The first, and only, non-divisional Thursday night game this season features a matchup of two teams well immersed in the NFC playoff race. Does that mean that tonight’s matchup is going to be an evenly matched one? Heck no! Competitive game or not, there are fantasy players to be started tonight! And it’s getting down to fantasy playoff time, so you are going to want to make extra sure you know what you are getting into with starting players tonight!
Carson Palmer, Quarterback
It isn’t the easiest matchup this week for Palmer, but I would still definitely start him. The short week is also playing against him, but the fact is that Palmer has scored very well consistently throughout this season including scoring well (17.32) against the Seahawks. I’d expect a solid outing by Palmer, and an absolute beat down for the Cardinals.
Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver
Floyd had a solid bounce back week last week, after suffering from a hamstring injury that kept him off the field/unproductive on the field. Floyd was targeted 12 times last week, if he sees close to that many targets tonight than it should be another 100 yard game for Floyd. Floyd is worth a WR2 or flex spot on your team this week.
Larry Fitzgerald, Wide Receiver
Fitzgerald is the eighth highest scoring fantasy receiver this season, so obviously he is a start every week. Now it is a short week, and Fitz’s production has been down in the back half of the season, so you should temper your expectations a little. But the Vikings are seemingly getting worse, as they’ve gotten smashed in three out of the last four games. Fitzgerald could easily see legit WR1 numbers this week, but it’s possible he has a down week again, which makes him not worth targeting in DFS.
I have the Cardinals defense in my top five defenses this week. So obviously they are a must start. Teddy Bridgewater has been generally horrendous this season, throwing interceptions in back to back games, and even scoring in the negative points last week. The Cardinals defense is also coming off of back to back 11 point fantasy efforts, and I’d expect another double digit effort tonight.
Adrian Peterson, Running Back
The only player worth starting on the Vikings is AP. He’s the number one running back in the NFL so obviously he is a must start, so I’ll just let you know what you should expect from him tonight. AP had a horrendous game last week but he had the toughest matchup imaginable. Tonight Peterson’s matchup isn’t that much easier, and it is worth mentioning that I believe the Cardinals are going to trounce the Vikings which hurts Peterson’s production opportunities. Peterson’s ceiling is as high as ever still, but his floor is also as low as it’s ever been. In summation, I’d expect Peterson to have around 80 yards and a touchdown tonight, but be aware that his floor is probably around four points.
Let us know any comments or concerns you may have about starting players tonight!