WR Christian Kirk - Arizona Cardinals

5-11, 200Born: 11-18-1996College: Texas A&MDrafted: Round 2, pick 2018

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 16): Kirk was much more productive against a Jimmy Smith-less Ravens secondary this week. He should be in our lineups every week because of his central role in a high volume pass offense.

Week 3: vs Carolina Panthers - $5000

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Through two games, it's safe to say Kyler Murray is taking to coach Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid attack. Even with some notable rookie struggles, Murray has topped 300 yards in back-to-back games, and he nearly led a massive upset in Baltimore with his arm. He's still a fundamental mess in many ways but boasts the instinct and arm strength to spin even ill-advised throws into solid gains. His connection with Larry Fitzgerald, while hit-or-miss last week (5 of 11 targets), is a strong one. Murray is looking for Fitzgerald all over the field, even deep, where the ageless wonder has produced plays of 41, 45, and 54 yards. Christian Kirk got in on the fun last week, posting 114 yards of his own, including a few impressive downfield catches. No one else has made much impact, though, with journeyman Damiere Byrd (87 yards on 10 receptions) taking up almost all of the No. 3 snaps. Running back David Johnson typically fills that role in the pecking order but surprisingly drew just a single target Sunday. As a result, there are only two receivers confidently in play for fantasy success from week to week. Still, on the whole, this is an exciting, fast-paced offense that's delivering plenty of volume and decent efficiency. With opportunity, weaponry, and game flow often on his side, Murray looks like a weekly, matchup-proof stab at 300 yards. The Panthers pass defense remains a solid if inconsistent unit. But their arrow is pointing up, thanks to a few key developments from last season's debacle. In James Bradberry and Donte Jackson, they boast a pair of talented cover men who have opened the year exceeding expectations. They locked down the Rams in Week 1, then held Mike Evans to just 61 yards on 8 targets. It helps that they're backed by the team's best free safety in years, new addition Tre Boston, who provides great support downfield. There's still some vulnerability inside, and Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk should see enough volume and open space to produce. Last week, Jackson was beaten badly for a touchdown by Chris Godwin on a sharp cut to the inside. But on the whole, this is a difficult group to pile up big plays against. With the cornerbacks so strong in downfield coverage - and boasting the ability to move on the ball - opposing deep threats simply don't project well.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLSalPtsFP/$
1 vs DET 83 1 12 0 12 4.0 32 0 0 4700 10.40 2.21
2 at BAL 56 0 0 0 8 6.0 114 0 0 4500 20.40 4.53
3 vs CAR PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 5.1 * * * * * *
3 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 5.5 * * * * * *
3 vs CAR PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 5.0 * * * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Christian Kirk's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs BAL (8 / 6 / 114 / 0 rec - 20.4 points, $4500)

After a sluggish Week 1 on 12 targets, Kirk turned into an impact player against Baltimore this week. Kirk made two adjustments to the ball, a rare inaccurate throw from Kyler Murray and another on a back-shoulder seam reception to highlight his performance. Murray also delivered a perfect deep corner route to Kirk for more than 30 yards. Kirk nearly added a touchdown as he took a swing pass down to the one-yard-line. Kirk has clearly been a top target (along with Larry Fitzgerald) in the Cardinals' wide receiver-centric offense through two weeks.

2019 Week 1 vs DET (12 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush - 10.4 points, $4700)

Kirk collected 12 targets against Detroit, a hearty 22% of the team total. However, Kirk and Kyler Murray were not on the same page for many of the pair's possible connections. Kirk was wide open on a slot fade route, which Murray missed high, one of his most glaring misses of the game. They did connection on a key third-down slant in overtime and a game-tying two-point conversion in the closing seconds of regulation. Kirk was buried in behind Larry Fitzgerald in production this week, but the usage and upside were present with quickly developing Kyler Murray.

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Schedule

3vs Carolina Panthers
4vs Seattle Seahawks
5@ Cincinnati Bengals
6vs Atlanta Falcons
7@ New York Giants
8@ New Orleans Saints
9vs San Francisco 49ers
10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11@ San Francisco 49ers
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15vs Cleveland Browns
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17@ Los Angeles Rams