Guess what my friends, it’s another weird match-up for TNF. As always, I look at each defenses’ strengths and weaknesses to identify starts and sits. Whenever I see an offense playing against the Cardinals, I salivate at the fantasy potential. Pair that with an undefeated team and you would think this was a match made in fantasy football heaven.
Unfortunately, this is not the case for Week 9 TNF.
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The Cardinals are dead last in the league in fantasy points against the QB and TE positions. This is excellent news for George Kittle owners and should be great news for those looking to start Jimmy Garappolo. However, Garappolo has been so meh, that I still find it hard to start him in a single QB league. The 49ers have done an excellent job relying on their running backs and their defense, that it has taken the pressure off of the QB to have to make any crazy comebacks.
Tonight’s matchup against the Cardinals is no different.
Speaking of the 49ers’ running backs, both Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert, are banged up. Excellent news for Tevin Coleman owners. This also leaves some goal-line opportunities for Jeff Wilson, who was the bane of Mostert owners all those weeks ago.
None of the WRs for San Fransisco jump off the page, either. Dante Pettis has been underwhelming, Kendrick Bourne is a That-Helps-No-One candidate, and Deebo Samuel hasn’t seen enough volume to be consistently fantasy relevant. Marquise Goodwin is back from tending to a personal matter, but again, we’re talking about target volume. Emmanuel Sanders may be the veteran back that Garappolo can rely on, but being new in the system may hurt his production.
Garappolo’s target distribution last week went as follows per Yahoo! and Rotoworld – Kittle (7), Sanders (5), Samuel (3), Pettis (3), Coleman (2), Breida (1) and Bourne (1). This what I mean by lack of volume for a single player.
Sanders is the only WR worth even glancing at and is only a WR32. Players to start ahead of him are Robby Anderson, DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel, Kenny Stills, Alshon Jeffrey, or Mike Williams in half-PPR per FantasyPros.
49ers Starters: Tevin Coleman, George Kittle, DST – Jeff Wilson (sleeper) (Garappolo could be an option in 2 QB/Superflex leagues only)
On the other side of the ball, we are looking at the Cardinals facing the 2nd best defense against QBs, 2nd best against RBs, 3rd best against WRs, and 2nd best against TEs.
Do I really need to go on here?
If you can avoid starting ANY Cardinals in this terrible matchup, I would go out of my way to do so. This sucks for Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk owners, but if you can find an alternative, I would strongly recommend it. The matchup is simply that bad.
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For those who follow this article series, I just wanted to send out a quick apology that the Week 8 TNF Fantasy Preview was not published. I was incredibly busy and did not have any time to give proper fantasy analysis for that matchup. I strive to not provide junk, and I felt that’s exactly what that was last week.