Arizona Cardinals: Fantasy Starters for Week 14


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

The Arizona Cardinals return home to face an up and down Minnesota Vikings team who are coming off of a loss to the surging Seattle Seahawks. The Vikings are with 5 defensive players (4 of them starters), which brings a promising fantasy day for Cardinals players. There are many Cardinals who are must starts for your fantasy team. Who are the players that are expected to have good fantasy outputs? Let’s find out!

Carson Palmer, Quarterback

An MVP candidate (who is getting no recognition I must add) against an injury riddled defense at home? Yes please! Palmer is second in the league with touchdown passes this season with 29 on the season. Of the Vikings defensive players who have been ruled out, two of them are the Vikings starting safeties. This opens up plenty of opportunities for Palmer to throw deep passes. A week after torching a formidable Rams defense to the tune of 356 yards and 2 touchdowns. Except similar results against a defense who just a week ago surrendered 38 points. Pencil Palmer down for another 300+ yard and 2+ touchdown game.

David Johnson, Running back

Probably one the Cardinals most productive rookies this season, David Johnson ran for 99 yards on 20 carries in his first career start. He also caught 2 passes for 21 yards a touchdown. The Vikings are also going to be without 2 starting linebackers and a defensive tackle. If David Johnson can get through the first line of the defense, tere’s a very good chance that he will end up punishing the second line of the defensive afterwards. David Johnson is an impact player in the running game, passing game and made an impact on special teams before he was named starter. Against a defensive that is nowhere near 100% Johnson will stuff the stat sheet in his second career start. Johnson will hit the 100 yard rushing mark for the first time this season and get his 5th rushing touchdown of the season.

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Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Michael Floyd, Wide receivers

I have decided to group the Cardinals top 3 receivers for this match up. The Vikings are without their starting safeties and Carson Palmer will look to have a field day with them. Fitzgerald has reached 1000 yards receiving and is looking to add to this total. John Brown has exploded these past 2 games and has accumulated 212 receiving yards and is only 183 yards away from his first thousand yard season of his career. Michael Floyd has been playing his best football in his career during the best time of the year –  the playoff push. In the last 4 games he has played in, Floyd has punished opposing defenses for 3 separate 100+ receiving yard games and caught 19 passes for 337 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The bottom line is, you should have no worries about starting any of these three wide outs.

Arizona Cardinals, Defense/Special Teams

The Arizona Cardinals defense is ranked fourth overall this season, and has accumulated 22 turnovers this season. Entering this game, the Cardinals secondary should be licking their chops at the possibility of Teddy Bridgewater being forced to throw the ball. Bridgewater has been a caretaker at quarterback for the Vikings and nothing more. Through 12 games, Bridgewater has thrown 8 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. On paper, Bridgewater poses no big play threat. The Arizona Cardinals rushing defense is ranked fourth this season, and should be able to close any running lanes to prevent Adrian Peterson from doing any damage. While the Vikings do have weapons on offense, the Cardinals defense has been clicking as a unit and will continue to make plays.