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Arizona Cardinals
Edward Jones Dome | Sunday, November 02 | 1:00 p.m. EST
Pick: Cardinals 24, Rams 21
St. Louis Rams
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBKurt Warner
300 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 2 INT
Warner continues to play at a high level. He's stayed healthy and productive, throwing for 2,089 yards and 14 TDs so far this season. The Rams will be easy pickings for him as they give up 233.9 passing yards a game. Warner is an elite fantasy QB and he'll be a monster in this one.
RBEdgerrin James
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 65 rush yards
Edge is looking slow and old and washed up. The Cardinals are reportedly giving consideration to using Tim Hightower more so Edge's role is in serious question. The Rams' run defense is putrid (152.7 yards a game) so Edge has a chance. But given how bad he's been, he's best used as a flex play this week -- and look for Hightower to continue as the goal-line option.
RBTim Hightower
2 rec, 15 rec yards
Hightower is making the most of his opportunities. He has only 49 rushing attempts this season but he's scored on six of them. The Cardinals want to start using him more and that could start as soon as this week. He makes for a very good RB3 given his upside and the ease of this matchup.
WRLarry Fitzgerald
8 rec, 125 yards, 1 TD
Fitzgerald is having another Pro Bowl-caliber season. He has 43 receptions and five TDs through seven games and faces a very beatable Rams' secondary this week. He's a Must Start in every league every week.
WRAnquan Boldin
7 rec, 95 yards, 1 TD
Boldin returned after missing two games following a serious head injury and tore up the Panthers, catching nine passes for 63 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It's safe to say he's back. He's one of the game's premier WRs and he'll enjoy feasting on this terrible Rams' defense.
WRSteve Breaston
4 rec, 50 yards
Despite Boldin's return, Breaston was still very involved in the passing game last week, catching nine passes for 91 yards. The Cardinals will get more done on the ground so look for Breaston's numbers to decline this week. However, he's a very important part of this passing game so he's the rare No. 3 WR who's worth starting in larger leagues. Roll with him if you need an upside WR4 this week.
TEBen Patrick
1 rec, 10 yards
The one thing the Cardinals don't do in the passing game is throw to their tight end. There's no reason to start Patrick in any league.
KNeil Rackers
3 PATs
Rackers has only 11 FG attempts so far this season, making nine of them. The Cardinals shouldn't have any difficulty scoring TDs this week so Rackers may not be very busy on Sunday afternoon. He's only worth starting in larger leagues as he could end up kicking a lot of extra points and not many FGs.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Cardinals give up 24.4 points per game but rank 13th in the league in total yardage. They'll face a rejuvenated Rams' offense at home so this isn't the best spot to use them from a fantasy perspective. One positive is Marc Bulger is prone to sacks so the Cardinals could get a few, but this looks like a high-scoring game and the Cardinals aren't strong enough defensively to trust.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMarc Bulger
225 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Bulger had his best game of the season in the Week 8 loss to the Patriots, passing for 301 yards and a touchdown. He's clicking with rookie Donnie Avery and should have RB Steven Jackson back this week. Facing a weak Arizona pass defense that gives up 222.9 yards a game makes for an inviting target. Bulger could be slowly turning the corner and I like his upside this week so if you need him in a larger league he's worth starting.
RBSteven Jackson
5 rec, 45 rec yards, 80 rush yards, 2 rush TD
Jackson sat out last week with a quad injury but is expected to return and face an Arizona run defense that gives up only 96.4 yards a game. Jackson was sensational in his last game, rushing for 160 yards and three TDs. If he's healthy, look for him to be a huge weapon for the Rams as both a runner and receiver. He's a strong RB1 option this week if he has no setbacks with the injury.
WRDonnie Avery
6 rec, 100 yards, 1 TD
Avery has become one of this season's biggest fantasy surprises. Since becoming a starter he's scored twice and he's caught 14 passes in his last three games (including dropping 6-163-1 on the Patriots last week). He's the clear go-to WR in this offense now and is a great start against a vulnerable Arizona secondary.
WRTorry Holt
4 rec, 45 yards
While Avery has shined, Holt looks like a washed-up version of his former self. He isn't very active (only six targets last week) and he isn't very productive (he's been held under 65 yards receiving in every game but two). On paper, this is a terrific matchup but Holt had great matchups the past two games and managed a meager six receptions. At this point, he's not someone you can trust in any league so start him at your own risk.
TEJoe Klopfenstein
1 rec, 5 yards
Klopfenstein is playing with a wrist injury. Combine that with the Rams' indifference to the TE in the passing game and that renders him useless from a fantasy perspective.
KJosh Brown
3 PATs, 1 FG
Brown is having a fine season despite the fact the Rams have spent much of the season struggling on offense. He has converted 14 of 16 FG attempts and should do well in this game. If you've been starting him, there's no reason to sit him this week.
Defense
3 sacks, 2 INT
The Rams have played much better defense under Jim Haslett and they aren't a bad reach this week. Kurt Warner lacks mobility and will force the ball at times so even though the Rams will give up plenty of yardage and points in this one, they could get a few sacks and a takeaway or two. If you need to dig deep in a larger league, they have some mild sleeper potential this week.
 
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