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Buckle Up! It's Drew Stanton time in Arizona, but what are the fantasy impacts?

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Down its fearless leader Carson Palmer, Arizona, owners of a nearly impeccable 8-1 record, will attempt to blaze a trail to the playoffs on the shoulders of Drew Stanton.

Buckle up.

The ex-Lion is rather conservative with the football, a prototype game manager. Averaging just 6.33 yards per attempt, he prefers to play things close to the vest. However, given the aggressive nature of head coach Bruce Arians, he will take occasional shots downfield, which should keep the fantasy values of John Brown and massive disappointment, Michael Floyd, in the WR3-WR4 range in 12-team leagues.

On the ground, Andre Ellington, a sensational receiver out of the backfield, maintains his RB1 status, particularly in PPR settings. Recall with Drew calling the shots Weeks 2, 3 and 5, the workhorse netted 106.7 total yards per game, scoring a pair of touchdowns. He will be leaned on heavily down the stretch.

The biggest loser in the QB change might be Larry Fitzgerald. After a miserable start, the multi-time Pro Bowl selection erupted for 21 receptions, 342 yards and a TD over the past three weeks. But that was with Palmer at the controls. In Stanton’s previous three starts, Fitz averaged just four catches for 47.3 yards per game. Because of ‘Zona’s stifling defense and noteworthy rushing attack, the wideout could fade into the background. With trade deadlines looming, he’s a commodity to shop. Keep in mind, the Cardinals own the third-hardest schedule for WRs moving forward.