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Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Monday that CB Tramon Williams has a chance to take the starting job opposite Patrick Peterson away from Justin Bethel, according to the team website. Arians stopped short of promising such a change but said that Williams "needs to play more" after he grabbed a big INT in Sunday's win over the Bucs. Playing opposite Peterson can be a lucrative position for IDP value, so the starting nod for Week 7 against the Rams will be worth watching.

Cardinals ILB Karlos Dansby (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Buccaneers. He entered the day questionable but is OK as a down-the-list IDP option.

Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby is questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after a hamstring injury limited his participation all week. We'd bet on Dansby playing, but we'll see about his status Sunday.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Wednesday night that the earliest he expects to get back RB David Johnson (wrist) is Thanksgiving. That'd presumably be either Week 11 or 12. Johnson still has a shot to be a difference-maker during the fantasy playoffs, but he's not going to help you get there. He'll be increasingly tough to stash in short-bench leagues as the bye weeks continue to roll in.

The Saints have traded RB Adrian Peterson to the Cardinals in exchange for a conditional draft pick, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini. It's been clear from the get-go that Peterson wasn't working in New Orleans. He mustered just 3.0 yards per carry on 27 attempts over the first 4 weeks. The question, of course, is how much of that was due to a bad fit in the offense and how much to the 32-year-old having little gas left in the tank. We should find out in Arizona, where Peterson will get a shot to revive a moribund running game averaging a league-worst 2.6 yards per carry. He won't get much help from a banged-up offensive line currently ranked 24th in Football Outsiders' Adjusted Line Yards. (The Saints, by comparison, are sitting 11th.) Peterson is worth adding if he was dropped in your league, but keep expectations in check.

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Cardinals WR John Brown (quad) is active for today’s game against the 49ers. We heard this morning that he’s still not at 100%, though, and will be on a snap count. Brown can’t be trusted in Week 4 fantasy lineups. His return makes WR J.J. Nelson tougher to trust — although he retains plenty of upside in this plus matchup.

Cardinals WR John Brown (quad) is expected to play against the 49ers today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "But he's not 100%," Rapoport adds. "Figure he'll be on a pitch count until he's back to himself." Brown can't be trusted in Week 4 fantasy lineups, but his return is a boost for QB Carson Palmer.

Cardinals WR John Brown (quad) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the 49ers after a limited week of practice. HC Bruce Arians said on Friday that Brown is on track to play. He could be on a snap count, though, and can’t be trusted in Week 4 fantasy lineups. Brown’s return also dings WR J.J. Nelson — although this matchup remains excellent.

Saints RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is not listed on the final Week 4 injury report. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said he tweaked his knee on Wednesday, but Peterson put in a full practice on Friday. The knee shouldn’t be an issue, but his workload remains one. AP is a risky RB3 or flex.

Saints RB Adrian Peterson "tweaked" his knee in Wednesday's practice, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and didn't practice on Thursday. His status for Sunday morning's game against the Dolphins is uncertain. Peterson has yet to score top top 37 yards in a game this season.

Cardinals WR John Brown (quad) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. It was his 1st official practice since prior to the season opener. Brown is clearly making progress, but his Week 4 status remains uncertain. We'll see what he's able to do on Thursday.

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle) is inactive for tonight's game against the Cowboys. There had been hope he'd be ready to make his 2017 debut vs. Dallas, but Bucannon clearly needs more time. We'll need to see him in at least 1 game before putting him into any IDP lineups. Don't be surprised if he returns to a limited role early on.

Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (ribs) is active for tonight's game against the Cowboys. He's not much of a fantasy option, but his availability is good news for QB Carson Palmer and the rest of the offense.

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Cardinals WR J.J. Nelson (hamstring) is active for tonight's game against the Cowboys. He was limited in practice all week, but we never heard any concern about his availability. If you waited on him, fire Nelson up as a WR3 with upside.

Cardinals WR John Brown (quad) is out for Monday night's game against the Cowboys. He didn't practice all week and remains without a timetable for return. Brown is droppable in shallower fantasy leagues.

Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham is questionable for Monday night's game with a rib injury. Gresham missed Week 2 with the ailment but put in limited practices all week. He's not worth waiting for in any but the deepest of fantasy football leagues this time around.

Cardinals WR J.J. Nelson is questionable for Monday night's game against the Cowboys. He put in limited practices all week while dealing with a hamstring injury. We'd bet on him playing, but you'll need to secure insurance if you plan to wait for him. The issue obviously adds risk to an already risk/reward speedster.

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon is expected to make his season debut Monday against the Cowboys. According to Mike Jurecki of 98.7 FM in Arizona, Bucannon will be on a snap count in his return game. The veteran put in limited practices all week and missed the full offseason, training camp and preseason following ankle surgery. Karlos Dansby remains the only usable Cardinals ILB in IDP leagues.

Cardinals WR John Brown (quad) remained sidelined on Wednesday. Fantasy owners can't be banking on him playing against the Cowboys on Monday night. Look for J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown to again serve as Arizona's #2 and #3 WRs.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians admitted on Monday that it "doesn't look hopeful" for WR John Brown (quad) to play against the Cowboys next Monday night. Brown didn't practice at all this past week and has no timetable for return. His absence would again leave bigger roles for J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown. Nelson tallied a 5-120-1 line in Sunday's win over the Colts, while Brown posted a 4-73 on a team-high 11 targets.

 
 
 

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