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9:04pm EDT 4/4/18

Niklas off to New England

TE Troy Niklas has inked a 1-year deal with the Patriots. A 2nd-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2014, Niklas has totaled just 19 receptions across 4 NFL campaigns, missing time with 4 separate ankle sprains and a wrist injury. He's still just 25, though, and goes 6'6, 270 pounds with a 70th percentile SPARQ score. Niklas will push Dwayne Allen for #2 TE duties in New England.

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Darren Fells, not Troy Niklas or Jermaine Gresham, is the favorite for starting TE duties in Arizona this season.  “It’s going to really, really hard to beat him out," HC Bruce Arians said Monday.  Fells played basketball in college and then professionally overseas before heading to the NFL in 2013.  He saw his 1st regular-season action last year and totaled 6 catches, 72 yards and a TD in the Cardinals' final 4 contests (including playoffs).  Fells is a monstrous 6'7, 281-pounder with some red-zone upside.  But he spent 73.4% of his snaps blocking last season.  He figures to play a similar role in 2015.  Niklas and Gresham could still both finish with more fantasy points than Fells.  The takeaway here, though, is that you should avoid all Cardinals TEs in your draft.

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Cardinals TEs Jermaine Gresham (back) and Troy Niklas (ankle) have been activated for training camp.  The duo figures to share receiving duties in an offense that's averaged just 92.5 TE targets in HC Bruce Arians' first 2 seasons.  Gresham and Niklas will likely need an injury to the other to provide any fantasy value.  And even then, they'd be just low-upside spot starters.

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The Cardinals placed TE Jermaine Gresham on the PUP Wednesday, a day after signing the free agent. Gresham had back surgery in March. He can come off the list whenever he's ready, though staying on into the regular season would cost at least 6 games. TE Troy Niklas also landed on the active/non-football injury list with hamstring trouble. That follows a right ankle issue that cost him the final day of minicamp this spring and offseason surgery on the left ankle that "removed a tightrope," according to ESPN.com. Bottom line for fantasy owners: Don't draft a Cardinals TE.

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The Cardinals have signed TE Jermaine Gresham.  The former Bengal needed offseason back surgery, but Arizona is clearly satisfied with his recovery so far.  Gresham caught 62 balls last year but averaged just 7.4 yards per catch.  His career average sits at 9.7.  There's not much physical upside here, and Gresham will now be battling Troy Niklas for targets in an offense that doesn't feature the TE in its passing game.  Neither Cardinal TE is worth drafting in standard-sized fantasy leagues.

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