Arizona Cardinals Mailbag: Wide Receiver Fantasies

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Each week, we take your questions and answer them here. You can submit them to us on our Twitter handle (@Cover32_ARI) or on our Facebook page. This week, we get a solid fantasy football question to mull over.

What do you think of Michael Floyd in fantasy football this season? –Ben in Apache Junction

Excellent question Ben. Floyd is one of those third-year players and they tend to do better in their third season in the league. It can be explained by finding a fit in their team’s system, getting used to the speed of the game and sometimes maturing. Floyd is poised to make 2014 a monster season and is in the right place in the right time.

Last season, Floyd racked up 1041 yards and five touchdowns on 65 catches. Those are solid numbers in standard formats and a little weaker in PPR leagues. Larry Fitzgerald is still going to get the majority of the targets, no question about that. Andre Ellington adds a passing element out of the backfield and it will be interesting to see how Bruce Arians incorporates the tight ends into the passing game.

The other thong to keep in mind is Fitzgerald has become more of a possession receiver. We don’t see him breaking loose for big plays like we did in years past. He averaged 4.3 yards after catch last season which is pretty good for a receiver with defenders in his shoulder pads on every play. Floyd has the bigger potential for longer plays and extra yards after catch since he is more likely to find single coverage.

The addition of Ted Ginn Jr. and his speed will also impact the way defenses cover the Arizona receivers and we think this will give Floyd more opportunities in single coverage and he should take advantage.

Here’s a few other sneaky receivers and tight ends we like in fantasy football this season.

Miles Austin of Cleveland: Josh Gordon could be out half, if not all, of the season due to another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. If he stays healthy, you get a team’s #1 receiver on the cheap. If only his hamstrings would hold up…

Brandin Cooks of New Orleans: He’s a rookie and he’s speedy target and will find opportunities with Lance Moore off the team and opponents worrying about Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston.

Dennis Pitta of Baltimore: Healthy after missing most of last season with a severe hip injury. Baltimore will need to rely on him more with Ray Rice possibly missing time due to a suspension for assaulting his then-fiancee. How many people forgot about him after his injury? We think a lot did. Gary Kubiak is the offensive coordinator of the Ravens and his teams love targeting tight ends.

Hakeem Nicks of Indianapolis: All the attention goes to T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne. Nicks could be overlooked by opposing defenses.

 

 

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