Aug 16, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) tackles Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) for a fumble in the second quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Preseason: Minnesota Vikings vs Arizona Cardinals

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We’ve made it!  Football is back, and with that comes the over analyzing  of the preseason, trying to find any advantage we can for our upcoming drafts.  Many fantasy champions are  made in the preseason. From analyzing rookies to scoping out all of the off-season moves, I will try to help you prepare as well.   This series has to do with fantasy trends from this weeks bevy of preseason games.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my rundowns of the preseason games!  Stayed tuned for breakdowns of every preseason game here.


Bridgewater looked sharp in leading a come from behind victory. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings vs Arizona Cardinals

  1. Kyle Rudolph continues to build upon his preseason hype, finishing with 89 yards on four receptions.  He seems to fit into the “Norv Turner” tight end effect that has produced monster fantasy football tight ends such as Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron.   Rudolph already seems to be a favorite target for Matt Cassel as well, getting five targets from him in Saturday’s game.  Rudolph is being drafted as a low end TE1, but has a ceiling that can put him into the top 5.  If you like waiting for tight ends don’t be afraid to take Rudolph later in the draft.  He could be a nice consolation prize for those that miss out on Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis.
  2. Matt Cassel looks to be the favorite to start, even with Teddy Bridgewater having a solid performance.  Bridgewater went 16-20 for 177 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner.
  3. I for one am hoping that Cassel does indeed start, seeing as how Cordarrelle Patterson exploded onto the scene with Cassel under center.  Cassel starting in week one also bumps up the stock on Greg Jennings a little bit.  He has a much better arm than Ponder, and is more experienced than Bridgewater.  Cassel is the right choice for the Vikings right now.
  4. Carson Palmer and the Cardinals’ first team offense look like a well oiled machine right now.  Palmer could be a good candidate to bust out this year.
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Tags: Arizona Cardinals Carson Palmer Cordarrelle Patterson Kyle Rudolph Matt Cassel Minnesota Vikings Teddy Bridgewater

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