by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/6/13) The Cardinals DST will look to push around the division-rival Rams Week 14.
The Rams have actually done well against opposing defenses, limiting them to just 8.42 Fantasy points per game. Though the Rams are far from an offensive juggernaut, they do a good job preventing turnovers. Ram quarterbacks have tossed just seven interceptions this season, and the team's offensive line has only allowed 29 sacks.
That might not matter to the Cardinals DST. The team has 15 interceptions and 34 sacks. Both numbers rate as above-average this season. On top of that, the team only allows 20.6 points per game, which ranks eighth in the league. The Cardinals DST has been strong all season, and can be counted on when facing non-elite offenses like the Rams. They are a solid Fantasy start Week 14.
Cardinals struggle against efficient Eagles
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/1/13) The Cardinals DST nearly had something to hang their hat on in Week 13: they were the first team to intercept Nick Foles this season. But a penalty flag hitting the field a few moments later changed all that, and Foles' streak of attempts without an interception lived to fight another week.
The Cardinals didn't have a bad defensive game -- they sacked Foles five times and almost had that interception -- but it wasn't the Fantasy bonanza that the Cardinals have given their owners lately (17 or more Fantasy points in three of the last four games).
Things should right themselves in Week 14, when the Cardinals play the Rams.
Yeremiah Bell good to go
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/1/13) Cardinals defensive back Yeremiah Bell, who was listed as probable on Friday's injury report, is active for Week 13 at Philadelphia. Bell was limited in practice by a knee injury Wednesday but was able to practice in full Thursday and Friday.
Cardinals have a tough Week 13 matchup
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (11/27/13) The Eagles have a vey odd track record this season -- they're either incredibly stingy or wonderfully generous to DSTs. There have been five game where DSTs have managed five or fewer Fantasy points when playing the Eagles, as the team doesn't throw a lot of interceptions and can score a ton of points. But DSTs have also managed 19 or more points on four occasions.
Here's the catch, though -- those four games were in Weeks 3, 4, 7, and 8. Nick Foles started just one of those games, in Week 7, and he was a mess all game, eventually missing Week 8 with a concussion.
With Foles at the helm, the Eagles have been nightmares for defenses. For as good as the Cardinals have been this season -- they've scored the eighth-most Fantasy points among DSTs -- Week 13 may not be the best game in which to start them, if other options are available.
Cardinals DST holds Colts to 11 points
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (11/24/13) The Cardinals DST held the Colts to just 11 points Week 12.
Indianapolis could not get anything going against a tough Arizona pass defense. While the Cardinals only sacked Andrew Luck once, they put pressure on him all day. The team notched eight quarterback hits. They also managed to force Luck into an interception, which Karlos Dansby returned for a touchdown. The Cardinals will take on the Eagles Week 13.
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The Cardinals defense has quality players and continues to produce on a high level. In 2012, the Cardinals were the No. 11 DST in standard leagues. They had 22 interceptions, 38 sacks, 11 fumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns. Daryl Washington and Paris Lenon had more than 100 total tackles, Washington and Calais Campbell had more than 6.5 sacks and Patrick Peterson led the way with seven interceptions. Peterson is also a tremendous threat on punt returns, and the Cardinals DST shapes up as a potential starting unit in the majority of leagues. They might not get drafted in most standard formats, but consider the Cardinals DST a strong bye-week replacement or consider adding them if they start off the season playing well. (Updated 7/23/13)