Saturday, August 21, 2021

2021 Fantasy Football Projections: Arizona Cardinals

Our 2021 Fantasy Football Projections will be viewable by both position and team.

Below you will find our 2021 fantasy football projections for the Arizona Cardinals.

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Kyler Murray575.3384.94113.426.4612.661166967.48359.54
Colt McCoy36.722.2244.11.280.924.616.10.0715.07

Kyler Murray: While Murray played all 16 games, shoulder and leg injuries slowed him a bit down the stretch. Even so, he finished his sophomore campaign as fantasy's QB2 (and was QB1 after Week 16). When healthy, Murray scored more than 20 fantasy points and finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in 10 consecutive games to start the season. Heading into 2021, Murray will be a top-four option once again even if he hopes to run a little bit less.


Chase Edmonds148.4660.44.1656457.52.8181.55
James Conner153.1650.74.5923.8191.71.2130.88
Eno Benjamin23.297.40.416.
Jonathan Ward4.619.10.071.613.10.15.04

Chase Edmonds: The former fourth-round pick out of Fordham has averaged 4.4 yards per carry and 7.2 yards per reception over his first three NFL seasons. With Kenyan Drake out and James Conner in, Edmonds' workload will almost certainly exceed the 150 touches he had in 2020. Given Edmonds' RB3/flex ADP, his draft-day cost seems priced fairly close to his floor, but there is plenty of upside as well.

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James Conner: Joining the Cardinals on a one-year deal, Conner will steal some early-down carries from Edmonds and could potentially be in a fairly even split. If he can stay healthy and earn a larger role, there is plenty of upside for Conner as well (as Edmonds).


DeAndre Hopkins107.11261.57.4000224.1
Rondale Moore55.4570.83.712.878.10.38117.07
Christian Kirk51.9612.
A.J. Green47.8605.74000108.47
Keesean Johnson5.765.40.600012.99
Andy Isabella2.839.20.40007.72

DeAndre Hopkins: In his first season in Arizona, Hopkins tied a career high in receptions (115) and his 1,407 receiving yards were the third most of his career. Meanwhile, Stefon Diggs (166) was the only receiver with more targets than Hopkins (160). While his six touchdowns were a four-year low, Hopkins still finished as a top-five fantasy receiver in half-PPR/PPR formats. (Hopkins was WR9 in non-PPR.)

Rondale Moore: The Cards will look to manufacture touches for their dynamic rookie. Playing only seven games over the past two collegiate seasons, Moore was uber-productive as a true freshman in 2018 (114/1258/12 receiving and 21/213/2 rushing). It's certainly possible that Moore performs as Arizona's second-best receiver, but I have the trio of Moore, Christian Kirk and A.J. Green all bunched together in my projections.

Christian Kirk: With DeAndre Hopkins dominating targets, Kirk's targets dropped from 108 (8.31/G) in 2019 to 79 (5.64/G) in 2020. The vast majority of his fantasy production including all of his touchdowns occurred during a five-game stretch from Weeks 4-9 (20/343/6, 17.15 Y/R, WR7). While Larry Fitzgerald has not (officially) yet retired and says that he doesn't have the "urge to play right now", the team has signed A.J. Green and drafted Rondale Moore, which means that Kirk's 2021 numbers are unlikely to improve much from last season and may even decline. Kirk has missed multiple games in all three of his NFL seasons.

A.J. Green: After playing a total of nine games in 2018-19, Green played a full 16-game slate in 2020, but he set career lows in yards (523), Y/R (11.1), Y/TGT (5.0) and catch rate (45.2%). In addition, he had five goose-egg games and another with only a three-yard reception. Perhaps a change of scenery and a more potent offense will help his peripheral stats, but targets could be inconsistent given Hopkins target-hog status.


Maxx Williams32.6331.22.300063.22
Darrell Daniels13.2135.1100026.11
Ross Travis3.132.70.30006.62

Maxx Williams: Despite being elevated to Arizona's TE1, Williams is off the fantasy radar outside of deep TE-premium leagues as the team's tight ends have a 10.9% target share in Kliff Kingsbury's two seasons as head coach.

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