Heading into last season, the Arizona Cardinals were not only being discussed as a Super Bowl team, but the weapons on offense were being drafted very high in drafts. Unfortunately, the team did not produce anywhere near their expectations, save one running back of course!
Must Draft Players
- David Johnson – Running Back
- Larry Fitzgerald – Wide Receiver
If you had David Johnson on your fantasy team at the end of 2015, you probably won the championship. If you took David Johnson in drafts last year, you also probably won your championship. Johnson scored 25.7 points per game on average for owners last season, and it would have probably been higher if he didn’t get hurt in the final game of the season. The only player to perform better on a per game basis was Le’Veon Bell. You’re not going to hear anyone argue with him being the number one pick in drafts this year.
Larry Fitzgerald is the real Iron Man if you ask me. For someone who plays a position where you have to give up your body a lot to catch the ball, he has missed 6 games in his 13-year career. In those 13 seasons, he has also been a dominant receiver. He has averaged 87 receptions for 1,107 yards and 8 touchdowns. Throughout his career, he has eclipsed 100 receptions 4 times, 1,400 yards 3 times and double digit touchdowns 5 times. This is likely the last year that Larry Fitzgerald will lace up his football cleats, and you can bet he goes out in a blaze of glory!
Players You Should Be Drafting
- Carson Palmer – Quarterback
Carson Palmer has found a great fit in Arizona with Bruce Arians. In three years where he has played the entire season (he missed most of 2014 with a knee injury), he has averaged 4,393 yards and 28 touchdowns. The biggest arguments against Carson Palmer are that he’s old (37) and that he throws a lot of interceptions (16) each year. Like Fitzgerald, this is likely Palmer’s last year, so I bet he will do everything he can to get the Cardinals to the Super Bowl.
Players You Could Draft If Your Rosters are Deep
- John Brown – Wide Receiver
- J. Nelson – Wide Receiver
- Jermaine Gresham – Tight End
The Cardinals’ roster is filled with wide receivers that could have promise. The passing game will run through Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson as the combined for 270 of the 646 passes thrown last year. There is a lot of promise for John Brown and J.J. Nelson as they did combine for 73 receptions for 1,085 yards and 8 touchdowns. While someone else could step up to the be the second receiver for the Cardinals, my money is that it’s either Brown or Nelson.
Jermaine Gresham showed sparks that he could be a fantasy relevant tight end in 2016. The issue is that he’s really good at blocking and David Johnson needs all the blockers he can get. Gresham could be a bye week replacement, but that might be it.
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