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Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals

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Draft: 2019 Round 1 (1)
College: Oklahoma
Ht: 5’10”  Wt: 207 DOB: 1997-08-07 Age: 23
QB Rank Tier ADP-12
#4 2 5.09

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  PassingRushing Fantasy
Season Team G Cmp Att Cmp% Yard TD INTAtt Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2019 ARI 16 349 542 64.4 3,722 20 12 93 544 5.8 4 344.5 21.5
2020 ARI 1 26 40 65.0 230 1 1 13 91 7.0 1 30.6 30.6
2020 (Projected) ARI   374 585 63.9 4,154 25 13 97 513 5.3 3 377.0  

2020 Outlook
Depth Chart
The No.1 overall NFL Draft pick from 2019, Kyler Murray burst onto the fantasy scene with a top-10 quarterback season as he finished with 3,772 passing yards, 20 TDs and 12 INTs. Those numbers aren't particularly exciting, but Murray proved those hyping him for fantasy to be correct as he delivered an additional 544 rushing yards along with four scores on the ground.

The Kliff Kingsbury Air Raid offense didn't exactly work to perfection as the Cardinals struggled to move the ball at times, but there are certainly takeaways that should give some hope that this could be one of the league's next great fantasy-rich environments. The Cardinals finished the season with the fourth-most offensive plays run per second, which by definition provides more opportunity for fantasy points than the slower-paced offenses. That certainly benefits Murray, as he quietly finished inside the top 10 quarterbacks in pass attempts as a rookie despite the Cardinals having a very productive rushing attack. It should be assumed that Kingsbury is going to do what it takes to put points on the board, but the Cardinals didn't select Murray with the No.1 overall pick in 2019 and trade for DeAndre Hopkins in order to grind the ball between the tackles. They want to pass, and that should make Murray a fairly safe bet to produce an upper-half QB1 fantasy season here in 2020.

In addition to what will likely be even more volume through the air, the Cardinals passing offense could also be more efficient this season. While the passing game wasn't particularly bad in 2019, they also missed out on quite a few touchdowns. In fact, Arizona scored 47 percent of their touchdowns by running the ball in 2019 - a number far higher than the league average. That happened despite Murray finishing in the top 10 in passing attempts within the red zone, with 75 attempts. This should tell us that Murray is almost certainly due for some positive regression in the way of touchdowns through the air, if for no other reason than that he was statistically unlucky in that category as a rookie.

Of course, part of the reason that the Cardinals struggled when passing the ball in the red zone is that the team lacked a real difference-making red zone target. They addressed that issue this offseason by trading for perennial All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins joins the Cardinals after delivering three straight top-10 fantasy wide receiver seasons with the Texans. He's one of the best jump ball receivers in the league and is a strong candidate to lead the NFL in receiving touchdowns. Hopkins' 31 touchdowns over the past three seasons are most in the league over that stretch.

With the addition of Hopkins, the Cardinals are fairly stacked at wide receiver with Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk as the perceived starters, alongside 2019 rookies Andy Isabella, KeeSean Johnson and Hakeem Butler down the depth chart. There's a lot of firepower and diversity in that group, so look for Kingsbury to get the best players on the field for each situation, which should only serve to help Murray.

One thing that's a bit concerning from a fantasy standpoint is that the Cardinals did struggle to protect Murray as he was sacked a league-most 48 times in 2019. Much of that can be attributed to Murray wanting to do too much with the ball and not getting rid of it quickly enough, but the risk of injury is always higher for quarterbacks when they're taking big hits. Unfortunately, the Cardinals didn't make any significant additions to their offensive line this offseason other than when they selected potential starting tackle Josh Jones in the third round of the NFL Draft. Rookie quarterbacks often do take a big step forward in reading defenses in their second season so this could become a non-issue for Murray, but given his small frame, it's still something that does make him a bit riskier than the other quarterbacks being selected around him in fantasy drafts. Still, he's a dark horse candidate to win NFL MVP if the Cardinals take a big step forward as he's one of the few players who could rival Lamar Jackson as a dual-threat pass-run quarterback.

Fan. Tm. Player
QB1QB1 Kyler Murray
QB2QB2 Brett Hundley
QB3QB3 Chris Streveler
Cardinals Depth Chart
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2020 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  PassingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yard TD INTAtt Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at SF W 24-20 26 40 65.0 230 1 1 13 91 7.0 1 30.6

2019 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  PassingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Cmp Att Cmp% Yard TD INTAtt Yard Avg TD FPts
1 DET T 27-27 29 54 53.7 308 2 1 3 13 4.3 0 24.7
2 at BAL L 17-23 25 40 62.5 349 0 0 3 4 1.3 0 17.9
3 CAR L 20-38 30 43 69.8 173 2 2 8 69 8.6 0 23.6
4 SEA L 10-27 22 32 68.8 241 0 1 4 27 6.8 1 20.8
5 at CIN W 26-23 20 32 62.5 253 0 0 10 93 9.3 1 28.0
6 ATL W 34-33 27 37 73.0 340 3 0 11 32 2.9 0 32.2
7 at NYG W 27-21 14 21 66.7 104 0 0 10 28 2.8 0 8.0
8 at NO L 9-31 19 33 57.6 220 0 0 2 13 6.5 0 12.3
9 SF L 25-28 17 24 70.8 241 2 0 5 34 6.8 0 23.5
10 at TB L 27-30 27 44 61.4 324 3 1 3 38 12.7 0 32.0
11 at SF L 26-36 24 33 72.7 150 2 0 8 67 8.4 1 28.2
13 LAR L 7-34 19 34 55.9 163 0 1 4 28 7.0 1 17.0
14 PIT L 17-23 20 30 66.7 194 2 3 6 2 0.3 0 17.9
15 CLE W 38-24 19 25 76.0 219 1 1 8 56 7.0 0 20.6
16 at SEA W 27-13 11 18 61.1 118 1 0 6 40 6.7 0 13.9
17 at LAR L 24-31 26 42 61.9 325 2 2 2 0 0.0 0 24.3

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