Michael Floyd Fantasy Value & Week 7 Waiver-Wire Advice

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Hello again, Michael Floyd. It’s been a while.

After a promising second year in 2013, the Arizona Cardinals young wideout took a step back in 2014 and recorded a minuscule eight catches for 104 yards and zero touchdowns through the first five weeks of 2015. Once a prime breakout candidate, he had all but completely fallen off the fantasy football radar.

Until Sunday.

In Arizona’s 25-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Floyd caught five balls for 50 yards and one touchdown. As Rotoworld’s Evan Silva pointed out, his usage was encouraging:

Moreover, he had another touchdown nullified by a questionable–at best–offensive pass interference call, and he saw a whopping four red-zone targets.

That’s where Floyd’s value lies. He’s a big, physical target who excels in the end zone. He had five touchdowns in 2013, six during his disappointing 2014 campaign, and now that he’s healthy after dislocating three fingers at the start of the season, it looks like he’s back to being a favorite of Carson Palmer in that area.

For his upside–this is still a 25-year-old only two years removed from a 1,000-yard season–he needs to be owned in most leagues. But how aggressively should you target him on the waiver-wire?

It’s important to remember he’s still No. 3 on the target pecking order behind Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown. This offense is good enough to sustain three usable fantasy wide receivers, but Floyd’s weekly floor will be low. There will be weeks where he is a WR2 or WR3, but with plenty of mouths to feed in that offense, consistency will be difficult to come by.

Again, Floyd’s talent and red-zone usage makes him someone who should be owned. But unless you’re in desperate need of WR help, you shouldn’t break the bank to acquire him.