Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Fantasy Preview: the Arizona Cardinals

The premise is simple: I'll tell you what players you can confidently start the season with, and what players should cause your stomach to wobble if you have to start them.

Arizona Cardinals

2006 stats at NFL.com and pro-football-reference.com

Here are the Cardinal players you should feel good about starting the season with:

Anquan Boldin (WR): Boldin is an underrated wide receiver, one of the best in the league. He is not, however, a great fantasy scorer. If he’s your #1 WR, you don’t have a good WR corps, but you could confidently start him as your #2 WR.

Larry Fitzgerald (WR): Fitzgerald is one of the best WRs in the league, fantasy or otherwise. I put him in the top 6-7 fantasy wide receivers.

Neil Rackers (K) Rackers was tied for seventh last year in kicking points; he’s a decent kicker, and you shouldn’t mind starting him.

You should throw up if you are starting any other Cardinal players week one.

Edgerrin James may return to form as a good fantasy starter this season, but I don’t want my fantasy hopes to depend on it, and neither should you. It’s quite possible that by the end of the year, Matt Leinart will be a deserving fantasy starter and you’ll go into 2008 considering him a top-5 fantasy quarterback. He’s got talent and he’s got talent around him; with Fitzgerald and Boldin to throw to, I expect big things from Leinart very soon. But right now, there are 12 QBs I would rather start Week One with, and another five that I would consider starting before Leinart.

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