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Fantasy Football Projections: Arizona Cardinals

Over the course of the next several weeks leading up to pre-season games, I’ll be releasing team-by-team projections for the top fantasy options for each franchise. The projected stats are created by estimating the total number of passing attempts and rushing attempts expected by each team and then applying the position players averages to those numbers (i.e. completion percentage, yards per attempt, yards per rush, etc.). Projecting is an inexact endeavor but it is fun as hell to do and fun to read about and think about when you’re prepping for your upcoming draft. The point of this series is to get you thinking about all the possibilities on each team so you have all the information you need to build a championship team. Good luck.

ARIZONA CARDINALS

The Cardinals are a tough nut to crack but let’s start with the obvious, David Johnson. DJ’s skills in the passing game, as well as his elite running prowess once again, will have him in the Top 5 in fantasy drafts. Owners last year were devastated by his injury, but that was then and this is now. He’s almost a virtual lock for 1500 yards from scrimmage and double-digit touchdowns making him a team anchor in both standard and PPR formats. Kerwyn Williams and Elijhaa Penny are your backups here but neither will be worth rostering outside of a DJ injury.

At quarterback, things get real dicey. Sam Bradford is a good QB. Yes, I will repeat that: Sam Bradford is a good QB, BUT, he can’t stay healthy. He’s spent so much time on the injured reserve that the NFL owners are considering renaming it “Sam’s List”. As long as he’s healthy, he’ll be able to sling the ball around but given the question marks on the Cardinals offensive line, I don’t think Bradford is going to be able to stay on the field long. Enter 2018 1st round pick, Josh Rosen. Rosen’s talent was never questioned much ahead of the draft, it was his personality and ability to lead a team to victory that kept him down draft boards. We don’t much care about those things in fantasy, just whether he can deliver the ball to his receivers and he can do that. There will be growing pains with Rosen, but he’ll have plenty of good days to go with bad days. I’m staying away from Bradford in most leagues, but I’ll take a flier on Rosen once he takes over if I need some help at QB. I’ve projected Bradford at 9-10 games and Rosen at 6-7.

Bradford and Rosen should do enough to keep Larry Fitzgerald fed in the WR corps, as I have him returning to 100/1000 this year. After Fitz, there is a wide open spot for someone to step up on this team and post strong #2 numbers and I think that person will be rookie Christian Kirk. Kirk is a playmaker who can play inside and outside. While JJ Nelson will undoubtedly rip off his share of big plays, Kirk is the greater talent here. Brice Butler came over from Dallas and may show up from game to game, but I believe this will be the Fitzgerald and Kirk show and would draft both confidently. Jermaine Gresham and Ricky Seals-Jones round out the receiving options at tight end. Gresham may develop a chemistry with the duo of QB’s who will be looking for quick dump off passes so he is worth watching, but I don’t have either as a Top 15 fantasy TE.

2018 Projected Stats:

NAME POSITION CMP ATT PASS YD PASS TD INT RU YD RU TD
Sam Bradford QB 190 300 2175 14 7 35 0
Josh Rosen QB 170 290 2010 13 10 65 1

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
David Johnson RB 290 1315 12 65 700 4 4
Kerwyn Williams RB 30 120 1 5 60 0 0
Elijhaa Penny RB 45 190 1 2 10 0 0

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Larry Fitzgerald WR 0 0 0 100 1100 6 1
JJ Nelson WR 3 30 0 35 545 3 0
Brice Butler WR 0 0 0 20 300 1 0
Christian Kirk WR 0 0 0 50 605 5 1
Jermaine Gresham TE 0 0 0 35 345 2 0
Ricky Seals-Jones TE 0 0 0 15 165 1 0
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