Arizona Cardinals 11-5
Welcome to the NFC West Week and the Arizona Cardinals 2014 Fantasy Highs and Lows. Each week we will go division by division breaking down each team.
The Cardinals have made some moves this offseason and restructured some contracts leaving a lot more cap space. Rumors are that the Cardinals are very interested in Peterson if the Vikings are willing to do a trade. If the Peterson trade does not happen we are looking at a very similar team to draft from in our 2015 fantasy drafts.
My biggest high for the Cardinals in 2014 was Bruce Arians. You may be saying that doesn’t affect my fantasy team, but Coaches can have a huge impact on who you start. Arians won Coach of the Year and to me there was no real competition. He was hired on by the Cardinals before the 2013 season and led the team to a 10-6 record. That was double the wins the previous season. The Cardinals improved from 32nd overall on offense to 12th and 12th on defense to 6th. He is making this team better, which is making them better for fantasy.
After Carson Palmer tore his ACL in week 9 there was never that fantasy star coming out of Arizona. Palmer was right about 18 fantasy points in each game he played so in a two Quarterback league or if you had Kaepernick or RG3 he was a great play. He signed a huge contract right before getting injured, which was restructured so the Cardinals could save $7 million in cap space. Next year will be nothing but good for Palmer and a great low fantasy draft pick.
Larry Fitzgerald was not what we were thinking when we drafted him before the 2014 season. In the first four games he had a total of 14 fantasy points. In the last four games he had a total of 12 fantasy points. 2014 was his worse year since entering the NFL in 2004. Even in his rookie year he had only four less yards but 6 more touchdowns. After lots of talks about a trade to Cleveland, Fitzgerald was able to restructure his contract in February so he will continue to play in red.
Andre Ellington was supposed to be this workhorse for the Arizona Cardinals last season. That was not the case. He injured his foot in preseason and seemed to never rebound. He averaged only 3.3 yards a carry and only found the end zone 5 times. The coaches want him to get “bigger and stronger”. I would add better as well.