Last week versus the Niners, Larry FItzgerald, David Johnson and the Cards defense went off, although not much else could be said for anyone else on the team.
Considering that Fitzgerald seems to be matchup-proof regardless of who he is playing or which Quarterback he has, I would recommend playing him, Johnson and Arizona's defense (which will get plenty of sacks) every week.
Therefore, as I've been already saying with Johnson, I'd recommend starting them every single week from here on out, meaning we won't be talking about them much past the "Start of the Week" stats.
That leads us to this week's predictions:
START OF THE WEEK: CARDINALS DEFENSE
Despite a big game last week, the Cardinals defense seems rested and primed for a big night. With the news that Eric Decker is done for the year, the Jets lose a huge piece of their offensive puzzle. In addition to that, Ryan Fitzpatrick has been turning the ball over at an incredible pace. It all seems set up for a big night from the Cardinals' Defense.
However, sometimes it seems like the Cardinals don't take advantage of these perfect opportunities with depleted rosters and their defenses seem to struggle some. I don't think that will be the case this week, however, as they seem to have woken up in last week's game against the Niners. Time will tell, but I would bet on their defense again.
START: Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona
The Jets secondary has more holes than a hipster's jeans and are giving up yards and scores left and right all year long. Palmer is coming off a concussion, which might be cause for concern against the Jets front seven, but there's the added benefit of time. Since the Cardinals had a Thursday night matchup, they've had two weeks for Palmer to get healthy and cleared, rather than what sometimes ends up being a couple days to clear and then practice, or staying in concussion protocol until it's too late to play a Sunday game. Regardless, Palmer should be fine and ready to go.
SIT: Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona
If you're still playing Floyd at this point, you're basically 100% touchdown dependent. Floyd has been losing out on snaps to Jaron Brown with all of his drops, but he's still pretty high up in the league in RedZone targets overall. But it's not looking good. Even Stanton, who seemed to target Floyd more than Palmer when he played in '14, went solely to Larry Fitzgerald in last week's game. Until he gets it together, Floyd should be on your bench.
START: J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona
I have a feeling about Nelson this week in Palmer's return to action. With how poor the Jets secondary has played, I could see Nelson getting a long TD either through the air or with a broken tackle, and think Arians will dial something up for him this week. He's had a hard time coming back from being injured in Week 1 but I think this week will be a mini-breakout.
START: Quincy Enunwa, WR, Jets
Enunwa is a big body who'll be matched up against the smaller Tyrann Mathieu (who hasn't been the same in coverage so far this year but is still making plays) or Deone Bucannon/Kevin Minter as a LB. Advantage, Enunwa
SIT: Matt Forte, RB, Jets
I'd expect Forte to get the rock a lot but to get nowhere, as the Jets' run game has struggled hard this year. Forte is TD dependent and I'd expect him to average 3.0 or less YPC on the ground.
START: Jets Defense
This is a hunch, so hear me out. If the Jets, who are truly desperate at this point, are coming off of a game in which they got zero pressure on Ben Roethlisberger. Why is that important? Well, if Todd Bowles is the coach I think he is, he'll motivate the team and scheme against his old coach's offense in Bruce Arians. The Cardinals are also trotting out two backup guards this week with Iupati and Mathis out (the latter for the season) and Right Guard Earl Watford struggled in protection when he wasn't playing the San Francisco 49ers. Is it possible the Cardinals get off to a slow start and the Jets defensive line harasses him all day?
Well, the Cardinals haven't really showed anything much in the first half this season, so if you need to stream a defense this week or have a bye, the Jets are a high risk, high reward type defense.
Start: Christine Michael, Seahawks
Off his bye week, Michael has been a dominant runner with Seattle and gets a good matchup versus a resurgent Falcons team.
Sit: Jeremy Kerley, Niners
Kerley is the top receiver on the Niners but Buffalo's defense and a new QB makes this week look a bit shaky in his matchup.
Start: Richard Rogers
The Cowboys are terrible at guarding Tight Ends, so Rogers should get a lot of passes this year. Stat: the Cowboys have allowed at least 5 catches to tight ends in their last four games. That's at least 20 catches. That's a trend.
Sit: Terrelle Pryor, WR
Pryor is facing a tough task with the Titans, and has had less than 50 yards receiving in his last four games. I'd expect this to continue after the Titans pulled out a dominant win last week.
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