Change comes upon you fast. One minute you’re battling Carolina for the right to play in Super Bowl 50 and the next minute you’re 7-8-1 on the outside looking in! In Dynasty football it seems we’re always weighing today’s value against tomorrow’s promise. So what’s in store for each NFL team moving forward the next 2 years (or even beyond)? That’s what we plan to answer and today we discuss the Arizona Cardinals.
To Come: In 2015, the Cardinals announced new contracts with both GM Steve Keim and HC Bruce Arians, extending each through the 2018 season. The team also holds an option for 2019 for both men. This would appear to indicate stability, but there is actually so much uncertainty with the 2017 Arizona Cardinals that I would proceed with caution. First and foremost is Arians, whose health which has been tested in recent years as he has battled and beat kidney cancer. Who knows if he’s still as mentally committed to the day-to-day grind as in years past. Then there’s the inevitable retirement of team leaders QB Carson Palmer (turns 38 in December) and WR Larry Fitzgerald (turned 34 in August). Neither has publicly committed to AZ beyond this season and I foresee both retiring after the 2017 campaign. Needless to say, the Cardinals have done a poor job of grooming players at their positions to succeed them.
The Team’s Response: The Cardinals decided to pass on selecting any of the signal callers in 2017 NFL draft and any offensive skill position players at all in the first 2 rounds. Round-3 saw them select Grambling State wide receiver Chad Williams with pick-98 overall. This kid has upside, but is also a project who will have little to no impact in the short term. The other offensive player of note was 5th Round pick T.J. Logan, who is extremely fast (4.37 forty) and also extremely slight of build (generously listed at 5′ 10″, 196 lbs.). Logan is already dealing with a dislocated wrist that will require surgery and see him placed on injured reserve. Combine standout and Cardinals UDFA signee Krishawn Hogan (6’3”, 222 lbs.) dominated the competition at NAIA Marian College (exactly) but will face a steep learning curve to make a name for himself in the NFL.
Dynasty Owners’ Proactive moves:
- Ride the David Johnson gravy train for as long as it’s on the tracks, which could be station to station at this point given the team’s willingness to run him into the ground (that being said I would consider trading him for a Godfather deal) UPDATE 9.13.17: Johnson suffered a dislocated wrist in Week-1 that will require surgery and an estimated 2-3 month recovery. 2017 will no doubt be a lost season for Johnson. Johnson, who turns 26 in December, is not far removed from his 2016 knee injury scare and could begin receiving the injury prone tag. I may actually consider a Godfather II deal at this point (not quite as good as the original but damn close) but spare me those Godfather III deals (yuck).
- Sell Larry Fitzgerald, ideally around Week 4, to any contender looking for a PPR upgrade. UPDATE: The ship is sinking in the desert (I know odd right)! Sell your Fitz shares before they bottom out.
- Buy John Brown. This young man could boom or bust given the sickle cell issue,but the talent is clearly there. He’s a UFA in 2018 and is a talent that teams will want on their roster should he have a healthy 2017. A change of scenery may actually benefit Brown given the uncertainty around him on offense.