Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson left Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers with a calf injury. It's not yet clear how serious the injury might be. We'll keep an eye on his situation throughout this week. Arizona slot CB Tramaine Brock missed Week 10 with a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice all week. That could leave the Cardinals without 2 of their top 3 cover guys for the Week 11 visit to San Francisco.
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.
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 HC Bruce Arians on Wednesday revealed the unsurprising plan for covering Vikings WR Stefon Diggs on Sunday. "Put Patrick Peterson on him and hope that works," he said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. It's not surprising that Arizona would seek to shadow the opponent's clear top (only?) receiving threat with its top corner. But Diggs runs more than half of his routes from the slot, according to ESPN. We'll see if Peterson -- normally an outside corner -- has any trouble guarding Diggs inside, but we're lowering the ceiling on Diggs' fantasy outlook for Week 11.
Cardinals DC James Bettcher says Cardinals top CB Patrick Peterson won't be following Bucs WR Mike Evans around the formation Sunday. “I think there will be some situations where those two guys will be together,” Bettcher said of Peterson on Evans, according to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss. “There’ll be situations where he’ll be on Jackson, too. We’ll see on Sunday how they play us and how they do some stuff what those matchups will be.” That's good news for Evans' fantasy outlook, as he should see Arizona rookie CB Brandon Williams at times. Tampa Bay's passing game could prove dangerous all season. At the least, both Evans and Vincent Jackson are certainly in play across full-season and DFS fantasy formats this week.
Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson left Sunday night's game with an ankle sprain. HC Bruce Arians told the Arizona Republic on Monday that his top corner is day to day, and Peterson tweeted out, "You guys know I'll be good to go." His status may not really matter for this week's matchup with the Niners, who don't have much of anything going on offense -- or defense, for that matter.
The Cardinals watched 2 DBs leave Sunday's win over the Eagles with concussions. CB Patrick Peterson suffered his injury in a 1st-half collision with Jeremy Maclin. Jefferson played 75 of the 94 snaps and had his injury revealed Monday. Both will need to pass through the league protocol before returning to action. Fortunately, neither is much of an IDP factor. Jefferson's recent playing time hasn't proved consistent enough for fantasy owners to trust him. Losing him for Sunday's trip to Dallas wouldn't affect the outlook for the team D. Peterson has failed to live up to his reputation in coverage this year, but missing him would still only make Arizona a more positive passing matchup for Tony Romo and the Dallas WRs in Week 9.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that former Jets CB Antonio Cromartie has signed a 1-year deal with the Cardinals. The move won't affect our 2014 IDP rankings much, but Cromartie pairs with CB Patrick Peterson to give Arizona a terrific cover duo. That can only help the value of the team D for fantasy football owners, especially considering the big-play ability that each corner possesses.
The Cardinals have been experimenting with using CB Patrick Peterson on offense. He's one of the most athletic and explosive players in the game -- regardless of position. HC Bruce Arians has Peterson in about 15 offensive plays, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King. Peterson will reportedly see time at WR and wingback in Arians' offense. He's highly unlikely see more than 1 or 2 touches per game and won't be an option in standard fantasy leagues. But it could provide a boost to his IDP profile. And an extra weapon can't hurt QB Carson Palmer's outlook.
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