Ever since the departure of quarterback Kurt Warner and wide receiver Anquan Boldin, the only person with any fantasy football value on the Arizona Cardinals team has been Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals were so bad that last year Fitzgerald, who is one of the most athletic receivers to ever play the game, struggled to produce anything of fantasy relevance. For reasons that are pretty obvious, I do not like to pick players from teams like that because you have no idea what to expect. This season, however, is a very different one. The team has a new offensive minded coach, a steady quarterback in Carson Palmer and a new mentality to go along with it.
Week 1 of the NFL and fantasy seasons showed owners why they need to invest in some Cardinals players to help their team. I know, I know, the Cardinals lost their opening game, but the best part is that does not matter in fantasy football! Larry Fitzgerald led the way with eight catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns. This is the Larry Fitzgerald that we have come to know and love! His teammates at the position had a pretty good game as well. Andre Roberts brought in eight passes for 97 yards while Michael Floyd had 82 yards receiving. The yardage stats alone show that this team is committed to throwing the football.
Now many of you may worry, especially since it is the Cardinals, that this team may not put these numbers up every week, but please do not worry. The best thing about the Cardinals throwing the football is that they are going to do it to win games, and if they are down in games they will continue to air it out. This holds especially true against division rivals the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks.
So when you are looking to invest in some free agents this week and some Cardinals’ players are available, invest in them with confidence. Coach Bruce Arians has thrown everywhere he has been (i.e. Pittsburgh and Indianapolis), and he will continue with this team, especially with the weapons that he has at wide receiver.