Top 5 Arizona Cardinals Players To Target in Fantasy Football

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Arizona Cardinals Top Five Fantasy Players To Target

Arizona Cardinals Top Five Fantasy Players To Target
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It’s almost fantasy football season. I know, I’m inappropriately excited for it too.

That means we all have the next few weeks to pour over every NFL team’s depth chart and find where the fantasy value will be. Some teams are easy. We know what we’re going to get out of them. But one interesting team heading into the 2013 year is the Arizona Cardinals.

Just a few years removed from a Super Bowl appearance, it’s been rough recently in Arizona on all fronts, and especially so in fantasy land.

But this year, things are going to be different. After a few failed experiments at quarterback, the Cardinals brought in Carson Palmer this spring. That immediately makes not only Palmer relevant in fantasy leagues, it brings the entire passing game back to the draft board.

Larry Fitzgerald will be the most obvious beneficiary of Palmer being under center, but the rest of the receiving corps will too. Fitzgerald was, once upon a time, a top-five fantasy receiver. He might not get back to that level this year, but he’s a worthy number-two fantasy option at worst.

Not to mention the room a viable passing game will bring to the running game. Palmer throws a great deep ball, which will open up the running lanes for the Cardinals backs.

It’s going to be an interesting year in Arizona football this fall. For the first time in a few years, fantasy owners will have their eyes on the southwest.

These are the five players for the Cardinals who are going to be the most valuable in fantasy leagues this year.

Ben Sullivan is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bensullivan52. “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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5. Rashard Mendenhall

Rashard Mendenhall
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Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is looking to bounce back from two disappointing years and get back to his 1,000-yard performances that he had in 2009 and 2010.

He’ll need to battle with second-year running back Ryan Williams for carries. But if he can stay healthy, his experience should be the difference. A strong, quick back, Mendenhall has shown he has what it takes to be a productive back before.

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4. Michael Floyd

Michael Floyd
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An interesting prospect last year, the former first-round pick out of Notre Dame had a disappointing season. But this year, he’s ready for a breakout season.

Michael Floyd finished his rookie year strong with an eight catch, 166-yard performance in the final week of the season.

Floyd will fight for playing time and likely end up as the third receiver for the Cardinals. But if he earns the number-two job, he’ll see a dramatic increase in his statistics in his second season.

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3. Andre Roberts

Andre Roberts
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After breaking into the league as a punt returner in 2010 after being a third-round draft pick, Andre Roberts has seen his numbers increase every season, despite the lack of quality quarterback play for the Cardinals.

Roberts has found a role as the slot receiver for Arizona, and is primed for a big year in 2013 with the addition of Carson Palmer.

Last year, Roberts caught 64 balls and scored five touchdowns. Look for him to continue the trend of increasing those numbers in 2013.

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2. Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The quarterback position has been a problem for the Cardinals for a while now.

Things should be different this year. After failed experiments with guys like Kevin Kolb and Ryan Lindley, the Cardinals signed veteran Carson Palmer this year to give them an immediate upgrade at the quarterback position.

Look for him to hook up with All Pro wideout Larry Fitzgerald downfield early and often.

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1. Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Larry Fitzgerald has been one of the most talented receivers in the league for a number of years now. But since Kurt Warner retired, he’s been in a kind of football jail. The addition of Carson Palmer this year changes all that.

With Palmer under center for the Cardinals, Fitzgerald will again be a factor in fantasy leagues this fall. Palmer throws a great deep ball, and Fitzgerald is one of the best in the league at going up and getting the ball down the field.

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Arizona Cardinals Top Five Fantasy Players To Target

Arizona Cardinals Top Five Fantasy Players To Target
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s almost fantasy football season. I know, I’m inappropriately excited for it too.

That means we all have the next few weeks to pour over every NFL team’s depth chart and find where the fantasy value will be. Some teams are easy. We know what we’re going to get out of them. But one interesting team heading into the 2013 year is the Arizona Cardinals.

Just a few years removed from a Super Bowl appearance, it’s been rough recently in Arizona on all fronts, and especially so in fantasy land.

But this year, things are going to be different. After a few failed experiments at quarterback, the Cardinals brought in Carson Palmer this spring. That immediately makes not only Palmer relevant in fantasy leagues, it brings the entire passing game back to the draft board.

Larry Fitzgerald will be the most obvious beneficiary of Palmer being under center, but the rest of the receiving corps will too. Fitzgerald was, once upon a time, a top-five fantasy receiver. He might not get back to that level this year, but he’s a worthy number-two fantasy option at worst.

Not to mention the room a viable passing game will bring to the running game. Palmer throws a great deep ball, which will open up the running lanes for the Cardinals backs.

It’s going to be an interesting year in Arizona football this fall. For the first time in a few years, fantasy owners will have their eyes on the southwest.

These are the five players for the Cardinals who are going to be the most valuable in fantasy leagues this year.

Ben Sullivan is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bensullivan52. “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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5. Rashard Mendenhall

Rashard Mendenhall
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is looking to bounce back from two disappointing years and get back to his 1,000-yard performances that he had in 2009 and 2010.

He’ll need to battle with second-year running back Ryan Williams for carries. But if he can stay healthy, his experience should be the difference. A strong, quick back, Mendenhall has shown he has what it takes to be a productive back before.

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4. Michael Floyd

Michael Floyd
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

An interesting prospect last year, the former first-round pick out of Notre Dame had a disappointing season. But this year, he’s ready for a breakout season.

Michael Floyd finished his rookie year strong with an eight catch, 166-yard performance in the final week of the season.

Floyd will fight for playing time and likely end up as the third receiver for the Cardinals. But if he earns the number-two job, he’ll see a dramatic increase in his statistics in his second season.

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3. Andre Roberts

Andre Roberts
Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

After breaking into the league as a punt returner in 2010 after being a third-round draft pick, Andre Roberts has seen his numbers increase every season, despite the lack of quality quarterback play for the Cardinals.

Roberts has found a role as the slot receiver for Arizona, and is primed for a big year in 2013 with the addition of Carson Palmer.

Last year, Roberts caught 64 balls and scored five touchdowns. Look for him to continue the trend of increasing those numbers in 2013.

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2. Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The quarterback position has been a problem for the Cardinals for a while now.

Things should be different this year. After failed experiments with guys like Kevin Kolb and Ryan Lindley, the Cardinals signed veteran Carson Palmer this year to give them an immediate upgrade at the quarterback position.

Look for him to hook up with All Pro wideout Larry Fitzgerald downfield early and often.

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1. Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Larry Fitzgerald has been one of the most talented receivers in the league for a number of years now. But since Kurt Warner retired, he’s been in a kind of football jail. The addition of Carson Palmer this year changes all that.

With Palmer under center for the Cardinals, Fitzgerald will again be a factor in fantasy leagues this fall. Palmer throws a great deep ball, and Fitzgerald is one of the best in the league at going up and getting the ball down the field.


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