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Cardinals S Deone Bucannon (groin) is active today against the Bears. He played full time in Week 1 and looks like a solid IDP option again this week. His presence should hurt S Tony Jefferson's playing time, making him a very iffy fantasy option.

Cardinals S Deone Bucannon is questionable for Sunday's trip to Chicago with a groin injury. He did put in a limited practice Friday, so there's hope for him being active. Bucannon's absence would likely mean more playing time for S Tony Jefferson.

The Cardinals listed FS Tyrann Mathieu and SS Tony Jefferson as starters in their initial depth chart Monday. Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com says that SS Deone Bucannon and FS Rashad Johnson "have been running with the first unit" in practice. "In the end, all four get a lot of snaps," Urban adds. Given that situation, it might not matter who actually starts. At the same time, a rotation will limit fantasy-scoring opportunities for the IDP prospects. That has suppressed all Arizona DB projections in our 2015 IDP rankings. Elsewhere on D, the Cards list OLB Lorenzo Alexander, ILB Sean Weatherspoon, ILB Kevin Minter and OLB Alex Okafor as starters. We're not excited about any as IDP factors. Weatherspoon would carry the most upside, but he needs to show that he still has his old quicks even after last June's Achilles' tendon tear.

Cardinals S Deone Bucannon was working with at the strong spot with the 1st team in spring workouts. DC James Bettcher told the team website that he has yet to decide on the starters at some positions -- including SS -- but the early nod to last year's 1st-round pick suggests he's the favorite. Bucannon proved wildly productive as a college safety and could still play some LB in nickel packages. That role would keep him in the middle of the action and can only help his tackle numbers. Unless he has a bad summer and lets Tony Jefferson pass him on the depth chart, Bucannon looks like at least a DB2 for IDP fantasy football leagues this year. Look for him to climb our 2015 IDP rankings.

Cardinals S Tony Jefferson played only 15 snaps in the Week 6 win over Washington.  HC Bruce Arians told reporters Monday that S Tyrann Mathieu has replaced him as the SS in nickel packages, with Jefferson playing the role in the base D.  Rookie S Deone Bucannon and FS Rashad Johnson also opened the game on the field and played 50 and 65 snaps, respectively.  Although the playing-time percentages figure to fluctuate depending on how the matchups dictate Arizona's defensive packages, it looks like time to dump Tony Jefferson in nearly all IDP leagues.  Teams lean toward pass-D packages these days.  Jefferson losing time there bodes ill for his participation going forward.  We wouldn't consider Mathieu an IDP starting option yet, but the fact that the team deems him well enough for a bigger role bodes well for the defense.  Mathieu's ball skills enhance the pass D and add big-play upside to the unit in fantasy.

The Cardinals spent their 1st-round pick in the NFL draft on Washington State S Deone Bucannon, after trading back with the Saints.  Bucannon led the Pac-12 in tackles and tied for the conference lead in INTs while earning 1st-team all-conference honors in 2013.  He should fight for a starting job right away in a strong, young secondary.  Bucannon could sneak into a worthwhile slot in our 2014 IDP rankings if he appears on track to start.

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