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Week 1 vs. SF
Receiving: 2 / 19 / 0 on 5 targets
Boldin was barely targeted in this game, but it didn't look like his hamstring was affecting him. His lack of looks is puzzling, but he was targeted on one of Warner's INTs. Don't bail on him just yet, but this is a situation that bears watching because Boldin also faded into the background in the playoffs last year.
Week 2 vs. JAX
Rushing: 1 / 4 / 0
Receiving: 8 / 69 / 0 on 9 targets
Boldin's hamstring is clearly fine, as he was productive after the catch, and even got the call on an end around. He didn't have quite the burst we're used to seeing, but he did run as angry as always, and he was always where he was supposed to on his short routes, so Warner used Boldin a lot to set up short second downs and gain first downs. Boldin made a great adjustment to one of the few poorly thrown passes by Warner, and he also showed great concentration on a pass the defense tipped before it got to him. He's back to his old role in this prolific offense.
Week 3 vs. IND
Receiving: 6 / 83 / 1 on 11 targets
Boldin worked the middle of the field very well for the passing offense, getting tough yards running after the catch and using his strong hands to get contested balls. He got open in the corner of the end zone for the Cardinals only TD and seemed to be the most favored receiver when the game was close.
Week 5 vs. HOU
Rushing: 1 / 3 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 81 / 0 on 12 targets
Kurt Warner's first pass was a 20 yard throw to a streaking Anquan Boldin against corner Eugene Wilson. On the Cardinals' second drive, Boldin was targeted near the goalline on a short slant on the right side for the field, but he fumbled as he was wrapped up fighting for extra yardage. Boldin was targeted the rest of the game on shorter routes and no doubt is still one of Kurt Warner's favorite targets. Boldin played a very physical game against Houston, catching a number of balls as he was simultaneously being wrapped up by Eugene Wilson, Bernard Pollard, or Brian Cushing. Nonetheless, he fought for yards after contact and outside of the fumble at the Texans' 5, he played a very good game. Boldin was targeted often in the no-huddle offense by Warner and his success in the early going helped spring Larry Fitzgerald loose on his first touchdown.
Week 6 vs. SEA
Receiving: 6 / 54 / 0 on 7 targets
Boldin actually looked like Warner's third option, behind Fitzgerald and Breaston, and was not targeted in the red zone at all. He suffered an ankle sprain during the game but played through it, so that could partially explain his lesser role this week. Boldin did move the chains on three of his receptions, so he is still being used in key situations and comes through when called upon.
Week 7 vs. NYG
Receiving: 3 / 75 / 0 on 7 targets
You have to hand it to Anquan Boldin in week 7. He was limited by a high-ankle sprain coming into the game and still managed to not only suit up, he was fairly effective as well. Warner looked to Boldin on a variety of patterns out of different formations all night, but the ankle prevented him from creating good separation from the NY secondary. Despite the ankle, Boldin reeled in 3 catches with the big one totaling 44 yards. He was targeted more and did all of his damage in the 1st half of the game. Boldin is one of the games true warriors, however as long as he is limited with this ankle issue, his ceiling will also be limited to FF owners. Until fully healthy, he looks like a #2WR at best.
Week 8 vs. CAR
Receiving: 3 / 23 / 0 on 6 targets
Boldin was ineffective as a possession target on short and mid-range routes. It is likely that his lingering ankle injury contributed to his poor showing. He aggravated it in the second half and his status for next week is up in the air.
Week 10 vs. SEA
Receiving: 8 / 105 / 0 on 10 targets
Boldin topped 100 yards for the first time this season, and more importantly, appeared to finally be healthy after playing much of the season on a sprained ankle. As the Seahawks discovered, a healthy Boldin is a dangerous Boldin. He was fast, agile, and on every play, drove hard for the extra yard. Though he didn't score, he did come close on a quick hitch pass from the five. Boldin stretched out but the ball as he went down but was ruled down inside the one.
Week 11 vs. STL
Receiving: 8 / 103 / 1 on 9 targets
Anquan Boldin looked like he was back and at full strength finally, racking up big first half numbers (7-96-1) with Kurt Warner under center. After halftime it was Matt Leinart who replaced the injured Warner, and that move limited Boldin to just one second half catch. Boldin is a borderline fantasy WR1 when healthy and with Kurt Warner in the huddle, but even if it is Matt Leinart next week (Warner is currently questionable) Boldin is back to being a must start for fantasy lineups.
Week 12 vs. TEN
Receiving: 5 / 53 / 0 on 9 targets
Boldin ran tough after catches on short, underneath routes, breaking a few tackles and matching the Titans intensity, but it was difficult for him to get any big gains against good coverage and mostly sound tackling.
Week 13 vs. MIN
Receiving: 7 / 98 / 2 on 9 targets
Boldin is the 'thunder' to Larry Fitzgerald's lightning. Boldin made catch after catch, working the middle of the field and the sidelines, playing hard and opening up the defense for Fitz to go deep. Boldin caught the tough crossing and slant routes for solid gains, and ran hard once he had the ball. On his first TD, he motioned from the outside into the backfield, then caught a short screen and bulldozed his way into the end zone. On his second TD, he caught a short sideline route, spun away from his defender and made several DBS miss on his way to his second TD of the game. Even more impressive was his down field blocking on run and short pass plays, doing all the little things that you want a top-flight WR to do. He may have finished with fewer stats that Fitz from a fantasy prospective, but he was just as important to the Cardinals in this win.
Week 14 vs. SF
Receiving: 5 / 40 / 0 on 7 targets
Boldin joined the parade of Cardinals who fumbled in this one, and his was the one that effectively ended Arizona's chances of winning. He only had short receptions, couldn't gain much after the catch, and Boldin also quit on a route when he was impeded, leading to one of Warner's interceptions.
Week 15 vs. DET
Receiving: 6 / 72 / 1 on 11 targets
Boldin was in sync with Warner all day, running precise routes and catching everything Warner threw as long as it was on target. He scored the game-winning TD on a quick pass inside the 10. Boldin broke two tackles along the way to the end zone, and he also broke tackles after the catch on earlier receptions, as he normally does. He's a WR1 vs. the weak St. Louis secondary next week.
Week 16 vs. STL
Receiving: 8 / 116 / 0 on 10 targets
Boldin was owning the middle of the field in the first half, getting open with ease and always being exactly where Kurt Warner expected him to be. He was fluid in his leaps to catch the ball and his breaks in his routes. Boldin could have had a bigger day, but he was tackled at the one on a red zone reception, and he also had a long catch nullified by a penalty. He is getting open with more regularity and farther downfield than Larry Fitzgerald right now.
Week 17 vs. GB
Receiving: 3 / 38 / 0 on 6 targets
The Arizona offense handcuffed themselves in this contest as they didn't even try pushing the ball downfield by getting their star wide outs involved. It was clear by kickoff time, when playoff seeds had been determined, that coach Wisenhunt was going to keep the play calling simple by not revealing next week's playoff game plan. Boldin was held to just three catches and minimal targets on the day and exited in the 3rd quarter after coming down awkwardly on his left leg.