Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/19/12
The Arizona Cardinals will head to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome to clash with the Minnesota Vikings after losing a nail-biter to the Buffalo Bills.The big news coming out of Arizona is the injury to quarterback Kevin Kolb. Kolb hurt his ribs after being tackled and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.  This means John Skelton will resume the position of starting quarterback.While Kolb didn’t set the world on fire with his play, he was getting the job done, throwing for 975 yards and six touchdowns in the four games he started and finished. It’s difficult to imagine Skelton matching those numbers so stay away from him on the wavier wire. Former Kansas State running back William Powell received the majority of the Cardinals’ carries last week and went on to rush for 70 yards with 13 attempts.LaRod Stephens-Howling also had a fair share of opportunities with the ball but mustered a 2.0 yards per carry. Both Powell and Stephens-Howling should not be in starting lineups this week as the Minnesota run defense has allowed only 326 rushing yards and one touchdown to running backs this year. The Arizona wideouts face a tough test this week, going against a Vikings defense that has not allowed a touchdown to a receiver since Week 2. No matter who the quarterback is, Larry Fitzgerald will still be targeted and catch plenty of balls. Andre Roberts’ yardage totals are not overly impressive and the only thing that salvages his fantasy value is scoring in half of his games. In fact, take away his Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins and Roberts averages 33.6 receiving yards per game. Roberts seems to have a nose for the end zone so don’t count him out yet. Good Start: WR Larry FitzgeraldMiddle of the Road: WR Andre Roberts, Arizona D/STBad Start: QB John Skelton, RB William Powell, RB LaRod Stephens-Howling The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a double-digit loss to the Washington Redskins but their four wins are still good enough to keep them in the NFC North division race. Second-year quarterback Christian Ponder has produced some good numbers this year but should not be considered for the starter for fantasy teams this week. Ponder is playing against an Arizona pass defense that has been terrific at preventing quarterbacks from passing for big numbers. Running back Adrian Peterson has not scored a touchdown since the first game of the season but has rushed for 499 yards on the ground with 113 carries. It’s only a matter of time until he finds the end zone and further elevates himself in the elite territory of fantasy backs. Wide receiver Percy Harvin has solidified himself as one of the top wideouts in fantasy. Harvin is averaging 100.5 scrimmage yards per game and that alone merits a must-start every week. Tight end Kyle Rudolph is a nice surprise for those who drafted him late or picked him up. Among tight ends, Rudolph is sixth in receptions and first in touchdowns. The only concern is the yards are a little on the low side and the Cardinals concede an average of 32 yards to the opposing tight end. Good Start: RB Adrian Peterson, WR Percy Harvin, Vikings D/STMiddle of the Road: TE Kyle Rudolph, K Blair WalshBad Start: QB Christian Ponder
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