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QB Matt Barkley - Arizona Cardinals

6-3, 227Born: 9-8-1990College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 4

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Week 12: vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Cardinals passing offense had a new face under center last week as Blaine Gabbert got his first start of the season in relief of the injured Drew Stanton. Despite the low expectations, Gabbert actually had a great fantasy outing as he finished as the sixth highest scoring quarterback of the week. He did throw a couple of interceptions though, which is per the Gabbert game script as he just two more touchdowns than interceptions (41 to 39) in his career. Gabbert is expected to start again this week as Stanton is still nursing his knee injury. Larry Fitzgerald was, predictably, the top target again last week as he hauled in nine of ten targets for 91 yards and a touchdown. Fitzgerald has had some up and down games this season, but he is still the most reliable receiving option in this offense. Undrafted rookie tight end Ricky Seals-Jones came out of nowhere last week to haul in a couple of touchdowns--the first two of his career. Seals-Jones was a receiver in college but has converted to a tight end in the NFL. He is a big-bodied guy at 6'5'' and 243lbs, so he could definitely be a weapon in the passing attack if he can manage to be allotted more than 15% of the snaps as he was last week. The Jaguars have the absolute best defense in the league this season. They are leading nearly every category as it pertains to passing defenses and have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to both opposing quarterbacks and receivers by a large margin. Their secondary is healthy and playing at an untouchable level. Even the great Larry Fitzgerald should struggle against either of these Jaguars cornerbacks. The Jaguars defensive front that has racked up a league-leading 40 sacks should also dominate a very weak Cardinals offensive line, making it tough on Gabbert to have even a second to think about who to throw to.

Latest News

Cardinals | Week 11 inactives for Arizona (Sun Nov 19, 11:34 AM) - The Arizona Cardinals have declared LB Bryson Albright, QB Matt Barkley, RB Andre Ellington, DB Harlan Miller, DL Corey Peters, C Max Tuerk, WR Chad Williams inactive for Week 11.

Our View: Kerwynn Williams will be the backup running back with Ellington out.

Cardinals | Arizona makes several roster moves (Mon Nov 13, 05:03 PM) - Free-agent QB Matt Barkley (49ers) was officially signed by the Arizona Cardinals and S Harlan Miller was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad Monday, Nov. 13. Additionally, S Tyvon Branch (knee) , OT D.J. Humphries (knee) and TE Ifeanyi Momah (ankle) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

Our View: With Drew Stanton (knee) banged up, the Cardinals needed to add depth at the QB position. We could see Blaine Gabbert as the team's starter with Barkley as his backup if Stanton misses time.
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Cardinals | Arizona to add Matt Barkley (Sat Nov 11, 02:26 PM) - Free-agent QB Matt Barkley (49ers) will be signing with the Arizona Cardinals, according to sources.

Our View: The Cardinals need Barkley as a reserve passer behind Blaine Gabbert. We could see Gabbert as the team's starter if Drew Stanton (knee) misses time.
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