Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/4/14
It's the midway point of the fantasy football season now and every week is getting more critical. There is not a lot of time left. Most standard leagues commence their league playoffs in Week 14 so if your team is lagging behind, it's time to make your move. Bye weeks are in full swing so make sure you have enough depth on your roster to cover those players that will sit due to a bye week. Explore trade possibilities. Do whatever you can to make it into the playoffs and then anything can happen.

Make the playoffs. That's what counts. Then take your chances.

Let's see which Arizona Cardinals players can help fantasy football owners this week. The Red Birds (4-2) face Minnesota (4-2) on Sunday.

Start 'em

Larry Fitzgerald (WR): As usual, despite the Cardinals' offensive struggles all season, Fitzgerald continues to shine. Even with John Skelton back in the fold as the starting quarterback again, #11 should be considered a #1 WR in standard 12-team leagues. He's that good. Now there is a little downside this week because Skelton will probably be rusty, as he showed in his relief appearance last Sunday when Kevin Kolb went down with his chest/rib injury. In addition, the Vikings rank 10th in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 218 yards per game. Still, Fitzgerald is an every week starter no matter who the opposition is. He is 15th in the league in receiving yards (430) and has three touchdowns. He is the one Arizona player, when healthy, that you never have to worry about starting.

Arizona defense: The Cardinals defense has been a little disappointing the last two weeks but they are still worthy of a start in a 12-team league. They rank fourth in the NFL in points allowed (16.2 PPG) and third in sacks (19). They'll be facing a Minnesota contingent that rank in the middle of the pack offensively (24.3 PPG), led by quarterback Christian Ponder (92.4 QB rating), running back Adrian Peterson and wide receiver Percy Harvin. Harvin is having an excellent season, averaging 90 yards a game. Look for Patrick Peterson to match up with him. Harvin is also a dangerous kickoff returner with a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to his credit. I rank the Cardinals #12 this week defensively – expect them to try and put as much pressure as possible on Ponder and also try to clog the running lanes of Peterson, who ranks sixth in the league in rushing (499 yards).

Jay Feely (K): Kicker production week-to-week is hard to predict, as usual, but Feely did boot a 61-yard field goal last week against Buffalo, an all-time Cardinals record. He's kicked 11 field goals this season and Arizona's offense has struggled – field goal opportunities have been pretty common. He'll be kicking indoors on Sunday so weather conditions will not be a factor. You could do a lot worse.

Bench 'em

Everyone else. Seriously, who else could you trust in a standard 12-teamer? Skelton will be rusty and probably be running for his life behind Arizona's miserable offensive line. William Powell (70 yards rushing) had a decent game last week vs. the Bills but that is a very small sample. Andre Roberts has four touchdown receptions but is way down on the NFL list for receptions and yards. Let's be honest – there are few viable options on the Cardinals these days.

Good luck this week!







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