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Week 14
December 06, 2016
 

Arizona Cardinals

NFC West

2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    NE @ ARI

    09/11/16

    9:30 pm

  • Week 2

    TB @ ARI

    09/18/16

    4:00 pm

  • Week 3

    ARI @ BUF

    09/25/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    LAR @ ARI

    10/02/16

    5:30 pm

  • Week 4

    ARI @ SF

    10/06/16

    8:30 pm

  • Week 6

    NYJ @ ARI

    10/17/16

    8:30 pm

  • Week 7

    SEA @ ARI

    10/23/16

    8:30 pm

  • Week 8

    ARI @ CAR

    10/30/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 9

    bye

  • Week 10

    SF @ ARI

    11/13/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 11

    ARI @ MIN

    11/20/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    ARI @ ATL

    11/27/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    WAS @ ARI

    12/04/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 14

    ARI @ MIA

    12/11/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    NO @ ARI

    12/18/16

    4:00 pm

  • Week 16

    ARI @ SEA

    12/26/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 17

    ARI @ LAR

    01/01/17

    4:30 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Arizona Cardinals - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Don’t sleep on the Cardinals this year. There is some real talent on this offense. Interestingly enough, the Cardinals face a tough strength of schedule for QBs (#21), but fairly decent for WRs (#10).  Palmer is going to need some help, and for the first time in a long time, he just might have the weapons around him to break back into the top 10 for fantasy QBs. Once upon a time, Palmer called that area his stomping ground. In 2005 he was the #1 fantasy QB, one year later he ranked #5, and in 2007 he was #9. He has the best chance since then to crack the top 10. Pyro pegs him as a sleeper, although I don’t know if he really qualifies as such. He is more like a MILF. He was definitely hot at one time, some years have passed since then, but he is still do-able. 




 


Last year was his first year with the Cardinals and thus his first year in the Bruce Arians offense. Arians, who likes to have his QBs do long drops in order to run a wide receiver deep, has accommodated Palmer’s style. Last year, we saw more three step drops, quicker reads, and of course, he uses the tight ends primarily as a blocking position. How did this work for Palmer? He put up 4,274 yards, the most of his career (Palmer came into the league in 2004). Those numbers should increase as does Palmer’s familiarity with the system. Last year, Palmer completed 362 passes, the most since 2007. He threw 24 TDs with 22 INTs. He needs to reduce the interceptions. They accounted for – 44 points, tied for the worst out of the top 20 fantasy QBs. Looking at his 2013 fantasy points, while the INTs are not good, his points from yards are exceptional. Generally, you want a guy who relies on his fantasy value from yardage, not TDs, as they are just too hard to replicate. Palmer’s yardage accounted for 78.7% of his fantasy value. That is the highest out of the top 20 QBs. If he can manage the turnovers, and just toss a few more TDs, he can crack the top 10. That is a great value. As of mid-August, his ADP shows him going after guys like Andy Dalton and Johnny Manziel. Pyro likes Palmer better than both of those cats. Pairing Palmer with a Cutler or a Tannehill could make for a winning combination.


 


 


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Larry Fitzgerald is undoubtedly a stand up guy. However, while we like his character, Pyro does not have him ranked inside their top 20 this year. He finished last season ranked at fantasy WR #16. One of the reasons I like Palmer is the very reason I am leery of Fitz. Last year, Larry was touchdown dependant for his fantasy value. In fact, no other WR in the top 20 was more touchdown dependant than him. TDs accounted for 38.9% of his fantasy value. Last year, he had 10 touchdowns. The year before, he had 4. This just shows you how unpredictable touchdowns can be. If you want to dissect the TD Dependency chart for yourself, it is just 1 of the 19 tabs available on the latest version of the draft kit. Plus, you get extra pieces like the multiple draft manifestos, relevant rookies, and more.




 


There is no question that Larry is a durable player. However, he is just not as dependable as he once was. Last year was the second year in a row he failed to gain over 1,000 yards. While he will still get you catches, last year he had 82, he is not used as the down field threat he once was. That role has been passed to Floyd. I still like Larry in PPR leagues. Just be aware, he seems to be targeted less as Floyd’s looks are on the rise. Larry was targeted just 136 times last year. That is the lowest number of targets he has been given since 2006. Larry is being overvalued. He still has the big name recognition. As of mid-August, his ADP shows him going in the 4th round for 12 team leagues. He is being drafted as the 17th WR off the board. That is too high for a guy who may not end up in the top 20 this year. 


 


 


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Quite frankly, there is only room for one Arizona receiver to fit in the fantasy top 20. Like I said, that player is not Larry Fitz. This is the first year Pyro is ranking Michael Floyd ahead of Fitzgerald. Last year, Floyd came in at WR #23 in fantasy. He actually had more yards than Fitz 1,054 to 954. Once again, Larry ranked higher primarily due to his scoring, which as discussed, is not the stat to use when building a team. A much better indicator is the percentage of points coming from yardage. In Floyd’s case, that is 77.8%, which is 5th highest for the top 25 ranked receivers from last year. The fact is, Floyd catches passes at almost exactly the same percentage rate than Fitzgerald does, and he is several yards further downfield when he is targeted. This is one of my favorite ways to identify a good receiver.  Floyd’s catch percentage is 61.1%, to Larry’s 61.2%. However, on average, Larry is only 7.12 yards down field when he is targeted and Floyd is 9.76 yards downfield. The boy has the skills and could possibly get near the top 10. As of mid-August, his ADP has him going behind Fitzgerald and guys like Roddy White and Andre Johnson, all of whom are Pyro ranks below Michael Floyd. His ADP has him going in the 5th round as WR. That spells a great value for you. 


 


 


 


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So there has been some scuttlebutt about John Brown. I am not referring to the anti-war ballad by Bob Dylan.


 


 







 


 


Nor am I referring to the reggae dub band, or even the famed abolitionist. I am talking about the rookie WR out of Pittsburgh State. Brown has a slight frame, 5’11” and 179 pounds. These dimensions don’t instill confidence, but hopefully, no one will be able to catch the kid. Brown is a burner with 4.34 speed.  He reminds me of T.Y. Hilton. He could be a crucial piece in this offense if he supplants Ted Ginn at the #3 spot. Brown was a surprising third round pick that has been sensational in camp. He has played himself from a special teams guy into the lineup. If you want to dominate your league, you have to pay attention to training camp news like this. Houdini goes deeper into this under the radar guy and other camp news and notes on the podcast: episode 25, show 138 “Training Camp Insight for all 32 Teams”.




 


 


 



 


 


The other WR to note is Ted Ginn. He is currently their special teams return man. Last year, he had 36 receptions for 556 yards and 5 receiving TDs. Both Ginn and Brown are ranked in the 90’s as of version 4 of the draft kit. You pretty much know what you are getting out of Ginn, who has a low ceiling. Between the two, I would rather roll with Brown. At the very end of the draft, you want to take a flyer on guys who are unproven, who might just pop. We have not seen Brown’s ceiling, he could be one of those guys that lights it up out of nowhere. Keep watching the preseason. The best way to get a feel for guys is to see some tape on them.


 


 







 


 


If you were downloading the Pyro podcast last year, than chances are you had Andre “the Duke” Ellington on your team. He was just another one of those guys that Pyro unearthed far before his name was mentioned anywhere else. Damn, the Duke sure can play!


 


 







 


 


Ellington finished the season as the 24th best fantasy RB. That is impressive considering he did not play at all in week 1 and he was not given double digit carries until the 8th game. In fact, the only problem was the fact that he did not get the ball enough. It was almost maddening to see how effective he was and yet the coaching staff did not utilize him. In his 2013 rookie season, Ellington ran the ball 118 times and totaled 652 rushing yards and scoring 3 rushing TDs. He averaged an amazing 5.53 yards per carry. Out of all running backs who carried the ball at least 100 times last year, Ellington’s 5.53 was the absolute highest. He also adds points in the passing game. He caught 39 balls for 371 yards and another TD. Of Ellington’s total fantasy value, 51.6% came from rushing yards. What is nice to see, especially in a PPR format, is the fact that his receiving yards accounted for 29.4% of his value. Out of the top 30 running backs, only four other players had a higher receiving yard value. He is a duel threat in the offense. Arians has talked about getting him the ball more this season, which was plainly obvious to everyone last year except, well, Arians. For some reason, last year Rashard Mendenhall got 217 carries for a whopping 3.2 yards per carry. Mendenhall is a thing of the past, and all signs look to point to a big year for “The Duke”. Without a doubt, he should receive a vast majority of the looks for the Cardinals this year.  If that happens, he can easily be a top 10 guy. Ellington is going smack in the middle of the 3rd round. That is just about right. The only worry is that Arians continues to under utilize “The Duke”. The flip side to that is the question. If he does see 20 -25 looks a game, will he be able to with stand the toll it takes on the body? At 5’10”, 199 pounds, he is not exactly an imposing figure. Regardless, the boy has amazing skills and could pay off big time in 2014.


 




Behind “The Duke”, the Cardinals have Stepfan Taylor. Taylor had one game last year where he carried the ball 14 times. Aside from that, the most carries he got in a game was 5. There were several games where he did not touch the ball at all. Listed at #3 on the depth chart currently is Jonathan Dwyer. However, chances are he moves into the #2 spot for the regular season. Dwyer is entering his 5th year. The last two years in a row, he averaged 4 yards a carry. There were a couple games in 2012 that he showed flashes, but nothing ever materialized. Although he is a big back and one would think he would have a nose for the end zone, the dude has scored only 2 TDs in his career. Here is the thing: Dwyer comes from Pittsburgh and was there for a while under Bruce Arians. The two are familiar with one another. We all saw what Arians did with Mendenhall last year. If you do draft “The Duke” it would not be crazy to pick yourself up a Dwyer voodoo doll just in case Bruce gets some crazy notions and wants to get cute like he did last year. Really though, Ellington is just too good not to play, Arians is talking a good talk as of right now, but none the less, keep that doll handy just in case.


 


 


As far as the tight end position goes, they have John Carlson, who comes from a long line of talented pass catching Notre Dame tight ends. The Cardinals have the 31st ranked schedule at the position. When asked about how he might utilize his tight end as a pass catcher in his offensive scheme, Arians responded: “Wait, you mean those guys are allowed to run routes?” Alright, so maybe those weren’t his EXACT words, but it is unfortunate for Carlson, who really does have nice hands and can run a clean route, that he is playing in a system that ignores the tight end in the passing game.


 


 


Defensively, they should finish just outside the top 5 inside the top 10. 


 




 


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Birds of Prey: The 2008 Cardinals

Ken Wisenhunt was hired after the firing of Dennis Green and led the team to an 8-8 record in his first season at the helm. 2007 was a season with a mash up of Kurt Warner and Matt Leinart at quarterback that would eventually be their undoing. The 2008 season began much more promising as Kurt Warner was named the starter from week one and the Cardinals would begin the season 7-3. The 2008 Cardinals Team was a group that finished the season with a 9-7 record but everyone knew they did not want to play them going into the playoffs. Kurt Warner would end up starting all sixteen games in 2008 and complete 402 of his 599 attempts for 4,582 yards and 30 touchdowns to 14 interceptions.

The 2008 Cardinals featured a number of future hall of famers starting with Kurt Warner to Edgerrin James to the dynamic duo on the outside of Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston who although not a hall of famer racked up over 1,000 yards receiving. Edgerrin James would be slowed by injuries all season long and finish with just 514 yards on the ground and being used in a committee with rookie Tim Hightower who would punch in 10 touchdowns on the season in addition being the third down back and compiling 629 total yards. The passing attack however was not slowed as Larry Fitzgerald caught 96 passes for 1,434 yards and 12 touchdowns, Anquan Boldin caught 89 passes for 1,038 yards and 11 scores, and Steve Breaston added 77 catches for 1,003 yards and three trips to the endzone. All three receivers would finish the season as top 30 options in fantasy with Larry leading all receivers in standard scoring.

9-7 was good enough to win the NFC West in 2008 and get the fourth seed in the playoffs. The Cardinals would host the Falcons and the young gun Matt Ryan in the first round of the playoffs. The game had no shortage of aerial excellence as Warner would throw a 42 yard touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald and a 71-yarder to Anquan Boldin. The Cardinals would advance to the next round by a score of 30-24 and take on the number two seeded Carolina Panthers.

The Carolina Panthers were heavily favored going into the game but the Cardinals would provide a balanced offensive attack that would stun the Panthers. Hightower, James, and Fitzgerald would all score in the first half and Neil Rackers would tack on 4 field goals throughout the game on the way to a 33-13 victory on the road. Fitzgerald would set the franchise record for receiving yards in a postseason game with a stat line of 8 catches for 166 yards and a touchdown. The defense had also played much better than they had at any point during the season as they would force Jake Delhomme into six turnovers. The Cardinals would end up hosting the Eagles in the next round as they were the sixth seed that upset the number one seed New York Giants the previous week in what would be the Cardinals first NFC Championship game in their history.

The NFC Championship game started off in familiar fashion with Warner taking the team down the field after the opening kickoff and throwing a touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald. In the second quarter Warner would find Fitzgerald again, this time for a 62 yard score. Warner and Fitzgerald would hook up again for a one yard score before the half. The Cardinals would go into the half with a 24-6 lead but the Eagles would storm back after halftime and take a 25-24 lead. Warner would lead the Cardinals back in the fourth quarter and score on an eight-yard pass to Tim Hightower, then complete the two-point conversion to Ben Patrick.  Fitzgerald would finish the day with 152 yards receiving and three touchdowns. The Cardinals would hold on for the victory and secure the first Superbowl appearance in franchise history. Larry Fitzgerald caught 23 passes for a postseason record 419 yards and five touchdowns during their postseason run to the Superbowl.

Superbowl XLIII would feature the Arizona Cardinals against the Pittsburgh Steelers with Wisenhunt facing his former team in Tampa Bay. The Cardinals were looking to win their first NFL Championship since 1947, which is the longest drought in the NFL, while the Steelers were looking to become the first franchise to win six Superbowls. The Cardinals would start the game slow scoring only a touchdown through the first three quarters and also a costly interception that would be returned 100-yards by James Harrison just before the half. Trailing 20-7 at the start of the fourth quarter the Cardinals would storm back with 16 unanswered points that included a 64-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald. The Steelers got the ball back with 2:37 left in the game and marched 78 yards for a score with Santonio Holmes capping it off with a 6 yard touchdown catch that will go down as one of the best in Superbowl history. Holmes would be named the MVP after accounting for 73 of the final 78 yards and totaling 9 catches for 131 yards and this brilliant toe-dragging touchdown:

Fitzgerald would catch 7 passes for 127 yards and two scores in the Superbowl. His four game stretch in the Cardinals postseason that year is something to be marveled at as he caught 30 passes for 546 yards and seven touchdowns. The Cardinals were one of the more exciting teams to watch in the NFL that season and showed that the spread offense could work at the highest levels of football as they nearly secured a Championship if it weren’t for Santonio Holmes heroics on the final drive.


 







 


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Larry Legend of the Gridiron

Larry Fitzgerald is the best Cardinal Wide Receiver ever and it is not even close. Fitz leads the franchise in almost every receiving category including receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Fitz’s closest competitor for the top spot among Cardinal receivers belongs to former teammate Anquan Boldin, but Fitz is the unquestioned GOAT when it comes to the Cardinals.  Larry is known as one of the best pass catchers of his generation because of his polished route running, incredible catch radius, and unmatched hands. Larry Fitzgerald is so well respected among his peers that many of them strive to be invited to his receiver camp that is said to be the best in the business.

Larry has had some up and down play at the quarterback position but has been very good for his ten year NFL career to this point. Fitzgerald has compiled 846 catches for 11,367 yards and 87 touchdowns to this point in his career and is showing no signs of slowing down as he had a mild resurgence in 2013 with Carson Palmer at the helm. Fitz has caught over 100 passes twice in his career and has caught double digit touchdown passes in 5 seasons. Fitz’s best season came in 2008 with Kurt Warner as his quarterback, Fitz caught 96 passes for 1,431 yards and 12 touchdowns and helped the franchise to an eventual Superbowl birth. Larry Fitzgerald caught 23 passes for a postseason record 419 yards and five touchdowns during their postseason run.

Larry will go down as one of the best receivers of his generation along with teammate Anquan Boldin as they currently rank 28th and 29th on the all time receiving yards list, and to think these guys played together. Larry Legend is a name not commonly thrown around but for Fitzgerald it is fitting.


 


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They are who we thought they were!!!

Dennis Green was a very angry individual and it all came to a head when the Cardinals took on the Bears on Monday Night Football in October. The Bears entered the game undefeated at 5-0 and the Cardinals entered the game reeling at 1-4. The Cardinals would jump on the Bears with a 20 point lead at the half. The Cardinals had already defeated the Bears in Week 3 of the pre-season so they knew who they were and this rant ensued:


 







 


This rant along with the collapse itself was one of the reasons the Cardinals opted to fire Green after the season and hire Ken Wisenhunt. The rant has since been referenced many of times including being featured in a Coors light which can be seen here:


 







 


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Brown Another Victim of Sickle Cell



Pyro's take: Bruce Arians released today that John 'Smoke' Brown has sickle cell trait.

Fantasy Goo: Brown has been on a list of drop able players. Many players have shown strong comebacks though including Tevin Coleman this season in Denver. Brown still has a huge upside when healthy, hold him if you can.

11/30/16, 04:22 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: arizonasports.com

Mr Fitzgerald is Ready to Rock



Pyro's take: Larry Fitz had a full participation in Thursday's practice, although keeping the brace on his knee.

Fantasy Goo: Fitz remains the only consistent Cards WR, and remains a strong start in standard and PPR formats....The other WR's, Floyd is worth a stash, but stay away from starting anyone else until the can produce for multiple weeks consistently.

11/17/16, 03:36 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Nelson is #2 on the Cardinals Depth Chart



Pyro's take: Officially, Fitzgerald is 1, Nelson 2, followed by Michael at 3, and John Brown is 4.

Fantasy Goo: That said, in the last 4 games, Michael Floyd only has 4 targets. I'd rather roll Brown than Floyd, but honestly, I am not picking either. Nelson on the other hand, has 19 targets and 2 Tds in the last 2 games.

11/12/16, 10:59 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: twitter.com

DJ is a Huge Chalk Play in DFS in Week 10



Pyro's take: He is relatively cheap on the DFS sites. For example, on Draft Kings, he is just $8,400. Well if you are hoping for 3X value, that means you are aiming for him to get 25.2. David Johnson's Draft Kings average is 25 points. So essentially, the man is averaging 3X value.

Fantasy Goo: The Cardinals have the highest implied total of the week; they are expected to score 31 points. The 49'ers D is allowing a league-high 5.3 yards per carry. In cash games, DJ is a must start. In GPP, I could see pivoting away in a certain percentage of your games, but still, in cash, his floor is just too likely achieved and that right there is 3X value.

11/12/16, 11:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.nfl.com

Heat Check



Pyro's take: Head Coach, Bruce Arians is standing strong with Nelson as the WR2 behind Larry Fitz.

Fantasy Goo: Don't forget Nelson got 12 targets for 8 catches, 79 yards and two scores before the bye. San Fran looks to be getting blown out by their 13.5 point opening spread. With a 30.75 implied total for the Cards, David Johnson cant get all the scores...right? I guess he could, but if Nelson secures the role he has a promising future.

11/11/16, 04:31 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Both Arizona WRS to Go



Pyro's take: Floyd has been questionable all week but is slated to play. Jaron Brown was added to IR not long ago.

Fantasy Goo:
I like John Brown in this matchup. Floyd has been less and less apart of the game plan lately.

10/30/16, 11:12 AM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.nfl.com

David Johnson the Monster



Pyro's take: David Johnson's 334.4 standard point pace, would be the best season by a non-QB since Chris Johnson in 2009.

10/25/16, 03:52 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: pyromaniac.com

The arizona Brown Boys Health in Question



Pyro's take: Jaron is Questionable, and John Brown is listed as Doubtful.

Fantasy goo: Fitzgerald gets the boost here, but has a tough matchup versus Seattle. He will draw slot corner, Jeremy Lane. In his career against Seattle, Fitzgerald scores a TD in less than 50% of matchups and averages around 73 yards per game. But, considering they are seemingly out of real options, Palmer may have to feed Larry more than normal and is worth a flex flier.

10/23/16, 11:24 AM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.nfl.com

David Johnson torches the Jets



Pyro's take: David Johnson destroyed the Jets and while he has been matchup proof, this further reaffirms it. The Jets hadn't allowed 30 standard fantasy points to a running back since 2014. And that was Branden Oliver.

10/19/16, 05:35 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: pyromaniac.com

Carson Palmer Clears Concussion Protocol



Pyro's take: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was cleared to practice after suffering a concussion against the Rams.

Fantasy Goo: As expected, Carson Palmer will be back for the Cardinals' game against the Jets on "Monday Night Football."
The quarterback was cleared to exit the NFL's concussion protocol Tuesday. The Cardinals return to the practice field Wednesday. Barring an unexpected setback, Palmer will start against the Jets.
Carson had suffered the concussion late in the Cardinals' Oct. 2 loss to the Rams. He missed Thursday's victory in San Francisco, but coach Bruce Arians has said Palmer was close all along.
Palmer has thrown for 1,150 yards this season with six touchdowns and five interceptions in 2016.

10/11/16, 07:55 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.azcardinals.com

Arizona Cardinals TNF Injury Report 10/6/16



Pyro's take: Carson Palmer, QB, will not be available due to inability to be cleared from the concussion protocol.

Darren Fells, TE, is out with a shoulder injury tonight, leaving Jermaine Gresham the primary option at TE.

10/06/16, 01:38 PM CDT by Kenny Mills
Source: www.cardswire.usatoday.com

David Johnson RB1 ROS?

David Johnson is still averaging nearly a fantasy point per touch this season.He averaged 1.1 fantasy points per touch last season.

Pyro's take: David Johnson is still averaging nearly a fantasy point per touch this season.He averaged 1.1 fantasy points per touch last season.

09/26/16, 06:21 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: pyromaniac.com

David Johnson To Remain A Key Component In The Cardinals Passing Attack Even As Chris Johnson Returns To Health

Coming out of High school

Pyro's take: Coming out of High School, David Johnson was expected to be a wide receiver for UNI. The Cardinals' recognized that and plan to continue to take advantage of his dual threat talent.

Fantasy Goo: This isn't exactly breaking news, but it's encouraging that the Cardinals plan to keep using Johnson the same way they have the first two weeks of the season. There were questions coming into the year as to if he would continue to be the workhorse of that back field with Chris Johnson coming back from injury, so this hearing this news come from the Cardinals themselves is nothing but encouraging.

09/23/16, 11:06 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.azcardinals.com

Move Over Kreig, Lookout Montana

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Pyro's take: Carson Palmer needs just 1 more TD to reach 262 for his career. When this happens, he will move into 15th all time, just 11 behind number 14 all time, Joe Montana.

Fantasy Goo: His line should give him some help in 2016. PFF has their O-line preseason ranking as 16th overall. That would be an improvement. In 2015, they ranked 28th for pass blocking.


09/17/16, 08:05 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

An Oldie but a Goodie

Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the New England Patriots Sunday night, leading many Arizona Cardinals fans to wonder why the 33-year-old is planning on retiring after the season. Cardinals fans can relax.

Pyro's take: Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the New England Patriots Sunday night, leading many Arizona Cardinals fans to wonder why the 33-year-old is planning on retiring after the season. Cardinals fans can relax. Larry Fitzgerald has no plans to retire after this year.

Fantasy Goo: Larry had 5 touchdowns through last year’s first 3 games and then cooled off a little on the touchdown scoring. He is back at it again! Keep him in your lineups. Larry Legend of the pigskin has the respect of NFL fans and fantasy alike. Carson Palmer loves to pass the ball around so enjoy your stud. Many people like me were ready to bail on him but, Larry can still tighten his spikes and put a whoopin (whoopin = an ass kicking so bad that you failed at defending yourself) on the cornerbacks. The Cardinals have a wonderful offense and a stifling defense and should put up great point totals this year.


09/13/16, 07:22 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.yardbarker.com

John Brown Cleared For Practice

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Pyro's take: Arizona Cardinals beat writer Mike Jurecki is reporting that WR John Brown (concussion) has been medically cleared to practice on Sunday.

Fantasy Goo: Brown was cleared from the concussion protocol to resume football activities after missing three weeks of training camp and two preseason games. He is currently projected as the No. 2 wideout on Arizona's depth chart, but it is difficult to determine the roles of any of their receivers. In any week, Brown, Larry Fitzgerald or Michael Floyd could lead the team in receiving as the Cardinals tend to roll with the hot hand in their game plan.

08/22/16, 11:51 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: twitter.com

Chatter about RB David Johnson being the bell cow

My guess on touches this year: D. Johnson 60%, C Johnson 30%, A. Ellington 10%. – Fox Sports – Cardinals Insider

Pyro's take: My guess on touches this year: D. Johnson 60%, C Johnson 30%, A. Ellington 10%. – Fox Sports – Cardinals Insider

Fantasy Goo: This is that time of year when misinformation, guessing and bullshitting takes place. If David Johnson is the stud running back we are starting to believe he is then the Arizona coaching staff already knows this. When it counts David Johnson will be in the game. Will Chris Johnson “spell” David Johnson here and there? Of course, and if you remember, Chris Johnson has had a tough time finding a team in recent years. Most people did not think Chris Johnson could be much but Arizona helped Chris prove he can still play, but not as CJ2K any longer. Carson Palmer had another nice year slinging it which opens the running game. However, unless Arizona feels worried about David Johnson playing too much he will be the man. Bruce Arians said earlier in the year that David Johnson has a chance to be one of the all-time best running backs. So, if healthy, David should get the ball as much as possible. 60% is not enough.

06/09/16, 09:07 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

GM Steve Keim said it is "scary" to think how good David Johnson can be.

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Pyro's take: Click on Source link to hear what Keim says

Keim said Johnson was only "scratching the surface" in his explosive rookie year, and he believes Johnson is "truly a three-down back." Fox Sports 910's Mike Jurecki reported last week Johnson would serve as the 2016 "bellcow," and it sounds like Keim is comfortable with the young back in that role. Johnson should be one of the top five running backs of the board in 2016 fantasy drafts.--Rotoworld

02/17/16, 10:21 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.azcardinals.com

David Johnson (toe) is listed as probable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game

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Pyro's take: Mike Jurecki with the Friday practice report included in the source link.

01/23/16, 01:19 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Carson Palmer (finger) is listed as probable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Panthers.

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Pyro's take: Mike Jurecki with the Friday practice report. Please click the source link to view.

01/23/16, 01:17 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

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