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QB Drew Stanton - Arizona Cardinals

6-3, 235Born: 5-7-1984College: Michigan StateDrafted: Round 2

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Week 13: vs Washington Redskins

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Carson Palmer is throwing the ball well, but his wide receivers are dropping routine balls and not helping out their quarterback enough. Last week, Palmer threw 25/45 for 289 yards, two TDs and one interception with two sacks taken for -15 yards, but it was up to running back David Johnson to lead the team in receiving with 11 targets for 8/103/1 receiving. Tight end Jermaine Gresham continued his late-season surge with 10 targets for 5/35/1 receiving, while Larry Fitzgerald was second on the squad with four targets for 4/53/0 receiving. John Brown (two for 1/19/0) tweaked his troublesome hamstring (again) and exited the game, while Michael Floyd (five for 2/31/0) and J.J. Nelson (four for 2/30/0) mixed drops with a few catches. Arizona has an issue at wide receiver right now, aside from the ultra-reliable Fitzgerald. Brown (hamstring) will see multiple specialists this week due to the sickle-cell trait continuously causing his legs to tighten. 'That's the one that's so baffling,' head coach Bruce Arians said on Wednesday, November 30. 'It's not really a pull. Whatever the blood issue he has the legs tighten up.' The Washington pass defense wasn't challenged by the Dallas passing attack very often last weekend (17/24 for 190 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -5 yards) as the Cowboys' runners piled up 30/163/3 during the contest. Two weeks ago the Washington pass defense surrendered 27/44 for 340 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception with two sacks for -20 yards to the Packers' quarterbacks. From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Washington has averaged 26.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fourth-most in the NFL); and 25.1 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (11th-most); with 12.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (most in the league during that time span). The Cardinals have another inviting passing matchup this week - will Palmer and company be able to take advantage of the situation?

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
13 vs WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *
13 vs WAS PROJ-Bloom * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 5 vs SF (11 / 28 / 124 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Filling in for the injured Carson Palmer, and with a short week for preparation, Stanton was able to provide the Cardinals with just enough of a passing game to help eek out a vital win against a truly bad 49ers team. That does not mean Stanton was good, or even competent for the vast majority of the evening, but in a game featuring two underperforming, injured teams, and little preparation time, two or three plays can often be what swings the outcome. For Stanton, connecting twice with Larry Fitzgerald on touchdown passes while not turning the ball over proved enough to overcome the other inefficiencies. Stanton struggled throwing deep, connecting only once on a pass over 20-yards, and was inaccurate most of the night, sailing short and intermediate passes and frequently throwing behind receivers. This is well reflected in his sub-50 completion percentage and paltry 4.4 yards per pass. Some of these issues were expected, it is tough for a backup quarterback to develop the chemistry necessary for timing routes with such little practice time, others are just issues that have plagued Stanton throughout his career. With ten days until the Cardinals suit up again on Monday night, the hope around the team is that Palmer will be healthy and back under center, but if the concussion effects persist, Stanton will have to play significantly better if the team is going to achieve the same result.

2016 Week 4 vs LA (4 / 11 / 37 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Stanton entered the game late for the injured Palmer and promptly threw two interceptions. Stanton has been effective in spot starts the last few seasons, but will face a tall order getting prepared for a mid-week game with a team clearly in a bit of a tailspin.

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Schedule

13vs Washington Redskins
14@ Miami Dolphins
15vs New Orleans Saints
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17@ Los Angeles Rams