Arizona Cardinals vs Carolina Panthers 1/24/16 Preview & Picks

  • At 6:40 pm, the 15-1 Panthers will host the 13-3 Arizona Cardinals in a contest of two true powerhouses.

How can we not be excited? This will be the very first time two Heisman-winning quarterbacks face each other in an NFL playoff game. Cameron Newton, as he likes to be called from time-to-time won it along with a National Championship while at Auburn and the veteran Carson Palmer claimed his trophy while starring at USC over a decade ago.

Both Qbs have been monsters this season and have heavy MVP consideration. Newton may be the favorite as his brash style gets the media all giddy, but Palmer is the better thrower. His aerial distribution has been so impressive, as all four WRs have had moments in the sun.

Larry Fitzgerald leads that group, though he’s been “old and washed-up” for a couple of years now…right. He was an animal on that 75-yard catch and run in OT last week and should get his fair share of chances again today. Josh Norman usually stays on his side and still has Michael Floyd, John Brown and occasionally J.J. Nelson to worry about.

Floyd was a beast himself, scoring a pair of touchdown last week. His size and speed will be VERY hard for guys like Cortland Finnegan or Robert McClain to handle. They are weak nickel backs at this point in their careers, and if Floyd played a full season he would have been among the league leaders at his position.

John Brown gets alot of hype for his flash, but his toughness is so impressive for a smaller receiver and he should eat up his matchup as well.

Rookie sensation RB David Johnson is a little banged up, but he is a tank and should pound out some hard yards against this stout Panthers D. As a former WR, his hands and ability in the open field make him a dangerous weapon, so watch for at least five targets with him coming out of the backfield as they will want to avoid that D-Line,

Tedd Ginn Jr has been fantastic all season for Carolina, but he has been dealing with a knee issue since Week 16 and a matchup with Patrick Peterson may be too much for the smaller Ginn to handle.

Greg Olsen always gets his fair share of targets from Cam Newton. The TE is probably how the Panthers want to attack this All-Star Cardinals D squad as their outside coverage will be tight. Five catches for just under 100 yards and a score is my guess.

Jonathan Stewart (foot, ankle) had himself a day last week against the Seahawks. 19 carries for 106 yards and two TDs versus that defense is no joke, but neither is this Cardinals front-seven. Stewart is pretty consistent and has that big-game ceiling.

AdviceThis will be a hard fought game, but Michael Floyd is in line to be the X-factor with 120 yards and another pair of scores over various Panthers DBs. Larry Fitzgerald is Mr. Playoffs but he could see alot of Josh Norman which may limit his yardage. At RB even as a rookie, David Johnson has been my money man all season.

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Week 15 Stacks to Watch Out For

Carolina Panthers versus the Giants

No need to tell you how unstoppable the Panthers have been this year. Newton is the frontrunner in the MVP race and their winning record speaks for itself. However, they may be missing their star tight end Greg Olsen, who left the game early with a knee injury. Weather he plays or not, he may be a risky pick. If Olsen is limited that will mean more targets for Ginn and Funchess, especially Ginn who has shown he has the speed to separate from defenders and get open for a long ball.

The primary reason this stack looks so promising however is more about their matchup. The Giants have by far been the weakest at against defending the pass this year allowing an average of 314.5 passing yards per game this year, far more than the second place on this list (Steelers at 279 passing yards per game).

Packers Stack

If you are looking for a stack that may be less owned (more upside in a tournament) the Packers may be your choice. While Aaron Rodgers has been struggling lately and the Packers were all run game last weekend, we all know what Aaron Rodgers is capable of with that offense. The Raiders, while weak against both, are better at defending the run than the pass, allowing an average of 271 passing yards per game this year (putting them 5th on that list) but are 12 on lowest rushing yards allowed with just over 100 per game.

James Jones and Randall Cobb are the best picks as far as receivers go. Cobb is a definite favorite target of Rodgers’ and he always seems to be able to find Jones for a long ball. While Richard Rodgers is a red zone threat, I doubt he will be able to match his 2 touchdown performance from 2 weeks ago and he doesn’t get many targets otherwise.

Cardinals Stack

Another matchup that has serious potential is the Arizona Cardinals against the Eagles. The Eagles have been struggling to stop the pass this year and Carson Palmer and his receivers have been red hot. While Larry Fitzgerald has been quite as of late, he is the veteran of this team and always shows up in the clutch. However, the Eagles real weakness lies in their secondary, typically leaving the long ball open. This is where John Brown and Michael Floyd generate their value. Each had a long touchdown last week against the Vikings for over 40 yards and with their speed, they will have no problem getting open down the field against Philly’s pass defense.

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NFL Fantasy Football News 9-11-2015

New Orleans Saints versus Arizona Cardinals NFL Fantasy Preview

From week one of the NFL season, the Arizona Cardinals open up their 2015 season at home to welcome into town the New Orleans Saints. NFL draft fantasy managers can tune to FOX at 4PM Eastern Time on Sunday September 13th to follow the results of their rosters.

The Saints are looking to bounce back from a down 2014 season that saw the team miss the playoffs. Bad part about last year is an 8-8 record would have won the NFC South last year. New Orleans to get back in the postseason will have to improve on a very poor defense from last year. The Arizona Cardinals piled up enough early wins to earn an NFC wildcard spot. Injuries to starting quarterback Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton forced the Cardinals to struggle down the stretch and for an early exit from the playoffs.

Drew Brees:

The 15th year starter a season ago completed 69% of his throws for 4952 yards with 33 touchdowns and 17 picks. Brees is an elite quarterback but will be without a key target in Jimmy Graham who walks to Seattle in free agency.

C.J. Spiller:

A former first round running back acquired from Buffalo in the offseason. Spiller has been listed as doubtful with a knee injury.

Marques Colston:

With no Jimmy Graham in the pass patterns it figures that Colston will get more targets. A year ago he caught 59 balls for 902 yards with five touchdowns. Colston averaged 15.3 yards per reception a year ago.

Carson Palmer:

Palmer returns from an injury riddled 2014 season. He will be throwing against a very bad defensive team from last year in the Saints. Carson Palmer hit on 63% of his throw in 2014 with 11 touchdowns and three picks.

Michael Floyd:

Floyd had a finger problem and is listed as questionable for the game. The fourth year pro caught 47 balls last year for 841 yards with six touchdowns. Michael Floyd averaged nearly 18 yards per reception.

Jermaine Gresham:

The former Detroit Lion is questionable for week one with a hamstring problem. He had 62 catches in 2014 for 460 yards with five touchdowns and 24 first down gains.

Detroit Lions versus San Diego Chargers Daily Fantasy Draft Preview

The Lions are opening their season on the road against the San Diego Chargers at 4PM Eastern Time on FOX. Detroit came up short once again in the playoffs as they lost in the first round against the Dallas Cowboys last year. San Diego finished at 9-7 as a late season slide cost them a playoff spot. The Chargers got very poor pass protection last year along with anemic run performance.

Ameer Abdullah:

The Lions rookie running back reportedly will see heavy work if lead running back Joique Bell struggles out of the gate. Abdullah was a tremendous playmaker during his tenure with Nebraska in college.

Matthew Stafford:

If Stafford can finally get some help from his run game we could see his full potential spawn in 2014. The seventh year quarterback hit on 60% of his throws last year for 4257 yards with 22 touchdowns and 12 picks.

Tennessee Titans versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers: What Fantasy Draft Managers Need to Know

Two rookie quarterbacks are on display as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Tennessee Titans at 4:25PM Eastern Time on CBS.

Marcus Mariota:

The test begins for Mariota on Sunday against the Buccaneers defense. Mariota showed good form running the spread quick strike offense with Oregon. Mariota will be making plays with his legs because he lacks many playmakers in the passing game. Fantasy football GMs should be worried about Mariota’s targets.

Mike Evans:

The second year wide out has been listed as questionable with a hamstring injury with his status likely announced at game time. He grabbed 68 passes last year for 1051 yards with 12 touchdowns and 15.5 yards per reception.

Jameis Winston:

The first round pick of the draft is being advised on patience and not forcing balls into traffic. Look for dumps off a plenty in week one.

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