K Chandler Catanzaro
Yes, it’s incredibly boring to highlight a kicker when talking fantasy football, but Catanzaro deserves it. Catanzaro has been automatic so far this season connecting on all nine of his field goal attempts while converting all three extra-point tries. Catanzaro has racked up 27 points over the past two weeks, which has surpassed too many fantasy studs to list.
Sure, the Cardinals could be playing catchup for the the majority of Sunday’s game against the Broncos, but Arizona has been defying the odds all season long. The Cardinals will likely keep this a close game, and while they’ll need to score touchdowns to keep pace with QB Peyton Manning and the Denver offense, a handful of Catanzaro field goals are still a good bet.
Projected Stats: 3 -3 FGs, 2-2 XPs
QB Carson Palmer
Palmer’s injury came out of nowhere, but apparently it’s not going away anytime soon. Palmer hoped to return to action following the bye week, but his recovery is taking longer than expected. We’ll know more following this week’s practices, but it would be a risk to start Palmer even if he winds up playing Sunday in the Mile High City.
For those with no better alternatives and must start Drew Stanton (what’s wrong with you, by the way), it would be wise to temper your expectations. Sure, Stanton has been a superb fill in, but on the road in one of the toughest stadiums in the NFL will prove to be a difficult task. At best, Stanton will likely be a game manager this week, trying to limit his mistakes while keeping the Cardinals close.
Projected Stats: Palmer (will not play), Stanton: 14-27, 199 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
This is digging a bit deep, but Ginn has been quiet of late and that seems to be when he likes to strike. Whether it’s in the passing game or on special teams, Arizona will need contributions from Ginn to prove victorious against a tough Broncos squad. Along with wideouts Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald, rookie John Brown will now be watched closely by opposing defenses, leaving a potential door open for someone like Ginn.
Look for Ginn to have a handful of opportunities to break free in the return game or on a screen pass, much like Brown has done in recent weeks. Opposing defenses won’t be able to key on everyone and Ginn will likely get the least focus out of any of the Cardinals' weapons in the passing game. He’ll need a touchdown to make him fantasy relevant, but it’s certainly a possibility.
Projected Stats: 2 receptions, 49 yards, 1 punt return TD
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