Fantasy Football Week 13 Matchup: St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals

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Fantasy Football Week 13 Matchup: St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals

Week 13 Matchup:  St. Louis Rams (5-6) at Arizona Cardinals (3-8)

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Rankings based on top 16 QBs, 32 RBs, 48 WRs and 16 TEs.

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St. Louis Rams (Rams Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Arizona Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 25th - TDs Allowed T-16th

Arizona Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 31st – TDs Allowed 31st

 

St. Louis Offensive Cast

Sam Bradford (QB Week 13 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 250/413 – for 2,466 yards and 17 TDs

As much as I like Sam the Ram, I couldn’t get him into my rankings this week, even against a soft Arizona pass D.  If you’re strapped, he could be worth taking a chance on, but my guess is the Rams saw how the Niners carved up the Cardinals rush D last Monday night and will try to do the same.

 

Steven Jackson (RB Week 13 Ranking: No. 6)

2010 Season: 232 carries for 883 yards and three TDs || 29 receptions for 237 yards and no TDs

The Beast should be able to have one of his best games of the year this Sunday as the Cardinals rush defense just flat out stinks.  If a 31-year-old Brian Westbrook can run for 136 yards and a TD against them, I’m scared to think what S-Jax might do.

 

Danny Amendola (WR Week 13 Ranking: No. 39)

2010 Season: 64 receptions for 534 yards and three TDs

Amendola continued his PPR onslaught by leading the Rams in targets and receptions again last week.  He now has 64 catches on the year putting him on pace for 93 for the season.

 

Danario Alexander (WR Week 13 Ranking: No. 27)

2010 Season: Nine receptions for 173 yards and one TD

Alexander is obviously the big-play target Bradford prefers and as long as he’s healthy, he’s probably worth playing each week for the rest of the season seeing that the Rams have one of the easiest schedules against the pass from here to the end.

 

Brandon Gibson (WR Week 13 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 34 receptions for 371 yards and two TDs

With Alexander back on the scene and Robinson played fairly well, Gibson is no longer worth your fantasy time.

 

Laurent Robinson (WR Week 13 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 23 receptions for 212 yards and one TD

Robinson has been turning it up a notch lately, but being in a timeshare with Gibson doesn’t exactly make him worth a fantasy roster spot.

 

Daniel Fells (TE Week 13 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 25 receptions for 233 yards and two TDs

With Hoomanawanui going down to injury, Fells will take over as the main tight end once again.  He looks to be pretty good, but he’s hardly worth playing at this point,

 

Michael Hoomanawanui (TE Week 13 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 13 receptions for 146 yards and three TDs

Just when the rookie was starting to show his stuff, he goes down to injury.

 

Billy Bajema (TE Week 13 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 11 receptions for 106 yards and two TDs

The two TDs Bajema caught last week were as much due to the Denver defense and luck than anything else.

 

Arizona Cardinals (Cardinals Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

St. Louis Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 21st - TDs Allowed T-11th

St. Louis Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 13th – TDs Allowed T-fifth

 

Arizona Offensive Cast

Derek Anderson (QB Week 13 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 162/307 – for 1,972 yards and seven TDs

Uggh.  WOW, is this kid ugly to watch.  Most people slow down to watch a car-wreck, but I’d highly recommend speeding past this one.

 

Beanie Wells (RB Week 13 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 83 carries for 283 yards and two TDs || Four receptions for 68 yards and no TDs

Neither he nor Hightower are getting enough individual playing time to make a difference, and even if they were, they’re also both sucking enough to leave out of your lineup.

 

Tim Hightower (RB Week 13 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 96 carries for 438 yards and three TDs || 14 receptions for 111 yards and no TDs

Ditto.

 

Larry Fitzgerald (WR Week 13 Ranking: No. 16)

2010 Season: 59 receptions for 728 yards and five TDs

Derek Anderson may be a train-wreck, but at least he knows who butters his bread.  Fitz is talented enough to explode at any time, and it’s a good bet he catches a TD this week like he did earlier this year against the Rams.

 

Steve Breaston (WR Week 13 Ranking: No. 43)

2010 Season: 36 receptions for 570 yards and one TD

I’ll say it again:  Anyone playing alongside Larry Fitzgerald should be able to put up some decent numbers, but Anderson and Breaston are both too erratic to depend on every week, so even though he might go off at any time, do you really want to risk your fantasy season calling the week that he does?  Thought not.

 

Early Doucet (WR Week 13 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 22 receptions for 255 yards and one TD

Doucet is too inconsistent to even think about playing.  Don’t bother now or for the rest of the season.

 

Andre Roberts (WR Week 13 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 14 receptions for 169 yards and one TD

Roberts has as much or more playmaking ability than anyone else on this team.  However, he’ll have to jump up out of the WR4 slot to even think about picking him up.

 

Ben Patrick (TE Week 13 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 15 receptions for 123 yards and no TDs

Patrick came back down to Earth after his three-catch, 24-yard explosion the week before.

 

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