Dynasty Update: Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals
Arizona’s Michael Floyd is a very interesting receiver, and, though we didn’t hate the Cardinals’ last coaching staff, we like Floyd’s chances of thriving in Bruce Arian’s offense. We also like the new stable of quarterbacks in Arizona, especially starter Carson Palmer. Both he and Drew Stanton are upgrades over most of the QBs the Cards have tried since Kurt Warner retired.
It’s fairly obvious that Floyd’s physicality is something the Cardinals want to feature as a way to open things up for Larry Fitzgerald. Fitz, game in and game out, sees as much extra coverage as anybody in football.
This puts Floyd is in a situation similar to Alshon Jeffery’s in Chicago. Jeffery’s Fitzgerald is named Brandon Marshall and with the opposition preoccupied with stopping Marshall, we expect Jeffery to feast on single coverage--enough so that he is a viable WR3 option in 12-team leagues and a solid flex.
Both Jeffery and Floyd are big plays waiting to happen as they will constantly be in favorable matchups and play for teams that want to throw the football. They are also both big and athletic.
Some fantasy GMs may be worried about Andre Roberts outplaying Floyd, and while there is some merit to that concern, we see too large a talent gap to bet against the former Notre Dame star. In fact, Roberts had better start worrying about rookie Ryan Swope, who was a steal in the 6th round. Arizona really fortified their offensive talent this offseason--at every position.
The bottom line with Floyd is that he’s got double digit touchdown potential if he stays atop the depth chart as the starter opposite Fitzgerald. Floyd is a big-play talent in his own right and he will get tons of looks against single coverage in 2013. If this guy is available for cheap in your dynasty league, I’d trade for him. He is currently being drafted at 184 overall in 12-team redraft leagues. That’s a joke. He is a steal there for his upside alone. He’ll almost certainly move up, so he’s a guy to monitor for sure.