Arizona Cardinals 2021 Fantasy Preview

Arizona Cardinals

2020 Record: 8-8

2021 Over/Under: o/u 8.5

2021 Divison Odds: +475

2021 Super Bowl Odds: +4000

As you prepare for the fantasy season, whether it be your home league, a big money squad or with us at Champions Round, we want you to be as prepared as possible heading into the season. And most of all we want to see you win! 

The Arizona Cardinals have two of the most dynamic playmakers in the NFL in Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. That alone makes them dangerous. Add in what should be an improved defense and you have the recipe for a team that should be able to compete in the NFC West. 

Unfortunately for them, the NFC West is one of the most difficult divisions in the league and if the Cardinals are not playing up to their potential, this could quickly end up being a make or break season for head coach Kliff Kingsbury. You could easily see the Cardinals, despite their long odds, winning the division. I could just as easily see Kingsbury being let go at the end of the year after a 6 or 7 win season.

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Champions Round “JUICE” Projections

2021 Expected Record: 10-7

2021 Expected Points Per Game: 27.8

2021 Expected Points Allowed Per Game: 24.5

QB

Kyler Murray - Rank: QB3

JUICE Projections: 411-623 Passing, 66% Completion, 4316 Passing Yds., 30 TD, 14 INT; 722 Rushing Yds, 9 Rush TD

Murray is one of the best fantasy QBs you can get. His rushing abilities and downfield passing prowess make him a danger to all defenses and we should expect another massive season for the third-year QB. As always, his slender size makes him an injury liability. But if he’s healthy, he should produce like a top-5 fantasy QB all season.

RB

Chase Edmonds - Rank: RB22

JUICE Projections: 134 carries, 600 Rushing Yds, 6 Rush TD; 55 receptions, 437 Receiving Yds, 4 Rec. TD

Edmonds has the chance to have a truly breakout season in 2021. He’s already proven over the past two seasons that he is capable of making big time plays. Now he’s going to have the volume required to be a true RB2 in fantasy football. His role in the passing game should increase quite dramatically in 2021, which means his fantasy floor is relatively high. At worst he should be similar to prime James White. However, his running share should be about 50-50 with James Conner, meaning he will have the chance to get 125+ carries this year. 

James Conner - Rank: RB30

JUICE Projections: 184 carries, 736 Rushing Yds, 7 Rush TD; 27 receptions, 153 Receiving Yds, 1 Rec. TD

Conner is a good buy in fantasy, especially if you go with the Hero RB strategy. Yes, I would rather draft Edmonds two rounds earlier, but you could do worse than having Conner as your third or fourth RB. He’s a proven veteran capable of playing every down. His workload is likely to significantly decrease this season, but should be more efficient.

WR

DeAndre Hopkins - Rank: WR5

JUICE Projections: 110 receptions, 1333 Receiving Yds, 8 Rec. TD

There’s not a whole lot to say about Hopkins. He’s one of the best receivers in the game and doesn’t have a lot of competition for targets and Murray is going to target him a bunch. He should easily be a top 10 fantasy receiver in 2021 and has WR1 upside. Hopkins would be a fantastic second-round pick in re-draft leagues this season.

Christian Kirk - Rank: WR62

JUICE Projections: 49 receptions, 619 Receiving Yds, 4 Rec. TD

Who is going to be the second-leading pass catcher for the Cardinals? If you figure it out, let me know! Whether it’s Edmonds, Kirk, Green, Moore or Williams, the second leading pass catcher has a massive opportunity in 2021. Kirk is downfield threat that has never truly broken out yet, despite the fact that he’s very talented. Maybe this is the year. As a late-round receiver, he could be an incredible buy. But his downside could make him fantasy irrelevant.

A.J. Green - Rank: WR74

JUICE Projections: 57 receptions, 507 Receiving Yds, 3 Rec. TD

Is there any chance we see the A.J. Green of old? I highly doubt it. Yes, he’s the same age as Julio Jones. But he’s not Julio Jones and hasn’t looked like himself since 2018. If Green is fully healthy and finds a little bit of his old magic, he could be a nice midseason pickup. But I would avoid him in fantasy drafts.

Rondale Moore - Rank: WR90

JUICE Projections: 34 receptions, 331 Receiving Yds, 4 Rec. TD

As soon as the Cardinals were on the clock in the second round, I knew they were going to take Rondale Moore. The speedy Purdue rookie had one of the most impressive freshman seasons in Big 10 history. He’s been mostly injured since, but there’s no denying his massive potential. If you want to take a shot at the end of one of your drafts on this sort of rookie talent, I wouldn’t fault you. I love Rondale as a prospect and he went to an offense in which he’s going to run a ton of routes. But can Kyler Murray find him in the slot? Both Kyler and Rondale are under 5’10. That could be an issue. But if he hits, oh boy. He could be a league winner.

TE

Maxx Williams - Rank: TE29

JUICE Projections: 29 receptions, 397 Receiving Yds, 3 Rec. TD

Williams is an average tight end in an offense that doesn’t really feature his position. That being said, he has almost no competition in the room with Dan Arnold heading to Carolina. There’s a chance Williams ends up as a top 12 fantasy tight end, but I wouldn’t bank on it.

TL;DR 2021 Arizona Cardinals

  • Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins should continue to find success in 2021.
  • Chase Edmonds could have a massive break out season.
  • Who is the Cardinals second-leading pass catcher? That player will have a nice fantasy season. Let me know when you find out who it is!

Thanks for reading and good luck in your drafts! Next Up: Baltimore Ravens.