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The torn ACL suffered by Carson Palmer won't just hurt those Fantasy owners who had been rolling with him (or worse, were planning to trade him away). It will hurt those owners hoping to keep using Larry Fitzgerald as a big-time stat producer, and those owners who were willing to be patient with Michael Floyd. Palmer's absence will change how defenses approach Andre Ellington, and it might take a toll on the one receiver backup quarterback Drew Stanton has actually connected with this season, John Brown.
That's right, Brown has the best numbers out of any Cardinals receiver who has played in the roughly 12 cumulative quarters Stanton has been under center. That, despite having the fewest targets from Stanton among the Cards big three receivers, drawing 18 throws and catching 10 for 132 yards and three scores, including a touchdown bomb last week. Brown's best numbers have come at home -- at least eight Fantasy points in four of five home games and at least 13 Fantasy points in three. On the road he's been a disappointment, landing 41 yards or less in four road tilts. Problem is, after Week 11 the Cardinals have two home matchups left against the Chiefs and Seahawks. Tough matchups.
What about Fitzgerald with Stanton? It's not great -- he has the most targets of any Cardinal with 23 but has caught roughly half of them -- 12 -- for 142 yards without a score. That's a far cry from the magic he had with Palmer: 32 catches on 42 targets for 483 yards and two touchdowns.
And the numbers for Floyd are so horrifying that you'll need parental supervision to see them: On 19 targets from Stanton, Floyd has six catches. The wee bit of silver lining is that he has 130 yards on those six catches, thanks to getting 104 yards on four grabs from Stanton in Week 3 (he caught a 10-yard pass from Ted Ginn in the same game). Floyd hasn't had more than four catches in a game since then.
Stanton is a relatively unproven NFL quarterback and he's a backup for a reason. Palmer had a string of 20-plus-point Fantasy games before getting hurt, something that's probably not going to happen very often for Stanton. And if he's not putting up points then neither will his receivers.
Here are some actual trades involving Cardinals receivers on CBSSports.com that I would consider favorable for the teams giving them up for players on other teams.
Larry Fitzgerald for Ryan Mathews: It's a close call, but the potential that Mathews brings at a tough position to fill pretty much outweighs the expectations for Fitzgerald moving forward. In a PPR league I'd probably still rather have Fitzgerald.
Michael Floyd and Eddie Lacy for Emmanuel Sanders and Ryan Mathews: Someone is still giving up too much for Floyd here. Even if Mathews turns out to be a so-so back for the rest of the year it's a good deal getting Sanders.
Our Trade Values are designed to help you in making fair trades in your standard-scoring or PPR leagues. The values assigned to the players below are a long-term measurement of their Fantasy value. By adding two players' values you could determine what one player you might be able to get in return. This list should also work as a "Rest of Season" rankings. Note: This is the second-to-last Trade Values we will release this season.
|Jamaal Charles, RB, KC||39||43||Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN||17||20||Tre Mason, RB, STL||10||12|
|Peyton Manning, QB, DEN||38||38||Justin Forsett, RB, BAL||17||19||Ben Tate, RB, CLE||10||10|
|Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN||37||42||Philip Rivers, QB, SD||17||17||Montee Ball, RB, DEN||10||10|
|DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL||37||41||Tony Romo, QB, DAL||17||17||Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN||9||12|
|Matt Forte, RB, CHI||36||41||Antonio Gates, TE, SD||16||20||John Brown, WR, ARI||9||12|
|Antonio Brown, WR, PIT||36||41||Dwayne Allen, TE, IND||16||19||Michael Crabtree, WR, SF||9||12|
|Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB||36||36||Mike Wallace, WR, MIA||16||19||Knile Davis, RB, KC||9||10|
|Andrew Luck, QB, IND||36||36||Matthew Stafford, QB, DET||16||16||Bobby Rainey, RB, TB||9||10|
|Jordy Nelson, WR, GB||35||40||Anquan Boldin, WR, SF||15||20||Terrance West, RB, CLE||9||10|
|Calvin Johnson, WR, DET||33||38||Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN||15||19||Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF||9||9|
|Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE||31||36||DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU||15||18||Mark Sanchez, QB, PHI||9||9|
|Jimmy Graham, TE, NO||31||36||Josh Gordon, WR, CLE||15||18||Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA||9||9|
|Randall Cobb, WR, GB||31||36||Ryan Mathews, RB, SD||15||17||Joseph Randle, RB, DAL||9||9|
|Arian Foster, RB, HOU||31||35||Steven Jackson, RB, ATL||15||16||Mychal Rivera, TE, OAK||8||12|
|Tom Brady, QB, NE||31||31||Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT||15||15||Steve Smith, WR, BAL||8||11|
|Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA||30||33||Jay Cutler, QB, CHI||15||15||Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI||8||11|
|Julius Thomas, TE, DEN||29||34||Frank Gore, RB, SF||15||15||Marques Colston, WR, NO||8||10|
|T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND||29||32||Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT||14||17||Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS||8||10|
|A.J. Green, WR, CIN||28||33||Torrey Smith, WR, BAL||14||17||Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, BAL||8||9|
|Dez Bryant, WR, DAL||28||33||Russell Wilson, QB, SEA||14||14||Carlos Hyde, RB, SF||8||9|
|Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN||27||32||Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ||14||14||Darren McFadden, RB, OAK||8||9|
|Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT||27||31||Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG||14||14||Trent Richardson, RB, IND||8||8|
|Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI||25||29||Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI||13||17||Darren Sproles, RB, PHI||7||10|
|Andre Ellington, RB, ARI||24||27||Vincent Jackson, WR, TB||13||17||Charles Clay, TE, MIA||7||10|
|LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI||24||26||Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN||13||15||Charles Sims, RB, TB||7||9|
|Eddie Lacy, RB, GB||24||26||C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN||13||15||Delanie Walker, TE, TEN||7||9|
|Drew Brees, QB, NO||24||24||Matt Ryan, QB, ATL||13||13||Michael Floyd, WR, ARI||7||9|
|Julio Jones, WR, ATL||23||27||Jason Witten, TE, DAL||12||15||Terrance Williams, WR, DAL||7||9|
|Mark Ingram, RB, NO||23||23||Eric Decker, WR, NYJ||12||15||Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN||7||9|
|Mike Evans, WR, TB||21||26||Brandon LaFell, WR, NE||12||15||Larry Donnell, TE, NYG||7||8|
|Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF||20||24||Brandin Cooks, WR, NO||12||15||Jonas Gray, RB, NE||7||7|
|Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR||20||24||Joique Bell, RB, DET||12||14||Alfred Blue, RB, HOU||7||7|
|DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS||20||23||Fred Jackson, RB, BUF||12||14||Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN||7||7|
|Greg Olsen, TE, CAR||19||24||Percy Harvin, WR, NYJ||11||16||Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA||6||10|
|Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI||19||22||Andre Johnson, WR, HOU||11||15||Allen Hurns, WR, JAC||6||8|
|Lamar Miller, RB, MIA||19||21||Keenan Allen, WR, SD||11||14||Reggie Bush, RB, DET||6||8|
|Golden Tate, WR, DET||18||23||Julian Edelman, WR, NE||11||14||Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, TB||6||8|
|Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI||18||22||Reggie Wayne, WR, IND||11||14||Jordan Reed, TE, WAS||6||8|
|Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND||18||20||Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN||11||13||Rueben Randle, WR, NYG||6||8|
|Denard Robinson, RB, JAC||18||20||Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN||11||13||Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA||6||8|
|Alfred Morris, RB, WAS||18||18||Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI||11||13||Bryce Brown, RB, BUF||6||7|
|Roddy White, WR, ATL||17||21||Travis Kelce, TE, KC||11||13||Andre Williams, RB, NYG||6||6|
|Odell Beckham, WR, NYG||17||21||Eli Manning, QB, NYG||11||11||Pierre Thomas, RB, NO||5||7|
|Shane Vereen, RB, NE||17||20||Jerick McKinnon, RB, MIN||10||12||Robert Turbin, RB, SEA||5||6|