Cardinals 09' Fantasy Football Impact

Times have changed in Arizona. The Cardinals are no longer a barren wasteland of fantasy talent. The 2009 season showcases a wide range of quality players. Larry Fitzgerald is the obvious star, but what other Cardinals players will propel fantasy owners to victory? Tyson Qualls breaks down the most lethal fantasy contributors on this season's squad.

5. Karlos Dansby

The Cardinals leading tackler in 2008, Dansby has the potential to dominate the NFC West this season. He is a great source of sacks and tackles, with the occasionally interception. His ability to drop back into coverage also gives him more passes defended then the average linebacker. For those owners playing in a team defense league, his presence helped propel the Cardinals to end the season with a superb give-away to take-away ratio.

4. Steve Breaston

Breaston was the breakout fantasy player for the Cardinals last season. He stepped up to the plate when Boldin went down and finished with over 1,000 yards receiving. This year he should see just as much action. Adding another year of experience will only help the young player. His strength is catching the long passes, but if he can add short routes to his repertoire, he should have another 1,000-yard season in the bank. Breaston's biggest concern will be the progress of Early Doucet.

3. Anquan Boldin

The injury bug bit Boldin hard last season, but he still managed to recover from a gruesome injury. Boldin, when healthy, is a top tier receiver with a nose for the end zone. Luckily, Boldin has already proven that contract disputes do not affect his play. If the Cardinals continue to pass at such a high frequency, Boldin's value will remain at a high level. Owners in search of yardage may need to look elsewhere, but drafting Boldin will undoubtedly lead to a wealth of touchdowns.

2. Kurt Warner

Like a fine wine, Warner seems to get better with time. Last season he threw for over 4,500 yards and added 30 touchdowns. His yardage was good for second in the NFL and his touchdowns left him at third. Warner clearly has the capability to slice defenses on a weekly basis. Like Boldin, his health is the main factor that will determine his success. If Warner plays another full season, 30-40 touchdowns and over 4,000 yards are not unlikely.

1. Larry Fitzgerald

The rock of the Cardinals franchise is a one-man highlight reel. Owners are salivating at the chance to snag a 6'4" wide receiver who snatches everything that comes within 20 feet. Fitzgerald has yet to reach the prime of his career and the fact that he could get even better terrifies opponents. Fitzgerald is a perennial Pro Bowler who is a lock in the first round of every draft. His ability to leap over defenders is a vital aspect of the Cardinals' red zone defense. Those who draft him should expect at least 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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