Dynasty Recap – Week 6 – Steelers 25, Cardinals 13

Steelers

  • Quarterback Landry Jones went eight of 12 for 168 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Mike Vick and might takeover the backup job permanently. He’d also be a good flier on your taxi squad as the main backup to Big Ben in a good offense.
  • Receiver Martavis Bryant came back from suspension with a fury with six catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He’s currently a WR2 with those numbers but his stock will be much higher.

Cardinals

  • Quarterback Carson Palmer had 421 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions He’s still performing as a low-end QB1 with that yardage.
  • The receiver of the week for Arizona was John Brown with 10 catches for 196 yards. We’d feel much better if the Cardinals moved on from one of Brown, Larry Fitzgerald or Michael Floyd but Brown should still be considered a WR3/4 at a minimum.

Dynasty Recap – Week 2 – Cardinals 48, Bears 23

Cardinals

  • Carson Palmer continues to roll with 185 yards and four touchdowns plus an interception. He continues to provide low-end QB1 numbers and is a high-end QB2 in dynasty rankings. The only drawback is his health or lack thereof.
  • Receiver Larry Fitzgerald had a throwback game with 112 yards on eight catches and three touchdowns. It’s a pretty diverse receiving corps in Arizona with Fitzgerald and John Brown fighting for attention. None of them should be considered more than a WR3 in dynasty rankings.

Bears

  • Running back Matt Forte shows no signs of slowing down with 61 yards rushing plus four catches for 44 yards. He may be spelled more this year but he’s still production RB1 numbers. And with the injuries piling up, Forte is the only playmaker in Chicago.

Dynasty Update – Week 1 – Cardinals 31, Saints 19

Cardinals

  • Quarterback Carson Palmer had a huge day with 307 yards and three touchdowns. He should be a QB2 for as long as he’s around.
  • The Cardinals went with a committee at running back but it should be apparent that Andre Ellington is the better option over re-tread Chris Johnson. Ellington had 69 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown before spraining his PCL. Johnson had only 37 yards on 10 carries.
  • In the receiving game, veteran Larry Fitzgerald led the way with six catches and 87 yards. He could end up at WR3-4 value in dynasty rankings.
  • Safety Tryann Mathieu had a great game with eight tackles and three passes defended. He’s a high upside DB1 in IDP dynasty leagues.

Saints

  • Quarterback Drew Brees had a very typical game with 355 yards passing and a touchdown and interception. Despite the loss of Jimmy Graham, it looks like Brees will still put up gaudy passing numbers. He’s a mid-tier QB1 in dynasty rankings.
  • Running back Mark Ingram had a horrible game on the ground with just 24 yards rushing. However, he did haul in eight catches for 98 yards. He’ll need to boost his rushing yardage as CJ Spiller will take over the passing back role when he returns.

Dynasty Recap – Week 9 – Cardinals beat Cowboys, 28-17

  • Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had another good day with 249 yards and three touchdowns. As long as he’s healthy, he’ll continue to be in that QB1 tier of older QB’s like Brees and Manning.
  • Cardinals running back Andre Ellington continues to be a reliable RB1 with 95 yards rushing along with four receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown. Despite his age he should be considered RB1 in all formats.
  • Cowboys tight end Jason Witten had one of his best days of the year with six catches for 62 yards. Although, if that’s one of this best days, it shows how poor of a season it’s been. He’s nothing more than a TE2 at this point.

Dynasty Recap – Week 7 – Cardinals beat Raiders, 24-13

  • Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had a decent day with 253 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Palmer is up there in age but should be a decent QB2 as long as he plays.
  • Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr had a bad day with 173 yards passing on 16 of 28 passing. He was playing a good defense but his prospects are entirely up in the air for next year.
  • Cardinals running back Andre Ellington had a big day with 88 yards to go with six catches and 72 yards. He’s a legit low-end RB1 in dynasty formats.
  • Raiders rookie linebacker Khalil Mack had a season-high 11 tackles in the loss but has yet to record a sack. It’s early but Mack doesn’t look like the LB2 he was touted to be.

Dynasty Recap – Week 17 – 49ers edge Cardinals, 23-20

  • 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had his second 300-yard game of the season, going 21 of 34 for 310 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 24 yards rushing. Hopefully it’s just the momentum he needs heading in to 2014.
  • Meanwhile, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer went 28 of 49 for 407 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Palmer will be a low-end QB2 for the next year or two before hanging it up.
  • Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald had six catches for 113 yards to end another disappointing season. Michael Floyd’s emergence contributed but you have to wonder if Fitz’s days of being a WR1 are over. It might be time to consider a trade package for Fitz.
  • 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman capped his incredible season with 10 tackles, a sack, and an interception. Bowman filled the stat sheet all year and should be your top-rated linebacker heading in to 2014 dynasty leagues.

Dynasty Recap – Week 15 – Cardinals escape Titans, 37-34 (OT)

  • Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had an efficient day going 20 of 30 for 231 yards and a touchdown. As long as the Cardinals are playing well, Palmer will be a decent option as a low-end QB2 in dynasty leagues for the next 1-2 years.
  • Cardinals running back Andre Ellington continues to outplay incumbent running back Rashard Mendenhall, going for 71 yards on only 10 carries. He was also the leading receiver with 87 yards on four catches. If Mendenhall doesn’t come back next year, Ellington will be a RB1 dynasty option.
  • Titans receiver Kendall Wright had his best game of the year, catching 12 for 150 yards. It’s been an impressive season for Wright even with the last of a reliable quarterback option. The Titans are expected to upgrade the position next year which will only boost Wright’s value.
  • Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey had an impressive nine tackles with 1.5 sacks. He now has 54 tackles and 10.5 sacks for the season, great totals for an interior lineman. Casey is approaching Geno Atkins-type production

Dynasty Recap – Week 14 – Cardinals take down Rams, 30-10

  • Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was highly efficient, going 27 of 32 for 269 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals have been good this season and Palmer should continue to be hot at times in 2014. He’s still older and slow but could be serviceable for a year or two.
  • Cardinals rookie running back Andre Ellington outplayed, again, Rashard Mendenhall, running for 46 yards on 11 carries. He’ll continue to be second fiddle to Mendenhall but that should change next year.
  • Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald hauled in all 12 of his targets for 96 yards and a touchdown. As long as the Cardinals are winning, Fitzgerald should be happy and continue to produce.
  • Rams rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree continues to play well with nine tackles and the first sack of his career. He’s up to 94 tackles on the year and has played as well as any rookie linebacker this side of Kiko Alonso. He’s the next possible Lavonte David.