WR Christian Kirk - Arizona Cardinals
|5-11, 200||Born: 11-18-1996||College: Texas A&M||Drafted: Round 2, pick|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 12): Kirk looks like the fourth target at best in a limited pass offense. He's only a desperation play, even against the Raiders this week, and not an essential stash.
Week 11: vs Oakland Raiders
FBG says: Good matchup. Josh Rosen continues to progress in his journey to be an effective starting NFL quarterback, but it has certainly been a bumpy ride for him and the Cardinals passing offense. Ranking next to last in both passing yards per game and per attempt and only one of three teams with single-digit passing touchdowns, the Cardinals have been tough to trust through the air. Rosen has completed more than 60 percent of his passes in just one game while passing for over 200 yards just three times in his six starts. To pile it on, Rosen also has nine turnovers and has been sacked 18 times in his last four games. Larry Fitzgerald has somewhat come back to relevance in recent weeks, but his ceiling is still capped by Rosen. David Johnson is the big story this week, as he was finally involved in the passing game to the tune of a season-high nine targets, seven receptions, and 85 receiving yards last week. With Byron Leftwich settling in as offensive coordinator, the hope is for Johnson to remain this heavily involved in the passing game--as the Cardinals actually held their own against the Chiefs by taking this approach last week. The Raiders defense has little to be proud of this season as they have gotten off to a tough start. With just five interceptions and a league-low eight sacks, while allowing an above-average 258 passing yards per game, the Raiders have not consistently stopped anyone outside of Case Keenum in Week 2. Taking that game against Keenum off the board, the Raiders have given up multiple passing touchdowns in every game--with quarterbacks throwing for three touchdowns in three of the last four games. They haven't allowed any particularly massive fantasy outings to a single wide receiver this season, but these cornerbacks are certainly capable of allowing separation and big plays--especially with little talent at safety top back them up. This group has also given up at least one touchdown to tight ends in four of their last five games. The Cardinals do have one of the worst pass-blocking offensive lines in football, so if there were a week for the Raiders to apply some consistent pressure on a quarterback, this is definitely the one. Actually rushing an opposing passer may help this secondary, but they are still an undermanned unit that should post no significant threat even to a below average Cardinals passing offense.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Christian Kirk's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs KC (6 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
With the strong matchup against Kansas City, Kirk was invisible on his six targets. His best play, a chunk gain on third down, was called back by penalty. Kirk struggled to separate on his targets, but Josh Rosen was also under consistent pressure throughout the game, limiting opportunities for the receivers. Oakland offers another strong matchup next week with an improved projected game script.
2018 Week 8 vs SF (7 / 3 / 42 / 1 rec)
With shades of their preseason highlight reel touchdown, Josh Rosen and Christian Kirk connected for the ultimate game-winning score in the back of the end zone against the 49ers. Kirk had a quiet game until the final minutes, including an overthrow by Rosen when Kirk gained separation on a potential touchdown deep. Kirk cut along the back line of the end zone and held on through a big hit for the game-winning touchdown. Kirk has been an early producer for the Cardinals in the opening half of his rookie season, including four games of 50+ receiving yards and is on pace for a promising stat line of 62-820-4 on a struggling offense.
2018 Week 7 vs DEN (6 / 3 / 57 / 0 rec)
Kirk produced his fourth game of 50 or more yards this season against the Broncos as a bright spot for Arizona's struggling offense. Kirk has worked outside with Larry Fitzgerald in the slot, seeing success on intermediate in-breaking routes as his go-to chemistry with Josh Rosen. Tight coverage tipped away two of Kirk's targets and Rosen threw a long interception in Kirk's direction where the defensive back was the closest player to the pass.
2018 Week 6 vs MIN (7 / 6 / 77 / 0 rec)
Kirk led Arizona in receiving yards against the Vikings, posting his third quality performance in the past month. Kirk's usage was a mix of quick game targets and deeper routes, including a deep post and seam reception as highlight moments. The chemistry and trust with Josh Rosen is strong and with Larry Fitzgerald waning in his interior usage, Kirk is vital to Arizona moving the ball through the air. Kirk showed his after-the-catch ability again this week with nice moves following a screen for 10 yards. Kirk's lone target which was not caught was the result of a drop, not an inaccurate pass by Josh Rosen.
2018 Week 5 vs SF (4 / 3 / 85 / 1 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Kirk got the Arizona offense off to an explosive start with a long catch-and-run touchdown, exploiting a bad angle by a 49ers safety. Kirk was relatively quiet outside of the early-game splash, however, stuffed on a slot screen and having a long reception called back by a Ricky Seals-Jones offensive pass interference. Kirk helped ice the game with a jet sweep rushing conversion in the closing minute.
2018 Week 4 vs SEA (5 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
After Kirk's breakout Week 3 (90 yards), he led Arizona with four catches against the Seahawks. On the positive side, Kirk ran a variety of routes and showed yards-after-catch acumen with a third down screen conversion and on a speed crossing route. Kirk also drew a defensive pass interference penalty on a deep end zone target beyond the box score. Kirk did drop a pass to prevent a bigger game. With Josh Rosen under the center, the entire offense saw a boost in Week 4. Kirk will see a much better matchup in Week 5 against the vulnerable San Francisco secondary.
2018 Week 3 vs CHI (8 / 7 / 90 / 0 rec)
While Arizona is 0-3, lost an early lead against Chicago, and faces a needed quarterback change, one bright spot was Kirk enjoying a career day. Kirk doubled the targets of any other Arizona player and nearly three times the yardage. Kirk succeeded on a variety of routes, including a comeback, seam, crosser, hitch, in-cut, and out route covering much of the route tree in the process. With Josh Rosen likely under center going forward, Kirk is the young receiver to develop a long-lasting chemistry as focal points of the offense.
2018 Week 2 vs LAR (5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Kirk was second on the team in receiving yards against the Rams, but with only 90 team yards through the air, it is a hollow victory for the rookie receiver. The Cardinals struggled mightily on offense, rarely stringing together successful plays or challenging the Rams beyond the first down marker. Kirk flashed on the ability side, but it did not stack up to a strong box score result. Kirk converted a rare third down for Arizona with an in-cut reception and churned out strong yards-after-catch on a slot screen but was stopped just short of the first down. Kirk also made a great catch away from his body and maintained control through a big hit. Outside of Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk, there has been minimal wide receiver presence in Arizona's offense through two games.
2018 Week 1 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Kirk saw a strong snap share as the third wide receiver for Arizona; however, he saw a mere two targets. One was a slant route well short of the first down marker on an early-game third down. Kirk was targeted on a two-point conversion attempt, but well covered and overthrown by Sam Bradford. Kirk's biggest impact came on special teams with a long punt return to keep Arizona's comeback chances on life support in the second half.
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