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Carlson (knee) is active for Sunday's contest at Oakland, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Carlson dominates the snaps among Cardinals tight ends, but with only 12 catches (on 16 targets) for 129 yards through five games, he isn't a viable option outside of extremely deep formats.

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Carlson (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against Oakland.

Carlson evidently isn't at full strength, but he seems to have a decent chance of playing after logging two limited practices to close out the week. With just 16 targets in five games, though, he doesn't look like much of a fantasy consideration.

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Carlson returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Carlson's health is trending upward heading toward the weekend, but you would need to be scraping the bottom of the barrel at tight end to consider playing him this week given his level of involvement in the passing game.

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Carlson (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

Even though he takes the vast majority of TE reps on offense, Carlson is little more than a safety valve for Cardinals quarterbacks, whether it's Carson Palmer (shoulder) or Drew Stanton. However, Carlson's knee issue is of unknown severity, which should be monitored throughout the week in order to learn his availability Sunday in Oakland.

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Carlson played 59-of-70 offensive snaps during Sunday's victory versus Washington, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Carlson matched the six targets received by both Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown, but the tight end's final line (four catches for 14 yards) left owners wanting more. In non-PPR formats, Carlson's performance was his worst, fantasy-wise, of the season, despite far exceeding his previous season-high of three targets. His consistent usage and lack of a red-zone look through five games could soon bring to a close his streak without a touchdown, which extends to Week 10 last year as a member of the Vikings.

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Carlson played all but two of the Cardinals' 58 offensive snaps during Sunday's loss in Denver, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Despite the heavy usage, Carlson garnered the fifth-most targets among his teammates, turning three looks into two catches for 19 yards. On the other hand, he dominated the TE snaps, as Rob Housler (hip) saw 11 and rookie Troy Niklas earned five. In an injury-riddled game, Niklas sustained a high ankle sprain, which is generally accompanied by a multi-week absence. No matter how long he sits out, though, Carlson is the clear Cardinals tight end to consider, if in need of aid at the position with bye weeks in full force. His upcoming matchup is an intriguing one against a Washington pass defense that has allowed five touchdowns to opposing tight ends in as many contests this season.

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Carlson caught all three targets for 33 yards during Sunday's win against the 49ers.

For a third week in a row, Carlson dominated his fellow tight ends in terms of snaps, garnering 51 to Troy Niklas' 27 and Darren Fells' seven. Moreover, neither option was considered by fill-in quarterback Drew Stanton in the passing game, while fellow TE Rob Housler was deemed inactive due to a hip injury. On the season, Carlson's line (six catches for 96 yards) pales that of the aforementioned trio's combined two receptions (on four targets) for 32 yards, relaying the pecking order at the position in Arizona.

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Carlson gathered in two of three targets for 43 yards during Sunday's win against the Giants in New York. Additionally, he took the field for 66-of-68 offense snaps for the Cardinals, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Carlson dominated his fellow tight ends in terms of snaps -- Rob Housler garnered 25, while rookie Troy Niklas was handed 17 -- and only Niklas (one catch for 19 yards) contributed to the passing game. The preceding workload has trickled into a second consecutive game, intimating that Carlson is the TE to consider when looking at Arizona's corps of pass catchers. No matter, he only has three receptions (on four targets) for 63 yards to date, which won't endear him to any owners outside of deep formats.

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Carlson played 61-of-70 offensive snaps during Monday's win versus the Chargers, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Despite earning 41 more snaps than fellow tight end Rob Housler, their respective lines were nearly identical, with Carlson gathering in his sole target for 20 yards, while Housler caught one ball (on three targets) for 16 yards. Meanwhile, rookie Troy Niklas wasn't targeted on his 12 snaps, which isn't a surprise behind two veteran options. Considering his overwhelming snap total compared to the other two, Carlson is the Cardinals' tight end to own, but the team's lack of a fullback forces more blocking assignments than the typical TE corps.

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Carlson had a touchdown reception called back in Saturday's preseason game, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website reports.

More importantly, Rob Housler got the starting nod, even though Carlson is listed atop the initial depth chart. It shouldn't be all that surprising, as Housler is not only the incumbent, but also has the higher ceiling as a receiver at this point in their respective careers. Second-round draft pick Troy Niklas is also in the mix, though he's unlikely to have a major role in the passing game this season. Between his injury issues, his middling talent, and the competition for playing time, Carlson doesn't make for a particularly attractive fantasy option.