2021 Fantasy Football Arizona Cardinals Preview

by Bobby Shepherd

There was plenty of turnover for the Cardinals this season and plenty to discuss in the 2021 Fantasy Football Arizona Cardinals Team Preview. In arguably the most competitive division in football, the Cardinals decided to swim and not sink with some big-name acquisitions in A.J. Green, Malcolm Butler, and J.J. Watt.

And while improvements to the defense never make fantasy players happy, removing a bit of pressure from the offense often makes things smoother for everybody. Fewer mistakes, fewer forced throws, and fewer unfavorable situations should increase everybody's efficiency per touch.

Last Season we saw a pretty significant step forward for Kyler Murray as the high-flying Kliff Kingsbury offense began to take shape. This season should be no different for them as Murray has another year of experience under his belt.

2021 Fantasy Football Arizona Cardinals Preview


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Kyler Murray took a huge step forward last year from both a Fantasy and real football perspective. He's a pretty safe bet to be a top 10 option. And one could argue he has a decent chance at a top-three season if he stays healthy. His rushing production keeps his floor very high even in unforgiving matchups.

His current ADP has him going in the early fourth round, and frankly, it seems worth it for people who prioritize the position. I am of the opinion that people should wait to draft a QB, but Murray is worth his cost.

Running Backs

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For a brief moment, it looked like Edmonds was set to be the workhorse. But the addition of Conner doesn't completely destroy his value, it might even create value given his ADP is in the fifth round.

The Cardinals offense is well-coached and explosive and last season Edmonds averaged 4.6 yards per carry and 7.6 per reception. And given Conner's injury history Edmonds is likely to see enough volume to outperform his ADP.

As for Conner, his sixth-round ADP is very expensive for my taste. While he is a talented player, his injury history and the fact that he's adjusting to a new system are some pretty big red flags. He's being drafted around the same time as DJ Chark and Tee Higgins. Both of them have stronger floors and ceilings than Conner.

Wide Receivers

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Not too much needs to be said about Hopkins. With Murray's ability to extend plays and Hopkins being the monster he is, his mid-second ADP is absolutely worth the cost.

Christian Kirk and A.J. Green are both wildcards this season. One of them will inherit the WR2 targets and touches. And one will wind up being essentially useless to your team. Both however are solid late-round options. With both players' ADPs in the 14th round, it's clear the expectations are low. But the potential return here far exceeds the price tag.

Tight Ends

The tight end room for this team is a bit lacking. Williams will likely not do much with the exception of a big game or two. He remains a name to know for DFS budgeting purposes, but other than that you can look elsewhere on draft day.

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