The Arizona Cardinals offensive unit has not changed much over the past year. The team finished the 2013 NFL season as the 13th ranked passing offense in the NFL, so it’s not like the passing offense was in need of much tweaking in the offseason. The Cardinals’ passing game should receive a boost from second-year running back Andre Ellington, who will be taking on a more prominent role in the backfield. That being said, there are some changes that should occur in the fantasy football realm for some of Arizona’s receivers in 2014.
Larry Fitzgerald has been one of the top wide receivers in the NFL for the last decade. He will be turning 31 in August and the fact that he is carrying such a high cap hit may see Arizona look to cut him or trade him at the end of the season. The fact that Fitzgerald is playing in his contract year may motivate him to prove that he is still a fantastic possession receiver at his age. The coaching staff wants to turn him into a receiver who works the inside more now that he is getting older, which will eliminate many of the deep plays that balloon his fantasy value. This should drop his value a bit and he should be viewed by fantasy owners as a high-end WR-2 attached with a bit of risk.
On the other side of the field, big things are expected this season out of third-year Michael Floyd. Since Fitzgerald will be dropping into a more underneath role, Floyd will be expected to stretch the field, which will do wonders for his fantasy value. Fantasy owners should think of him as a WR-2 just like Fitzgerald, however, Floyd should have more upside than his teammate.