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Arizona Suffers Tough Loss in Opener

September 13, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Bruce Arians' Arizona Cardinals lost in Week One.
Bruce Arians made some questionable play calls in Week One. (David Kadlubowski/azcentral sports)

The Arizona Cardinals lost their opener on Sunday night, 23-21 to a New England squad that was led by Jimmy Garoppolo, starting for suspended Tom Brady.

Yes, it was still the Pats, but to suffer an opening week loss at home against an undermanned team (Rob Gronkowski was also out) is a tough pill to swallow for an Arizona squad that had the best offense in the NFL last season (it was obvious to Head Coach Bruce Arians that he had something special on his hands last summer, as you can see in the video below). The fact that the Cards were +2 in turnovers yet still couldn’t rally for the win is disappointing and is sure to cause some of those who are projecting this team as a Super Bowl contender to pause.

Still, given that Arizona’s superb offense returns intact it’s going to spell trouble for the rest of the NFC, so you might want to avoid using your Fantasy defense against this unit. And despite the tough setback, it was a fine Fantasy day for several individual Cardinals as the team racked up 344 yards of offense and 21 first downs.

New England slowed the Card attack early on before QB Carson Palmer got going, leading the team to back-to-back touchdown drives in the second half and another drive that could have resulted in the game-winning field goal.

Palmer completed 24 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns without being picked, pretty much right on par with his typical performance during his career year in 2015.

Sophomore running back David Johnson was also held in check for most of the game, but a 45-yard gain helped salvage his performance (16 carries, 89 yards, one touchdown). Clearly, even with Chris Johnson (one carry) and Andre Ellington (zero) in the lineup, Johnson is the go-to option in the Cardinal run game, so use him with confidence.

Veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald just keeps on keeping on. He was targeted 10 times, hauling in eight catches for 81 yards and a pair of scores. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s 100 career touchdown receptions for Fitzgerald. He’s just the 10th receiver in NFL history to reach the century mark, and his next score will land him in sole possession of eighth place, ahead of Tim Brown and Steve Largent. Expect Fitzgerald to remain Palmer’s favourite target.

Fellow receiver John Brown, on the other hand, did not enjoy his season debut. He dealt with concussion issues last month, so was clearly rusty, catching just one of his four targets. It was an inauspicious start to his third year (which still holds great significance for wide receivers), but hang in there, as Brown is sure to see more targets as the season progresses.

We’re expecting the Cards to have a much easier go off it in Week Two against Tampa Bay, so be sure to have all hands on deck for your Fantasy squads.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below how you see this season shaking out for the Arizona Cardinals.

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The Wire Troll: Cristhian Adames Battling For PT

September 11, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Yes, he strikes out a lot and doesn’t exactly hit for a good BA, but middle infielders that flirt with 20 homers in less than half a season don’t exactly grow on trees. Schimpf is an extreme flyball hitter. In fact, no one in baseball with at least 250 plate appearances is close to what he’s doing in that regard. But you add in his runs and his overall extra-base pop, and we can’t understand why this dude isn’t getting more Fantasy love.
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MLB Today: Lonnie Chisenhall Has Found His Niche

September 9, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Yes, Chisenhall will mostly sit against lefties (so bear that in mind in daily move leagues), but the fact he still qualifies at third base is a nice bonus, for the rest of the season anyways. Despite starting the year on the DL, he’s seen more action and has responded with a slugging percentage more fitting for a corner outfielder. Chisenhall seems to have found his niche as a solid platoon player, and the fact that he’s on the strong side of it gives him some value.
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Francisco Cervelli Hurting

September 7, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Given how badly the Pirates are struggling lately — thanks to eight straight losses, they’re now 5.5 back of the second place Cards in the NL Central and the second Wild Card slot — they can ill afford to be without their No. 1 catcher for long.
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New York Mets Right Back in Playoff Race

September 5, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
While the division crown is likely too big a mountain to climb, with the Cardinals slipping, the Mets are suddenly just one game back of the second Wild Card slot.
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