Michael Floyd was virtually non-existent for the Arizona Cardinals through the first 16 weeks of the 2012 NFL season. He blew up to the tune of eight catches for 166 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the season finale.
Will the changes made in the desert allow Floyd to emerge as a reliable receiver (and fantasy option) in 2013?
The obvious change that should benefit Floyd is the acquisition of Carson Palmer. Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer combined to throw 11 touchdowns and 21 interceptions en route to a 63.1 passer rating.
To put things into perspective, that combined passer rating is 3.8 points lower than what Mark Sanchez tallied last year. Even though Palmer isn’t what he used to be, he’s a serious upgrade over that band of misfits.
Palmer threw for 4,018 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Last year’s passer rating of 85.3, as well as his career 86.2 mark, is leaps and bounds ahead of what Floyd got out of the Cardinals' quarterbacks last year.
Palmer completed 61.1 percent of his passes last year. The Cardinals’ conglomeration completed just 55.4 percent of their attempts last year. Palmer throws a good deep ball, which works in Floyd’s favor. While Larry Fitzgerald is the clear first option, it will be Floyd’s job to stretch the field.
That is exactly what will be in order in new coach Bruce Arians’ offensive scheme. He’s not going to fling it all over the place, but he won’t hesitate to take shots down the field.
Larry Fitzgerald will garner the majority of the attention, so Floyd could see a lot of single-coverage. Tight end Rob Housler is expected to emerge as well, which could further free Floyd up to make plays.
Floyd has good size at 6’2″ and 220 pounds and runs a sub-4.50 forty time. He adds the strength and body control to make him a dangerous downfield threat.
Playing under the wing of Larry Fitzgerald only adds to the appeal. Fitz is the ultimate teacher, and Floyd gets to be his pupil, not only at his legendary camp, but all year long.
Floyd’s current FantasyPros ranking has him 47th among wide receivers. Overall, he’s ranked at 133, which would put him in the 12th round of 12-team fantasy drafts. He’s a great option as a WR4, and could end up putting up WR3 numbers.
I expect him to reach 800 yards and six touchdowns, with the potential to do even more. What do you expect from Michael Floyd this year?
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