By Kellan King
Last year the Cardinals went 8-8, 3rd in the NFC West. They were led by the duo of Kyler Murray and Deandre Hopkins, who together formed one of the top QB-Receiver duos in the league. At one point, the Cardinals were 6-3 coming off a hail mary win, and looked like they were in prime position to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, they faltered down the stretch and finished just outside the playoffs.
Reasons to Buy
On the simbull market, the Cardinals are currently at $42.04, below teams like the Patriots, Vikings, and Broncos, with the 10th lowest price. In my opinion, there is no way the Cardinals are a bottom 10 team. Last year they were in almost every game they played, and they have some of the best skill position players in the league, and added speedster Rondale Moore in the draft. I also really like the direction the Arizona defense is taking under Vance Joseph. They have good young linebackers and pass rushers in Haason Reddick, Isaiah Simmons and Zaven Collins, and still have big names in the secondary with Patrick Peterson and Budda Baker. Additionally, they added big name free agents in JJ Watt and AJ Green, showing they are serious about contending. This team is one of the few in the NFL that could have a top 10 defense and offense, and for that reason they could be a very good buy.
Reasons to Sell
The major reason I’d sell is Kliff Kingsbury. I know he’s performed slightly better than expected, but I still don’t trust him to coach a contending team. At times he refuses to adjust, and sticks to his offense even when its struggling. One other reason to sell is uncertainty in the backfield. Are either Chase Edmonds or James Conner capable of being lead backs? I don’t think so.
Overall, I feel the pros outweigh the cons. The Cardinals play in a tough division, but I feel they could overperform and make you some money if you buy now.