Complete Week 18 Projections

Position: ALL | QB | RB | WR | TE | D/ST | K | FLEX
     
PROJECTED 2014 SEASON STATS
1. Larry Fitzgerald, Ari WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics1368295411.610280146
2014 Projections15288105712.082110154
2014 Outlook: It's hard to believe, but Fitz hasn't eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in either of the past two seasons. In fact, he's posted two of the four worst yardage figures among WRs with 130-plus targets over that span. To be sure, the five quarterbacks who've played for Arizona since 2012 certainly share in the blame. With Carson Palmer under center last season, Fitzgerald finished with 146 fantasy points, 16th among WRs -- and even that was propped up by 10 trips to the end zone, his highest mark since 2009. It's hard to count on Fitzgerald to keep his TDs in the double digits, especially as he enters his age-31 season.
2. Andre Ellington, Ari RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics1186525.53393711115
2014 Projections1266585.22424003133
2014 Outlook: If Bruce Arians would commit to Ellington, the second-year back could be a breakout star. But we're not convinced that's going to happen. Just as faded veteran Rashard Mendenhall siphoned off 200-plus carries in 2013, the unimpressive combination of Jonathan Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor will likely do the same this season. It wouldn't be a surprise if Ellington got only 12 to 15 touches per game, which would be a shame because this kid has open-field chops comparable to those of Gio Bernard and C.J. Spiller. If given the opportunity, he could add another dimension to Arizona's pass-heavy offense.
3. Michael Floyd, Ari WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics11265104116.05000128
2014 Projections11970107615.45000135
2014 Outlook: Floyd has flown mostly under the fantasy radar since being drafted 13th overall in 2012. But consider this: His 14.6 yards per catch the last two seasons is better than that of guys like A.J. Green, Dez Bryant and ' Larry Fitzgerald. In fact, it isn't a huge stretch to think this will be the season Floyd supplants Fitz as the Cards' No. 1 fantasy receiver. Floyd led Arizona in vertical targets (64) and vertical receiving yards (762), and his 34 vertical receptions was tied for eighth most among WRs. Fitzgerald will get drafted first, but Floyd has a very good chance of providing a better fantasy return on investment.
4. Jonathan Dwyer*, Ari RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics491974.00864016
2014 Projections1054284.13859063
2014 Outlook: Drafted by Pittsburgh as a grinder who had a nose for the end zone, Dwyer has scored exactly two TDs on 230 career carries over four seasons. In fact, he's registered only four career totes from inside an opponent's 3. But he becomes the latest ex-Steelers RB to join former OC Bruce Arians in the desert, and that makes him a candidate for fantasy-nuisance status. After all, Arians gave the retired Rashard Mendenhall an insane 235 touches in 2013 despite the presence of Andre Ellington and has said he prefers a backfield committee. Ellington owners can only hope Dwyer isn't as massive a drain as Mendy was.
5. Cardinals D/ST D/STYEARSCKINTFRTDPAYAPTS
2013 Statistics47201053245079164
2014 Projections43221043395220133
2014 Outlook: What the Cardinals lack in elite pass rushers, they make up for with a bevy of born-ready run stuffers, starting with DE Darnell Dockett, DT Dan Williams and LB Matt Shaughnessy. And it showed last season: Zona was tops in rushing yards allowed per game (84.4). Calais Campbell, who's coming off a career-high nine sacks, and John Abraham will again shoulder most of the pass-rushing duties. Arizona certainly has questions on the back end, where Tyrann Mathieu is recovering from a torn ACL, and free agent signee Antonio Cromartie hopes to rebound from a lackluster 2013. But with shutdown corner Patrick Peterson still around, the desert arrow is pointing up.
6. Carson Palmer, Ari QBYEARC/AYDSTDINTRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics362/572427424222730209
2014 Projections346/5664191231719230221
2014 Outlook: Say this about drafting Carson Palmer: Sundays at least will be interesting. As would be expected for a Bruce Arians QB, Palmer led the league in vertical attempts (213). The problem is that his arm is showing signs of age, and the QB had 22 interceptions, tied for second most in the NFL. Despite all the picks, Palmer's 2.1 percent BDR is quite good for somebody who throws so many deep balls. Palmer ranked 18th and 17th among QBs the past two seasons. Pencil him in for 210 to 230 fantasy points again in 2014.
7. Stepfan Taylor, Ari RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics361153.20871011
2014 Projections652113.221170040
8. John Brown, Ari WRYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics------------------
2014 Projections563342212.8300060
9. Marion Grice, Ari RBYEARRUSHYDSAVGTDRECYDSTDPTS
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10. John Carlson, Ari TEYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics483234410.8100032
2014 Projections452730011.1200042
11. Chandler Catanzaro, Ari KYEAR1-3940-4950+TOTXPPTS
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2014 Projections15/177/102/424/3141/41117
2014 Outlook: Catanzaro beat out veteran Jay Feely for the Cards' kicking job. Since the Arizona offense is expected to be solid, it's possible Catanzaro becomes fantasy-worthy. On draft day, though, there are many more proven options ahead of him.
12. Troy Niklas, Ari TEYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
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13. Rob Housler, Ari TEYEARTARRECYDSAVGTDRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics573945411.6100048
2014 Projections0000.000000
14. Drew Stanton, Ari QBYEARC/AYDSTDINTRUSHYDSTDPTS
2013 Statistics0/00000000
2014 Projections0/00000000
15. Logan Thomas, Ari QBYEARC/AYDSTDINTRUSHYDSTDPTS
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