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Larry Fitzgerald secured 2-of-4 targets for 29 yards in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to the Niners.

Fitzgerald has essentially been a non-factor since returning from his MCL sprain. He took a backseat to Michael Floyd in this one, as Floyd blew up for an 8-153-2 receiving line. The Cardinals will need Fitzgerald and all of their weapons firing on all cylinders to have a chance at upsetting the Panthers in the Wild Card round.
Dec 28 - 7:48 PM

John Brown secured 4-of-9 targets for 51 yards in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to San Francisco.

Brown also had a critical drop in the fourth quarter that would've gone for a sure first down. Brown started his rookie year red hot, but faded as the season moved along, perhaps running into a "rookie wall." If the Cardinals are going to upset Carolina in the Wild Card round, they'll need Brown to be much more sharp.
Dec 28 - 7:47 PM

Michael Floyd secured 8-of-12 targets for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to the 49ers.

Floyd finally showed what he's capable of when given a lot of passing-game volume. He's a true "No. 1" receiver; the Cardinals to this point just hadn't utilized him as one. Floyd made spectacular sideline catches in this one and repeatedly abused San Francisco's secondary. The Cardinals will need more of where this game from to have a shot at upsetting Carolina in the Wild Card round.
Dec 28 - 7:45 PM

Stepfan Taylor rushed seven times for 26 yards in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to the 49ers.

As Kerwynn Williams (17 carries) showed a hot hand, Taylor took a backseat in this one. He's been outplayed by Williams for the most part since Andre Ellington went down. Expect the Cardinals to keep a committee in the Wild Card round, but with Williams at the head of the pack. Taylor brings very little to the table as a runner and isn't dynamic in the passing game.
Dec 28 - 7:39 PM

Kerwynn Williams rushed 17 times for 67 yards in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to San Francisco.

Williams served as Arizona's primary back in this one and has outplayed Stepfan Taylor late in the season. An excellent find by GM Steve Keim, Williams is a quick between-the-tackles runner and can also be very useful as a receiver, although he wasn't used there much in Sunday's game. Expect Williams and Taylor to continue sharing work in the postseason, with Arians deciding which back to ride based on whom he deems is displaying the "hotter hand." The Cards visit the Panthers in the Wild Card round.
Dec 28 - 7:37 PM

Ryan Lindley completed 22-of-39 passes for 316 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to San Francisco.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians caught a lot of flak for attacking the Seahawks' defense aggressively, allowing Lindley to pile up over 40 pass attempts in last week's loss. Arians stuck with his plan against the 49ers, allowing Lindley to sling it all over the field. It worked early in the game as Lindley twice found Michael Floyd for long first-half TDs, but fell to pieces as Lindley turned the ball over to kill Arizona's chances. The Cardinals will be Wild Card round underdogs to the red-hot Panthers, who will host next week's playoff game.
Dec 28 - 7:33 PM

Cardinals declared QB Drew Stanton, WR Brittan Golden, S Chris Clemons, LB Larry Foote, G Jonathan Cooper, G Anthony Steen, and DE Kareem Martin inactive for Week 17 at San Francisco.

Ryan Lindley is getting another start at quarterback.
Dec 28 - 2:55 PM

John Carlson (calf) is listed as questionable for Week 17.

Carlson practiced in full the last two days, putting him on track to play. He was targeted three times by Ryan Lindley last week. Carlson will continue to be part of a committee with Darren Fells and Rob Housler.
Dec 26 - 6:54 PM

Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is listed as probable for Week 17.

Fitzgerald is averaging just 32 yards with zero touchdowns in three games since returning from his MCL sprain. He isn't a Week 17 fantasy option.
Dec 26 - 6:46 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Drew Stanton (knee) underwent surgery to clear an infection and may miss the remainder of the season.

The infection was discovered Wednesday, and Stanton immediately underwent surgery. Prior to that, he had been recovering well from his sprained MCL and ACL with an eye on returning for the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. The Cardinals will be forced to ride Ryan Lindley as a far as he can take them, which will likely be one-and-done in the postseason. It's a shame for an 11-4 team.
Dec 26 - 11:06 AM

The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals have decided to bench Logan Thomas, and will go with Ryan Lindley for Sunday's finale against the 49ers.

Thomas' tenure under center is over before it even began. Per AZCardinals.com's Darren Urban, the decision comes after the fourth-round rookie was "seriously shaky" in practice. It's a bit of a surprise after Lindley was an utter nightmare in last week's loss, but coach Bruce Arians must have been confident Thomas would be even worse. It's still possible Thomas could see action off the bench. The Cardinals will be in major trouble if Drew Stanton (knee) isn't ready for the postseason.
Dec 25 - 2:31 PM

The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals have decided to go back to Ryan Lindley for Sunday's finale against the 49ers.

According to AZCardinals.com's Darren Urban, the decision comes after Logan Thomas got off to a "seriously shaky start at practice." It must have been as shaky as you can get, as Lindley appeared completely overwhelmed in Arizona's Week 16 loss to the Seahawks. Things won't be much easier against a 49ers team that will likely be going to bat for coach Jim Harbaugh in what is expected to be his final game at the helm. The news has little effect on the rest of Arizona's skill players, as the offense was going to be a disaster either way. Lindley can be completely ignored in DFS leagues for Week 17.
Dec 25 - 2:25 PM

Speaking Wednesday, coach Bruce Arians said there are "no plans on how long" starting QB Logan Thomas plays at San Francisco Sunday.

On Tuesday night, Arians said Thomas will at least play the first half. Now he's not even guaranteeing that. The bottom line is that the very raw Thomas will be on an extremely short leash and his range of production is vast. Even at minimum price on some DFS sites, it's very hard to trust Thomas in this spot.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 25 - 10:19 AM

Drew Stanton (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

The Cardinals are hoping Stanton can get in some limited work later in the week. Coach Bruce Arians said there's an 85 percent chance he'll be back for the playoffs. Logan Thomas will start in the regular-season finale.
Dec 24 - 2:01 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said there's a 85 percent chance Drew Stanton (knee) is back for the playoffs.

It's gotten so bad in Arizona that they're on Stanton Watch, desperate for the sub-average backup to heal up. Logan Thomas will start in Week 17 at San Francisco, with Ryan Lindley ready to come in if things go awry. Even if the Cardinals beat the Niners, they'll be playing in a Wild Card game the following week unless the Seahawks lose to the Rams at home.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 24 - 9:18 AM


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