AJ Green to Arizona

March 17, 2021


A veteran WR in a new place is not a historically solid fantasy investment. AJ Green’s recent resume doesn’t inspire the confidence to overlook this. Landing in Arizona, on the other hand, makes this an interesting move. Wednesday Green signed a one-year, $8 million deal.

Last year the Cardinals finished with an underwhelming 8-8 record, despite the outstanding play by QB Kyler Murray and WR Deandre Hopkins. What looked to be an attractive role for an incoming rookie, may turn out to be the best possible situation for Green.

Arizona’s current WR2, Christian Kirk has been less than impressive since being taken 47th overall in 2018. In 2020 he finished 57th among receivers in the yardage category despite the level of defensive attention drawn by Deandre Hopkins.

With Larry Fitzgerald’s targets on the decline, the organization could use a big name veteran with Green’s upside. In past seasons, a healthy Green was a problem for even the most talented corners. The idea of AJ Green being consistently paired with the opposition’s No. 2 corner is interesting.

Green’s injury history does remain a concern. In the past two seasons many fantasy owners have wisely passed on him for multiple rounds. If the Cardinals pass on rookie receivers through Day 2, this may be the year to draft Green as early as one round below his ADP.