The Arizona Cardinals look to stay in the playoff hunt when they host the Cleveland Browns this Sunday in the University of Phoenix stadium. Some key players may be out for the game, including the starting quarterback for each team. Colt McCoy and Kevin Kolb are listed as questionable with concussion issues.
Most leagues are in the playoffs by now, so winning obviously takes a much larger role than it ever had before. Let's take a look at some fantasy options from this particular game and see if any of them are worth starting on your fantasy team this weekend.
If there was ever a week to start Beanie, this is it. The Browns lay claim to the 31st ranked rush defense in the league, allowing over 150 rushing yards a game. They have also given up the 15th most fantasy points to opposing running backs this year. If Kolb is out, look for Beanie to possibly get even more carries with John Skelton at quarterback.
Yes, the Browns have the second rated pass defense in the NFL, but after watching what Fitzgerald did to the San Francisco 49ers last week (and what he has done throughout his career for that matter) it would be hard to bench this guy. He will always be targeted the most out of any receiver on the Cardinals and he is sure to make a couple of big receptions during the course of this game.
A-Dub has had a great bounce back year after having struggled throughout the 2010 season. Last week, he had a chance at bringing in three interceptions, but was unable to come up with any. Still, he will get some tackles in the secondary and possibly a sack on a blitz. The Browns have given up the third most fantasy points to opposing safeties this season, so he is definitely a viable option for those of you in IDP leagues.
If Campbell can find his way around Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas, he could have another big game. Campbell has emerged as one of the top pass rushing defensive ends in the league and he is quite often a contributor on special teams with his blocked kicks as well. Good start if you are seeking some defensive line depth.
Unfortunately for fantasy players, the Browns don't carry a ton of firepower on the offensive side of the ball. Massaquoi has become the team's most targeted receiver, though, so he could be worth a start if you need another receiver on Sunday. He had seven targets last week and with Arizona giving up the sixth most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, he holds some sleeper value. He is only owned in only 3% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues.
If you are in an IDP league and this guy is available on the waiver wire, go and get him right now (or as soon as you're done reading my article). Jackson has been one of the most consistent defensive players for the Browns, logging 125 combined tackles through the 13 games. Arizona gives up the sixth most fantasy points to opposing linebackers, so this MLB is a good option or fantasy owners.
If you are a Cardinals fan, you know just as well as anybody how poor the offensive tackles have played this season. That said, Browns defensive end Jabaal Sheard becomes another go-to-guy since he'll be matched up with either Levi Brown or Brandon Keith. Sheard has 5.5 sacks and 5 forced fumbles on the season and is going up against a team that has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing DE's this year.
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