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For all you fantasy football players, everyone is always looking for a little advice as to who you should start. Who can give you that edge to beat the other players in your league. Here is some, at least focused on the Week 3 game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.
QB Carson Palmer: Another week and another dominant performance by Palmer, who lit up a hapless Bears defense for an astounding four touchdowns. After two weeks, Palmer is tied with Tom Brady for a league-high seven touchdowns with 35 less pass attempts. This showcases how efficiently the Cardinals high-powered offense performs at, and it seems to only improve week after week. And with a rejuvenated Fitzgerald and one of the league's deepest receiving corps, Palmer is projected to have another field day against an uncharacteristically weak 49ers defense.
WR Larry Fitzgerald: Fitzgerald seemed to have found the fountain of youth last week, exploding onto the scene with a jaw-dropping three touchdown performance. However, that should be as surprising as it may seem. With Carson Palmer at the helm, Fitzgerald has been dominant with 92 catches for 1,167 yards and 10 touchdowns in 16 games. While his speed is not what it used to be, the crafty veteran still has an incredibly high football IQ, and knows how to use his stature to his advantage. Facing an undersized and relatively inexperienced secondary, compared to himself, Fitzgerald is poised for another strong performance.
RB Chris Johnson: In the absence of RB Andre Ellington, Johnson has been a suitable replacement. However, he has yet to showcase any big play ability that fantasy owners are waiting for. Also, with the emergence of rookie RB David Johnson and the incredible play of QB Carson Palmer, Johnson touches will be limited.
San Francisco 49ers
TE Vernon Davis: It's only a matter of time before Davis has a big game this season and with his history of torching the Cardinals, it seems like this week could be that game. While Davis stats may not be worthy of a starter, he is still second on the team with targets, receptions, and receiving yards. Furthermore, Davis is still the 49ers most reliable deep threat receiving option, leading the team with most receptions over 20 yards.
QB Collin Kaepernick: Kaepernick has demonstrated that he performs his best against the Cardinals, bombarding them with a 9 to 1 touchdown to interception ratio during his career. However, this season, the Cardinals defense has kept opposing team's quarterbacks in check thus far, forcing more turnovers (three interception) than touchdowns ( two). And if you include that Keapernick will not be able to hide behind his once formidable offensive line (only two remaining starters from last year), Keapernick could be in for a long day.
RB Carlos Hyde: After a dominating performance against the Vikings in week 1, Hyde was brought back to Earth with a 61 total yards performance last week versus the Steelers. Look for Hyde to struggle again this week as he faces a stiff Cardinals defense that held one of the league's best running backs in check last week. The Cardinals run defense is one of the league's best, allowing only 3.4 YPC (fourth), 81.5 YPG (10th), and one rushing touchdown (eighth).