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|Last season, the fantasy football world penciled in first-round pick Michael Floyd to take over as Arizona's starting wide receiver opposite Larry Fitzgerald, but Roberts had other ideas. The Cardinals’ 2010 third-round pick continued to steadily improve, finishing the season with 64 receptions for 759 yards and five touchdowns, marking the third consecutive season that his production had increased in the major receiving categories. At 5'11” and 195 pounds, Roberts lacks Floyd's upside, but his solid play in 2012 ensures that he will continue to have a large role in Arizona's offense. The question is whether he can once again relegate Floyd to a secondary role. Given Floyd's upside, we don't like the chances of that happening. Even worse is that the Cardinals are experimenting with cornerback Patrick Peterson as a receiving option. While Roberts will continue to have a role in Arizona's offense as a slot receiver, he is unlikely to approach the 114 targets he had last season. He rates as a low-end WR5.
|Roberts steps up as third-down WR -- Mon Sep 9 3:25 pm --|
Eight catches for a team-high 97 yards
|Andre Roberts had shown flashes throughout the first three years of his NFL career, but until Sunday, he hadn't exactly made a definitive case to be the Arizona Cardinals' No. 2 receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald.
Roberts opened 2013 with a bang in Arizona's 27-24 loss to St. Louis Sunday, grabbing eight passes for a team-high 97 yards.
Of his eight catches, four came during third-down situations. (Arizonasports.com)|
FF Today's Take: While Roberts is a longshot to overtake Michael Floyd as a starter, there should be plenty of opportunity for him to produce like one. Fitzgerald appears ready to rejoin the ranks of the elite receivers after suffering from poor quarterbacking in recent years while Floyd averaged over 20 yards on his four receptions. All three Arizona receivers should be considered starting-caliber options until further notice.