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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Cardinals TE Zach Ertz is done for the season with the knee injury that knocked him out of Sunday's game. That makes room for rookie Trey McBride to lead the position in Arizona the rest of the way. Ertz's target shares have been variable since WR DeAndre Hopkins returned, so don't consider McBride a high-level fantasy option. But he's a talented pass-catcher who could present some value for deeper formats.

Cardinals TE Zach Ertz is expected to miss "multiple weeks" with the left knee injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Rams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The team believes Ertz's ACL is intact, but he's scheduled for an MRI on Monday. We should get another update then, but Ertz owners need to start making other plans at least in the short term. Rookie TE Trey McBride will step in as Arizona's lead TE for however long Ertz is out. He's worth stashing in deeper fantasy leagues, although we wouldn't trust him in Week 11 fantasy lineups.

Cardinals TE Zach Ertz exited in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Rams with a left knee injury. He's officially questionable to return, but Ertz was carted back to the locker room, so don't expect to see him back out there. His absence leaves rookie Trey McBride as Arizona's lead TE.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) is not expected to play against the Rams today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. A final decision won't come until pregame warmups, but Schefter says QB Colt McCoy is "likely" to get the start. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport agrees, tweeting that Murray is "unlikely" to play. "He's still moving very gingerly," Rapoport adds. We won't get Arizona's inactives until 3 pm ET, but fantasy owners should operate under the assumption that Murray will not play.

A source "expressed skepticism" to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler about Cardinals QB Kyler Murray's availability for Sunday's game vs. the Rams. Murray is still slated to test that injured hamstring in pregame warmups, per Fowler. QB Colt McCoy will get the start if Murray is out.

Cardinals WR Rondale Moore drew a team-high 10 targets in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. He caught 8 of them for 69 yards. TE Zach Ertz followed with 8 targets, catching 5 for 40 yards and a TD. WR DeAndre Hopkins claimed the team's other TD among his 4 catches for 36 yards on 5 targets. WR Robbie Anderson added 1 reception among 3 targets for a loss of 4 yards.

Cardinals TE Zach Ertz scraped together 4 grabs for 34 yards and 1 score against the Vikings in Week 8. His TD showed off some remarkable sideline balance and power. But the key takeaway here is his 5 targets, which ranked 4th on the team. He’s now seen just a 12.5% target share in 2 outings alongside DeAndre Hopkins. Still, Ertz will remain in the TE1 mix for Sunday’s showdown with Seattle.

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Cardinals TE Zach Ertz caught 2 of 4 targets for 21 yards in a Week 7 win over New Orleans. Ertz entered Thursday night with 6+ catches in 5 straight matchups. Week 7 did turn up the return of DeAndre Hopkins, although Arizona was without Marquise Brown (foot). Brown is set to miss several more weeks, while Ertz's lowly production can be chalked up to a strong Saints TE defense. He’s in a fine rebound spot this week at Minnesota.

Cardinals TE Zach Ertz tied WR Rondale Moore for the team lead with 10 targets in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. He caught a team-high 7 passes for a team-leading 70 yards. Moore caught 6 balls for 49 yards. WR Marquise Brown garnered 9 looks, catching 5 for 68 yards. RB Eno Benjamin and WR A.J. Green combined for the remaining 7 targets.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray threw 2 TD passes and ran for a 3rd in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. That was enough to put Murray 7th among fantasy QBs for the week, heading into Monday night. His yardage remained limited otherwise, though. Murray gained only 26 yards on 12 rushes and threw for a mere 207 (6.5 per attempt). He targeted WR Marquise Brown a team-high 11 times, completing 6 for 88 yards. TE Zach Ertz drew 6 looks, catching all 6 for 47. Those 2 caught Murray's TD throws. WR Rondale Moore checked in 3rd in targets in his 1st appearance of the season, catching 3 of 5 looks for 11 yards.

Cardinals WR Marquise Brown racked up 17 targets in Sunday's loss to the Rams, catching 14 of them for 140 yards. We'll obviously take those number for fantasy football lineups, but credit a passing-volume bubble for a struggling offense. QB Kyler Murray attempted 58 passes, completing 37 (63.8%) for 314 yards, with no TDs or INTs. WR Greg Dortch and TE Zach Ertz followed Brown with 10 targets apiece. No other Cardinals drew more than 5 looks. Dortch caught 9 of his targets for 80 yards; Ertz caught 6 for 45.

Cardinals TE Zach Ertz made his way off the injury report for Week 2 after playing through a "questionable" tag in Week 1. His playing time rose from 60% in the opener to 84% in the comeback win over the Raiders. Ertz, in turn, drew 11 targets to tie Marquise Brown for the team lead. He caught 8 of them for 75 yards. Brown made 6 catches for 68 yards. WR Greg Dortch checked in 3rd with 55 receiving yards on 4 catches (4 targets) and snagged Murray's only TD pass. A.J. Green was the only other Cardinal with more than 4 targets. He caught just 3 of his 7 looks for 16 yards.

Cardinals TE Zach Ertz (calf) is not listed on the final Week 2 injury report after putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday. He was limited to 60% of the snaps in the opener, but it looks like he's ready for a full-time role vs. the Raiders on Sunday. Ertz could see big volume in that game with WRs Rondale Moore and DeAndre Hopkins out.

Cardinals TE Zach Ertz (calf) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. It was his 1st full practice of the season and suggests he's getting close to 100%. If Ertz is not listed on the final Week 2 injury report tomorrow, he'll be a solid TE1 option vs. the Raiders.

Cardinals TE Zach Ertz (calf) did not practice on Wednesday. He seemed to make it out of last week's loss to the Chiefs without a setback, and we're tentatively expecting him to play vs. the Raiders on Sunday. But it's a reminder that he's still not at 100%.

Cardinals TE Zach Ertz (calf) is active for today’s game vs. the Chiefs. Still dealing with a calf injury he suffered back on August 4, Ertz got in just limited practices on Wednesday and Friday. And HC Kliff Kingsbury hinted Friday that Ertz could be on a snap count in this one. But rookie TE Trey McBride is a healthy scratch, which might suggest optimism about Ertz’s health.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls Cardinals TE Zach Ertz "likely" to play against the Chiefs today, "assuming no issues warming up." Ertz got in just limited practices on Wednesday and Friday this week, and HC Kliff Kingsbury hinted Friday that Ertz could be limited if he does suit up. He's a shaky Week 1 fantasy play -- although there is upside in what should be a high-scoring game.

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