The Cardinals look to turn their so far underwhelming season around when they travel up to Minnesota to take on the lowly Vikings this weekend. With that, many people will be looking for some fantasy football options from players that will be participating in this game.
After the jump, I will be giving some suggestions on offensive and defensive players that you should consider starting for this week's game.
The Vikings have given up the sixth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season and they will be without their best secondary player in Antoine Winfield this Sunday. If Kevin Kolb can get some time from his offensive line while resisting the temptation to scramble outside of the pocket, he could put a good amount of fantasy points this weekend. He is a great option if you own Tony Romo or Joe Flacco, who are both on byes this week.
As aforementioned, Winfield is out, so Larry could have a huge game, maybe the biggest of the season so far. With Winfield out, he will likely see plenty of double teams, but Minnesota allowed Calvin Johnson to get 108 yards and two touchdowns receiving. Larry is a must start as usual. Oh, and Minny is Larry's hometown. Look for him to impress.
Beanie went beast mode last weekend and the buck won't stop in the Twin Cities. Minnesota has allowed the eighth most points to running backs this season and with the way Wells is running, he could arguably be the best back they have faced so far this season. I don't expect the Cardinals to shy away from the run now, so start Beanie.
With the opposing offensive line always having to focus on Darnell Dockett, Calais Campbell has found a way to make an impact in almost every game this season. The Vikings line is in disarray and somewhat banged up, so Calais is a good option for those of you in IDP leagues.
Minnesota will try to run the ball as much as they possibly can behind All-Star Adrian Peterson, so look for the Cardinals to try and make McNabb work. Daryl Washington will be a key component throughout the game in trying to stop Peterson. He always seems to get plenty of tackles, so he should put up a respectable amount of fantasy points as well.
Arizona has given up the 27th most points to opposing running backs this season, but this is the best running back they have faced so far. Peterson has otherworldly talent and with the passing game struggling, the Vikings will feed him the ball non-stop. A must start, as usual.
With the departure of Sidney Rice to Seattle, Harvin has become to go to playmaker (outside of Peterson) in Minnesota. He is being used to not only catch the ball, but he gets some rushing plays as well. The Cardinals have given up the fourth most points to opposing receivers, so if McNabb can find the touch of old, Harvin could have himself a day.
Shiancoe is still ahead of rookie Kyle Rudolph on the tight end depth chart and it sounds as if he is finally finding his groove this season. After being limited by a hamstring injury in the beginning of the year, Shiancoe became the most targeted receiver last week in Kansas City. Couple that with Arizona's lack of the ability to cover a tight end (they have allowed the 9th most points to tight ends in 2011) and you have another starter. Great option if you own Jason Witten, Chris Cooley, or any other starting tight ends that are on their bye week.
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The Cardinals do not fare well against good pass rushing defensive ends. Needless to say, this is one of the best tandems in the league. Arizona has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing defensive ends this season and they likely won't improve in that category this week. Levi Brown and Brandon Keith better get ready because these two are a hand full.
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