J.J. Nelson Fantasy Football News 2019

WR J.J. Nelson has inked a deal with the Raiders. The 5'10, 160-pounder totaled just 81 catches in 4 seasons in Arizona but averaged 17.8 yards per catch with 10 TDs. He'll battle Seth Roberts for #3 WR duties in Oakland behind Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams.

Cardinals WR Chad Williams (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. J.J. Nelson figures to step in as Arizona’s #3 WR behind Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk but isn’t a fantasy option.

The Cardinals’ initial (“unofficial”) depth chart lists rookie WR Christian Kirk as a 3rd-teamer. Arizona lists Larry Fitzgerald and Brice Butler as starters, with J.J. Nelson and Chad Williams behind them. We’d bet on Kirk climbing from there, but it’s at least a reminder that he has work to do.

7:09pm EDT 9/25/17

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 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 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.

Cardinals WR John Brown (quad) has been ruled out for this weekend's game against the Colts. He's seemingly dealing with the same issue that hampered him in August. Brown's absence leaves J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown behind Larry Fitzgerald on the WR depth chart. With both Brown and RB David Johnson out, Fitz should see huge volume on Sunday.

The Cardinals have released WR Michael Floyd. It's a fitting end to a disastrous contract season. Floyd dropped too many passes, tallied just 446 yards and was arrested for DUI earlier this week. He's still only 27 with a 6'2 frame and a 1,000-yard season on his resume, so work won't be hard to find. J.J. Nelson figures to operate as Arizona's #2 WR the rest of the way. He's a boom/bust WR3 for this Sunday's game against the Saints.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Tuesday that he's checking the CBA for disciplinary options for WR Michael Floyd and might just bench him this weekend. Floyd was arrested and charged with DUI on Monday morning. He obviously shouldn't be in your Week 15 fantasy plans. If he ends up inactive, J.J. Nelson figures to assume #2 WR duties in a plus matchup against the Saints. WR John Brown remains limited by his sickle-cell related leg issues.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians described J.J. Nelson as "one of the starters" on Monday. That was certainly the case in Sunday's game against the Panthers, when Nelson played 92% of the offensive snaps and saw a team-high 12 targets. He parlayed those into an 8-79-2 line. Nelson's volume figures to take a hit when and if WRs John Brown and Michael Floyd get healthy, but he'll at least emerge from the Week 9 bye as a WR3 with upside.

11:36am EDT 10/30/16

Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Panthers. He only put in 1 limited practice this week and is a risky Week 8 fantasy play. Floyd’s presence does put a dent in WR J.J. Nelson’s flier appeal.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Cardinals WR John Brown (hamstring) is on track to play against the Panthers today. WR Michael Floyd (hamstring), meanwhile, "has an uphill battle to do so." Floyd needs to be on fantasy benches at this point. His absence would mean more snaps for WR J.J. Nelson, who's a viable Week 8 flier. Brown is a WR3 with upside vs. Carolina's burnable secondary.

Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (hamstring) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Panthers, HC Bruce Arians said. Floyd put in a limited practice on Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days. We'll find out Floyd's status by noon ET on Sunday. He'll be a risk/reward WR3 if active. If not, WR J.J. Nelson will take on a bigger role and be on the WR3 flier radar.

Cardinals WR Jaron Brown tore his ACL in Sunday night's tie against the Seahawks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. With WR John Brown out indefinitely with his sickle-cell issue, Arizona is down to WRs Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and J.J. Nelson. Nelson played 84% of the offensive snaps last night, hauling in 3 of 7 targets for 84 yards. He's worth a look on waiver wires in deeper fantasy leagues.

Cardinals WR J.J. Nelson is more comfortable heading into his 2nd NFL season.  "Now I can just go out and play fast," he said. "I feel like (last season) was a confidence builder. Going in really not knowing what to do, as the season went along I felt like I got really confident and pretty good at knowing what I was supposed to do out there."  Nelson flashed his big-play ability during the 2nd half of last season, posting lines of 3-70, 4-124-1 and 2-34-1.  HC Bruce Arians has been impressed with his work this offseason.  "Every day, he's making a big play or two," Arians said.  "He has a very unique skill in tracking the ball that the great ones have when the ball's coming over your opposite shoulder. When you have a little fast guy that can do that, you have a special one."  Nelson will need an injury to at least 1 of Michael Floyd, John Brown or Larry Fitzgerald to emerge as a reliable fantasy option this year.  But he makes for a fine pick at the end of best-ball drafts.

 
 
 

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