John Carlson TE ARI 5 Days

Carlson took the field for 21 of the Cardinals' 64 offensive snaps during Thursday's victory at St. Louis, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

With 47 snaps to his name, Darren Fells earned far more run than Carlson and fellow tight end Rob Housler (19) for the second game in a row. While Carlson still managed one catch (on one target) for 11 yards, the quarterback situation in Arizona is untenable due to Drew Stanton's knee sprain, meaning owners should continue to avoid their TE trio.

John Carlson TE ARI 11 Days

Carlson played 17 of the Cardinals' 69 offensive snaps during Sunday's victory against the Chiefs, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Carlson has lost his footing as Arizona's top tight end, as evidenced by ranking behind both Darren Fells (42 snaps) and Rob Housler (21) in terms of usage. With only one reception for one yard in Week 14, Carlson failed to uphold his standard from the rest of the season -- in the first 12 games, he averaged 2.3 catches (on 4.1 targets) for 26.4 yards -- which was replaceable in the vast majority of formats. As the season winds to a close, he may have been relieved of his TE duties due to his poor form as a blocker.

John Carlson TE ARI 18 Days

Carlson hauled in 2-of-3 targets for 38 yards during Sunday's defeat at Atlanta.

Carlson didn't receive the lion's share of TE snaps in Week 13, as he does most game days, picking up 25 of the Cardinals' 55 offensive snaps, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports. Meanwhile, fellow tight ends Darren Fells (23 snaps) and Rob Housler (13) cut into Carlson's run but failed to earn even one look from Drew Stanton in the passing game. The signal caller in Arizona, whether it's Stanton or Carson Palmer (knee), hasn't really affected Carlson's weekly production, but if his deficiencies as a blocker continue, Carlson could see his relevance dwindle further.

John Carlson TE ARI 24 Days

Carlson played 43 of the Cardinals' 54 offensive snaps during Sunday's loss in Seattle, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

The Cardinals' passing attack was without a stalwart member, Larry Fitzgerald (knee), but Carlson was unable to fill the void, recording three receptions (on four targets) for 25 yards. The preceding line deviated little from his average game this season -- 2.4 catches (on 4.2 targets) for 25.4 yards -- which explains his fantasy irrelevance.

John Carlson TE ARI 1 Month

Carlson had two receptions on four targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 31-14 win over the Rams.

Other than a nice 26-yard catch at one point, Carlson wasn't a factor. Carson Palmer injured his knee Sunday, so it's possible that Drew Stanton will be starting from here on out, but that doesn't really matter for Carlson's prospects, as his numbers were the same when Stanton was under center for a few games earlier in the year.

John Carlson TE ARI 2 Months

Carlson took the field for 58 of the Cardinals' 67 offensive snaps during Sunday's victory at Dallas, the FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Carlson and Carson Palmer hooked up on a woeful two of eight passes, but the day was salvaged during Arizona's third drive when the duo connected on a seven-yard touchdown, Carlson's first in a Cardinal uniform. In fact, Carlson's eight targets were a team-high Sunday, but the disparity in completions versus miscues resulted in a measly 19 receiving yards. On a positive note, he continued to dominate reps among Arizona tight ends, as neither Rob Housler nor Troy Niklas garnered a look from Palmer. However, Carlson's catch percentage (53) and targets per game (4.3) aren't really palatable for fantasy purposes, except in a pinch.

John Carlson TE ARI 2 Months

Carlson played 56 of the Cardinals' 70 offensive snaps in Sunday's win against the Eagles, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Carlson matched Andre Ellington's six targets, but the tight end merely hauled in two Carson Palmer passes for 16 yards, including a long of 12 yards. The meager output can be partly explained by Philadelphia's defense, who have allowed just 44.3 receiving yards per game and one touchdown to TE this season. However, each of Carlson's six targets occurred within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage, with none in the red zone, which continues a season-long trend. Through seven contests, he's been targeted only one time inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

John Carlson TE ARI 2 Months

Carlson took the field for 70 of the Cardinals' 76 offensive snaps during Sunday's victory at Oakland, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports. Overall, he gathered in two passes (on four targets) for 20 yards.

Carlson put up his typical mundane line, but the Cardinals' 22-game sample size under the direction of coach Bruce Arians reveals scant usage of tight ends in the passing attack. The offense in fact lacks a fullback, meaning tight ends more often than not remain in protection, which doesn't allow for a substantial target count (20 in six games for Carlson). As a result, owners are advised to search elsewhere if in need of TE production.

John Carlson TE ARI 2 Months

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.

John Carlson TE ARI 2 Months

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.