Arnold caught two of four targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 30-15 win over Washington. With Maxx Williams (ankle) sitting out, Arnold was the unequivocal No. 1 TE heading into Week 2. He logged 73 percent of the team's offensive snaps and he finished tied for third in targets. It's worth keeping an eye on his target share moving forward, especially since Williams was placed on IR and will miss three more weeks.
Arnold could see more playing time with fellow tight end Maxx Williams (ankle) ruled out for Sunday's game against Washington, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. Arnold played 55 percent of snaps to Williams' 52 percent in a Week 1 win over San Francisco, drawing only two targets despite running a route on 30 of Kyler Murray's 51 dropbacks (59 percent). While DeAndre Hopkins, Kenyan Drake, Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald all figure to be bigger priorities in the Arizona offense, Arnold could prove useful in deep fantasy leagues.
Arnold reeled in both of his targets for 21 yards during Sunday's 24-20 victory in San Francisco. Considered something of a deep sleeper entering 2020 after scoring two TDs in three games to close last season, Arnold was targeted between the 20s in this contest. On a positive note, he got the start and earned two more offensive snaps (45 versus 43) than veteran tight end Maxx Williams, who didn't corral either of his two targets. Expect Arnold to be the most relevant Cardinals TE in terms of fantasy moving forward, but as his Week 1 stat line revealed, he'll be a hit-or-miss option.
Arnold has been the Cardinals' top receiving tight end during training camp, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports. During his time in New Orleans, the undrafted wide receiver spent his rookie season in 2017 on injured reserve before switching to tight end during the 2018 offseason. That said, he recorded just 14 catches in 12 games with the Saints before they waived him last December. The Cardinals scooped Arnold up, and he struck up an instant rapport with Kyler Murray, corralling six of 10 targets for 102 yards and two touchdowns in three contests. Arnold doesn't have much competition for targets in his position group, and No. 1 TE Maxx Williams currently is tending to an undisclosed issue, which raises Arnold's profile further in Arizona's ascending offense.
Arnold posted six receptions (on 10 targets) for 102 yards and two touchdowns in three games with the Cardinals in 2019. A late-season pickup off waivers, Arnold made his presence felt, which cannot be said for the other TEs employed by the Cards this season. Both Charles Clay (calf) and Maxx Williams barely surpassed 200 receiving yards while playing entire campaigns (sans Week 17 for the former). Looking at the efficiency metrics in Arnold's brief career to date -- 8.4 YPT and three TDs on 33 targets in 15 games between Arizona and New Orleans -- Arnold has flashed receiving talent in two locales that promote it. With Clay set for unrestricted free agency in March, Arnold and Williams are set to serve as the team's top tight ends next year, assuming no other additions at the position.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/11||@New York Jets||22||10.00|
|12||11/29||@New England Patriots||3||1.00|
|13||12/06||Los Angeles Rams||9||4.00|
|14||12/13||@New York Giants||5||2.00|
|16||12/27||San Francisco 49ers||2||1.00|
|17||01/03||@Los Angeles Rams||9||4.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||16||10||138||2||8||13.80||25|