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Arizona Cardinals fantasy preview

Who to target and avoid in fantasy football from the Arizona Cardinals.

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Warren Sharp’s Strength of Schedule: Warren Sharp has the Cardinals facing the easiest offensive schedule in the NFL with an emphasis on the passing game. Per his 2019 Football Preview, “Arizona faces the NFL fourth-easiest pass-defense schedule”.

Must Draft

David Johnson is primed for a monster workload, full of high-value passing game targets. Kingsbury’s lead back consistently produced in college, working as an integral, dual-threat element of his offense. DJ is worthy of a Top 5 pick in all formats.

Kyler Murray needs to be on your team. For the first time, we truly have a player who could produce like Michael Vick. The Kingsbury system makes like easy for quarterbacks both through the air and on the ground. Per Warren Sharp’s 2019 Football Preview, 4-wide receiver sets (the 10 personnel grouping) yield a higher quarterback Yards Per Carry number than all other formations. Kingsbury frequently utilizes 10 personnel.

Good Values

Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk have been duking it out for the starting slot role -- the alpha in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. Fitzgerald was given slightly more snaps in the slot, however, Kingsbury made it a point to say he was not revealing anything in the preseason. Draft both but Kirk’s excellent rookie showing was no fluke -- he should be the favorite. Kingsbury often goes 4-wide so both receivers will produce.

Chase Edmonds will have standalone value if Kingsbury successfully runs a league-leading snap rate in 2019. He’s a top flight handcuff as well.

Monitor

Ricky Seals-Jones was recruited as a passing game weapon to Texas A&M the year after Kingsbury left. Although he did not directly play for Kingsbury in college, he has experience in the coach’s system.

Avoid

Michael Crabtree, Andy Isabella, KeeSean Johnson, and Damiere Byrd.