Fantasy Football Week 4: Grab the Arizona Cardinals Defense If You Can

Adam WaksmanCorrespondent IIISeptember 27, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles scrambles with the football during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Carindals defeated the Eagles 27-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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When I was preparing my fantasy football team for Week 4, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the Arizona Cardinals' defense available in free agency.

The Cardinals are still available in many leagues. If you have the opportunity to get them for no cost in your league, jump on it now. They are the best defense to have this week.


Opponent Offense

This Sunday, the Cardinals (3-0) play host to the Miami Dolphins (1-2), owners of arguably the worst offense in the NFL. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has no good targets at wide receiver and cannot handle pressure very well yet.

The Dolphins' best offensive weapon—Reggie Bushhas not been able to practice and might not play. Even if he does, he will likely be ineffective.

Veteran offensive tackle Jake Long is still nursing an injury as well and has played poorly so far this year. There is almost nothing positive that can be said for the Dolphins' offense at this point in the season.


Quality Cardinals Defense

The Cardinals' defense is a legitimately good unit. They have been ranked at a 17.6 so far this year at Pro Football Focus, with their entire front seven having good years. For comparison, the San Francisco 49ers' defense—another top unit—has graded out at only 9.6.

The Cardinals' defense is also one that you can keep for a while. Their upcoming schedule features some very bad offenses—the St. Louis Rams, the Buffalo Bills and the Minnesota Vikings.

If the Cardinals are available, grab them now before the opportunity is past. They are the best defense to have for fantasy—bar none—for this week and likely more to come.


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