Fantasy Football 2015: Vikings at Cardinals Week 14 Preview
Minnesota Vikings (8-4) at Arizona Cardinals (10-2)
Thursday, December 10, 2015; 8:25 PM ET
TV: NFL Network
Kicking off the Week 14 NFL schedule on “Thursday Night Football,” we’ve got an NFC matchup between the Vikings and the Cardinals. Minnesota (8-4) was slaughtered by the Seahawks in their last appearance, while Arizona (10-2) crushed the Rams in Week 13.
There will be several notable fantasy football players on the field for this one, so let’s take a closer look at a few of the big names on both sides to see what we might be expecting from our rosters.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Bridgewater was pretty darn awful in the Seahawks loss, going 17-of-28 for just 118 yards, no scores and a pick. He rushed once for just two yards.
In the last two weeks, Bridgewater has no scores, two picks and minus-1 rushing yards. He’s not much more than a low-end matchup play in fantasy these days, and not a recommended start here.
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Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Palmer has been a revelation for fantasy owners this year, and he kept it up in Week 13. He went 26-of-40 for 356 yards and two touchdowns.
Palmer now has at least 317 yards in three of the four games since the bye. He had a bad game against the Niners, but otherwise has been great and is a locked-in start in fantasy.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Peterson hit a brick wall in Week 13, and that wall was called the Seahawks D. He rushed eight times for just 18 yards, adding four catches for six more yards.
That’s the first time Peterson has missed out on double-digit fantasy points since Week 6, and we bet he lost a lot of fantasy games this week. Still, he’s a must-start in just about every league out there.
David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Johnson was a great start for those owners needing a replacement RB in Week 13. He put up 99 yards on 22 carries, and supplemented that with two grabs for 21 yards and a score.
Johnson should see quite a bit of work from here on out until Andre Ellington gets back (turf toe). Keep an eye on that situation; otherwise it’s a full-go for Johnson.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Diggs caught just two balls in Week 13, turning them into 22 yards. It was pretty much the same for all the Vikes receivers.
Diggs has had a rough stretch of games. He hasn’t scored double-digits in fantasy since Week 8, logging a max of just 66 yards in that span. He’s not much more than a low-end flex start.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald had a relatively quiet game in Week 13, even though he hauled in eight passes to lead both teams. He turned that into 55 yards, his lowest total since Week 7.
Fitzgerald has been something of a disappointment in non-PPR formats over the past couple of weeks with just 121 yards and no scores. He hasn’t found the end zone since before the bye, but is still a strong start in fantasy regardless.
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