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Minnesota Vikings
University of Phoenix Stadium | Sunday, December 14 | 4:05 p.m. EST (Fox)
Pick: Cardinals 24, Vikings 17
Arizona Cardinals
QBTarvaris Jackson
175 pass yards, 2 INT
With Gus Frerotte battling a back injury, Jackson will likely make the start against Arizona. On paper, this is a good matchup as the Cardinals give up 216.1 passing yards a game. However, Jackson isn't very talented and this is a game which will likely see the Vikings establish the running game and look for that to carry them to the win. Jackson is a poor reach even in larger leagues.
RBAdrian Peterson
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 110 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Peterson had a strong game in Week 14 against the Lions but didn't really go off the way many anticipated as he rushed for 102 yards on 23 carries. He's topped 100 yards in each of the past two games. Arizona has a good run defense statistically, giving up 96.5 yards a game, but the Cardinals will be no match for Peterson and Chester Taylor given the strength of the Minnesota ground game. As always, you start with Peterson with extreme confidence.
RBChester Taylor
3 rec, 25 rec yards, 35 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Taylor has really come on of late and has become a fine flex play. He's scored in three straight games and has had double-digit touches in two of them. The Cardinals have shown an ability to stop the run at times this season but Taylor is hot and finding the end zone so if you've been starting him recently there's no reason to sit him this week.
WRBernard Berrian
3 rec, 40 yards
Berrian's stock has taken a major hit with Frerotte injured. Berrian caught only three passes for 29 yards last week in a very winnable matchup against Detroit. The Cardinals have major issues in the secondary but with Jackson at QB, it's extremely risky to go with Berrian this week. If you have better options, go in that direction instead.
WRSidney Rice
2 rec, 25 yards
Rice continues to be a non-factor in the Vikings' passing game. He caught only two passes last week and has only six receptions in his past three games. With Jackson the likely starter at QB, the entire Minnesota passing game suffers a major downgrade. That makes Rice a non-starter in every league.
TEVisanthe Shiancoe
4 rec, 40 yards
Shiancoe is playing extremely well. He caught five passes for 65 yards and a touchdown last week and if anybody is going to do well with Jackson at QB he's the guy. Jackson lacks the talent to consistently make plays downfield so his lack of ability in that regard could lead to more targets for Shiancoe. I can't say I trust anybody all that much in the Vikings' passing game with Jackson at QB, but Shiancoe has a chance and isn't the worst reach at TE in larger leagues this week.
KRyan Longwell
2 PATs, 1 FG
Longwell continues to have a fine fantasy season. He's made 26 of 30 FGs this year and has 109 points. The Vikings will have no trouble moving the ball this week so Longwell has a good chance to again but up quality production. Start him if you normally do.
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Vikings bring the seventh-ranked defense in the league to Arizona to take on the Cardinals' sizzling passing attack. Minnesota will shut down the Cardinals' ground game, but Kurt Warner is playing at a high level so expect plenty of points form Arizona. The Vikings have a chance to get some sacks and 1-2 takeaways, but don't expect them to shut this passing game down because it isn't going to happen.
QBKurt Warner
275 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Life continues to be very good for Warner owners. He threw for 279 yards and a TD last week and has thrown for 250 yards or more in seven of his past nine games. The Vikings give up 217.7 yards a game but Warner has proven he can pass effectively against any defense. You know you start him and rest comfortably.
RBTim Hightower
25 rush yards
Hightower scored last week against the Rams but he had another lackluster effort, rushing for only 32 yards. It got so bad the Cardinals turned to Edgerrin James again for a few carries. At this point, Hightower should only be started in TD-heavy leagues and only when the matchup is terrific. The matchup is very bad this week against a fine Minnesota run defense that gives up only 73.3 yards a game. So keep him benched.
RBEdgerrin James
15 rush yards
Edge saw his first playing time in weeks against the Rams, rushing for 11 yards on three carries. With Hightower struggling, Edge could get a chance again this week but he's a poor option against a standout Minnesota run defense. Keep him benched.
RBJ.J. Arrington
3 rec, 25 rec yards, 15 rush yards
The Cardinals got Arrington more involved in the offense last week as he had five rushing attempts and caught three passes. He could be active again in the passing game this week but he's a poor fantasy option given how inconsistent his role has been. Even in larger PPR leagues, he's too risky to reach for in this critical fantasy week.
WRAnquan Boldin
7 rec, 100 yards, 1 TD
At this point of the season, there's not much to say about Boldin that hasn't been said already. He's a fantasy stud and he's a must-start every week. The Cardinals will be able to throw effectively against a soft Minnesota pass defense so Boldin has huge upside this week.
WRLarry Fitzgerald
6 rec, 85 yards, 1 TD
Fitzgerald continues to play at a high level. He's caught 83 passes this season and he's scored three touchdowns in his last two games. The Vikings lack the talent in the secondary to stop him so look for Fitzgerald to find the end zone and post another strong fantasy game.
WRSteve Breaston
6 rec, 60 yards
Breaston had another strong game in Week 14, catching seven passes for 90 yards in the win over the Rams. He has 19 receptions in his past three games and has at least 45 yards receiving in each of those games. He's become a quality WR3 in PPR formats and is looking real good there again this week as the Cardinals will generate plenty of passing production. If you've been starting him, there's no reason to sit him this week.
TELeonard Pope
1 rec, 5 yards
The TE remains a non-factor in the Arizona passing game. Neither Pope nor Ben Patrick are worth considering in even the largest of leagues.
KNeil Rackers
3 PATs, 1 FG
Rackers is picking up some steam. He drilled a pair of FGs last week and and has five in his past three games. He has a chance to get 1-2 this week in a game which should feature plenty of scoring so he's worth a look in larger leagues this week.
3 sacks, 2 INT, 1 TD
The Cardinals had a monster fantasy game last week, scoring twice in the win over the Rams -- including a 99-yard interception return. The Vikings have major issues at QB this week and the Cardinals have a strong chance to deliver again for their fantasy owners. Consider them a fine upside pick if you're looking for a sleeper at defense.
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