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TE Jermaine Gresham - Arizona Cardinals

6-5, 261Born: 6-16-1988College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 1, pick 21

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Week 7: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Carson Palmer looked very sharp last week against a porous Buccaneers secondary, completing 81.8% of his passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns--good for a 139.4 passer rating. Palmer did throw one interception, but other than that, he was very impressive as he finally received some decent pass protection by an offensive line that regained left tackle D.J. Humphries. The addition of Adrian Peterson looks to have significantly lifted some pressure from Palmer and the Cardinals passing attack as well, with this being the first time all season that Palmer has attempted fewer than 30 passes, yet he still put up season highs in touchdown passes and completion percentage. Larry Fitzgerald dominated Palmer's attention here with 10 receptions on 11 targets--a whopping 50% of the entire team's target share. Fitzgerald finished with 138 yards and a touchdown, while John Broan and Troy Niklas notched the other two passing touchdowns. Fitzgerald continues to be the clear focus of this passing attack and primary fantasy option from this offense. The Rams 12th ranked passing defense did a solid job defending against a lackluster Blake Bortles last week, allowing 241 passing yards and one touchdown while snagging one interception. The Rams pass rush has been outstanding this season with 20 sacks so far (T-2nd), and they were particularly effective last week as they sacked Bortles five times while forcing two fumbles, both of which Jacksonville happened to recover. Edge rusher Connor Barwin, who had not been having the best of seasons thus far, actually had a solid game against the Jaguars with three tackles for loss as he led the team in tackles (7). The Rams secondary has allowed only one 300-yard passer in six games this season, and they really only have one glaring weak spot in the secondary--that being Trumaine Johnson, who has not had the best of seasons this year. John Brown should be lining up against Johnson, while Larry Fitgerald should draw coverage primarily from Nickell Robey-Coleman, who has been solid out of the slot this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
3 vs DAL 55 5 47 0 0 4.7
4 vs SF 73 2 12 0 0 1.2
5 at PHI 40 2 16 0 0 1.6
6 vs TB 59 2 32 0 0 3.2
7 at LAR PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
7 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
7 at LAR PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 5 vs PHI (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

TE Jermaine Gresham: Gresham was a complete nonfactor in the game, contributing little beyond one first-down catch, and little more in the run game. Gresham's contract continues to look like a mistake.

2017 Week 4 vs SF (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

While Gresham's primary role has always been as a blocker in this offense, that's been amplified of late with the offensive line struggles. The return of DJ Humphries may allow Gresham an increased role in the passing game, but its difficult to imagine a significant one.

2017 Week 3 vs DAL (9 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

While seeing a high-water mark of five receptions, his most in a game dating back to 2014, Gresham had an up-and-down game in the loss to Dallas. Gresham won down the seam on the opening play of the game for a solid gain, only to see short targets the rest of the game. Gresham logged a third down drop and had another contested third down opportunity tipped away by tight coverage. Gresham has limited opportunities after the catch, but he has struggled in recent seasons to do much beyond the catch point at this stage of his career.

2017 Week 1 vs DET (4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Gresham picked up right where he left off in 2016; becoming more of a focal point of the offense while still impeding it with costly penalties. On Sunday, three of Gresham's four targets were all in the red zone, one of which would have been a touchdown had it not been for Gresham's own holding penalty. At this point the costly penalties seem so imbedded in Gresham's game its foolish to expect otherwise. What is curious is the uptick in red zone targets. Is it a function of the lack of weapons elsewhere or a genuine desire to see him more involved in the passing attack with his newly minted contract extension? While neither reason would point to Gresham becoming a viable fantasy starter, it will be an interesting development to follow throughout the season.

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Schedule

7@ Los Angeles Rams
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ San Francisco 49ers
10vs Seattle Seahawks
11@ Houston Texans
12vs Jacksonville Jaguars
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14vs Tennessee Titans
15@ Washington Redskins
16vs New York Giants
17@ Seattle Seahawks