As we gear up for the 2023 fantasy football season, it’s time to consider what the Arizona Cardinals have to work with at tight end. Zach Ertz started the 2022 season as the primary tight end for Kyler Murray in the offense, but had his season shortened because of injury. As Ertz’s rehab continues heading into training camp, the Cardinals are optimistic that they will have the 32-year-old back in time to be their starting tight end for Week 1.
Cardinals starting tight end: Zach Ertz
Though his season was limited due to experiencing damage to his MCL and ACL in his left knee, Ertz’s 6.9 fantasy points per game over ten weeks is nothing to sneeze at. The veteran tight end has proven to be a key asset on fantasy teams in recent years because of his high volume of targets and receptions, so he will be one of the key players to watch in drafts. He remains on the PUP list coming out of Week 1 of the preseason, so he would be a roster stash to start the season.
Who is Ertz’s backup on the Cardinals TE depth chart?
Second-year tight end Trey McBride benefits from Ertz’s injury, but would also potentially challenge Ertz for opportunities in the Cardinals offense even if the veteran was healthy. McBride found some extra time working with the starting unit as a rookie in 2022 in Ertz’s absence, so look for Arizona to continue developing the young pass catcher. Noah Togiai and Chris Pierce Jr. will also battle it out to make the team during training camp.