Arizona Cardinals: Fantasy starters for week 4


Here we take a look at the Cardinals players you should consider starting this week against the Rams in fantasy football.

The Arizona Cardinals play host to the St. Louis Rams. In what has the potential to be an intense match up, the Rams defense poses a threat to hurt the fantasy numbers for your favorite Arizona Cardinals fantasy numbers. While this shouldn’t be that big of a problem because of how well this team has played so far, who are the players that are expected to have good fantasy outputs? Let’s find out!

Arizona Cardinals, Defense/Special Teams

First off, I would personally like to apologize for failing to advise you to play the Cardinals defense last week against the 49ers last week, I won’t make the same mistake this week. Excluding the Week 1 shoot out with the Seattle Seahawks, the St. Louis Rams offense has only scored 18 totals points this week. This is a very favorable match up for Arizona Cardinals defense as Rams quarterback Nick Foles has failed to generate any offense under center, and rookie running back Todd Gurley still getting adjusted to being back on the field. While I don’t expect a repeat of last week’s performance, you can put the Cardinals defense down for a couple of turnovers and a few sacks.

Carson Palmer, Quarterback

This is a fantasy no brainer. Carson Palmer has been lights out this season, and is tied with Tom Brady for second most touchdown passes this season with 9. With guard Mike Iupati set to return this week, Palmer should have even more time to pick apart the Rams defense. Last week Palmer only threw for 2 touchdowns, this was only because of a huge cushion of a lead the defense gave him. This will most likely not be the case this week, but this should be a problem with the amount of offensive weapons at Carson Palmer’s disposal. Look for a 300+ yard passing and a 4 touchdown game from Palmer.

Larry Fitzgerald, Wide Receiver

Who was once an afterthought in fantasy football, Larry Fitzgerald has made himself an every week start. Fitzgerald leads the league in receiving touchdowns with 5. While the Rams secondary will be keeping close tabs on Fitzgerald, he should still be able to pull off some big plays to give the Arizona Cardinals some breathing room. Expect another number 1 receiver game from Larry Fitzgerald to the tune of  90+ receiving yards and 1 touchdown.

Things to keep in mind:

I would advise against starting Chris Johnson (or even David Johnson for that matter) as you can expect the Rams defensive front to fill up the running lanes quickly. Also, with Larry Fitzgerald occupying the Rams secondary’s attention it could be fruitful to start John Brown as your flex to sneak past the secondary for a some big yardage plays

The Arizona Cardinals are currently averaging a league best 42 points per game this season. While I expect this average to go down after this weekend’s game, you can realistically expect the explosive Cardinals offense to hang up 30+ points on a touch Rams defense.

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