Notable Players- Kyler Murray
Murray is almost the absolute poster boy for a dual-threat QB. His legs give him the ability to make a play when it breaks down, and has the arm (and receivers) to make big plays if it’s available.
You can almost hand him 100 rush attempts on the season, which gives him a great floor you can rely on. The ceiling is going to rely on how quickly Marquise Brown picks up the offense, as DeAndre Hopkins is suspended to start the season. Murray figures to be a QB1 regardless, it’s just how high he finishes.
Notable Players- James Conner & Darrel Williams
This backfield last season started feeling temporary. The team had Conner on a one-year deal and Edmonds was entering the last year of his deal.
After the performances of Conner last season, the team opted to give him a contract extension and left Edmonds go. As a result, Conner is the clear lead back in this offense and is a borderline RB1/ 2. The concern for Conner’s ceiling is that he isn’t really used in the passing game, and there is likely TD regression due after a really efficient season last year.
Williams was brought in as a free agent, and will fill the Edmonds role in the offense. The team are likely to lean upon him to fill the pass-catching role out of the backfield. Where he will really have value is when Conner misses time, which is likely to happen given his history. I’d grab Williams as a late-round selection if I can afford the bench space.
Notable Players- Marquise Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, Rondale Moore & A.J. Green
Arizona allowed Christian Kirk to leave the team during the offseason, with Kirk signing a big deal with the Jaguars. In a strange season for the team, Kirk led the team in targets, but the team replaced him with the talents of Marquise Brown.
Brown is likely to be the lead receiver for the team come the end of the season, given his talent. Finally, for the first time in his career he is on an offense that has a great balance on throwing the ball. Brown should be a WR2 at least for fantasy, especially with Hopkins set to miss time at the start of the season.
Hopkins on the other hand is harder to project. There is no doubt that he is talented, and has been one of the better receivers in the league. The thing is, he started to look alot more human last season, and missed time. With a suspension for PEDs looming over Hopkins for the first six games, it’s going to burn a hole in your bench waiting for him to come back. When he returns, he should have solid WR2 value, after being impacted by the arrival of Brown.
Two names worth considering late in your drafts are Moore and Green. The reason being that someone will need to be out on the field while Hopkins is out. Moore has been used as a versatile weapon in the offense, lining up all over the field and is an exciting player with the ball in his hands. Green performed ok for fantasy, actually ending second on the team in targets. His issue was not converting into scores frequently, with all three of his TDs coming in the first 6 weeks of the season. I’d lean Moore- he just is the type of player I like to watch play.
Notable Players- Zach Ertz
Ertz found a lease of life when he moved from the Eagles to join the Cardinals. The depth chart in Arizona should allow Ertz to be on the field often, and the team look to him to move the chains. With Hopkins set to miss the start of the season, Ertz is likely to be given a larger workload in the opening weeks.
Ertz is likely to finish as a TE1, because of the wider talent at the position, but there are going to be some tough weeks where he struggles to make an impact.