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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 Oct 20): Floyd's stat line wasn't overwhelming, but he made a terrific play on his long score, and as Carson Palmer gets healthier, his weekly ceiling will go up. He's a very enticing WR2 play at Philadelphia this week.

Week 8: vs Philadelphia Eagles

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The return of Carson Palmer continues to produce quality results - he again had two TD passes (he's done so in each of the two games since he returned to action), with 22/31 for 253 yards, with one interception and one sack taken for -11 yards. Michael Floyd is back in the fantasy scene with Palmer throwing the ball - he's seen 10 targets for 7/94/2 receiving over the past two games, while Larry Fitzgerald has handled 11 for 10/119/1. Andre Ellington (18 for 12/98/0), John Brown (11 for 6/84/0) and tight end John Carlson (10 for 6/34/0) have also been involved regularly with Palmer calling the shots again. The Eagles' pass D is very generous with TDs, having surrendered 13 so far this season, vs. a mere three interceptions (tied for 24th in the NFL) generated. They rank 23rd in the NFL averaging 256.5 net passing yards given out per game, and have 19 sacks to their credit (tied for eighth in the NFL). The Eagles sacked the Giants' quarterbacks eight times two weeks ago (for -43 yards) while holding them to 17/28 for 168 net yards, and zero TDs or interceptions. Two games back, Philadelphia allowed three passing TDs to Austin Davis (29/49 341 yards, zero interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -34 yards). On balance, this is a sub-par unit almost all the way across the board despite the good game against Eli Manning and company. Advantage, Palmer and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
5 at DEN 0 0 0 7 1 7 0 0
6 vs WAS 0 0 0 7 4 47 1 0
7 at OAK 0 0 0 3 3 47 1 0
8 vs PHI PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
8 vs PHI PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
8 vs PHI PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs DEN (7 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Floyd had his worst game of the season, with only one short reception on seven targets. No doubt hurt by the quarterback issues in the second half, but credit must be given to Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib who primarily lined up on Floyd and did a tremendous job against him.

2014 Week 6 vs WAS (7 / 4 / 47 / 1 rec)

Floyd had a bit of an auspicious start to the game. Coming off his worst performance of the season last week in Denver, Floyd dropped the first pass thrown his way. From there he settled in nicely and by and large got right back into rhythm with Palmer. Those two have had a connection since day one, so it would not be surprising at all to see Floyd's targets and number go up again with Palmer back behind center. Floyd caught the game's first touchdown on a beautiful throw by Palmer with an equally impressive play from Floyd. With The Cardinals in a 2-tight end, 2-reciever formation, Floyd was bunched in with Rob Housler to the right side. Housler ran a deep dig route and safety Ryan Clark bit with Floyd running a deep cross behind it. Palmer perfectly floated the ball above Clark and Floyd showed off his incredible body control in both boxing out his defender and in also rising up and making a tremendous catch.

2014 Week 7 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 47 / 1 rec)

Once again The Cardinals struggled to incorporate Michael Floyd as a consistent part of the offense, but again he came through as the teams' big play target. Cardinals' team writer Darren Urban likened his "jump ball" skills to that of Larry Fitzgerald circa 2008. That's incredibly high praise, but watching Floyd's concentration, body control and ability to attack the ball in air it certainly seems an apt comparison. Floyd was only targeted 3 total times however. Both John Carlson and Stepfan Taylor were targeted more in the passing game. That is not properly utilizing your weapons and that is not a recipe for success throughout the remainder of the season.

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Latest News

Cardinals | Michael Floyd listed as probable (Fri Oct 17, 05:37 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.

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Cardinals | Michael Floyd fully participates (Thu Oct 16, 08:57 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (groin) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our View: Floyd's fantasy value is aided by the return of Carson Palmer. With Palmer under center, we can trust Floyd as a WR2 with upside in Week 7.
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Cardinals | Michael Floyd limited by groin (Wed Oct 15, 10:16 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (groin) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15, due to his groin injury.

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Cardinals | Michael Floyd gets on board (Sun Oct 12, 04:47 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd hauled in his first touchdown reception of the season in the Week 6 game against the Washington Redskins. It was the first touchdown grab between Floyd and WR Larry Fitzgerald, who continues to search for that first elusive score.

Our View: Carson Palmer doesn't have the arm to stretch the field today, but he is still an aggressive passer and he gave Floyd the chance to win in the air in the end zone.

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Schedule

8vs Philadelphia Eagles
9@ Dallas Cowboys
10vs St. Louis Rams
11vs Detroit Lions
12@ Seattle Seahawks
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14vs Kansas City Chiefs
15@ St. Louis Rams
16vs Seattle Seahawks
17@ San Francisco 49ers