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Cardinals TE Trey McBride (groin) was sidelined for Wednesday's practice. We don't have any other details on the groin issue, but McBride played his usual allotment of snaps in last week's loss to the Rams. We'll see if he gets back on the field tomorrow.

Cardinals RB Emari Demercado (toe) is active for today’s game vs. the Rams. It’ll be his first action since Week 8. RB Michael Carter will also make his Arizona debut today, while RB Keaontay Ingram is a healthy scratch. James Conner should still operate as the Cardinals’ clear lead back.

Cardinals WR Michael Wilson (shoulder) is out for this weekend's game vs. the Rams. He's been sidelined since re-injuring his shoulder last Friday. Now we wait to see whether WR Marquise Brown (heel) is able to play on Sunday. If not, the Cardinals will be down to Greg Dortch and Rondale Moore as their top two WRs.

Cardinals WR Michael Wilson (shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday. The rookie re-injured his shoulder last Friday and missed the Texans game. We'll see if he can get back on the practice field tomorrow. WR Greg Dortch stepped into a near every-down role with Wilson out last week.

Falcons HC Arthur Smith said Monday that he plans to go with QB Desmond Ridder as the starter the rest of the season, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein. That aligns with reports on Smith's plans from before he announced the switch back at QB. Neither Atlanta QB has played well for a meaningful stretch this season. So this situation likely doesn't mean a lot for fantasy impact. We'll see whether Falcons coaches succeeded in correcting Ridder's pitfalls while he was out of the lineup.

Cardinals LB Kyzir White left Sunday's loss to the Texans with an elbow injury and did not return. That left Josh Woods and Krys Barnes as Arizona's top non-edge LBs. We'll watch for more on White's outlook. But Woods will be worth a look on waivers in deeper leagues ahead of Week 12.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray tallied 214 yards and one score passing and 51 yards and another TD rushing in the Week 11 loss to the Texans. The passing performance left plenty to be desired. Murray averaged a decent 7.1 yards per attempt but had a handful of misfires, including underthrowing WR Marquise Brown on a potential long TD. But Murray was again active and productive as a runner. He's now totaled 13 carries, 84 yards, and two TDs over the last two weeks. That will keep him in the lower-end QB1 mix going forward, with upside beyond that if he settles in as a passer. Murray gets neutral matchups the next two weeks vs. the Rams and Steelers before a Week 14 bye.

Cardinals RB Michael Carter is a healthy scratch for today's game vs. the Texans. Not a big surprise after he was acquired earlier this week. With RB Emari Demercado out with his toe injury, it'll be RBs Tony Jones and Keaontay Ingram behind James Conner.

Cardinals WR Michael Wilson (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Texans. WR Zach Pascal (hamstring) is also out, leaving WRs Rondale Moore, Greg Dortch, and Andre Baccellia behind No. 1 Marquise Brown. Moore is a more intriguing WR4 or flex play with Wilson out. See where all the Cardinals sit in the Week 11 WR Rankings.

The Falcons will start QB Desmond Ridder vs. the Saints in Week 12, according to NFL Network. QB Taylor Heinicke didn't prove to be an upgrade over the last three games, completing just 55% of his passes at 6.7 yards per attempt. So Atlanta will go back to Ridder, who's registered a 65% completion rate and 7.1 yards per attempt this season. "The Falcons believed the bulk of Ridder's mistakes were correctable & felt he had a lot of learning to do," NFL Network's James Palmer tweeted. "A move back to him was always planned unless Taylor Heinicke went on a ridiculous run. It wasn't like they fell out of love with Ridder. Needed a reset." Ridder sat 18th among QBs in fantasy points through Week 7 and will return as a mid-range QB2. The Falcons have the ninth-toughest remaining QB schedule, although there are positive matchups vs. the Colts and Bears in Weeks 16 and 17.

Cardinals WR Michael Wilson (shoulder) is not expected to play vs. the Texans today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The rookie aggravated his shoulder injury in Friday's practice. Arizona will also be without WR Zach Pascal (hamstring) today, leaving Greg Dortch as the likely No. 3 WR. That arrangement figures to push WR Rondale Moore to the outside when the Cardinals go with three WRs. Moore, WR Marquise Brown, and TE Trey McBride have a chance to pick up an extra target or two with Wilson out.

Cardinals WR Michael Wilson (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Texans. He was added to the injury report on Friday and limited in practice. Wilson missed Week 9 with a shoulder injury and then played through a questionable tag last week. It's unclear at this point whether he's in danger of missing this Sunday's game. We'll look for updates on his status and get Arizona's inactives around 11:30 am ET on Sunday.

The Cardinals have claimed former Jets RB Michael Carter off waivers. That gives Arizona a back who has averaged 2.4 receptions per game since he entered the league in 2021. Carter figures to work into some rushing role as well. But his greatest impact is likely to come in the passing game. The Cardinals had already favored pulling RB James Conner off the field for some passing situations, using Emari Demercado earlier this season. Week 10 found them giving the combo of Keaontay Ingram and Tony Jones Jr. nearly as many routes as Conner (13-10) in his return game. Carter brings more proven receiving ability than all of those RBs and could further cut into Conner's receiving. That doesn't doom the Arizona starter but hurts his weekly stability, especially when his team falls behind. Carter isn't likely to deliver much fantasy value the rest of the way and should be no more than a low-level PPR stash. You can drop Demercado if you haven't already. Conner remains a low-end RB2 option. Check our Week 11 RB rankings to see where he sits for the matchup with Houston.

The Jets released RB Michael Carter. The 2021 fourth-round pick totaled just eight carries and 20 targets in nine games this season, including three carries and nine targets over the last four. Carter's departure is just a slight boost for RB Breece Hall's passing-game usage. RB Dalvin Cook remains fantasy-irrelevant. We'll see where Carter lands, but he's obviously a long shot for 2023 fantasy value and is not a must-hold in dynasty. He'll turn 25 in May.

Falcons HC Arthur Smith said Monday that he'll wait until after the Week 11 bye to name a starting QB going forward. QB Taylor Heinicke struggled in the loss to the Cardinals before exiting early in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury. QB Desmond Ridder went four of six for 39 yards and scored a nine-yard rushing TD over the final 14 minutes. Smith praised Ridder's play in his Monday press conference, so our guess is that he'll be back under center come Week 12. But we'll let you know what Smith makes an announcement next week.

Cardinals RB James Conner claimed 16 of 19 RB carries Sunday in his return from the knee injury that landed him on IR for four games. Conner took those for 73 yards (4.6 per rush) but watched QBs Kyler Murray and Clayton Tune claim the team's two rushing scores. No Cardinals RB drew a target, but Conner's 13 pass routes led the position and marked a 36% route rate. That last number marks potential trouble once RB Emari Demercado returns to health. But Conner can help fantasy lineups even just as lead rusher and part-time backfield receiver going forward. Arizona gets a solid RB-scoring matchup with Houston in Week 11.

Cardinals TE Trey McBride led the team in targets (9), receptions (8), and receiving yards (131) in Sunday's win over the Falcons, the first game this season with QB Kyler Murray. McBride drew a target on 28.1% of Murray's attempts, claimed 42.1% of the team's receptions, and accounted for 52.6% of the team's receiving yards. It marked his third straight game of heavy usage following the injury that landed TE Zach Ertz on IR. McBride has drawn target shares of 25% or better in each of those games, with three different starters at QB. We'd be surprised if the second-year TE falls out of fantasy relevance even after Ertz is eligible to return. McBride looks like a weekly fantasy starter going forward. WR Rondale Moore checked in second on the team in targets (8), receptions (5), and receiving yards (43). WR Marquise Brown managed just 1 reception for 28 yards on 4 targets. Expect the pass offense -- beyond McBride -- to improve as Murray gets further into his return.

Cardinals WR Michael Wilson (shoulder) is active for today’s game vs. the Falcons. The rookie is more intriguing with QB Kyler Murray back under center but would still be a flier in Week 10 fantasy lineups.

Cardinals RB James Conner (knee) is active for today’s game vs. the Falcons. He’s been out since Week 5 and was limited in practice all week, so it’s possible that Conner is on some type of touch count today. But he projects to see enough work to at least be a low-end fantasy starter. See where Conner sits in the Week 10 RB Rankings.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Cardinals are activating RB James Conner from IR and will play him Sunday against the Falcons. We've been assuming all week this would be the case. We'll watch for any early Sunday reports about Conner's expected playing time and/or touch count. For now, he sits low in RB2 territory in our Week 10 RB rankings.

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