Shark Bites

The Cardinals selected Arizona State RB Eno Benjamin in the 7th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. We’re surprised he lasted this long. Benjamin is a fun watch; a Tazmanian Devil-style runner who darts and spins his way through traffic. Some scouts think he does too much dancing, though, which might explain his underwhelming 5.0 career yards per carry. Benjamin ranked a mediocre 15th among 21 of this year’s top RB prospects in Pro Football Focus’ 2019 Elusive Rating and 14th in the site’s rushing grades. And although he racked up 553 carries over the past 2 years, the 5’9, 207-pounder is likely too small to handle big workloads as a pro. On the plus side, Benjamin tested as a 72nd percentile athlete at the Combine and leads this RB class in career receptions (82), career receptions per game (2.4) and 2019 market share of receptions (18.0%). He should compete with Chase Edmonds for change-of-pace duties behind Kenyan Drake in Arizona.

The Cardinals selected Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons with the 8th pick of the NFL Draft. Simmons is most commonly viewed as a LB, but some NFL teams reportedly see him as more of a safety. He spent plenty of snaps at both positions for the Tigers, as well as every other spot on the defense besides DT. Simmons arrives with a vaulted fantasy ceiling that includes upside across categories. His primary position should be ILB, but Simmons could see significant DB snaps and possibly impact Budda Baker's role. He'll rank among the top picks for dynasty rookie drafts with IDPs.

The Cardinals have agreed to a 1-year, $8.5 million deal with LB De'Vondre Campbell, according to Drew Rosenhaus' agency. That likely installs Campbell as the ILB starter next to Jordan Hicks, a spot that saw Haason Reddick and Joe Walker take turns last season. Campbell finished 12th among fantasy LBs in 2019 (depending on your scoring format). Don't bet on a repeat of that. But Reddick did open 2019 performing as a top-20 fantasy LB, which displays the upside to Campbell's likely new role. Expect him to land in mid-to-high LB3 territory in our 2020 IDP rankings. Reddick, meanwhile, looks like a safe drop in most dynasty leagues. He has yet to sustain a starting role through 3 years, and the Cardinals have moved on from the coaching staff that was around when Arizona drafted him in Round 1.

The Texans are set to trade WR DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Wow. Hopkins is an elite receiver in the prime of his career with 3 years remaining on a manageable contract. It's a mind-boggling move by the Texans, leaving Will Fuller and Kenny Stills atop the depth chart for now. Those 2 are big winners here, while QB Deshaun Watson's fantasy stock takes a significant hit. QB Kyler Murray, meanwhile, gets the legitimate #1 WR that he was missing last year. He looks like a top-5 QB in 2020 fantasy drafts. Hopkins should easily remain a WR1 in a pass-leaning offense piloted by an accurate QB.

Update: Schefter reports that the Cardinals are receiving Hopkins and a late-round pick in exchange for RB David Johnson and a 2nd-rounder. Other picks are involved in the trade. Hopkins is expected to get a new contract from Arizona.

Update: The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports it's Hopkins and a 4th-round pick to Arizona for Johnson, a 2020 2nd-rounder and a 2021 4th-rounder.

The Cardinals have used their transition tag on RB Kenyan Drake. The move means Drake can negotiate with other teams as a free agent, but Arizona has the right to match any offer. We'll see where this goes, but it's mostly likely that Drake remains with the Cardinals in 2020. He was awesome after arriving from Miami last year, averaging 80.4 rushing yards per game on 5.2 yards per carry -- plus 3.5 catches and 21.4 receiving yards per game. Drake ranked 4th among RBs in PPR points across those 8 games.

2:12pm EST 12/29/19

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Rams. He’s a risky fantasy play at less than 100%.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Cardinals are planning on having QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) against the Rams this afternoon. "Only way he doesn’t is if Murray’s hamstring bothers him during pregame warmups," Schefter adds. The rookie remains a shaky fantasy play at less than 100%.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Cardinals QB Kyler Murray is a "true game-time decision" for today's game against the Rams with his hamstring injury. The 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff adds risk to waiting for him, and Murray's situation will include elevated re-injury risk even if he plays. Avoid the rookie in your Week 17 lineups if you can.

Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury labeled QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) a game-time decision for Sunday's finale against the Rams. We're not sure why Arizona is even considering playing the rookie if he's not at 100%. Murray will be a shaky fantasy option if he ends up active. If not, it'll be Brett Hundley under center for the Cards.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) will practice on Tuesday, HC Kliff Kingsbury said. The rookie's hamstring injury is obviously minor, and it looks like he has a good chance to play in Sunday's finale against the Rams.

The MRI on Cardinals QB Kyler Murray's hamstring revealed "nothing alarming ... Just a regular, minor hamstring pull," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. "It’ll be wait-and-see on his availability this week." We'll track Murray's practice participation, but it wouldn't make much sense for Arizona to run him out there at less than 100%. QB Brett Hundley will start vs. the Rams if Murray is out.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray hurt his right hamstring in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game. He's been replaced by QB Brett Hundley. We'll look for an update on the severity of Murray's injury.

Lions LB Devon Kennard (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Broncos. He's merely a low-level IDP option.

3:12pm EST 12/22/19

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Seahawks. HC Kliff Kingsbury labeled him a game-time decision on Friday, so he won’t be at 100% for this one.

Cardinals WR Christian Kirk is expected to play against the Seahawks today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Kirk is questionable with an ankle injury that kept him out of practice Wednesday before limited workouts the next 2 days. The ankle looks like more of an issue than it was last week, when Kirk put in 2 limited practices before a full Friday and no injury designation for the Week 15 game vs. Cleveland.

Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury labeled WR Christian Kirk (ankle) a game-time decision for Week 16. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. Seattle. We’ll look for an update on Kirk on Sunday morning. Cardinals-Seahawks doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET.

Cardinals LB Joe Walker (rib) is active for today's game against the Browns. He's not a high-level IDP, but there's some tackle upside against a busy Cleveland backfield if you waited on him.

Cardinals ILB Joe Walker (ribs) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns. Walker put in limited practices all week and seems in line to play. He's merely a lower-level IDP option.

Cardinals S Jalen Thompson (concussion) and CB Byron Murphy (calf) are active for today's game against the Steelers. Use them as you were planning in IDP lineups.

2:12pm EST 12/1/19

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Rams. He was added to the injury report on Friday but put in a full practice. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning that Murray “shouldn’t be limited” vs. Los Angeles.

 
 
 

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