TE Jake Ballard - Arizona Cardinals
|6-6, 256||Born: 12-2-1987||College: Ohio State||Drafted: ---|
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Week 14: at Miami Dolphins
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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (illness) will have his snaps limited to about 20 per game until the Cardinals can maintain Brown's sickle cell trait. Last week Brown saw one target (zero receptions) on 21 snaps played - he is not seeing much action in his limited role. Michael Floyd is the clear-cut #2 across from Larry Fitzgerald due to Brown's sickle-cell/hamstring woes, but he hasn't done much in his chances of late (eight targets for 3/18/1 receiving last week vs. Washington). Over the last three weeks, this passing game has revolved around Larry Fitzgerald (23 targets for 20/194/0 receiving), David Johnson (33 for 24/251/3) and Jermaine Gresham (18 for 12/120/2), rather than Floyd (18 for 7/70/1). Carson Palmer has slung 75/129 for 787 yards, seven TDs and four interceptions during that three week time frame, including last week's strong 30/46 for 300 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions-thrown performance. Johnson (12 targets for 9/91/1 receiving), Fitzgerald (11 for 10/78/0) and Gresham (six for 5/52/0) were the top three receivers last week, while J.J. Nelson hauled in a score (two for 1/42/1).
Miami is currently 11th in the NFL averaging 242.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores given out vs. 11 interceptions and 25 sacks generated (tied for eighth- and 19th-ranked, respectively). Last week, Joe Flacco and company abolutely mauled this secondary, though, with 37/50 for 386 net yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown, with zero sacks taken; two weeks ago the Dolphins' pass defense was hit for 29/46 yielding 282 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks of Colin Kaepernick for -14 yards. This unit has fallen away from their season pace in the last couple of weeks - from Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Miami has averaged 25.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fourth-most in the NFL); and 20.5 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (14th-least); with 15.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (most in the league).
This looks like a neutral matchup for Palmer and company as the Dolphins' defense is backing into December in this phase of the game.
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