Cardinals' recent run of success hiding lack of fantasy value
Week 2's action in the NFL was fast and furious with eye-popping performances, unbelievable comebacks and some unfathomable upsets.
Pulling off the most striking story of the day were the Arizona Cardinals going into Foxborough and leaving as the first visiting team to win a Patriots home opener in the history of Gillette Stadium. Despite the win, the Cardinals managed to leave the lightest of fantasy footprints.
Larry Fitzgerald caught one ball for four yards, which translates into roughly 1.4 points in PPR leagues, 0.4 in standard leagues that allow partial points or ZERO in those that award on 10-yard increments.
Two more widely-owned yet sparingly-started Cardinals, running backs Beanie Wells (14 rushes, 44 yards plus a 24-yard reception) and Ryan Williams (10 carries for 13 yards; two receptions, 10 yards, plus a Joe Pisarcik-like fumble with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter that gave Stephen Gostkowski a chance to kick -- and miss -- a game-winning field goal) did not lead any fantasy owners to victory.
Arizona's touchdown scorers were Andre Roberts (owned in less than one percent of leagues) and Kevin Kolb (owned in less than 0.5 percent of leagues). Kicker Jay Feely (less than 1.5 percent owned) had eight points. And tight end Todd Heap, a former fantasy starter and owned in a whopping 0.6 percent of leagues, was arguably the most effective Cardinal, catching five balls for 62 yards.
What a bunch of duds, right? Well, somehow, with a revolving door at quarterback that has produced a combined 75.8 rating and a running game that's averaging just 2.8 yards per carry, the Cardinals are 2-0 this year. But the most amazing fact is since December 1, 2011, these same Cardinals have the NFL's best record at 7-1. Yet we may never see a better contrast between success on the gridiron and in fantasy football.
There was plenty of other action throughout the day. Here are the fantasy winners and losers based on the action so far this week.