Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

John Brown (quad) is not practicing Wednesday.

He's not expected to play this week. J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown will fill in as the Nos. 2 and 3 receivers, and Nelson will again be a high-ceiling WR3.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 20 - 1:51 PM

John Brown (quad) is expected to miss Week 3.

Coach Bruce Arians said it "doesn't look hopeful" on Monday. J.J. Nelson will continue to feature opposite Larry Fitzgerald in Brown's absence.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: While Nelson was the breakout player with 120 yards and a score, Jaron Brown led the team with 11 targets. Although he only caught four, his inefficiency has more to do with Carson Palmer, who tossed Brown just 4 catchable balls. Palmer’s declining play adds risk, but the WR offers plenty of upside in return. His aDOT is 16.6 - 12th this season - and he accounted for 40.2% of Arizona’s air yards this week (8th), per Next Gen Stats. If Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick remains sidelined, Jaron will match up with rookie Chidobe Awuzie the most. It looks like a good spot as receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders combined for a 12/133/2 line against Dallas in Week 2. Jaron is a sneaky GPP option as all of the attention goes to Nelson.
Sep 18 - 3:32 PM

Speaking Monday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Chris Johnson could move up the depth chart for Week 3.

Johnson was easily the Cardinals' best runner in Sunday's narrow win over the Colts. He should get the first chance to establish the hot hand in Week 3 against the Cowboys, but Kerwynn Williams is unlikely to be phased out altogether. A washed Andre Ellington will do his best to change the pace. If at all possible, the situation is best avoided in fantasy leagues.
Sep 18 - 3:19 PM

Andre Ellington rushed twice for 11 yards and caught 3-of-5 targets for 12 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.

Ellington played more snaps than Kerwynn Williams and Chris Johnson, but the Cardinals didn't make a proactive effort to get him the ball. Ellington also out-snapped Williams in Week 1 but didn't do anything with the opportunity.
Sep 17 - 4:39 PM

Kerwynn Williams managed 22 yards on nine carries in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.

A hot waiver-wire pickup heading into this week, Williams was a total dud in what appeared to be a favorable matchup. Williams started the game, but he was so ineffective the Cardinals handed the backfield reigns to Chris Johnson in the second half. Williams didn't see a single target in the passing game and is looking like a lost cause in terms of post-Week 1 FAAB spent.
Sep 17 - 4:37 PM

Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for 44 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.

Johnson was the Cardinals' best runner in this game, and although he opened the contest behind Kerwynn Williams, Johnson wound up starting the second half and handling clock-milking work. Still, the Cardinals' backfield has almost no fantasy appeal because of the wide-ranging rotation. None of its members finished with more than 11 touches in Sunday's 16-13 victory.
Sep 17 - 4:34 PM

Jaron Brown caught 4-of-11 targets for 73 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.

The Colts focused their defensive attention on Larry Fitzgerald, which opened things up for Brown and J.J. Nelson on the outside. Both ripped off chunk-yardage gains, and Brown led the team in targets. Brown's fantasy outlook is still very much tied to John Brown's (quad) health. If John is out for Week 3 against the Cowboys, Jaron will be worth WR4/flex consideration.
Sep 17 - 4:32 PM

Larry Fitzgerald caught 3-of-6 targets for 21 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.

Fitzgerald drew an end-zone target in single coverage early in the game, but Carson Palmer's throw was a little too far behind him. Fitzgerald is off to a slow start, but he should pick it up soon with 19 targets through a pair of contests. On paper, his matchup will be favorable in Week 3 against the Cowboys.
Sep 17 - 4:24 PM

J.J. Nelson caught 5-of-7 targets for 120 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.

Nelson was the best player on the field in this one, creating separation almost at will against the Colts' overmatched secondary. Nelson nearly had two TDs, but he couldn't get both feet in on a first-half end-zone catch. Nelson atoned with a 45-yard scoring rope from Carson Palmer later in the game. Especially if John Brown (quad) can't play, Nelson will be a high-upside WR3/flex option in Week 2 against the Cowboys.
Sep 17 - 4:21 PM

Carson Palmer completed 19-of-36 passes for 332 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.

He added three sneaks for six yards, as Arizona escaped with a 16-13 overtime win. The Cardinals started painfully slowly in their second straight 1pm ET game to open the season, but Palmer eventually settled into a groove and racked up big second-half completions to seal the win. He did most of his damage with J.J. Nelson, who turned seven targets into 120 yards and a touchdown and had another touchdown overturned because he didn't quite get both feet in. Still, the state of the Cardinals' offense right now is concerning. Palmer will be a low-end streamer when Arizona hosts Dallas in Week 3.
Sep 17 - 4:18 PM

Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (ribs) is inactive for Week 2 against the Colts.

He'll be joined in street clothes by QB Blaine Gabbert, WR John Brown, LB Deone Bucannon, RB D.J. Foster, LT D.J. Humphries, and LG Mike Iupati. J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown will start in three-receiver sets alongside Larry Fitzgerald.
Sep 17 - 11:34 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Chris Johnson will back up starter Kerwynn Williams Sunday against the Colts.

Andre Ellington will be the primary back on third downs with Johnson handling change-of-pace duties behind Williams. Johnson won't be an appealing fantasy option, even in a plus matchup against a Colts squad that let up 46 points in Week 1.
Sep 17 - 9:34 AM

Cardinals DT Robert Nkemdiche (calf) is expected to play Week 2 against the Colts.

Nkemdiche sat out the season opener, but it looks like he will give it a go Sunday after a week of limited practices. Arizona's defense surprisingly struggled against the Lions in Week 1, so they will be happy to have Nkemdiche back.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 17 - 8:40 AM

Cardinals TE Ifeanyi Momah is expected to have a Week 2 role.

Momah and Jim Dray are Arizona's only healthy tight ends with Jermaine Gresham (ribs) and Troy Niklas (hip) questionable. Gresham is a game-time decision despite not practicing, but may be limited if active. Momah should see a few targets if one of Gresham or Niklas doesn't play this week.
Sep 15 - 8:35 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians "doesn't know" when John Brown (quad) will be healthy.

Brown played in the season opener at less than 100 percent. He's already ruled out for Sunday's game and could miss multiple weeks. The Cardinals are trending down with injuries to Brown and David Johnson. Chad Williams will replace Brown in four-wide sets.
Sep 15 - 8:21 PM


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