ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the league has suspended Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson for 6 games for violating the PED policy. Peterson is reportedly not appealing the ban. He's not much of an IDP factor, so the biggest fantasy impact will be on Arizona's first 6 opponents. The Lions, Ravens, Panthers, Seahawks, Bengals and Falcons can enjoy having their lead WRs running free of 1 of the league's top cover men. As for the Cardinals defense, Peterson's early absence should make it easier for 2nd-round rookie Byron Murphy to start right away. Robert Alford will claim a spot after signing a 3-year deal with $13.5 million in guarantees. Arizona also added David Amerson and Tramaine Brock at the position.
The Cardinals selected DE Zach Allen to begin the 3rd round of the NFL Draft. Allen clocked an ugly 5.0-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine that produced a well below-average 89.9 speed score. His college production was better, including 10+ tackles for loss each of the past 3 years and 15+ each of the past 2. Allen looks like more of a "base" end with a limited sack ceiling.
The Cardinals will be signing LB Jordan Hicks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hicks should grab a full-time role in the middle of Arizona's 3-4 base front and be in line for at least solid IDP value. His departure leaves a void in the middle of the Philly defense. We'll see how the team addresses it.
The Cardinals are expected to sign OLB Terrell Suggs when free agency opens Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Despite turning 36 in October, Suggs never saw much of a playing-time dip in Baltimore and appeared in all 16 games each of the past 2 years -- 15+ games in 5 of the past 6 seasons. He figures to join the edge rotation for an Arizona defense that's switching back to a 3-4 base under new DC Vance Joseph in 2019. We'll see whether the Cards retain free-agent DE/OLB Markus Golden, or if they signed Suggs to simply replace him.
Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (illness) is active for today's game against the Rams. He's not a strong IDP option but is available if he's been in your plans. DE Markus Golden (ankle) is inactive.
Cardinals S Budda Baker (knee) is active for today's game against the Falcons. He's fine to use in IDP lineups as you normally would.
Cardinals S Budda Baker (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons. He has played through questionable tags the past 2 weeks, though, and put in an extra practice this week (Thursday, limited) vs. last week. Bet on Baker being available for your IDP lineups. We'll confirm his status Sunday morning.
Cardinals S Budda Baker (knee) is active for today's game against the Lions. Baker only practiced Friday after returning last week from a 2-game absence, but he's OK to use if you were waiting on him for your IDP lineup.
Cardinals S Budda Baker is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. He missed Wednesday and Thursday with his injured knee before returning to a limited workout Friday. HC Steve Wilks said he's "very hopeful" Baker will play. We'll check his status Sunday afternoon, ahead of the 4:25 ET kickoff.
Cardinals S Budda Baker (knee) is active for today’s game against the Packers. The team seemed to be patient with returning him to action, keeping him on the sideline last week despite limited practices. Baker should get back into most IDP lineups. Cardinals LB Haason Reddick (neck) is also active following a questionable tag. He’s a weak IDP option, though.
Cardinals S Budda Baker is questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers with the knee injury that kept him out last week. Baker put in a full practice Friday, though, after limited workouts the 1st 2 days. We'd bet on him returning vs. Green Bay but will check on his status Sunday morning. We'll also check on the status of LB Haason Reddick, who is questionable with a neck injury. Reddick is a low-level IDP option at best.
The Cardinals have ruled S Budda Baker out for Sunday's game against the Raiders with a knee injury. DT Robert Nkemdiche (calf) is questionable but missed practice Wednesday and Friday. Try not to use him even if he's active.
Cardinals S Budda Baker (foot) and S Tre Boston (chest) are questionable for Sunday's game at Kansas City. Baker showed up on the injury report Thursday, missing that day's workout, but returned for limited participation Friday. Boston put in limited workouts all week after missing the past 2 games. We'll check the status of both safeties Sunday morning.
The Cardinals have ruled S Tre Boston out for the 2nd straight game. He's dealing with shoulder and rib injuries and didn't practice at all the past 2 weeks. We'll see how Boston's doing after the Week 9 bye.
The Cardinals have ruled S Tre Boston out for Thursday night's game against the Broncos. Boston is dealing with shoulder and rib injuries and hasn't practiced this week. We'll see if Boston can make it back for a Week 8 meeting with the 49ers. If it's close at all, a Week 9 bye might factor into that decision.
Cardinals DE Markus Golden (knee) and DT Robert Nkemdiche (foot) are active for today's game against the Vikings. Golden's not an IDP option yet, but Nkemdiche can be used in deeper leagues -- especially those with a DT-specific slot.
Cardinals DE Markus Golden (knee) and DT Robert Nkemdiche (foot) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Each guy finished the week with limited practices and could be in for Week 6. We'll check on their statuses Sunday morning. Nkemdiche would be a lower-level IDP option if available. Golden still needs to show he's all the way back from last season's ACL tear before he returns to the IDP radar.
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