The Cardinals look to end a five game skid on Halloween Eve when they travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. As many of us saw on Monday Night Football last week, the Ravens struggled to put any semblance of an offense together against a mediocre Jaguars team. It will be interesting to see if some of the players that struggled in that game can bounce back and play well against Arizona.
Let's take a look at some key players that could have a big fantasy impact on both sides of the ball.
Rice struggled against Jacksonville, only racking up a total of 28 yards. The Ravens return home this weekend and will more than likely be playing with a mean streak. Look for Rice to get back on track being that he is the focal point of the Ravens' offense. He goes up against a fairly stout Arizona run defense that has surrendered the 21st most fantasy points to opponents this season.
Boldin is a must start in this game for several reasons. First of all, we know Q will look to impress his old teammates in Arizona; his energy on the field will be noticed early on. Secondly, the Cardinals have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, trailing only the New England Patriots. His level of physicality is something young corners Patrick Peterson and A.J. Jefferson have not really experienced yet and Boldin will use some of the crafty veteran moves he learned while playing for the Cards against them.
The former ASU star will be lined up against either Levi Brown or Brandon Keith all day and given how porous the Cardinals' tackles have played this season, Suggs is due for a big day. He already have five sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception on the year and I would expect him to pad that stat line even more. The Cardinals have allowed the 12th most points to opposing linebackers this season in the fantasy realm, but I don't think those numbers do much justice. Seeing what Lamarr Woodley did to Arizona's offensive line last Sunday does not have me optimistic about how they'll handle Suggs.
At 33 years of age, Ed Reed still plays as if his case for the Hall of Fame hasn't already been made clear. Through six games, Reed has a sack, two interceptions, a forced fumble and 23 total tackles. He is seemingly in on every snap and is always looking to make a big play. With Kevin Kolb being prone to throw interceptions as he struggles to learn a new offense, Reed could have a monstrous day.
Even though the offense is still struggling mightily, Fitz is a must start. The Ravens have allowed the fifth fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers in their past four games, making it even more difficult for Fitz to have a big game. But as we know, a big game from a superstar of his caliber can come at any time, so I would not sit him unless you have some really good options on the bench.
Doucet has taken the majority of the snaps at the #2 WR position this year and has become one of Kolb's favorite targets. With Baltimore likely to stack defenders on Fitzgerald, Doucet could be an option for your fantasy team this week if you need help at the position due to bye weeks. Given the fact that Doucet has not really built up a reputation around the league, he may be able to be had via the waiver wire as well. He has sleeper potential.
One bright spot for the Cardinals lies in their young and talented defensive end, Calais Campbell. He had a hit and three pressures against the Steelers last week and he will be going up against another struggling offensive line this week with the Ravens. They have allowed the sixth most points to defensive ends this season as they struggle to keep quarterback Joe Flacco on his feet. Campbell is another must start.
Haggans had a big fantasy week against the Steelers, recording his first sack of the year and tallying three tackles along with a pass defended. To reiterate what I said in my thoughts for Campbell, the offensive line has struggled for Baltimore thus far, so Haggans could be an option for those of you scrambling to put together a full squad this week. Again, Haggans is likely available in your league and could be another sleeper.
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