The Arizona Cardinals’ 2010 regular season schedule was released Tuesday. The Cards have one of the easier schedules and only face 4 teams that made the playoffs in 2009. The combined 2009 record of the Cardinals’ opponents in 2010 is 114-142-0.
After early analysis of the schedule, the Cardinals’ high-profile players should have a great year in terms of fantasy output. Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston, and especially Chris “Beanie” Wells should perform well for fantasy managers.
With the retirement of Kurt Warner, the Cardinals will rely more on the running game to take the load off Matt Leinart or Derek Anderson. This should translate to improved numbers for Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower. The Cards also face the 32nd, 31st, and 29th ranked 2009 rush defenses so Wells and Hightower should excel and put up big numbers in 2010.
In terms of passing defense, the Cardinals’ 2010 schedule has them facing six teams ranked 20th or worse in 2009 in passing defense. In particular, division rivals St. Louis, Seattle, and San Francisco are all ranked 20th or worse and the Cards will play each twice. Therefore, regardless of the starting quarterback, the potential for big numbers from the Cards’ wide receivers is there, especially from the always productive Larry Fitzgerald.
The two biggest questions this summer are the defense and the quarterback position. Will a defense that lost impact players Karlos Dansby and Antrel Rolle continue to improve as it has over the last few years and shut down opponents? Also, will Matt Leinart or Derek Anderson win the starting job and will one of them be able to replace the void left by the retirement of Kurt Warner?
More in depth analysis of the schedule will come in the next few weeks.
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