NFC West Week 3 Preview

With Matt Lane on European Holiday and Regan Yant in training for his real job (surprisingly sports blogging doesn’t pay a ton), I will attempt to fill two pairs of shoes.

Arizona (on the road in New Orleans) – What’s that? A semblance of a run game for the Cardinals? Rashard Mendenall has performed as RB14 so far this young season and will look to continue or improve on that output against the Saints’ 27th-ranked rush defense (124 yards/game). Larry Fitzgerald has been held out of practice all week (much to his chagrin), but he will be ready for Sunday. Larry doesn’t miss games. Andre Roberts and Michael Floyd can be played as WR3s in 16 team leagues. Carson Palmer continues to be unstartable in most every format.  Arizona DST should remain on your bench or waivers vs Drew Brees and Co.

St Louis (on the road in Dallas) – Sam Bradford is a top-five quarterback?!? Through two weeks, yes! Bradford is a must-start vs Dallas’ soft pass defense, which has allowed an average of 313.5 yards/game. Tight end Jared Cook has been great this season also and will look to continue the trent as Bradford’s number one target. After a bit of a coming-out party in Week 2, Tavon Austin is a solid WR2 play this week. Outside of kicker, I am not touching any other Rams.

San Francisco (hosting Indianapolis) – Colin Kaepernick looks to get back on track after a five-point performance in Week 2. He will be able to throw (and more imporantly) run against the Colts, so expect him to produce a lot closer to the 30-point mark he had in Week 1. Which Anquan Boldin will we see in Week 3? After producing 26 points in Week 1, Q was held to a fat goose egg in Week 2, thanks to Richard Sherman. Frank Gore is a fringe RB1/solid RB2 this week against a Colts’ D that has allowed 136 yards/ game (29th in league). Vernon Davis did not practice Wednesday, so his injury situation is worth monitoring.

Seattle (hosting Jacksonville) – Shockingly the Jaguars are 2nd in the league vs the pass, but (unshockingly 31st vs the run). Expect monster days from Marshawn Lynch and a little Robert Turbin mixed in during the route. Russell Wilson might look like a juicy start vs the awful Jags, but that pass defense does scare me a little bit if Wilson isn’t collecting points with his legs. Unless I were super-desperate, I wouldn’t start any Seattle WR this week. Seattle DST + CenturyLink Field + the Jackonville Jaguars flying 2449.79 miles = no-brainer start.

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