Arizona Cardinals, Def, Cardinals: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Arizona Cardinals, Def, Cardinals

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Age Height Weight
Def - #8 191.86 ARI Active 47 0' 0 0

2016 Outlook: Stud (low risk)

Last updated on Aug-04-2016 by Shawn Childs


The Cardinals finished 6th in rushing yards allowed (1460) with 9 TDs. Ball carriers gained 3.9 yards per rush, while averaging 23.3 rushes per game.

Arizona ranked 8th in passing yards allowed (3687) with 24 TDs and 19 Ints. Their defense delivered 36 sacks.

DE Calais Campbell was their best run defender in 2015 while adding five sacks, which was his lowest production of his career. Rodney Gunter projects as the favorite to win the starting nose tackle job after grading as a slight negative in all areas over part-time snaps in his rookie season. DE Frostee Rucker struggled in against the run with minimal upside in sacks (3).

It looks like the Cardinals will move Chandler Jones to linebacker in 2016. He played well against the run while adding 12.5 sacks. LB Kevin Minter was a huge liability against the run with risk in pass coverage while setting a career high in tackles (94). Minter was a better player in run support in 2014. LB Deone Bucannon is a former first round draft pick (2014) who had 112 tackles in 2015 while adding value in coverage. His profile did show some struggles against the run with three sacks. LB Markus Golden was a neutral player in his rookie season (second round draft pick).

CB Patrick Peterson did an excellent job in coverage while being a slight negative in run support. S Tyrann Mathieu was the best coverage player in the league in 2015, but he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in December. It looks like he will miss part of the season due to his recovery. CB Justin Bethel will be the early favorite to win the other starting cornerback job while his overall skill set does invite some failure risk. S Tyvon Branch and S Tony Jefferson should be above the league average players in pass coverage and run support.

This defense has talent and playmakers at all three levels of the defense. Also, they have youth on their side at multiple positions. With growth in the pass rush, the Cardinals could push to be the best defense in the league. I like this defense, and they will play from the lead in most games. When draft day hits in the Fantasy season, I'm ranking them as my number one choice.

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