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Andre Ellington has been diagnosed with sore ribs, and avoided structural damage.

Ellington briefly departed Sunday's win over the Raiders, but played through the injury, and will continue to do so going forward. Ellington will receive little, if any, practice time this week, but will be good to go as a borderline RB1 against the Eagles.
Oct 20 - 3:19 PM

Andre Ellington said he called for Stepfan Taylor to come in and vulture his touchdowns Sunday.

Ellington insisted that he could have stayed in, but wanted Taylor to get the scores because he "deserved" it. That's a reference to all the work Taylor has put in during practice as Ellington has rested his foot. It sounds nice in theory, but there's a good chance the coaches prefer to use the bigger back near the goal-line. It's also a way to limit Ellington's workload a bit, as he's averaging 21.6 touches per game right now. Ellington, who has two touchdowns in six outings this season, is a borderline RB1 weekly despite his lack of scoring upside.
Oct 20 - 8:59 AM

Cardinals TE John Carlson secured 2-of-4 targets for 20 yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Raiders.

The most notable play "made" by Carlson was a second-quarter deflection that was intercepted by Raiders S Charles Woodson. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians doesn't believe in featuring tight ends in the passing game, instead preferring speedier wide receivers. Thus, Carlson lacks fantasy value.
Oct 19 - 7:37 PM

John Brown secured 2-of-5 targets for 41 yards in the Cardinals' Week 7 win over the Raiders.

The Cardinals took a few shots downfield to 4.34 speedster Brown, but couldn't connect until the fourth quarter, when Brown came down with a 22-yarder over the middle against Raiders S Brandian Ross. As the No. 4 option in Arizona's passing game -- behind Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, and Andre Ellington -- Brown has very little chance to be a consistent producer in fantasy leagues.
Oct 19 - 7:36 PM

Larry Fitzgerald caught 4-of-5 targets for 21 yards in the Cardinals' Week 7 win over the Raiders.

A week after going 6-98-1 against the Redskins, Fitzgerald was "just another guy" in Arizona's offense as Carson Palmer distributed the rock to nine different pass catchers. Only Andre Ellington finished with more than 50 receiving yards. Fitzgerald gets a tougher matchup in Week 8 against the Eagles, where he'll face Philly top CB Brandon Boykin on slot routes. Fitz is just a WR3 option in fantasy.
Oct 19 - 7:34 PM

Michael Floyd secured 3-of-3 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' Week 7 win over the Raiders.

Largely quiet, Floyd did make his presence felt on a second-quarter 33-yard touchdown where he won in a contested situation against Raiders RCB Tarell Brown, out-muscling him for the catch en route to the end zone. Floyd's stat lines through three Carson Palmer starts are 5-119, 4-47-1, and 3-47-1. He'll be a WR2 with WR1 upside when the Cardinals take on the Eagles in Week 8.
Oct 19 - 7:33 PM

Stepfan Taylor rushed 12 times for 40 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 19 yards and an additional score in the Cardinals' Week 7 win over the Raiders.

Taylor's role was increased Sunday as the Cardinals utilized more of a two-back timeshare as opposed to leaning on Andre Ellington as an every-down back. (Ellington did handle 30 touches, of course). Taylor dominated red-zone touches ahead of Ellington, scoring on a two-yard speed out to give the Cardinals an early 7-0 lead, and again on a four-yard carry in the third quarter. Although Taylor can be a useful player in a certain role, he is not a real threat to Ellington on anything other than red-zone plays. View Taylor as a low-ceiling and ultimately touchdown-dependent RB3/4 entering a Week 8 date with the Eagles.
Oct 19 - 7:31 PM

Andre Ellington rushed 24 times for 88 yards and caught six balls for 72 yards in the Cardinals' Week 7 win over the Raiders.

After struggling a bit in the first half -- 10-34 on the ground -- Ellington was late coming out of the tunnel for the third quarter, reportedly nursing a rib injury. Stepfan Taylor started the second half and ran well before Ellington reentered to drop a critical third-down pass. Ellington retook his featured role for most of the final two quarters, putting Arizona's offense on his back on a highly productive third-quarter drive. Unfortunately, he was vultured by Taylor twice inside the Oakland five-yard line, as Taylor scored a two-yard rushing TD in addition to a four-yard receiving score on a speed out. Ellington missed snaps on the Cardinals' clock-killing possession late in the fourth quarter with cramping, but did return. He'll be a borderline RB1 when the Cardinals take on the Eagles in Week 8.
Oct 19 - 7:29 PM

Carson Palmer completed 22-of-31 passes for 253 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the Cardinals' Week 7 win over the Raiders.

He was only sacked once, although Oakland did get pressure on Palmer, particularly in the second half. Palmer put the Cardinals ahead with a two-yard touchdown pass to Stepfan Taylor and a 33-yard score to Michael Floyd in the first half. He was picked in the second quarter by Charles Woodson on a slightly off-target pass that was deflected by TE John Carlson. Cards coach Bruce Arians reportedly emphasized increased balance on offense during the practice week, so Taylor handled more work than usual and Arizona finished with 31 pass attempts compared to 37 runs, one week after Palmer fired off an untenable 44 throws. The good news is Palmer continues to look healthy and has playmaking weapons. He gets another favorable matchup when Arizona takes on Philadelphia in Week 8.
Oct 19 - 7:27 PM

Cardinals declared RB Marion Grice, TE Troy Niklas, DT Bruce Gaston, DE Calais Campbell, LB Desmond Bishop, LB Glenn Carson, and LB Thomas Keiser inactive for Week 7 against the Raiders.

Grice got some first-team reps early in the practice week, but is still behind Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor on the running back depth chart.
Oct 19 - 2:55 PM

Michael Floyd (groin) is probable for Week 7.

Floyd will be fine for Sunday's matchup with Oakland. He's our No. 16 receiver this week.
Oct 17 - 6:08 PM

Cardinals TE John Carlson (knee) is questionable for Week 7 against the Raiders.

Carlson practiced on a limited basis the last two days and will likely be a game-time decision. Rob Housler would start if Carlson is held out.
Oct 17 - 6:00 PM

Carson Palmer (shoulder) is probable for Week 7 against the Raiders.

Palmer was upgraded to full on Friday after being listed as limited throughout the week. He's good to go as a streaming option against a Raiders defense that's allowed five passing touchdowns over the last two games.
Oct 17 - 5:26 PM

Andre Ellington (foot) is probable for Week 7.

Ellington has been struggling as a rusher, but should have a heavy workload and be a solid starting option this week. Rotoworld ranks him as a top-ten running back against the Raiders.
Oct 17 - 5:19 PM

Cardinals RB Marion Grice received some first-team reps at Wednesday's practice.

Cards OC Harold Goodwin revealed the news during a Friday chat with reporters. Andre Ellington has struggled on the ground this season (3.77 YPC), and the Cards don't seem smitten with plodder Stepfan Taylor as their No. 2 back. An excellent receiving back, Grice is worth a look in deeper Dynasty PPR leagues.
Oct 17 - 2:34 PM


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