2010 NFL Fantasy Football Preview: Arizona Cardinals

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IJune 1, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 16:  Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals looks on against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Louisana Superdome on January 16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 45-14. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Cardinals enter the 2010 with as much uncertainty as any other NFL team. They lost leaders on both sides of the ball in Kurt Warner, Karlos Dansby. Matt Leinart is in line to take over the QB position and Derek Anderson was brought in to push him.

Fantasy Playoff Schedule: Slightly Unfavorable

The Cards draw Denver, Carolina, and Dallas in the fantasy playoffs. The Denver (and Dallas) game is at home so weather shouldn’t play a factor.

Five-Star Fantasy Options

Larry Fitzgerald—Talent is talent. It hurts losing Warner, but Leinart has been in the system for a long time. Fitz may not be the top rated WR any more, but he’s close.

Four-Star Fantasy Options


Three-Star Fantasy Options

Beanie Wells—After a solid rookie season (793 yards, seven TDs), Beanie should be even better in 2010. He scored six of his TDs from Week 10 on.

Two-Star Fantasy Options

Matt Leinart—If he wins the starting job like I expect he makes for a solid backup fantasy QB. Despite Anquan Boldin’s departure, he still has plenty of weapons at WR.

Tim Hightower—I expect Hightower to take a less prominent role in the offense, but he still should be a viable flex position option. With Beanie Wells’ injury history, he could be counted on even more.

Steve Breaston/Early Doucet—Boldin’s departure opens the door for Breaston and Doucet to see increased production. Look for Breaston’s numbers to be more like 2008 than 2009. Doucet averaged seven catches for 72.5 yards in two playoff games last year. Expect more of that in 2010.

Cardinals Defense/Special Teams

Dansby will be missed, but they will still be a spot start defense when they have favorable matchups.

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Originally published at LestersLegends.com.


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