2022 Fantasy Football Arizona Cardinals Preview

by Michael Tomlin
2022 Fantasy Football Arizona Cardinals Team Preview

The 2022 Fantasy Football Arizona Cardinals preview might be one of the most important write-ups I will do this season. There is Fantasy Football gold with this team, it is just a matter of figuring out the cost.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury will always have a prolific offense that is Fantasy Football friendly. Sometimes, however, it can be a little too spread out between different players though.

Last season, the Cardinals seemed to focus on a lead back and a lead tight end. Will the two veterans have the same role this season? What do we make of the wide receivers?

Hopefully, the 2022 Fantasy Football Arizona Cardinals preview can answer some of these questions.

All of the Average Draft Position (ADP) and Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) for the 2022 Fantasy Football Arizona Cardinals preview are from Fantasy Pros and up to date as of June 29th.

2022 Fantasy Football Arizona Cardinals Preview


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Kyler Murray was the trendy pick to continue the tendency of the overall QB1 coming from the middle of the pack. While his QB10 finish seems like a disappointment, he did finish fourth in points per game because of a few missed games.

I think that is the standard for Murray going forward. Because of his size and style of play, he will probably miss a few games a season.

As far as his production in 2021, his counting stats do not look that great. If you dive further into his passing numbers though, you see a player progressing in the right direction.

Murray has increased his completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdown percentage, and quarterback rating in each of his three seasons. He has also had a downward trend in his interception percentage.

Murray did run the ball a great deal less as well as less efficient. With that said, the Cardinals’ quarterback still cleared more than five Fantasy Points a game with his legs.

Now that Murray is being ranked and drafted as the QB5, I think it is the right spot for him. He has the upside that with some touchdown luck he could close in on the top spot. But he also has the injury risk of missing significant time.

Running Backs

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James Conner was in the discussion for Fantasy Football MVP last season, finishing the season as the RB5 in half-PPR Fantasy Points after being drafted as the RB40 in Round Nine.

Seen as the “B” part of a committee with Chase Edmonds, Conner took over from Week 3 on last season. The main reason was Conner’s goal-line work. Conner had 41 carries inside the 20-yard line and 28 carries inside the 10-yard line. This amounted to 18 total touchdowns.

As you can see, Chase Edmonds and his 116 carries and 53 targets are gone. Darrel Williams was signed and Keaontay Ingram drafted, but they seem more like insurance.

Consider: Chase Edmonds was injured in Week 9 and James Conner was injured in Week 14. During that time frame, Conner had the lead role without Edmonds. He averaged 22.1 Fantasy Points per game in that role.

So I would argue that Conner’s role stays the same with a similar amount of work. Williams can easily just absorb Edmonds’ touches without harming Conner’s value.

Yet, Conner is RB20 by ADP and RB18 by ECR. Conner would have to lose 66% of his touchdown total last season to fall below the point total of RB18 in 2021.

Wide Receivers

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The Cardinals’ wide receivers are the toughest group in the entire league to figure out in my opinion. DeAndre Hopkins is suspended for the first six games.

Arizona traded their first-round pick for Marquise Brown. Brown has been a roller coaster of a Fantasy Football ride since entering the league, but now he is paired with his college teammate, Murray.

Rondale Moore showed flashes of brilliance like he could be Deebo Samuel-lite. Then there were games he would just completely disappear.

A.J. Green had the quietest 848-yard season of any receiver in the league last season. Seriously, look. I thought he was completely useless. He has actually only missed one game over the past two seasons now. If he gets some touchdown luck, he is firmly in the WR3 territory.

So what do we do with this group?

I think Marquise Brown is a little rich for me at ADP/ECR WR23. Hopkins is being drafted and ranked around WR36, which is tempting, but he still is missing half of your Fantasy regular season.

The other two guys are the ones most intriguing to me. Rondale Moore is going as WR60 and A.J. Green is virtually undrafted. One of those two guys will be Fantasy relevant in the first couple of months while Hopkins is out.

They are also one Marquise Brown turned ankle from being in the WR1 territory. For their price tags, they provide the most upside at the cheapest costs.

Tight Ends

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Zach Ertz was the TE4 from the time he got to Arizona through the end of the season. That’s with him being thrown into the fray with limited practice and he did not get a target inside the 10 yard line until Week 11.

Ertz was probably going to be my favorite tight end after the first five or six, but the Cardinals did draft the first tight end in the NFL Draft this year, Trey McBride.

McBride was not seen as an elite prospect or anything, but he did have 90 catches for 1,121 yards last season. With that said, tight ends do take a bit to acclimate to the league, especially someone from a mid-major conference.

The main factor with Ertz will be his price range. He is going as high as TE8 on one platform and as low as TE15 on another’s ADP. (Remember, this is the average draft position, so there are drafts you can get him a few spots lower than that even)

I fear his name recognition with the home-league-only type of player will make it a little tougher for him to be a good value. But should he still be there late, you could do worse.

Final Verdict

The 2022 Fantasy Football Arizona Cardinals preview might have the key to unlock Fantasy glory this year.

If Conner can replicate last season, he will be one of the best running back draft picks of the year. Should you be able to figure out the wide receiver group, you can get multiple starting players for next to nothing.

So keep your focus on this roster and how the ADP trends. They are not a team you want to miss out on this season.

Be sure to keep up with all of the 2022 Fantasy Football team previews!

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