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2012 Team Outlook: Arizona

A fantasy football preview of the Cardinals this year. Profiled players include Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Williams, LaRod Stephens-Howling, and Beanie Wells.

Arizona selected Michael Floyd with the 13th pick overall in the NFL Draft to add a much needed complement to Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. With his solid size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), the Notre Dame product should step into the starting lineup immediately and will have an impact as a rookie this season. Floyd is worthy of a selection in the middle-to-late rounds of all fantasy drafts this season.

Much like Early Doucet, Andre Roberts' fantasy value suffered a major blow when Arizona selected Notre Dame wideout Michael Floyd in the first round of the NFL Draft. Roberts, who caught 51 passes for 586 yards and a pair of touchdowns last season, will serve as the Cardinals' number four receiver and is only worth a late round flier in fantasy drafts this season.

Early Doucet played in all 16 games and posted the best numbers of his four-year career (54 catches for 689 yards and five touchdowns), but it was not enough to prevent the Cardinals from drafting Notre Dame wideout Michael Floyd in the first round of the NFL Draft. With Floyd's upside and the likelihood that he will start over Doucet, Early's fantasy value takes a significant hit this season.

We could have an interesting situation going on with the Cardinals historically lackluster tight end position, that is assuming the 2011 third-round pick is ready to make it one. Drafted out of Florida Atlantic, Robert Housler caught 12 passes in 12 games last season and the 6-foot-5 target could find more looks coming his way seeing as aging veteran Todd Heap and Jeff King are all that stands in his way. Even if Housler emerges as the starter, Arizona's bleak passing situation makes him no better than a TE2, but he'd be more interesting than Heap.

UPDATE 8/19: Housler caught three passes for 26 yards in the Cardinals' latest preseason game against Oakland. For now Heap remains the starter, but Housler is the more interesting player over the course of the 2012 fantasy season. Don't draft, but monitor.

Jeff King was more productive from a fantasy standpoint than starter Todd Heap last season, but that isn't saying much. The Cardinals do not utilize the tight end in the passing game very often, which significantly limits King's fantasy value. King is wavier wire fodder unless he begins to find the end zone on a regular basis this season.

Todd Heap struggled to stay healthy in his first season with Arizona, playing in just 10 games due to injuries last season. Due to his lengthy injury history, age (32), and the Cardinals' lack of emphasis on the tight end position, Heap should not be relied upon by fantasy owners this season, especially with second-year tight end Robert Housler breathing down his neck for the starting job.