NFC West Fantasy Preview: Week 4

With the Rams and the 49ers facing off on Thursday Night Football, I’m left with just two teams this week, so without further ado:


Arizona Cardinals @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sunday 1.00pm EDT)


Carson Palmer’s steady, yet unspectacular start ended with a horror show against the Saints, a defence you would have expected Palmer to do well against. This week he’s facing the Bucs but I don’t see him higher than a QB16-20 this week.

Rashard Mendenhall’s toe injury will make him a game time decision for both you and the Cardinals. If he’s ready to play (signs point to a full recovery) then I’d slot him in as a high end flex option. If he’s out then you may want to turn to Andre Ellington as a low end flex option. In all likelihood both will see snaps but their value at this stage is limited until we see a clear starter.

Larry Fitzgerald should be good to go this week after a full practice on Wednesday. Even though he’s up against Revis I’d be happy to start Larry this week as a WR 10-12. Andre Roberts and Michael Floyd have both been steadily scoring a few points. It’s real tough to chose one over the other at this stage but I think Floyd may have the edge. These guys are still low end flex options and their performance is linked to Larry Fitz’s involvement.

Rob Housler finally got over his injury and made his debut last week, though he only scored 1.3 points… Housler still needs to be given time to develop a relationship with Palmer, and I’d keep him benched this week.

Housler needs to be given a little more time – Photo from

Cardinals D/ST have a decent matchup. Should be a top 12 defence this week against a fresh rookie QB in Mike Glennon.

Seattle Seahawks @ Houston Texans (Sunday 1.00pm EDT)


Russell Wilson helped the Seahawks destroy the Jaguars, and he was pulled midway through the 3rd Quarter. However he could face a tough time against the Texans’ pass rush. His worst fantasy game this year was against the 49ers who sacked him 4 times as he scored under ten points. Texans will look to replicate that pressure and limit Wilson. I think he’s still a decent starter this week though given his talent and should score 12-16 points as a QB10-12.

Marshawn Lynch did not practise on Wednesday, though it wasn’t injury related. He’s been poor against poor teams and good against traditionally good teams v the run (31.5pts against the 49ers in week 2). Texans have been so-so (18th best) against RBs in fantasy so far. I can’t give you any good reason to bench Lynch, he should top 10 points comfortably I would imagine.

Sidney Rice finally scored some meaningful points last week and this should kick start his season. Rice is a mid to low flex option at this stage. Any of Doug Baldwin or Golden Tate could be amongst the scoring but both are risky at this stage. Stick with Rice for now.

Tate and Rice have been pretty productive so far this season – Photo from blog.thenewstribune by Eric Williams

Rice and Tate have been effective so far this season – Photo from by Eric Williams

Zach Miller has continued to see targets (4 in each of last two games) which is good to see after his negligible value last year. I’d be wary of starting him just yet though but he is rosterable once again in deeper leagues.

Seahawks D/ST should be a top 10 defence this week.


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