Talking fantasy football with the Whiz

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt discussed a number of topics including fantasy football during an NFL chat with fans. (Matt York /Associated Press)

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt discussed a number of topics including fantasy football during an NFL chat with fans. (Matt York /Associated Press)

Cardinals QB Kurt Warner threw the ball nearly 600 times in 2008, and was one of the top quarterbacks in fantasy football. So when I had a chance to talk to Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, I had only one thing to ask.

Can you throw the ball more this season?

“No,” coach Whisenhunt said, repeating the word numerous times. “Although I’m sure that Kurt might agree with that sentiment.”

Coach Whisenhunt was on Total Access on Thursday, and before that, he spent time chatting with NFL fans about a wide variety of topics. Fantasy football, of course, being a hot topic.

Whisenhunt doesn’t expect a huge drop in production because Todd Haley is now the head coach in Kansas City. (And why should he, that talented offense is still intact.) Warner looks good after surgery. Larry Fitzgerald is awesome even with long hair. He expects Anquan Boldin to be in camp. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could see some time with the offense.

But the big question, what about the running game?

“As our success in the playoffs shows, if we can be a more balanced team, that is what we would gravitate towards in the run game,” Whisenhunt said.

But how about a little hint for his favorite NFL.com fantasy expert — who is going to get the nod, Beanie Wells or Tim Hightower?

“I really don’t know,” Whisenhunt said. “We will have to wait for camp to see what we have with Beanie Wells. We only saw him twice, so we are excited to see him out there.”

If I had to make a gut call, Hightower will begin the season as the starter. Wells could not participate in OTAs because Ohio State was still in session, putting him at a disadvantage behind Hightower. But do not be bullish on either guy.

Adam Rank

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