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WR J.J. Nelson - Arizona Cardinals

5-10, 156Born: 4-24-1992College: UABDrafted: Round 5

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Nelson was the best thing going in the Cardinals pass offense. His deep game has been improving and he should maintain status as the #2 receiver while John Brown is dealing with his quad issue again. Nelson could be one of the plays of the week against a poor and banged up Cowboys secondary.

General News (Sat Sep 23): partially participated in Saturday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Fri Sep 22): partially participated in Friday's practice.

General News (Thu Sep 21): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Mon Sep 18): has scored seven touchdowns in his last seven games, including one in each game this season.

Week 3: vs Dallas Cowboys

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FBG says: Good matchup. Carson Palmer passed for 332 yards and a touchdown last week as he spread the ball around to eight different targets with a pass of at least 10 yards to each one. Palmer started slow but really heated up after the first quarter. JJ Nelson stepped up in a big way as he led the team in receiving with 120 yards and a long touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. It would have truly been a monster day for Nelson had another touchdown not been called back after Nelson couldn't get both feet in bounds. Jaron Brown was Palmer's most targeted receiver with 11 targets, but he only managed to haul in four of them for 77 yards. The Colts secondary focused heavily on Larry Fitzgerald and effectively shut him down, limiting Fitzgerald to a disappointing performance of only three receptions for 21 yards. The Cowboys secondary looked horrible last week as they allowed Trevor Siemian to finish as the third highest scoring fantasy quarterback of the week, passing for 231 yards and four touchdowns with one interception caused more by his receiver than Semian. Cornerbacks Nolan Carroll and Chidobe Aquzie were routinely beaten in coverage by the Broncos receivers, proving that the absence of Orlando Scandrick really made a difference in this secondary. With Scandrick expected to miss this next game as well, both Jaron Brown and John Brown will be licking their chops. While John Brown has been taking some snaps from the slot, Fitzgerald typically mans that position and should have a solid matchup against slot cornerback Anthony Brown. Brown allowed six receptions last week as the Broncos targeted him heavily.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at DET 30 0 0 0 6 5 43 1 0 10.3
2 at IND 50 0 0 0 7 5 120 1 0 18
3 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs IND (7 / 5 / 120 / 1 rec)

Scoring nine touchdowns in his last ten games, J.J Nelson has developed into an odd scoring threat for this team. Not only does his incredible speed make him a homerun threat on any route, but also surprisingly become one of the team's top red-zone targets. Sunday he was both a home-run threat, scoring the team's only touchdown on an incredible 45-yard post in double coverage, as well as a red-zone target, narrowly missing a second score. Nelson's greatest deficiency, besides size, is consistency and reliability. Sunday he showed himself to be both, but that so often is not the case. With John Brown remaining an uncertainty with his injuries, Nelson will have every opportunity to prove he can be the receiver he was on Sunday, week-in, week-out.

2017 Week 1 vs DET (6 / 5 / 43 / 1 rec)

Coming off a disappointing preseason, Nelson did not fare much better week one. Despite catching the team's only passing touchdown of the game, Nelson was largely a non-factor throughout much of the afternoon. His lone deep attempt, a 40+ yard throw down the left sideline, was badly dropped before being somewhat salvaged by a defensive unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. While Palmer made clear that much of the blame for the poor passing attack fell on his, not the wide receivers shoulders, it was hard not to feel like a sub-par group played a sub-par game. Even considering Fitzgerald's credentials, this is a unit that lacks top-end talent. How much can be manufactured to overcome that remains to be seen, but Sunday showed little to inspire confidence in that idea. Nelson, and the rest of the receiving corps, simply must step their play up.


Latest News

Cardinals | JJ Nelson listed as questionable (Sat Sep 23, 05:28 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR JJ Nelson (hamstring) was limited during practice Saturday, Sept. 23, and is listed as questionable for Week 3.

Our View: Fantasy owners are looking forward to Nelson's Monday night performance, but they have to have a backup plan in case he doesn't play. He's been limited all week in practice, and hamstring injuries can slow a speedy receiver like him down. We might see Jaron Brown get a little more love if Nelson isn't quite himself.
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Cardinals | JJ Nelson limited Friday (Fri Sep 22, 05:52 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR JJ Nelson (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 22.

Our View: Nelson has been limited through two practices, so tomorrow we would like to see him get in a full practice to fully trust him on Monday night.
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Cardinals | Limited practice for JJ Nelson (Thu Sep 21, 06:39 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR JJ Nelson (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 21.

Our View: Nelson is likely to play and should split time and targets with Jaron Brown. Expect Nelson to take a little advantage of the poor Dallas secondary. Expect him to put up decent WR3 numbers.
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Cardinals | J.J. Nelson finding end zone with regularity (Mon Sep 18, 02:23 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR JJ Nelson has scored seven touchdowns in his last seven games, including one in each game this season.

Our View: Grab Nelson off your waiver wire if he's out there. With John Brown (quad) banged up, Nelson is getting plenty of work in the Cardinals passing game. He's a WR3/flex play with upside with this role.
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Cardinals | Solid outing for JJ Nelson (Sun Sep 17, 06:31 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR JJ Nelson caught five passes for 120 yards and scored one touchdown Sunday, Sept. 17, in a 16-13 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Our View: Nelson is almost as effective as John Brown in the deep passing game, and the Cardinals faced a Colts secondary that was missing Vontae Davis today. He should be a hot pickup and good upside WR3/Flex play against the Cowboys next week.
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