WR Michael Floyd - Arizona Cardinals
|6-3, 220||Born: 11-27-1989||College: Notre Dame||Drafted: Round 1, pick 13|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Floyd bounced back in a big way with two scores, and Larry Fitzgerald's knee injury could increase his role and target load. Floyd continues to riff with Drew Stanton, making the QB change not a big deal for his value going forward.
Week 12: at Seattle Seahawks
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. This is the first of two critical divisional showdowns between these playoff-contenders - Arizona has the best record in the NFL but is down to their backup quarterback after losing Carson Palmer to a torn ACL in his knee. Against the Lions' fierce defense, Drew Stanton managed to pull out a 14-6 win (he threw two first-quarter TDs to Michael Floyd on the way to 21/32 for 306 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken on the day). John Brown saw the most targets from Stanton in Week 11, with nine for 5/69/0 receiving, while Floyd (five for 2/54/2) and Larry Fitzgerald (four for 2/33/0) were also heavily involved in the attack with Stanton back under center. The Seahawks' pass D wasn't tested much in Kansas City, as the Chiefs ran the football for almost 200 yards last week - Alex Smith finished the day with 11/16 for 108 yards, and zero TDs, interceptions, or sacks taken. Two weeks back, Eli Manning threw 29/44 for 270 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -13 yards. The on-again, off-again performance of the secondary lately is reflected in their lackluster totals of just six interceptions (tied for 23rd in the NFL) and 13 sacks (tied for 29th) generated to date - though the Seahawks do rank third in net passing yards allowed per game with an average of 215.3 net yards per game, with 15 passing scores surrendered over 10 games played. Divisional games are always hard-fought affairs - this looks like a neutral matchup to us with neither unit holding a clear edge over the other. Seattle's 12th-man home field advantage is also likely to be a factor in keeping this game close.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 9 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Floyd had another pedestrian day on Sunday, but whereas last week against the Eagles he narrowly missed on a few big plays, this week those opportunities simply were not there. Floyd was targeted five times, and caught four of those balls, but all on short-intermediate routes. Floyd's day could have been much worse, nearly turning the ball over deep in Cardinals territory pointlessly trying to extend a play with an easy first down available, but was fortunate to pounce back on the loose ball and avoid a significant blunder. Much like Fitzgerald earlier in the season, Floyd seems to be the victim of the Cardinals ability to spread the ball around so evenly. Undoubtedly he'll have a big game soon, but its anyone's guess when that will be making fantasy starting decisions all the more difficult.
2014 Week 10 vs STL (4 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
This has been a strange season for Michael Floyd. Early in the season it seemed as though he'd usurped Fitzgerald's role in the offense, but as Fitzgerald got going throughout the season, Floyd has all but disappeared. His targets have dropped considerably, with just 4 total yesterday, and he hasn't been able to catch a deep ball since his touchdown grab against Oakland. Whereas last year Floyd was a primary intermediate target, setting an NFL record for consecutive catches resulting in a first down, this season it seems to be all or nothing for him. Early in the season, in games against San Diego and Oakland, Floyd was able to connect on those deep passes. Lately that has not been the case. He got his hands on two difficult balls against Philly but could not haul either in. Yesterday Palmer overthrew him in the end zone after he'd clearly beaten his defender. All have been close, but none have connected. Like Palmer, Stanton certainly has the arm strength to get Floyd involved deep, but the emergence of John Brown has shifted some of those targets away from Floyd, leaving the team with one of its best weapons being severely underutilized.
2014 Week 11 vs DET (5 / 2 / 54 / 2 rec)
Michael Floyd did not catch a single pass after the 6-minute mark of the first quarter, and yet he left quite the mark on this game. Catching two touchdowns in the first 9 minutes should be a harbinger of a huge day forthcoming, but for Floyd that never came. Nevertheless, the wide receiver was all smiles after the game, and even admitted the previous few weeks had been a bit frustrating. While his first touchdown was slightly more highlight worthy, his second showed off his skillset in equally impressive manner. Lined up at the Detroit 12-yard line, the Cardinals were in a 5-WR set with Fitzgerald, Floyd and Brown in a trips-bunch set to Stanton's right. Floyd, the outside man on the bunch set, ran a out-route right to the front pylon and used his big body to box out his defender, while out-jumping him and maintaining his body control to come down with the ball in bounds. With Stanton's penchant for the deep ball, Floyd should see some increased big-play targets these next six weeks, and how often they connect will ultimately determine Floyd's fantasy value each week.
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