Trent Sherfield will be a reserve receiver for the Cardinals this season, and he has minimal Fantasy value in that role. Sherfield will compete with Hakeem Butler, Andy Isabella, Kevin White and Chad Williams for playing time, and we don't expect Sherfield to have a prominent role, especially with Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and David Johnson already on the roster. The good news for Sherfield is he scored at least 10 PPR points in three of his final four games in 2018, so maybe he's the one who steps forward of this group. Keep an eye on Sherfield in training camp, but he's not worth drafting in most formats.
Sherfield gathered in 19 of 28 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown in 13 appearances during the 2018 season. Prior to a Week 9 bye, the undrafted rookie was active just five times, earning three offensive snaps versus 43 on special teams. However, the Cardinals' receiving corps experienced a number of injuries in the second half of the campaign and turned to Sherfield over the likes of J.J. Nelson and even Chad Williams when the latter was healthy enough to play. Between Weeks 14 and 17, Sherfield took advantage of the loss of Christian Kirk to a broken foot, turning 85 to 94 percent of the offensive snaps in all four games into a 16-177-1 line on 22 targets. At the very least, Sherfield put himself into the conversation for the No. 3 spot at wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald (assuming he returns) and Kirk for next year and beyond.
Sherfield brought in all six of his targets for 62 yards in the Cardinals' 31-9 loss to the Rams on Sunday. The rookie paced the Cardinals in receiving yards and shared the lead in receptions with Larry Fitzgerald in what was another strong late-season effort. Sherfield also generated 5-77 line in Week 14, and he scored his first NFL touchdown in Week 15 versus the Falcons. The Vanderbilt product will look to continue surging and enter the offseason with some momentum when Arizona closes out the season against the Seahawks in Week 17.
Sherfield (ankle) practiced fully Friday and doesn't carry a designation into Sunday's game against the Rams, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. Chad Williams (hamstring) also advanced to full participation Friday to gain clearance for the weekend, but his return from a six-game absence shouldn't have a huge impact on Sherfield. The Vanderbilt product seems to have firmly established himself as the clear No. 2 wideout behind Larry Fitzgerald, drawing 15 targets over the past three weeks and nabbing nine passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Even if he maintains that level of volume in Week 16, however, Sherfield would hardly rank as a must-play option in fantasy lineups.
Sherfield reeled in five of his seven targets for 77 yards during Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Lions. An undrafted rookie, Sherfield took full advantage of the void left behind by Christian Kirk (foot), posting career highs across the board. Prior to Sunday's outburst, Sherfield had worked his way into a regular gig, earning between 37 and 54 percent of the offensive snaps in the previous four games. That number increased substantially to nearly 93 percent Week 14, which pushed him to second among Cardinals receivers behind Larry Fitzgerald (96 percent) and well ahead of J.J. Nelson (69) and Jalen Tolliver (12). Sherfield will attempt to keep his name in the spotlight Sunday in Atlanta, whose defense has given up 8.5 YPT and 19 touchdowns to wide receivers in 13 games this season.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/20||@New York Giants||10||20.75|
|8||10/27||@New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|9||11/01||San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|10||11/10||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|11||11/17||@San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|13||12/01||Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|17||12/29||@Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||28||19||210||1||11||11.05||27|