Darren Fells

#85 TE / Arizona Cardinals / EXP: 2YRS Height: 6-7 Weight: 281 lb Age: 29 College: California-Irvine Bye 9,18,21

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    Cardinals' Darren Fells: Staying in Arizona

    Fells signed an exclusive rights tender with the Cardinals on Monday. Fells' signing will keep him with the Cardinals, for whom he led tight ends with 21 catches for 311 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season. The former basketball player also caught a touchdown in Arizona's NFC Championship Game loss. Despite his development this past season, Fells' fantasy upside is somewhat limited by the Cardinals' crowded cast of pass-catchers, yet it'll be interesting to see if he takes another step in his unconventional career next term.

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    Cardinals' Darren Fells: Scores against Arizona

    Fells caught two of four targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's NFC championship loss to Carolina. Fells worked his way up the slot for a 21-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, providing Arizona with a strand of hope. The catch snapped a seven-game scoreless streak for Fells, who topped three catches just once all season. Arizona's depth of play-making wide receivers was a team strength all season, but it also limited the production of the team's tight ends. Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Michael Floyd all ended the season with more receptions than all of Arizona's tight ends combined.

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    Cardinals' Darren Fells: Gathers in both targets Saturday

    Fells gathered in both passes for 14 yards during Saturday's divisional-round win versus the Packers. The Cardinals have relied upon a combination of Fells and Jermaine Gresham this season, but the former dominated the breakdown of snaps Saturday, earning 58 of the 66 offensive snaps versus 11 for Gresham. Fells was also the sole TE to make an appearance in the box score, notching a customary two targets, yet he's accrued just 30 through 15 games, including playoffs. Considering their recent usage, he's the Arizona tight end to trust in Sunday's NFC Championship Game at Carolina.

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    Cardinals' Darren Fells: Records one catch Sunday

    Fells recorded one catch (on two targets) for seven yards during Sunday's defeat to the Seahawks. Among those in the TE corps in Arizona, Fells and Jermaine Gresham have alternated between modest and nearly non-existent performances. The latter made a bigger splash in the box score in the season finale -- two receptions for 36 yards on three targets -- but Fells earned 40 of 58 snaps, versus 21 for Gresham. Considering Fells' season-long lead in catches (21), yards (311), and touchdowns (three), he's the more palatable option entering postseason play.

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    Cardinals' Darren Fells: Reels in three targets

    Fells reeled in all three targets for 54 yards during Sunday's win at Philadelphia. After tallying a 36-yard catch on the Cardinals' touchdown drive to open the contest, Fells was largely ignored in the passing game until the waning minutes of the third quarter, despite picking up 69 of the 76 offensive snaps. However, the elevated workload was significant, as Jermaine Gresham (knee) returned from a one-game absence to earn 32 snaps himself. Expect the duo's snap count to even out as the regular season draws to a close, but Fells is coming off two of his most productive performances of the season, totaling six receptions (on seven targets) for 97 yards.

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    Cardinals' Darren Fells: Corrals three balls in Week 14

    Fells logged 58 of the Cardinals' 67 offensive snaps during Thursday's win versus the Vikings, corralling three of four targets for 43 yards along the way. The Cardinals were without Jermaine Gresham on a short week due to a knee injury, which allowed Fells to pick up the second-most snaps among the team's skill-position players. Fells proceeded to post his most receiving yards since Week 1 on the back of his third reception of 20-plus yards this season (26 yards, to be exact). If Gresham's absence from drills in Week 14 extends into this one, another significant workload could be in store for Fells.

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    Cardinals' Darren Fells: Catches only target Sunday

    Fells caught his only target for 22 yards during Sunday's win in St. Louis. Since his return from a sprained shoulder in Week 10, Fells had fallen to No. 2 on the depth chart behind fellow TE Jermaine Gresham, earning 47 percent of the offensive snaps (versus 79 percent for Gresham) in the three games prior to Sunday. The script was flipped versus the Rams, though, as Fells picked up 53 of 84 such snaps (as opposed to 47 for Gresham), according to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix. In the aftermath of the contest, head coach Bruce Arians revealed that Gresham sustained a knee injury, which was likely the impetus for the aforementioned usage. If Gresham's ailment lingers, Fells would likely take on a larger share of the workload afforded Cardinals tight ends, but the corps (also, Troy Niklas) has so far combined for just 32 catches for 412 yards and six touchdowns to this point in this season.

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    Cardinals' Darren Fells: No targets Sunday

    Fells wasn't targeted Sunday at San Francisco, while earning 29 of the Cardinals' 80 offensive snaps, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports. Fells has been usurped by Jermaine Gresham in the TE pecking order in Arizona following a sprained shoulder suffered in Week 6. Upon returning in Week 10, Fells has matched Gresham's stat line over the last three outings, totaling four catches for 39 yards and one touchdown on six targets (versus three receptions for 35 yards and one touchdown on six targets). However, Gresham has outpaced him in terms of offensive snaps, garnering 181 of 229 during that span, while Fells has been contained to just 107. Considering the middling usage and production, Fells cannot be trusted for fantasy purposes.

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    Cardinals' Darren Fells: Records third touchdown of season

    Fells recorded his third touchdown of the season during Sunday's victory against the Bengals. Afforded just two of Carson Palmer's 31 throws, Fells hauled in the first of the quarterback's four passing scores on the evening, despite picking up only 27 of the Cardinals' 60 offensive snaps, according to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix. Meanwhile, Jermaine Gresham paced the team's tight ends with 41 snaps of his own, yet Palmer didn't look his way even once against their former squad. Because Gresham has earned 48 percent more snaps (114 versus 77) since Fells returned from a two-game absence, the latter must consistently take advantage of his few weekly looks in order to gain the attention of fantasy owners.

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    Cardinals' Darren Fells: Avoids injury report Wednesday

    Fells avoided an appearance on the Cardinals' first injury report of the week Wednesday. After taking three weeks to rehab a left shoulder sprain, Fells took on a noticeable workload in his return to action Sunday in Seattle, earning 50 of Arizona's 89 offensive snaps. That number lagged behind fellow tight end Jermaine Gresham's 73 snaps, and their respective stat lines reflected that breakdown (two catches for 26 yards and a touchdown on three targets for Gresham, while Fells gathered in three of four targets for 21 yards). In the coming weeks, it will be interesting to see if Fells can regain his status as the Cardinals' No. 1 tight end, but neither player has produced enough to warrant a look outside of deep formats.

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