Fantasy Football 2014: Cardinals at Rams 12/11/14 Week 15 Preview
Arizona Cardinals (10-3) at St. Louis Rams (6-7)
Thursday, December 11, 2014 8:25 PM ET CBS
TV: NFL Network
Kicking off the NFL’s Week 15 schedule on “Thursday Night Football,” we’ve got a big divisional matchup looming between the Cardinals and the Rams. Arizona (10-3) eked out a 3-point win over the Chiefs on Sunday. Meanwhile, St. Louis (6-7) put forth a dominating effort against the Redskins, taking a big victory in Week 14.
With the second week of the fantasy football playoffs getting started here, all eyes will be on each team’s key players. Let’s check out some of the notable names who will have an impact on your roster one way or the other.
Drew Stanton, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Stanton wasn’t super impressive in Week 14 against the Chiefs, but it was good enough to get a victory. He posted a 15-of-30 line for 239 and a touchdown in that game.
Stanton’s not a hugely popular fantasy name, for obvious reasons. He’s got some big-time receivers, though, and might be able to come through in a pinch. That said, the Rams defense is playing very well these days so you should probably stay away.
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Shaun Hill, QB, St. Louis Rams: After a couple of rough outings, Hill has put up two pretty decent performances in the past two weeks. He wasn’t asked to do a whole lot in the Redskins rout, going 16-of-22 for 213 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
Most people aren’t utilizing Hill in fantasy, especially at this point in the season. We’d imagine he’ll have a significantly more difficult time with the Arizona defense here.
Kerwynn Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals: A few days ago, Williams was some no-name guy on the practice squad. With Andre Ellington out (and now on season-ending injured reserve), however, he was able to log 100 yards rushing against the Chiefs.
Williams came from out of nowhere and now will be among the most-added names in the fantasy game this week. That said, it’s really hard telling how well he’ll do, or how much the Cards will rely on him going forward. He’s a guy you need to pick up, though.
Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams: Mason has settled into the feature back role in St. Louis, bringing his big-play ability with him. He posted just 66 rush yards in Week 14, but carried the ball 20 times.
Mason makes a decent flex play in fantasy, even in a fairly tough matchup this week. With the amount of work he’s getting, you’ve almost got to slot him in if you have him.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald was able to return in Week 14 after a two-game absence (knee). That’s the good news. The bad news is that he logged just 34 yards on four grabs. That gives him just 67 yards on six catches in his last two appearances.
Fitzgerald has been pretty frustrating lately, but if you’ve got him (and you’re still in it), you’ve got to keep rolling with him and hope he remains healthy this week and finds some room against the Rams.
Kenny Britt, WR, St. Louis Rams: Britt only had two catches against the Redskins, but came up with 56 yards total. He’s now three weeks removed from his 128-yard breakout against Denver.
Britt has some low-end fantasy upside, but in these blowout games he isn’t being asked to do a whole lot. We’d imagine this will be a lower-scoring game here, so he’s probably best left on your bench. If you’ve got to start a Rams pass-catcher, make sure it’s Jared Cook.
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