Cardinals Week 2 Fantasy Football Preview

Arizona's offense had a few tricks up its sleeve last week, a trend that could continue in New York. Will Carson Palmer continue to gain back the trust of fantasy players, is rookie WR John Brown for real and will the Cardinals defense suffer a letdown? Find out inside.

Cardinals Defense
The Cardinals defense truly is a great unit. However, on the road against an already desperate New York Giants team looks almost too good to be true. Factor in that the team lost yet another key performer after John Abraham announced he’s taking a leave of absence and the Arizona defense might just be due for a letdown. The once feared unit has now lost Abraham, Darnell Dockett, Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby with Tryann Mathieu’s status still pending. QB Eli Manning and company looked horrendous on Monday night against the Detroit Lions and it’s hard to believe they’ll put forth another performance as bad as that. The cross country trip to New York doesn’t help matters and it won’t be surprising to see the Cardinals defense with a more pedestrian effort on Sunday.

Projected Stats: 340 yards allowed, 24 points allowed, 1 INT

QB Carson Palmer
Palmer was once a legitimate fantasy quarterback but he’s been sitting in a grey area for the past handful of seasons. Despite he and the Arizona offense not being at their best against San Diego, Palmer still managed a more than solid fantasy output (304 yards passing, 29 yards rushing, 2 TDs). Now lining up against a Giants defense that was shredded last week by Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, Palmer has an opportunity to gain some real fantasy momentum. Also working in Palmer’s favor is the upgraded weapons around him. Palmer completed a pass to 11 different receivers in Week 1, so there are plenty of capable targets. Additionally, it appears that RB Andre Ellington is healthy enough to play, and play well, giving Palmer’s stock even more of a boost.

Projected Stats: 320 yards passing, 3 TD, 1 INT

WR John Brown
Sure, it’s easy to tab Brown as a sleeper following a solid performance last week (2 receptions, 29 yards, 1 TD). But his mention as a sleeper has more to do with his involvement in the offense rather than the game-winning touchdown he scored against the Chargers. Brown was targeted five times in Week 1, meaning that he left a handful of catches and yards out on the field. It appears that coach Bruce Arians is making a fundamental shift on offense to get his young playmakers more opportunities. Palmer looked Brown’s way one more time than he did Larry Fitzgerald’s. Look for Michael Floyd to continue being the team’s top downfield target, but Brown should see more touches underneath in space. One would be wise to pickup Brown now and stash him for later in the season.

Projected Stats: 4 receptions, 66 yards, 0 TD

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