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WR Michael Floyd - Arizona Cardinals

6-3, 220Born: 11-27-1989College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 1, pick 13

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 19): Floyd got a short score to salvage his fantasy day, but it seems that he's not a core part of the passing game plan each week with Larry Fitzgerald leading the way at wide receiver. This week against Buffalo he gets the Bills corners that were run ragged by the Jets wideouts. If he doesn't bounce back with better volume, Floyd will be relegated to boom/bust WR3/Flex status on our teams.

Week 3: at Buffalo Bills

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Carson Palmer teed off on the Buccaneers' secondary during Week Two, with 18/31 for 308 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown during the 40-7 drubbing of Tampa Bay. The Cardinals led 33-7 at the end of the third quarter, so their second-team offense closed out the big win, otherwise Palmer might have piled on even more fantasy points for his owners. Shaking off a sore knee, Larry Fitzgerald was the lead receiver in this one by far, with 11 targets to his credit, and he was second on the team in receiving yards with 6/81/1 to his credit. David Johnson saw five targets and led the team in receiving with 3/98/0, while Michael Floyd (six targets for 2/8/1 receiving) and Jaron Brown (two targets for 2/78/1) handled the other TDs for Palmer. John Brown (three targets for 1/14/0) continues to be a distant third in the pecking order among the team's wide receivers - he is off to a very slow start to this season. The Bills' pass defense got bombed last Thursday by the Jets for 24/34 yielding 370 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions (with one sack generated for -4 yards). Through two games they are 24th in the NFL averaging 297.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing TDs handed over vs. zero interceptions and five sacks generated to date. Through two games, the Bills are 17th in the NFL averaging 20.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks; 30th in the NFL averaging 33.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing wide receivers, while checking in at second in the NFL averaging 2.2 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Wide receivers love to play against the Bills' secondary this season, folks. Arizona has some great wide receivers - advantage, Cardinals.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NE 58 0 0 0 7 3 61 0 0 6.1
2 vs TB 53 0 0 0 6 2 8 1 0 6.8
3 at BUF PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs TB (6 / 2 / 8 / 1 rec)

Floyd was a nonfactor for much of the game on Sunday, catching the second pass of the day and a one-yard touchdown late in the first half. Floyd was targeted 4 other times, one of which likely would have been another touchdown if not for a missed defensive holding call, but by and large left little impact on the game. Teams are clearly trying to scheme away the deep-ball away from the Cardinals, which will undoubtedly have an effect on Floyd's numbers, but he was heavily involved in the offense week one and was still the second-most targeted receiver on Sunday. His numbers Sunday were much more likely an outlier performance than anything predictive going forward.

2016 Week 1 vs NE (7 / 3 / 61 / 0 rec)

There seem to be two viewpoints when examining Floyd's game, those who believe he is continually primed to breakout and those who continue to see him as failing to live up to his abilities. Sunday night was another game for Floyd that fueled both party's fires. At times, he looked un-guardable, utilizing his big body to shield off defenders and his deceptive speed to haul in the lone deep ball of the night. In other instances, like his dropped touchdown late in the 4th quarter, he showed the inconsistencies that Cardinals coaches, fans, and fantasy owners have found so maddening. This is a contract year for Floyd, who desires to be paid like the league's elite wide receivers. The talent is apparent, and the opportunities will be plentiful all season long, but at this point, it is incumbent on Floyd to finally breakout or become a perennial frustration.


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4vs Los Angeles Rams
5@ San Francisco 49ers
6vs New York Jets
7vs Seattle Seahawks
8@ Carolina Panthers
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11@ Minnesota Vikings
12@ Atlanta Falcons
13vs Washington Redskins
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