Fantasy Football 2015: Ravens at Cardinals Week 7 Preview
Baltimore Ravens (1-5) at Arizona Cardinals (4-2)
Monday, October 26, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Rounding out the Week 7 schedule on “Monday Night Football,” we’ve got an AFC-NFC matchup between the Ravens and the Cardinals. Baltimore (1-5) dropped a game to the 49ers in their last outing, while Arizona (4-2) was shocked by the Steelers in Week 6. Both teams obviously need a win.
There will be several noteworthy fantasy football contributors out on the field for this one, and they’ll be making or breaking many a game. Let’s take a closer look at a few of them to see what we should be expecting on our rosters.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens: Flacco wasn’t too bad in the Ravens’ Week 6 loss. He posted 343 yards on 33-of-53 passing with two touchdowns and two picks.
That’s been about the ceiling for Flacco last year, who has three games of at least 343 yards passing but no games with more than two touchdown passes. He’s a lower-level fantasy starter here as usual.
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Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Palmer hasn’t quite been able to maintain the promise of his first few games in 2015. The good news is that he tossed for 421 yards against the Steelers, but the bad news is that he also got intercepted twice and threw only one touchdown.
After throwing seven touchdowns in his first two weeks, Palmer has only thrown more than two in one of the four games since. Still, he’s a starting-caliber fantasy play.
Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Forsett had a “meh” performance in Week 6, logging 62 yards on 17 carries with seven receptions for 39 more. That’s a far cry from the 271 yards he’d racked up in the two previous weeks.
Forsett has been putting up decent yardage numbers lately, but has only one touchdown on the year. Expect that trend to continue in Week 7.
Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: The Cards’ running game was pretty anemic against the Steelers. Johnson led his team with 14 attempts for a paltry 40 yards. He also caught a 5-yard pass.
Johnson has been reasonably steady since his Week 3 breakout, so this is something of a disappointment. He’ll have to get 20 or so carries to be effective, and even then may not get into the end zone.
Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Smith had another nice outing in Week 6 as he continues to defy age. He put up seven grabs for 137 yards and a touchdown, his most since Week 3.
It was good to see Smith return to form here, as he’s always a starting option in fantasy each time he takes the field. He’ll be the focal point of the passing game every time he’s healthy.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald was outshined by some other receivers in Week 6, but still ended up with a decent game against the Steelers. He’d log eight catches for 98 yards all together.
Fitzgerald has only scored once since Week 3, and hasn’t broken 100 yards since then either (but to be fair, he’s come very close twice). He’s still a no-duh fantasy start.
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