St. Louis Rams
Todd Gurley/Tre Mason/Benny Cunningham (Running Backs): Gurley made his debut last week and struggled behind this Rams offensive line. He also did not get the same volume of carries he was used to. As the Rams give Gurley more snaps eventually making him their lead back, Benny Cunningham's role will likely disappear leaving Mason as the change of pace back. None of these running backs are a recommended start this week.
Arizona Defense: The Cardinals defense had a monstrous performance last week and could be en route to another big one against the worst offensive line in the NFL. They will get to face Nick Foles with a mediocre cast of wide receivers similar to what they saw against San Francisco. The Cardinals should shut down the Rams and put up big points.
Carson Palmer (Quarterback): If this game reaches a blowout Palmer could be on the side lines early; the second concern in this matchup is the Rams strong defensive line that will try to dominate the line of scrimmage. Palmer could be hit a couple of times and drives may stall but all in all I would say that the Rams should not pose a threat to his fantasy stats. The Rams offensively will be smothered leaving a tired defense on the field for the Cardinals to push around.
Andre Ellington/David Johnson/ Chris Johnson (Running Backs): With Ellington's return Chris Johnson becomes the primary backup however Johnson has performed well beyond the call of duty and Bruce Arians recognizes his production and effort. Johnson should still get the majority of carries this week with the Cardinals easing Ellington back into action. This leaves David Johnson as the odd man out.
Larry Fitzgerald/John Brown (Wide Receiver): John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald will be facing one of the most underrated defensive backfields in the league. Brown should find more separation than the older Fitzgerald.