Larry Fitzgerald- 2013 was a bounce back season for Fitzgerald. He
finished with 84 catches for 971 yards and 10 touchdowns in 16 games
played. There is no doubt that when he gets consistent play from his
quarterback, he can be a productive receiver for fantasy owners. I look
for Fitzgerald to have another solid fantasy season in 2014.
Michael Floyd- Michael Floyd took another step forward in 2013 finishing
with 72 receptions and over 1,100 yards and five touchdowns. He did
give fantasy owners single digit fantasy points each week on average but
there isn't any reason to believe that those numbers couldn't improve
Ted Ginn- Ted Ginn's 2013 with the Panthers saw him finish with 36
receptions for 556 yards and five touchdowns. Fantasy owners can expect
those numbers to improve now that Ginn is on a pass heavy offense as
opposed to the run heavy offense in Carolina. He can also provide
fantasy owners with value in the return game. Ginn could be a great
compliment to Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.
D/ST- The Arizona Cardinals had one of the most underrated defenses in
all of fantasy in 2013. With stud players like Patrick Peterson, Tyrann
Mathieu and adding Antonio Cromartie to the secondary, the Cardinals
defense could surprise some fantasy owners looking to draft their D/ST a
little later come draft day.
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