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Bradford's fantasy potential not very high in Arizona

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: Sam Bradford #8 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a play against the Arizona Cardinals during the game on November 20, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

With Kirk Cousins already off the board, the Arizona Cardinals addressed their need at quarterback by signing Sam Bradford to a one-year deal. The move makes Bradford the odd-on favorite to succeed Carson Palmer as the Cardinals’ starting signal-caller.

Knee issues limited Bradford to just two games last season, but his 2016 campaign was arguably the best of his career. After being traded to the Vikings in the preseason, Bradford stepped into the starting job and set a career-high in passing yards with 3,877. He also completed an impressive 71.6 percent of his throws, which led all passers.

Despite the productivity, Bradford wasn’t much of a fantasy option. He finished just 22nd among quarterbacks in fantasy scoring and had just three weeks in which he finished in the top 10 at the position (one of which was in Week 17).

In Arizona, Bradford joins a team that appears to be in rebuilding mode. Larry Fitzgerald is very likely in the final furlong of his Hall of Fame career, John Brown is a free agent and will likely be elsewhere, and J.J. Nelson is more of a one-trick pony. Of course, Bradford will have one of the league’s best offensive weapons in David Johnson, but that’s still only the tiniest bit of icing on an otherwise unappetizing cake.

While we have seen a veteran revitalize his fantasy value in Arizona with Kurt Warner, it isn’t likely the same results happen for Bradford. Given his general lack of fantasy upside and the current state of the Cardinals depth chart, it’s tough to get behind Bradford for fantasy purposes. At best, he’ll end up being an option in deep 2QB leagues.

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