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Your weekly fantasy football advice.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

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Are you a fantasy football lover and player? Here is some advice, whether you want it or not, for Week 4. We focus on the Cardinals and the Rams.

Start 'em:

RB Chris Johnson: After a dominating performance by Chris Johnson last week versus the 49ers, rushing 
for 110 yards and two touchdowns, look for the Cardinals to counter a ferocious St. Louis pass rush by 
establishing the run game early and often. While the Rams may have one of the most imitating 
defensive fronts in the NFL, they are surprisingly weak against the run, ranking in the bottom half of all 
major rushing statistics. And with Ellington still uncertain for Sunday's game, Johnson will be heavily 
leaned upon yet again.

QB Carson Palmer/WR Larry Fitzgerald: It seems only just if I combined both Palmer and Fitzgerald in 
one, since that's how cohesively they've been playing together. Over the past two weeks, this dynamic 
duo has connected 17 times out of only 20 balls thrown to Fitzgerald for 246 yards and a ridiculous five 
touchdowns. This level should only continue this week as they verse the Rams, who lack the experience 
and leadership in the secondary. With CB Janoris Jenkins as the most experienced player, look out for 
this duo of crafty veterans to take full advantage of that. Not to mention the establishment of a run 
game and improved offensive line play this season, the vicious St. Louis pass rush may not be as 
problematic as it may seem.

D/ST: Don't expect another historic performance from the defense as they demolished the 49ers last 
week. However, matched up with one of the worst, if not the worst, offense in the league, look for 
another dominating performance. The Nick Foles-led Rams rank in the bottom five of most major 
offensive statistical categories: 823 net total yards (32nd), 609 passing yards (28th), 214 rushing yards 
(28th), and 16.7 points per game (27th). Compared to the Cardinals, who are one of the league's best 
defenses, but more importantly a top three scoring defense only allowing 16.3 PPG (3rd). And as new 
Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher gain more experience, the Cardinals defense will only improve. 
Rams

Sit 'em:

QB Nick Foles: Foles showed a lot of potential with his stint in Philadelphia and after the first game this 
season; however, after only scoring once in two weeks he is headed in turmoil. Don't expect him to 
change trajectory this week as he faces one of the best secondaries in the league led by CB Patrick 
Peterson. The Cardinals' "No Fly Zone" secondary leads the NFL with an incredible seven interceptions 
through only 3 games. Paired with the lack of offensive weapons at Foles disposal, the result will not be 
pretty for St. Louis or Foles.

D/ST: While the St. Louis Rams boast one of the best, most vicious defensive lines in the league, they 
lack a complete team defense. Unfortunately, this week they face one of the most balanced high-
powered offensive attacks in the league, in the Arizona Cardinals. With a new found rushing attack this 
year, as well as the resurgence of Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer, the Rams will have to pick their 
poison.

RB Todd Gurley: The hype of Todd Gurley season debut did not go as planned, rushing for only nine 
yards on six carries. Although Todd Gurley may see the field more often than last week, he will be 
against a stingy Cardinals defense that is only allowing 88.7 rushing yards per game (9th) and 3.5 yards 
per carry (5th). Matched with the Rams inability to establish a run game only rushing for 71.3 YPG (28th), 
3.8 YPC (11th), and only two rushing touchdowns (8th); Gurley and the Rams will have a difficult task 
against the Cardinals.