2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Arizona Cardinals

- Updated: Wednesday, August 31st

In addition to 2016 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will have preseason projections per NFL team.

Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Arizona Cardinals.


Carson Palmer346546464131.714.726470.8307.24
Palmer set career highs in passing yards (4,671, fourth-most in the NFL) and passing touchdowns (35, second-most) in 2015 as the Cardinals led the NFL in total offense and finished second in scoring offense. With a talented trio of wide receivers in addition to one of the league's best young running backs, Palmer should finish as a top-10 fantasy QB with the upside to once again finish as a top-five fantasy QB. Through Week 16, Palmer threw for 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in all but two games last season.
Drew Stanton715920.50.511-1104.08

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Running Backs

David Johnson22610359.5524992.9227.8
Injuries finally led to Johnson getting a shot at the featured role, but the third-rounder out of Northern Iowa had been productive in limited opportunities before that. Johnson scored a total of 13 touchdowns -- eight rushing, four receiving and one return -- on only 161 touches last season. Finishing as a top-five weekly performer in three of his five starts, Johnson could lead all running backs in fantasy points in 2016.
Andre Ellington642942.2252301.474
Chris Johnson1154772.97640.272.7
Before breaking his leg, Johnson ranked near the top of the league in rush attempts and yards last season. In 11 games, Johnson finished with 196 carries for 814 yards. That said, he averaged 3.6 YPC or less in his final four games before the injury and the other Johnson (David) will lead the backfield in touches in 2016 as long as he remains healthy.
Stepfan Taylor8260.31504.9
Kerwynn Williams4180.11803.2

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Wide Receivers

John Brown6610566.83120147.6
In his second season, Brown finished with 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns as he scored the 22nd-most fantasy points among wide receivers. Brown's concussion/headaches over the past month have been a concern, but the arrow is certainly pointing up for the speedy third-year receiver.
Michael Floyd6110437.3000148.1
While Floyd once again failed to exceed 1,000 yards, he finished the season strong after a slow start. Floyd exceeded the 100-yard mark in five of his final eight regular-season games in 2015 and I have him projected to reach the 1,000-yard milestone for the first time since his sophomore campaign (2013).
Larry Fitzgerald839798.3000147.7
Fitzgerald got off to a phenomenal four-game start: 30/432/5. Naturally, his pace slowed from that torrid start, but he finished the year with a career-high 109 receptions for 1,215 yards, his first 1,000-yard campaign in four years, and nine touchdowns. The trio of Brown, Floyd and Fitzgerald are separated by a fraction of a fantasy point in my projections (standard scoring).
J.J. Nelson162991.915041.8
Jaron Brown101290.800017.7

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Tight Ends

Darren Fells212961.941
Jermaine Gresham151590.619.5
Troy Niklas6620.59.2

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