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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: Cole Beasley Equals Dokie Williams

December 16, 2014 | by Josh Johnson | Comments Comments Off
After Bortles’ many INTs, those with slightly better options might be cutting ties. Jacksonville is bad but can it truly get any worse? Bortles is not Blaine Gabbert, because he can actually move in the pocket. The future is worth the gamble. Weapons are in place and time is not of the essence. Bortles and the Jags can suffer through another bad season and he can still improve as QB. Nab him now in dynasty formats and save yourself a sock full of quarters later. So you might slam that sock fearlessly against a brick wall. Or, you might not and your patience will reap middle of the pack results.
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Start ‘em, Sit ‘em: Colin Kaepernick Will Press

November 6, 2014 | by Josh Johnson | Comments (2)
Davis is an unknown commodity for Week 10. Facing a Cardinals defense that has allowed more passing yards than any other team Davis should shine this weekend. In the first eight starts of his career, he has already thrown for 300 yards and three touchdowns twice and we have no doubt Week 10 will mark number three.
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2013 NFL Wire Troll All-Stars

January 14, 2014 | by Josh Johnson | Comments (2)
As we scour the boxscores each week for your convenience, we emerge with some likely candidates to fill your week spots. As be it with any educated mind we have made some great suggestions and now we would like to reflect on what we feel were the best of them. Chances are if you landed a few of these players off your waiver wire early on, you did pretty darned well this season.
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The Wire Troll: John Beck Making Progress in D.C.

October 25, 2011 | by Buck Davidson | Comments Comments Off
Injuries have played a huge role in shaping the Fantasy football landscape this season, and this week the Washington Redskins took an especially hard hit, losing both their top runner and receiver to maladies that will sideline them for an extended period. The backfield situations in Arizona and Denver are also in flux, so opportunities for waiver-wire wizardry abound in these three locales. Elsewhere, many quality players may be sitting on your league wire as a result of being dropped for their bye weeks; be sure to have a close look and make that claim if you see a player that can help your Fantasy cause.
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