2018 Fantasy Football Rookie Roundup: Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals may have snagged the best quarterback in the recent draft, and at worst, they still snagged a top-three QB at #10. The best part for them? They did it without expending significant capital to move to the spot. Josh Rosen wasn’t the only fantasy football-eligible player that the Cardinals drafted in the recent draft. They also snagged Christian Kirk and Chase Edmonds in the second and third round. With a trifecta of fantasy football position players in the first three rounds, are any of these guys the key to unlocking the Triforce of Power? Or will drafting them only result in you holding the Triforce of Sucking at Fantasy Football? I think that’s how Zelda works, at least.

 

Josh Rosen, Quarterback (Round One)
Rosen is likely the best quarterback in the draft, despite being the third one drafted. He is essentially a carbon copy of current starting Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford, all the way down to the extreme fragility. He could turn into Bradford 2.0, which isn’t the worst career to have if you wipe away all the injuries. His arm is… fine, not spectacular. He does well enough under pressure, but can get into his own head and try to hit the home run when a dump off will do.

He’s unlikely to do much this season and given the talent around him in Arizona outside of Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson, he’s unlikely to have his supporting cast lift him up if/when he gets to play this year. His opportunity is limited, as is his readiness to contribute in fantasy football if he gets an opportunity. Even if he gets the start… steer clear.

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Christian Kirk, Wide Receiver (Round Two)
The Cardinals rookie most likely to get some run in fantasy football leagues is their second-round pick, wideout Christian Kirk. Kirk is freight train-type receiver (think Golden Tate or Stefon Diggs). Not massive, big-bodied receivers like Julio Jones, but rather a smaller, fast and strong receiver. As the game gets quicker and more spread out, these types of receivers have risen to prominence. Kirk has a no-doubt Hall of Famer guiding his debut season in the league, so his future is as bright as any out there.

What about 2018? Well, someone has to get the targets after Larry Fitzgerald gets his share… and after David Johnson gets his. In the red zone, there will also be Ricky Seals-Jones to sop up TDs. Do you want the #3 target and #4 option for Sam Bradford/Mike Glennon/Josh Rosen? Alright then, have fun with that. However, a Larry Fitzgerald injury leaves him with massive upside in this offense. That gets him a slight opportunity upgrade. Also, his ability to make headlines this year while surrounded by trash in Arizona has already been well-documented.

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Chase Edmonds, Running Back (Round Three)
Edmonds draws comparisons to Corey Clement, Dion Lewis and Austin Ekeler.  Of the three, I would put him closest to Lewis. Unfortunately for potential Edmonds owners this year, there’s this somewhat decent back in Arizona named “David Johnson.” If Johnson goes down, Edmonds immediately jumps to the front of the line, but don’t expect anything of him unless DJ goes kaput.

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