2020 fantasy recap
For our last segment, we will combine the defense and special teams/ kicker positions. Starting with the defense, they have come on late in the season despite the loss of Chandler Jones. Vance Joseph has led the team to make stops that have given the offense a chance late in games. If only the offense could have capitalized on the momentum generated by the defense, this season would be completely different.
For the kickers, the season has been rough for Zane Gonzalez. He started 1/3 on the year, and then missed crucial field goals against Miami and New England. Arizona brought up practice squad kicker Mike Nugent who has been nothing but money, hitting all of his kicks and extra points as of this writing.
The defense will get healthy come next year. With how many sacks the team has gotten over the past few weeks, it will be fun to watch this squad earn some redemption and shut down teams that they definitely should beat (Detroit, San Francisco). Don’t forget Chandler Jones had 19 sacks in 2019, something the Cardinals will surely need to take the next step come 2021.For the kickers, I think Nugent has officially stolen the job from Gonzalez. Maybe there is a camp competition, but there is no way I would see Gonzalez winning the job.
Can you trust either of them to be in your lineup?
If you’re looking for a streaming defense, the Cardinals are the ones to own. Fantasy managers could even stash them on their benches, given the matchups we talked about earlier in this article. Defensive scoring settings vary, so take this with a grain of salt.
For the kickers, do NOT trust Gonzalez. There’s no reason to start him unless you’re forced to. He may reward you with a 4/4 day like he did against Buffalo, but if your league subtracts points for missed FG’s, then you’ll want to look elsewhere. Maybe my next fantasy recap will be a little more kind to the kickers at the end of 2021.