WR Larry Fitzgerald
Funny how the pendulum swings as Fitzgerald was in the overvalued category earlier this year. But with Drew Stanton expected to be under center again in place of the injured Carson Palmer, Fitzgerald’s value gets a major bump. Fitzgerald wasn’t nearly as bad as his Week 1 performance against the San Diego Chargers, but it’s also clear that Michael Floyd has emerged as the teams’ go-to target. Fitzgerald was targeted 10 times last week against the New York Giants and will likely continue being the safety blanket for Stanton. Stanton is capable of leading the Cardinals’ offense effectively, but isn’t as efficient moving the ball downfield like Palmer is. Because of this, Fitzgerald will continue to see a lot of action and if he could somehow find the end zone, Fitz could have a productive outing against the 49ers.
Projected stats: 6 receptions, 71 yards, 1 TD
WR Michael Floyd
Yes, the back and forth is taken to a new level as Floyd was on the undervalued list just weeks ago. This has less to do with Floyd, and more to do with the lack of legitimate fantasy options on the Arizona roster. While it’s not quite time to panic on Floyd, his breakout year has been stalled a bit. Palmer’s injury really hurts Floyd’s value as the Cardinals’ offensive game plan will undoubtedly be watered down, taking fewer shots down the field. Perhaps coach Bruce Arians loosens the reins on Stanton this week, but Floyd will more than likely have to wait until Palmer returns before he can fulfil the fantasy promise that so many predicted this year. Maybe Stanton and Floyd will develop some dynamic chemistry against San Francisco, but we wouldn’t count on it just yet.
Projected Stats: 3 receptions, 45 yards, 0 TD
RB Stepfan Taylor
With Jonathan Dwyer now out of the picture, Taylor steps up as the backup to Andre Ellington. Ellington, of course, has been battling injuries all season leaving a potential door open for Taylor. Taylor has a solid skill set and could be productive if given an expanded opportunity. Ellington continues to miss practices but always finds his way to the field on Sundays. Expectations for Taylor may need to be tempered, however, as the 49ers defense allows the ninth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. That said, if Ellington’s nine lives finally run out and Taylor is pressed into action, he will have some significant upside as the Cardinals’ feature back. Either way, Taylor will at least get a handful of carries and perhaps even a goal-line carry or two.
Projected stats: 9 carries, 34 yards, 1 TD
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