The Arizona Cardinals have been comfortably in front of the NFC West all season, and could clinch the division crown in Week 14. The Minnesota Vikings, meanwhile, are tied for first in the NFC North, but have had multiple chances to really take hold of the division, only to lose two of their last three games to keep the Green Bay Packers in contention. Thursday, the Cardinals and Vikings face each other with each having playoff aspirations.
The Vikings come into Thursday's game basically healthy, at least from a fantasy perspective; none of the team's fantasy contributors is on the injury report. The Cardinals, on the other hand, will be without running backs Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson and tight end Jermaine Gresham for the game. The team's top three receivers -- Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Michael Floyd -- are all on the injury report as well, though all three should be fine for the game.
The Cardinals will host the Vikings Thursday, with kickoff scheduled for 8:25 p.m. ET. Let's take a look at the fantasy names to consider:
Start 'em: Everybody gets one bad game. Week 13 was Adrian Peterson's, with one fantasy point. I'm willing to write it off for this week.
Sit 'em: It's been a horrifically disappointing second season for Teddy Bridgewater, who has six fantasy points combined in his last two games. ... Between a reliance on Peterson's offense and Bridgewater's struggles, Stefon Diggs' stock has fallen off a lot since his midseason hot stretch. ... Since that big game for Kyle Rudolph a few weeks ago, he's fallen right back to his previously middling levels. ... Blair Walsh has one fantasy point in two of his last three games. ... The Vikings' defense is competent, but the Arizona offense keeps all defenses in check.
Start 'em: No quarterback -- not Tom Brady, not Cam Newton, no one -- has had as high a floor as Carson Palmer this season; he has at least 16 fantasy points in every single game. ... Having the job all to himself was great for David Johnson who put up 17 fantasy points a week ago. It was his fifth game this season in double figures despite it being his first game as the feature back. ... Larry Fitzgerald was stronger early in the season -- 14.8 fantasy points per game in his first six games, 8.0 since -- but he's still a must-start receiver, if more WR2 than WR1. ... Chandler Catanzaro still has at least six fantasy points in every game this year, reaching 10 or more four times. He's a great fantasy play. ... The Cardinals' defense hasn't cracked 10 fantasy points since Week 5, but has hovered near there all season. It's a strong fantasy play.
Start 'em?: Both John Brown and Michael Floyd had big games in Week 13, but in general, both of them being active makes it hard for both to produce. They're high-upside flex options.
Sit 'em: Since returning from injury, Darren Fells has 61 yards and one touchdown in four games. He's not a great fantasy play.
Start in every league: Adrian Peterson, Carson Palmer, David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona defense
Start if you're desperate: John Brown, Michael Floyd
Bench: Teddy Bridgewater, Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, Blair Walsh, Minnesota defense, Darren Fells