NFL fantasy football: Cardinals want a workhorse RB

Arians eschews RB-by-committee: While plenty of teams around the NFL are trending toward timeshares in their backfields, new Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians says he would like to find one running back who can play every down. We’re not sure if that back is currently on Arizona’s roster.  The Cardinals last season rushed for a league-worst 1,204 yards — 10 individual players ran for more. Ryan Williams would appear to be the leading candidate to win the job in the fall, but if the Redbirds make a play for Eddie Lacy in the draft, all bets are off. Regardless, the idea of a team going with one back will do wonders for the fantasy value of that back … whoever it is.

Palmer wants to return to Oakland: The Raiders have been one of the teams expected to have a quarterback controversy this offseason. Of course, that’s contingent upon Carson Palmer returning to the team in 2013. For his part, the veteran quarterback says he “would love to be back … and compete”. In order for that to happen, it’s expected that Palmer will need to take a pay cut. Even then, signs point toward the Raiders wanting to see what they have in backup QB Terrelle Pryor. Regardless of who the Raiders signal-caller is in 2013, it’s unlikely that they would be anything more than a No. 2 option in most fantasy leagues.

Patriots considering Amendola: As the New England Patriots continue to try and work things out with Wes Welker, the team is making contingency plans. According to reports, the Pats are looking at Danny Amendola if they can’t come to an agreement with Welker. Amendola has turned himself into one of the Rams’ primary offensive weapons working in a role similar to that of Welker. If he does make the move to Foxborough, it’s safe to say he can quickly slide into a similar spot in the offense and would likewise see a bump in his fantasy value.

— Marcas Grant
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