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Week 2 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Vikings vs Cardinals

Adam Taylor McKillop
Fantasy football picks for the Vikings vs Cardinals Week 2 matchup.
Fantasy football picks for the Vikings vs Cardinals Week 2 matchup. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

The Arizona Cardinals will look to keep things rolling in Week 2 NFL action hosting the Minnesota Vikings. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Cardinals as 3.5-point home favorites in this NFC clash.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this NFC Week 2 clash.

Adam Thielen Fantasy

Start Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings: The Arizona Cardinals defense didn't do much wrong in their Week 1 stomping of the Tennessee Titans. Arizona's defense kept leading rusher Derrick Henry relatively quiet and the Titans passing attack also struggled. The only area of weakness that Arizona showed was in the red zone, where the Titans converted a perfect 2-for-2 opportunities. Enter Adam Thielen. Thielen enjoyed a monster Week 1 against the bad Cincinnati Bengals, but more importantly, he's Kirk Cousins' favorite red zone target. Thielen led Minnesota with 19 red zone targets in 2020. Arizona ranked top-10 in both Football Outsiders' run and pass defense DVOA metric last year. It's a tough defense, but Minnesota will lean on Thielen when they get in the red zone. If he notches one score, that helps pay off his WR2 or FLEX status on a fantasy roster.

Chase Edmonds Fantasy

Start Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals: When the Arizona Cardinals added James Conner this offseason, it created headaches for fantasy managers and fans of Chase Edmonds. Conner out-carried Edmonds in Week 1 (16 to 12) but the Cardinals clearly leaned more on Edmonds in the passing attack (4 targets to 0). Minnesota's defense struggled against the run in 2020, giving up the sixth-most PPR point to opposing running backs in 2020. That trend continued in Week 1 after Joe Mixon snapped for 25 PPR points. Edmonds has a real opportunity in this one and remains a viable FLEX play in Week 2.

Dalvin Cook Fantasy

Sit Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings: This is not a legit suggestion to sit Dalvin Cook in Week 2, but rather testament to how much he may struggle against Arizona's defense. Arizona held Derrick Henry, RB3 in PPR formats last year, to an extremely underwhelming 10 fantasy points in Week 1. Cook did see his usual test of volume with 20 carries, but managed only 61 rushing yards against a bad Bengals defense. His touchdown and four receptions saved his Week 1 performance. Against a stronger Cardinals' defense, he may continue to get off to a slow start. After all, Arizona ranks third in Football Outsiders' run defense DVOA metric this year. It's a small sample size, but this defensive front is clearly up to the task of slowing down a stud back.

Rondale Moore Fantasy

Sit Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals: After the Cardinals' Week 1 performance, all of their wide receivers are trending in fantasy football circles. Overall, Minnesota's defense is not great. They ranked 14th in pass defense DVOA last year and 30th in rush defense. There's almost too many mouths to feed on this deep Cardinals' wide receiver depth chart. If forced to sit one of them, Rondale Moore is your best option. He did see 5 targets in Week 1, but that was just the third-highest on the roster. He also only played 29% of the snaps, trailing three other Cardinals wideouts. Wait and see how the rookie does for a couple more weeks before throwing him in the starting lineup.

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