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 9): Kirk was a full time player and targeted frequently, but he had Darius Slay in his hip pocket. The Ravens just lost their #1 corner Jimmy Smith, so Kirk's outlook should improve this week.

Week 2: at Baltimore Ravens - $5400

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FBG says: Bad matchup. In his NFL debut, top pick Kyler Murray posted a true mixed bag. There were definite deficiencies and poor decisions on display, with a handful of big-time plays mixed in that reminded onlookers of Murray's upside. The bad was indeed bad: Murray often looked lost in the NFL pocket, losing sight of defenders and making head-scratching throws. His lone interception, in particular, was a glaring rookie slip-up. But he settled down late and spearheaded an 18-point rally with his playmaking abilities. Murray eventually looked capable of making big downfield throws, connecting early and often with Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson, among others. His 27-yard touchdown strike to Johnson, who had gained just a half-step on his man at the goal line, was a sight to behold. Fitzgerald remains the team's steadiest receiver by far, and he opened with a fantastic performance from the slot. Given his bond with Murray, which was on display throughout the second half, his 8-111-1 line doesn't look farfetched going forward. The team hopes for more contribution from Christian Kirk and rookie KeeSean Johnson, who combined to catch just 9 of their 22 targets for 79 yards. Both drew plenty of Murray's attention Sunday, and both carry strong No. 2 traits for the NFL level. And everyone would benefit, of course, from elevated play upfront. With right tackle Marcus Gilbert on the shelf, Murray took 5 sacks on opening day. Gilbert is out for Week 2, and coach Kliff Kingsbury may need to shuffle his spot around a bit. Justin Murray looked badly outmatched and may not be a great fit in the Air Raid blocking scheme. It's probably not prudent to judge the Baltimore pass defense by its Week 1 performance. Facing the league's worst passing attack never provides much usable data. Still, it was encouraging to see this unit look every bit as dominant as it did in 2018. The pass rush swarmed Miami's makeshift line, forcing both their scattershot quarterbacks into awful days through the air. The Dolphins absorbed 14 hits and managed just 5.9 yards per attempt, with only 3 completions going for more than 13. Losing Terrell Suggs, Eric Weddle, and C.J. Mosley is impactful, of course. But new leaders, like Matt Judon and Earl Thomas, already look ready to step in. It is worth noting that cornerback Jimmy Smith will be lost for some time and that second-year replacement Anthony Averett struggled noticeably in his place Sunday. This secondary is loaded elsewhere, so he'll likely be the point of attack whenever possible for Kyler Murray.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLSalPtsFP/$
1 vs DET 83 1 12 0 12 4.0 32 0 0 6000 8.40 1.40
2 at BAL PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 4.4 * * * * * *
2 at BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 4.8 * * * * * *
2 at BAL 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 1 vs DET (12 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush - 8.4 points, $6000)

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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Cardinals | Christian Kirk may be returner (Mon Sep 2, 07:56 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk said he believes he is the main punt returner at this point.

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Schedule

2@ Baltimore Ravens
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