Description: Arizona wide receiver Michael Floyd led the Cardinals with 55 yards receiving Thursday night against the Rams.
Insight: Floyd also drew a key pass interference penalty, not that it helped fantasy owners. If Drew Stanton is sidelined, Floyd, like the rest of the Cardinals receivers will be significantly downgraded.
Description: Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton left Thursday's game with a knee injury and will get an MRI Friday.
Insight: Ryan Lindley took over Thursday, but rookie Logan Thomas is also an option for Week 16 if Stanton's injury is serious. None of the options are fantasy worthy in Week 16 as they will face the defensing Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
Description: Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams rushed for 75 yards on 15 carries and caught two balls for 11 yards.
Insight: Williams rushed 19 times for 100 yards in Week 14, surprising the Chiefs and fantasy owners alike. He ran well Thursday night, given the lack of a passing threat. Unfortunately, that's likely to continue to be a problem the remainder of the season unless Brett Favre comes out of retirement.
Description: Just up from the practice squad, Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams surprised the Chiefs and fantasy owners by dominating the Cardinals running game.
Insight: Who? This came out of nowhere. Williams rushed 19 times for 100 yards. He's not versatile like Andre Ellington, but he was certainly a better option than Stepfan Taylor or Marion Grice. he should be very popular on the waiver wire.
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington is dealing with a hip pointer, and the injury is not believed to be serious.
Insight: Ellington could return for Week 14, with Week 15 being the latest he should return by. Look for him to miss practice on Wednesday, with Thursday's and Friday's sessions being important on whether Ellington is able to suit up on Sunday.
Description: Backup wide receiver Jaron Brown saw nine targets for a team-high 75 yards against the Falcons.
Insight: Brown will return to No. 4 on the depth chart as soon as Larry Fitzgerald returns next weekend so this is likely just a one-game thing. Fantasy owners shouldn't get excited and should leave him on the waiver wire.
Description: Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton threw for 294 yards and a touchdown in a lbad oss to Atlanta.
Insight: Stanton's Cardinals got down 17 point in the first quarter and he was forced to throw more than normal. He's only averaged 195 ypg this season and can't be depended upon to produce at this level on an every week basis, so his fantasy value is still at the low end.
Description: Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (knee) missed all three practices this week and according to Ian Rapoport it would take a miracle for him to play in Week 12.
Insight: He is dealing with a Grade 2 MCL sprain and though he has said he will try to go, he certainly won't be anywhere near 100 percent. Given his already reduced role as the "possession" receiver, we think John Brown and Michael Floyd are better wideout options.
Description: Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (knee) missed all three practices this week.
Insight: He is dealing with a Grade 2 MCL sprain and though he has said he will try to go, he certainly won't be anywhere near 100 percent. Given his already reduced role as the "possession" receiver, we think John Brown and Michael Floyd are better wideout options.
Description: The Arizona Cardinals signed quarterback QB Ryan Lindley off the San Diego Chargers practice squad.
Insight: He'll take the spot of Carson Palmer (injured reserve) on the roster, but he's proven he can't run an NFL offense except in extreme emergencies. He'll be behind Drew Stanton and Logan Thomas on the depth chart and has no fantasy value.
Description: It's official, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is done for the season due to a torn left ACL.
Insight: Palmer, who just agreed to a three-year, $50M contract extension, was placed on injured reserve. While the Cardinals may still be able to win under quarterback Drew Stanton, its doubtful he can put up Palmer-like fantasy numbers.
Description: Arizona wide receiver Michael Floyd had just one reception on four targets.
Insight: Floyd continues to frustrate fantasy owners. In Bruce Arians' offense, it is hard to predict which receivers will get the ball week-to-week, but Flolyd now appears to be behind both Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown.
Description: Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton is expected to be the guy to lead the 8-1 Cardinals from here on out after Carson Palmer injured a knee Sunday against St. Louis.
Insight: Stanton was 3-of-5 for 85 yards and a touchdown in leading the Cardinals to the win against the Rams. Stanton has three touchdown passes this season - all to John Brown. This is a great opportunity to show he is a starting NFL quarterback and he has plenty of weapons on offense. His fantasy value should be similar to Palmer's value.
Description: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will undergo further testing on Monday, but is believed to have a torn left ACL.
Insight: Palmer, who just agreed to a three-year, $50M contract extension, is likely done for the season. He injured the same knee nine years ago. Drew Stanton will take over the 8-1 Cardinals offense.
Description: Arizona wide receiver Michael Floyd continues to frustrate fantasy owners.
Insight: Floyd was again not really a part of the Cardinals attack. He did catch four passes for 36 yards this week. That's at least better than his zero catches last week. In Bruce Arians offense, it is hard to predict which receivers will get the ball week-to-week.
Description: Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald led the way in the passing game with five catches and 70 yards against the Cowboys.
Insight: Fitzgerald had two straight weeks of at least five catches and 70 yards. The Cardinals offense is not going to specifically target one wideout, but Fitzgerald is making big plays with the limited targets he gets.
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington is the definition of a workhorse back.
Insight: Fantasy owners got a scare before the season started with Ellington's foot issue. He has rarely been limited in any game. In Week 9 against the Cowboys, he had 25 touches, gained 134 yards and scored.
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington is active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
Insight: That's not really anything new. Backup running back Stepfan Taylor, however, is inactive, so Ellington's chances of scoring go up. Not that that really should effect any lineups as Ellington should be starting in all leagues.
Description: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was solid Sunday against Oakland, throwing for 253 yards and two scores.
Insight: The Arizona offense runs so much more efficiently with Palmer under center. He's thrown two touchdowns passes in all three games he's played this season. Oh, and the team is 3-0 under his direction.
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington saw another full workload, rushing 24 times and seeing nine targets.
Insight: Ellington rushed for 88 yards (3.7 ypc) and caught six for 72 yards, but failed to get into the end zone. Fantasy owners love the workload as long as his foot injury doesn't get any worse. They can't be happy that backup RB Stepfan Taylor scored twice.
Description: Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton has been cleared to play in Week 6 against the Redskins.
Insight: Stanton had to pass one more concussion test in order for doctors to give him the go-ahead to suit up. There is still a chance Carson Palmer gets the start for the first time since Week 1, but this news pretty much rules out Logan Thomas making his first career start in the NFL.
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington is a solid RB1 despite the quarterback situation in Arizona.
Insight: Ellington probably sees his stock rise because third-string quarterback Logan Thomas might start. The Redskins defense hasn't allowed many fantasy points to opposing backs this year, but they did allowed 225 rushing yards to Seattle at home. Ellington should see more than 20 touches on Sunday.
Description: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told azcardinals.com that quarterback Carson Palmer threw at Friday's practice and had "some decent velocity" on this passes.
Insight: Arians also added that for the first time in 20 years, he honestly does not know who is starting at quarterback. It is encouraging Palmer threw in some capacity at practice. He very well could get the starting nod with backup Drew Stanton still not fully cleared from his concussion.
Description: With Carson Palmer likely out for Week 6 and Drew Stanton still to undergo a concussion test, third-string quarterback Logan Thomas is taking all the first-team reps in practice this week.
Insight: Thomas did not look very good against the Broncos, going 1-for-8 but that pass went for 81 yards and a touchdown to Andre Ellington. The week of practice will likely help the rookie for this Sunday if he does indeed start against the Redskins. Thomas is not on the fantasy radar yet, but the bigger concern is whether Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd take a dip in value with Thomas under center.
Description: Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (concussion) has yet to pass his final test.
Insight: Stanton apparently is "feeling good", according to Darren Urban, but still has another step to get through, in the concussion protocol. Carson Palmer (shoulder) continues to look unlikely for Week 6 against Washington. Logan Thomas would get his first career start, if both Palmer and Stanton are unable to suit up.
Description: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was limited in Thursday's practice due to his shoulder issue and will be in Denver on Friday to receive treatment according to FOX Sports.
Insight: This makes Palmer unlikely for Week 6. With the Cardinals already having their bye, fantasy owners are likely growing impatient with Palmer, who still really doesn't know when he will be able to play.
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington was limited in Wednesday's practice because of his foot.
Insight: Ellington has not fully practiced all season because of his foot, so this really isn't a concern. Washington is a tough matchup, but Marshawn Lynch gained over 100 yards of offense and caught a touchdown pass, so Ellington is a low-end RB1 or high-end RB2.
Description: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (shoulder) got in a limited practice on Wednesday.
Insight: He has been throwing the past two days without any issues, but coach Bruce Arians indicated that Palmer would have to get in a full practice session to be declared eligible to start Sunday against the Redskins. Owners must monitor his progress as we move forward, this week.
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington couldn't get anything going in the running game, but his pass-catching skills saved fantasy owners.
Insight: Ellington rushed 16 times for just 32 yards, but caught four balls for 112 yards, including an 81-yard catch and run for a score. That's the advantage of having a RB who is also part of the passing packages.
Description: Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton will get another start in Week 5 against the Broncos.
Insight: Carson Palmer is still not healed from a nerve issue, which will allow Stanton to make his third start of the season. With Pamler's injury acting in an unpredictable way, Stanton could be Arizona's starter for the foreseeable future.
Description: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is seeking a second opinion on his shoulder.
Insight: Good news came out yesterday about Palmer throwing, as the nerve issue is in his throwing shoulder. However, things are certainly not right with him, and he should be considered extremely questionable to start Sunday at Denver. Drew Stanton will continue to fill in for the undefeated Cardinals.
Description: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said he will "definitely" be back following the team's Week 4 bye according to ESPN.
Insight: It sounds like Palmer is past the worst of the damaged nerve in his shoulder. He has tossed the ball around a little bit, and he hopes to finally throw for real later this week. However, do not expect Palmer's arm strength to return over night, which makes not only Palmer owners nervous but also Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and even Andre Ellington owners nervous as well.
Description: Cardinals ornerback Antonio Cromartie suffered a hyperentended knee and bone bruise in Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Insight: Cromartie will likely miss a few games, but at least he avoided any tears. Jerraud Powers will likely play across from All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson and that's where defenses will attack.
Description: Arizona wide receiver Michael Floyd was temporary starter Drew Stanton's favorite target seeing catching 5-of-9 targets for 114 yards.
Insight: Floyd appears to be the number one option in Arizona's passing attack ahead of veteran Larry Fitzgerald bouncing back from a disappointing Week 2 effort for his second 100-yard game in three contests.
Description: Arizona QB Carson Palmer has no idea when he'll be able to return to the field, but has already been ruled out for Week3.
Insight: "It's just one of those things you've just got to wait and hope it wakes up," he told the Arizona Republic. Drew Stanton started and won the game with the New York Giants in Week 2, though he wasn't fantasy worthy.
Description: Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton will be the starter in Week 3 while Carson Palmer tries to get over his shoulder injury.
Insight: Stanton was 14-of-29 for 167 yards and no scores against the New York Giants in his first start last Sunday. The Cardinals face the 49ers, so despite having two solid receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, we recommend staying away.
Description: Arizona wide receiver Michael Floyd had a down week during Sunday's victory over the Giants.
Insight: He had only one catch for 19 yards, but did have six targets. Floyd is now the number one option in Arizona's passing attack, but for however long Drew Stanton is under center, his production will be inconsistent. Floyd is still a WR2 moving forward.
Description: Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald led Arizona in receiving during the team's Week 2 victory.
Insight: Fitzgerald has clearly lost a step, and with Carson Palmer still on the shelf, owners could continue to be frustrated by Fitz's production. He had six catches for 51 yards on Sunday. Fitzgerald is WR3 for now, with WR2 potential.
Description: Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton figures to see another week under center while starter Carson Palmer tries to get over his shoulder injury.
Insight: Stanton was 14-of-29 for 167 yards and no scores against the Giants. The Cardinals have the 49ers next up on the schedule, so despite having two solid receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, we recommend staying away.
Description: Arizona QB Carson Palmer has no idea when he'll be able to return to the field.
Insight: "It's just one of those things you've just got to wait and hope it wakes up," he told the Arizona Republic. Drew Stanton started and won the game with the Giants, though he wasn't fantasy worthy.
Description: ESPN New York expects Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to shadow Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd.
Insight: That means Larry Fitzgerald will draw Walter Thurmond and Prince Amukamara covering him. It does not really change our expectations for Floyd this week, he is the No. 6 ranked WR for Week 2, but it proves that Floyd will likely have to deal with the opposition's top corner going forward.
Description: Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is pleased with the way running back Andre Ellington's foot responded to Monday night's 18 touches.
Insight: "A lot less sore than he though he was going to be," Arians said according to azcardinals.com. "It's much better than we hoped." Elllington missed practice on Wednesday, but he should get limited reps by Friday. As long as Arians keeps feeding Ellington the ball, which he should, plug Ellington into your lineup.
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (foot) survived Week 1 without his foot inury getting any worse.
Insight: He's back in a walking boot as he tries to get ready for Week 2. Ellington admitted he wasn't as quick as normal. "I had some quickness going from right to left, but it was a little harder going from left to right," he said after the game. Fantasy owners who jumped on Jonathan Dwyer came up empty in Week 1.
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (foot) is active for the season opener.
Insight: Despite all the rumors, including one that had him out 4-6 weeks, Ellington is in the lineup. He will likely be limited in some capacity so fantasy owners should start someone else if possible.
Description: XTRA 910 Arizon'a Mike Jurecki reports the Cardinals plan to work out Andre Ellington (foot) "hours before kickoff".
Insight: It appears Ellington is a true game-time dicision. If you were still planning on starting Ellington, running back Jonathan Dwyer is really your only other option. Even if Ellington plays, he will likely be limited in some capacity. Start someone else if possible.
Description: The latest rumor out of Arizona has Cardinals running back Andre Ellington not needing surgery after being examined by multiple doctors and possibly even playing Monday night, according to beat reporter Darren Urban.
Insight: Ellington's status for Week 1 is up in the air. The problem for fantasy owners is that it's the last game of the weekend and unless you have Jonathan Dwyer as a handcuff, you won't have many options should he not play.
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington was given an MRI after aggravating a foot issue and "could be out extended period of time," according to talk show host Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 in Arizona.
Insight: Ellington's status for Week 1, appears to be up in the air. Ellington had foot issues back at Clemson too. Backup Jonathan Dwyer can't do the things Ellington can do when healthy. This will require extensive follow up as we head into Week 1.
Description: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington was limited in Thursday's practice with a foot issue.
Insight: It's likely a minor ailment and at this point, fantasy owners don't have to worry about Ellington's status for Week 1, but it is something to monitor. Ellington had injury issues back at Clemson. Arizona also plays on Monday night, so owners might be pressured into making a decision a day before his game.
Description: Cardinals backup QB Ryan Lindley was released Monday.
Insight: The San Diego State product never proved he could play at the NFL level and playing in six games threw for a 52 percent completion rate with zero touchdowns and seven interceptions. Case closed. Drew Stanton will back up Carson Palmer.
Description: Former Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel is in Arizona to take a physical for the Cardinals.
Insight: The Cardinals are looking to find a replacement for Darnell Dockett after his season-ending knee injury. Keisel has played in a 3-4 defense and at 35-years-old may have something left in the tank.
Description: The Cardinals confirmed that Darnell Dockett has suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the entire 2014 season, according to Bob McManaman, azcentral sports.
Insight: Arizona's defense ranked sixth in yards allowed and seventh in points allowed last season, but top linebacker Daryl Washington is suspended for the entire 2014 season for substance abuse, safety Tyrann Mathieu is coming back from a torn ACL and now Dockett is done for the year. Be careful not to overvalue them on draft day.
Description: According to foxsports.com, the Cardinals believe that Darnell Dockett suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during Monday's practice.
Insight: Arizona's defense ranked sixth in yards allowed and seventh in points allowed last season, but top linebacker Daryl Washington is suspended for the entire 2014 season for substance abuse, safety Tyrann Mathieu is coming back from a torn ACL and now Dockett could be done for the year.
Description: Cardinals starting inside linebacker Kevin Minter has been dealing with a pectoral injury and may miss the remainder of the preseason, according to Mike Jurecki of 910 AM in Phoenix.
Insight: The Cardinals defense was very good last season, but they lost both starting inside linebackers (Daryl Washington to suspension, Karlos Dansby to free agency) in the offseason. Whether the remaining group can play at previously high levels in questionable.
Description: The Arizona Republic says the the Cardinals "would like to get the ball to (Andre Ellington) 20 or so times a game, but want to limit his carries inside the tackles."
Insight: Ellington is 5-foot-9 and roughly 200 pounds, but Jamaal Charles isn't much bigger and he has held up to the pounding over the past two seasons. Ellington is ticketed for 4-6 catches and 13-15 rushes per game and he also has been getting first-team reps in the red zone. He could easily outperform his third-round ADP.
Description: According to Dan Pompei of Sportsonearth.com, some in Cardinals camp think Michael Floyd will be the Cardinals' No. 1 receiver this season.
Insight: Floyd quietly had 1,041 yards to lead the team last season while Larry Fitzgerald, who turns 31 on Aug. 31, had 954 yards, though Fitzgerald had 10 touchdowns to Floyd's five. Now in his third season, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Floyd is in for a monster year.
Description: Arizona defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is hoping to begin practice in 2-3 weeks, according to an azcardinals.com report.
Insight: He's coming off an impressive rookie season that included 68 tackles and two interceptions. A likely scenario is that he starts the season on the reserve/PUP list and misses the first six games.
Description: Stepfan Taylor is listed ahead of Jonathan Dwyer as the No. 2 running back on Arizona's first depth chart of training camp.
Insight: Andre Ellington is expected to take on a larger role this season, but Taylor could receive goal-line work. Rashard Mendenhall was abysmal last season (217 carries, 3.2 ypc, one gain of 20+ yards, four fumbles), but he still scored eight times.
Description: Third-round selection John Brown is getting rave reviews, according to beat reporter Josh Weinfuss.
Insight: He's a small, fast receiver that GM Steve Keim recently called "uncoverable." Barring an injury to Larry Fitzgerald or Michael Floyd we wouldn't expect any fantasy-worthy numbers from Brown in 2014, but he might be worth a play in dynasty leagues.
Description: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said that Andre Ellington is ready to be the "bell cow" in Arizona's offense, according to Darren Urban of azcardinals.com.
Insight: Arizona coach Bruce Arians said in May that he expects Ellington to get 25-30 touches per game this season, which was an outrageous exaggeration. However, we may see him get 16-18, with 4-6 coming on receptions. GM Steve Keim estimated Thursday that Ellington has put on 8-10 pounds, which could take away some of his explosiveness. Ellington is going 15th among running backs at an ADP of 29.9, which is a good spot for him because he's not guaranteed to see goal-line work.
Description: Darren Urban from the Cardinals official website predicts Andre Ellington will get 20-22 touches per game.
Insight: Arizona coach Bruce Arians said last month that he expects Ellington to get 25-30 touches per game this season, which was an outrageous exaggeration, and it would be shocking if he averaged 20-22 touches per game as Urban is projecting. It would put the 5-foot-9 running back in the 320-350 territory, which would be close to what Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte and LeSean McCoy saw last season. Ellington will likely be closer to 15 touches per game than 22.
Description: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Andre Ellington is the team's No. 1 back and expects him to get 25-30 touches per game, according to Mike Jurecki of foxsports910.com.
Insight: The Cardinals keep publicly wavering on Ellington's role for 2014 -- first GM Steve Keim said that the team planned to use a multi-back offense, then Arians said the Cardinals want to build the offense around Ellington, then the coach said the team would monitor his workload and now he's projecting him to get 400-480 touches. Keep in mind LeSean McCoy led the NFL with 366 touches in 2013 and that Ellington is 5-foot-9 and 199 pounds. Look for the 25-year-old to actually get between 250-275 touches (200-220 carries, 40-60 catches).
Description: Former Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie has agreed to a one-year deal with Arizona. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Cromartie (38 tackles, three interceptions for the Jets last season) will set up shop across from All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson. Arizona's secondary should be among the best in the league next season.
Description: Ted Ginn signed a three-year contract with the Cardinals on Thursday.
Insight: Ginn will return kicks and replace Andre Roberts (signed with the Redskins) as Arizona's third receiver. He had 36 catches for 556 yards and five touchdowns last season, but it's wishful thinking that he'll approach those numbers with the Cardinals.
Description: Rashard Mendenhall made his retirement official on Sunday.
Insight: Mendenhall made the accouncement in a column he wrote for the Huffington Post. At age 26, Mendenhall (4,236 rushing yards in 72 career games) says he's already accomplished everything he wanted to in the game of football. He plans to pursue a career in writing.
Description: Former Vikings and Seahawks tight end John Carlson has reached a two-year, $4.65 million agreement with the Cardinals. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: That didn't take long. Carlson was released by Minnesota less than 48 hours ago. Carlson has never caught more than 55 passes in any of his five seasons in the league. We doubt that changes in Arizona.
Description: Former Steelers and Cardinals halfback Rashard Mendenhall is considering retirement.
Insight: Mendenhall hinted at calling it quits in a blog post he wrote for the Huffington Post. This would be a disappointing end to what was once a promising career. The first-round pick from Illinois logged back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2009 and 2010 but hasn't come close to that level of production in his last three seasons (687 yards, eight TD in 2013).
Description: Larry Fitzgerald has given the Cardinals some financial flexibility by agreeing to a restructured deal.
Insight: Fitzgerald tweeted this information on Tuesday and the news was confirmed by the Cardinals' official website. We don't know how much cap relief Fitzgerald's new deal will provide though the eight-time Pro Bowler was originally scheduled to earn $12.75 million in 2014.
Description: The Patriots were reportedly interested in trading for Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald in 2013. SOURCE: Tom Curran, Comcast Sportsnet New England
Insight: It's unknown if New England is considering another run at Fitz though he would fill a huge need for the Pats at wide receiver. Fitzgerald would make for an excellent complement to Julian Edelman on the outside. A trio of Fitzgerald, Edelman and Rob Gronkowski could be deadly. We'll see if the Patriots make a play for Fitzgerald or if they stand pat with their current group of receivers featuring Edelman, Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins, Austin Collie and Danny Amendola.
Description: Arizona QB Carson Palmer turned in a gutsy performance Sunday in what turned out to be the Cardinals' final game of the season.
Insight: He threw for 407 yards on 28-of-49 passing. It was Palmer's second 400-yard game of the season. Arizona finished the year at 10-6, one game out of the final wild card spot. Ironically, Green Bay (8-7-1) and the winner of tonight's Dallas/Philadelphia game will both be going to the postseason despite having a worse record than the Cardinals.