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Fantasy Football: ESPN Predicts Stats For Several Cardinals Players

For those of you who are interested in this sort of thing.

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. Larry Fitzgerald, Ari WR YEAR TAR REC YDS AVG TD RUSH YDS TD PTS
2010 Statistics 174 90 1137 12.6 6 0 0 0 146
2011 Projections 160 100 1270 12.7 10 0 0 0 187
2011 Outlook: You know it's bad when Cardinals fans find themselves pining for Matt Leinart. At the end of their first post-Kurt Warner training camp, Arizona suddenly cut ties with Leinart and ran with Derek Anderson as its starter, with predictably disastrous results. Nobody suffered more than Fitzgerald, who was coming off three consecutive top-six WR fantasy seasons, but tied a career low with just six TDs in '10 and set a career high in abject frustration. There's no question Fitz has skills, and, entering his age-28 season, he's in his prime. But if you ever needed a case study about what happens to a potential Hall of Fame receiver's fantasy value when his team decides to put the modern-day Marc Wilson under center (ask your parents), Fitzgerald is it. Now that Kevin Kolb is aboard in the desert, expect Fitz to go right back to elite status.
Beanie Wells, Ari RB YEAR RUSH YDS AVG TD REC YDS TD PTS
2010 Statistics 116 397 3.4 2 5 74 0 51
2011 Projections 215 957 4.5 7 12 91 1 150
2011 Outlook: In his rookie season, Wells did a fine job of shrugging off injury concerns that had dogged him in college. In his second season? Not so much. Wells suffered a torn meniscus in the Cardinals' preseason finale that required surgery and caused him to miss the season's first two games. He later missed most of two more contests when that same knee joint swelled. On the field, Beanie looked hesitant to hit the hole as the season wore on. It's hard to know whether that was related to his knee, but it wasn't encouraging. The Cardinals apparently lost patience with Wells and drafted Ryan Williams this spring. Now Arizona's backfield looks like a two-headed monster, with Tim Hightower gone to the Redskins. To begin the year, observers expect Wells to play on early downs, with Williams filling in as a pass catcher. But if Beanie doesn't shine in September, he could lose playing time to Williams as the season progresses.
Ryan Williams, Ari RB YEAR RUSH YDS AVG TD REC YDS TD PTS
2010 Statistics -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 Projections 155 689 4.4 3 32 261 2 120
2011 Outlook: During his scintillating redshirt freshman year at Virginia Tech, Williams' vision, explosiveness and versatility reminded scouts of DeAngelo Williams. Unfortunately, last season Ryan channeled a different aspect of DeAngelo's game: He was injured. But that didn't stop the Cardinals from taking him this April, and teaming him with Beanie Wells before trading away Tim Hightower this summer. Williams has an every-down back's size/speed combo and tremendous hands, so if things break his way in the desert he could eventually become Arizona's lead dog. But it's hard to believe the Cards have given up on Wells after two seasons, albeit two seasons weighed down by injury and disappointment. Observers believe Wells will be given first crack at early-down work as Williams adjusts to the NFL and plays passing downs. But if Beanie bombs again, that could change.
Kevin Kolb, Ari QB YEAR C/A YDS TD INT RUSH YDS TD PTS
2010 Statistics 115/189 1197 7 7 14 68 0 59
2011 Projections 261/420 2729 26 17 30 146 1 193
2011 Outlook: Kolb parlayed two promising early-season relief performances in '09 into a massive -- and as it turned out, unjustified -- amount of hype for '10. But he got hurt in Week 1, watched Michael Vick run away with the Eagles' starting job and didn't overwhelm anybody when Vick was injured. But the Cardinals set him free in late July, trading for him to be their unquestioned starter. Certainly, Larry Fitzgerald will be Kolb's greatest asset, but don't get carried away. There are O-line questions in the desert, and the team doesn't have much receiver depth after Fitz. Kolb himself has nice accuracy and a strong grasp of West Coast offense systems, but he needs to prove he can hit secondary reads when the pocket breaks down. For us, he's not a fantasy starter yet, but he's worth drafting as a high-upside backup.
Andre Roberts, Ari WR YEAR TAR REC YDS AVG TD RUSH YDS TD PTS
2010 Statistics 49 24 307 12.8 2 0 0 0 38
2011 Projections 67 33 487 14.8 4 0 0 0 72
2011 Outlook: Coming out of the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) level, Roberts figured to need seasoning as a rookie. But everyone who lined up on the opposite side from Larry Fitzgerald last year was so crummy that Roberts was actually starting by Week 16. Slender but a good route-runner who was clocked at 4.46 at the combine, Roberts will be in the mix to start in '11. Steve Breaston is gone, and guys like Early Doucet and Stephen Williams have thus far failed to impress. Larry Fitzgerald will always get fed first in the desert, but Roberts qualifies as a deep sleeper, especially with Kevin Kolb making things interesting at QB.
Todd Heap, Ari TE YEAR TAR REC YDS AVG TD RUSH YDS TD PTS
2010 Statistics 64 40 599 15.0 5 0 0 0 83
2011 Projections 67 42 521 12.4 5 0 0 0 80
2011 Outlook: In last April's NFL draft, the Ravens selected both Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta, so it seemed Heap was on his way out in 2010. He wasn't: His 64 targets more than doubled Dickson and Pitta's combined, and he finished 14th in fantasy points at his position. But the future is now for the Ravens, so Heap was released and signed this July with the Cardinals. Arizona hasn't used the tight end consistently in its offense for a long time, but Kevin Kolb seems like a decent candidate to start a new trend. Still, considering his injury history, Heap isn't a good bet to be a shallow-league fantasy starter.
LaRod Stephens-Howling, Ari RB YEAR RUSH YDS AVG TD REC YDS TD PTS
2010 Statistics 23 113 4.9 1 16 111 0 34
2011 Projections 50 214 4.3 0 47 343 0 55
2011 Outlook: The shifty LSH is currently one of the NFL's premier kickoff returners, leading the league in return yards in 2010 despite missing three games with hamstring problems. He could probably be a decent little third-down back if the Cardinals committed to him, but with Ryan Williams and Beanie Wells around, it would take an injury for him to see much backfield time.
Jay Feely, Ari K YEAR 1-39 40-49 50+ TOT XP PTS
2010 Statistics 14/14 8/10 2/3 24/27 29/29 116
2011 Projections 14/14 8/9 2/4 24/27 27/27 108
2011 Outlook: Feely produced a decent season kicking for a bad Cardinals offense last season. But we'd much rather talk about Week 14 against Denver, when Feely scored a touchdown (on a fake field goal attempt) and kicked five field goals and four extra points. He literally won fantasy games that week, posting a ridiculous 28 points in standard leagues. Sure, it'll never happen again. But fantasy owners who had him (or went against him that week) won't soon forget it.
Early Doucet, Ari WR YEAR TAR REC YDS AVG TD RUSH YDS TD PTS
2010 Statistics 58 26 291 11.2 1 2 5 0 31
2011 Projections 59 34 354 10.4 2 0 0 0 47
2011 Outlook: Doucet is only 25 and still has the same physicality and ball skills the Cardinals liked when they drafted him. But he has gotten hurt in each of his three seasons in the league. Maybe he gets healthy and finally assumes the Anquan Boldin role in the Arizona offense. Then again, Andre Roberts might be a better bet to start, as he's got more speed and greater durability, and Stephen Williams is on hand, too.
Stephen Williams, Ari WR YEAR TAR REC YDS AVG TD RUSH YDS TD PTS
2010 Statistics 23 9 101 11.2 0 0 0 0 8
2011 Projections 49 24 302 12.6 3 0 0 0 48
2011 Outlook: The 6-foot-5 Williams went undrafted last spring but looked great in Cardinals camp and in the preseason, and earned the starting job opposite Larry Fitzgerald in Week 4 after Steve Breaston and Early Doucet got hurt. Unfortunately, Williams did nothing with the opportunity and was later bypassed by Andre Roberts. He's terribly raw, but his size does make him interesting.
Cardinals D/ST D/ST YEAR SCK INT FR RTD PA YA PTS
2010 Statistics 33 17 13 10 434 5977 127
2011 Projections 31 17 9 1 430 6037 73
2011 Outlook: There's simply no way in the world the Cardinals D deserved to finish ninth in fantasy points last year. They were horrendous, ranking 29th in yards allowed and 30th in points allowed. A ludicrous seven defensive TDs bolstered them, to say nothing of kicker Jay Feely scoring on a fake field goal. New coordinator Ray Horton comes from the Steelers school, so maybe you'll see an uptick in blitzes, but does Arizona have the horses? The list of underperforming defensive players from last year is as long as the season felt to Cards fans: Adrian Wilson lost several steps, Darnell Dockett couldn't stop the run, and those stopgap linebackers (Joey Porter and Clark Haggans, among others) were awful. Sure, rookie CB Patrick Peterson has potential, but Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is gone and Richard Marshall is a shaky replacement. Stewart Bradley will help, but the notion that this was the ninth best defense last year? Pure fantasy.
John Skelton, Ari QB YEAR C/A YDS TD INT RUSH YDS TD PTS
2010 Statistics 60/126 662 2 2 10 49 0 28
2011 Projections 13/26 149 1 2 4 8 0 5
2011 Outlook: Of the four men who started at QB for Arizona last year, Skelton was the only one to throw as many TDs as he did picks. Of course, he also completed 47.6 percent of his passes. A big guy with a huge arm, Skelton has potential. But with Kevin Kolb leading the Cardinals now, the best Skelton will be in '11 is a backup.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Revenge of the Birds' (ROTB) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of ROTB's editors.</em>

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