In The Blitz, RotoViz writers react to the latest news and help you place it within the context of our 2020 research and recommendations.
Despite playing in the most competitive division in football, the Arizona Cardinals have been one of the more exciting teams to watch this season. Obviously, it starts with quarterback Kyler Murray who has quickly become the 2020 version of 2019 Lamar Jackson. The offseason addition of DeAndre Hopkins coupled with the second season under head coach Kliff Kingsbury all pointed to substantial success this season.
One player I was high on this offseason has been on quite the streak over his last several games. Wide receiver Christian Kirk continued his strong run of success in Week 9.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk led the team’s passing attack in Week 9 against the Miami Dolphins. Kirk caught five of his eight targets for a team-high 123 yards and a touchdown. It was his first 100-yard game of the season. No other Cardinal earned over five targets in the game. Star receiver DeAndre Hopkins was held to just three catches for 30 yards. Kirk now has five touchdowns over his past three games and has become a must-start in all formats going forward. He’ll look to stay hot in Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills.
Kirk took a big step forward as a sophomore in 2019. Despite only appearing in 13 games, he was on the field for 94% of offensive snaps and saw over eight targets/game. Those are solid numbers that tend to lend themselves to fantasy-relevant production.
Despite topping 100 targets last season, he barely topped 700 receiving yards and only scored three touchdowns. At a glance, his ranks relative to his fellow wide receivers across the league last season are not all that impressive. He was a backend WR2 in terms of targets and receptions and notably struggled in the touchdown and efficiency areas. Looking ahead to his third season, he was someone I tabbed as having a potential breakout season.
Still A Dynasty Buy
Kirk opened the 2020 season by totaling nine points from Weeks 1-3. Following back-to-back double-digit performances in Weeks 4-5, he headlined my Week 5 Buy Low Report. I looked ahead at his upcoming schedule and saw highly favorable matchups. Kirk has scored over 66 fantasy points in his last three games, topping 20 fantasy points in each game, and has added five touchdowns. With six touchdowns on the season, Kirk looks to be settling in and taking advantage of quality matchups.
Kirk is in the perfect position to be the WR2 for the Cardinals for many years. He’s the prototypical wideout to compliment Hopkins, and the eventual departure of Larry Fitzgerald will only help solidify Kirk’s role and opportunity on this offense. Kirk was undervalued this past offseason, and I can foresee it happening again this coming offseason. It’s no secret the Cardinals run an up-tempo offense, and Kirk is someone I would continue to target in dynasty leagues moving forward.