Fanelli’s Fantasy Files: Arizona Cardinals Bold Fantasy Predictionsby Mike Fanelli June 2, 2021 0 comments
While the 2021 NFL season is still months away, it is never too early to prepare for the fantasy season. Whether it’s research, mock drafts, or going with your gut, everyone has a way to prepare for their fantasy drafts. However, this isn’t another article to help you prepare for the fantasy season. Today, I am going to give three bold fantasy predictions for the Arizona Cardinals in 2021.
All stats are base on PPR scoring.
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Kyler Murray will have Over 1,000 Rushing Yards
Over his first two seasons in the league, Murray has totaled 226 rushing attempts while averaging six yards per attempt. Last season, Murray had a career-high 133 rushing attempts for 819 yards, averaging 51.2 rushing yards per game. However, over the first nine games of the season, Murray averaged 67.1 rushing yards per game. Over a 16 game pace, Murray would have totaled 1,074 rushing yards last season. Furthermore, Kenyan Drake’s 239 rushing attempts and 955 rushing yards from last season need to go to someone else. With the extra game this year, expect Murray to join Lamar Jackson and Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks with over 1,000 rushing yards in a season.
A.J. Green will Finish Outside the Top-48 Wide Receivers
Despite averaging almost eight targets per game with Joe Burrow under center, Green averaged only 7.7 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, at nearly 33 years old, Green has missed half of his games over the last three seasons because of injuries. The last time Green made a fantasy impact was in 2018, averaging 16.6 fantasy points per game in nine games. In his first season in Arizona, Green is no longer the No. 1 receiver on his team, thanks to DeAndre Hopkins. Even if Green takes control of the WR2 role, he has limited upside. By comparison, Christian Kirk finished as the Cardinals’ WR2 last season, averaging 5.6 targets and 10.5 fantasy points per game, finishing as the WR51 on the year. It’s time to give up on Green.
Chase Edmonds will Finish Second on the Team in Catches
Last season, Hopkins led the team in catches with 115. Finishing second on the team was Larry Fitzgerald with 54 catches. Surprisingly, Edmonds finished third in catches with 53. Furthermore, Edmonds was two catches away from finishing second on the team despite playing only 46.7 percent of the snaps last season. With Drake now in Las Vegas and James Conner’s injury history, Edmonds is in line for a much higher snap share this year. Unless Rondale Moore explodes as a rookie, don’t be shocked to see Edmonds finish second on the team in catches. Furthermore, Edmonds could easily average 4.5 catches per game after averaging 3.3 last season with just a slight uptick in snap percentage.
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