The Arizona Cardinals only scored 21 points over their first six quarters, and 23 points over their previous two. Perhaps they found their groove?
Last week, Kyler Murray proved he can fuel your fantasy football team to a victory. He compiled between 25.88 and 27.88 points in most fantasy football leagues. And depending on your respective league’s scoring system, he could have scored more or less.
Greg Dortch once again showed up, scoring between 11.5 and 13.5 points. Darrel Williams was perhaps the unlikeliest of heroes, and odds are you only started him if you play in deep leagues. Nevertheless, he scored between 12.2 and 13.2 points, depending on your league’s scoring system.
There were other standouts, like Zach Ertz, who logged eight receptions for 75 yards, good for between 7.5 and 11.5 points. And Marquise Brown, who had between 6.8 and 9.8 points in a game that nearly saw him accumulate between 12.8 and 15.8 points.
So who should you look to start/sit this week? Here are three players worth mentioning.
Who to start/sit on the Arizona Cardinals? START Kyler Murray
Finally, Murray looked like the franchise quarterback given his ability to lead his team from the brink. There were multiple times when the Cardinals should have lost, only for Murray to work his magic at the last possible moment.
Currently, the Cardinals Week 3 opponent, the Los Angeles Rams, rank in the middle of the road in both passing and rushing defense. This will give Murray yet another chance to put up solid numbers, hopefully for all four quarters, both through the air and on the ground.
SIT James Conner
Conner left the Cardinals Week 2 matchup after sustaining an ankle injury. He didn’t post good numbers in either of his first two starts of the season, and with Darrel Williams and Eno Benjamin posting better overall numbers, especially in the yards per carry department, expect to see more of the duo this week.
Even if Conner is healthy and good to go against Los Angeles, he’s not worth starting with such a running back committee forming in the desert. He may score on short-yardage situations, but then again, Kyler Murray may just call his own number.
START Arizona Cardinals pass catchers
I can’t sit here and choose between Dortch, Ertz, or Brown. Instead, if you have one of the aforementioned Cardinals receivers or tight end on your roster, start them. As mentioned earlier, the Rams rank in the middle of the road in passing defense, but they are also one of eight teams to have given up at least five touchdown passes this season.
The Cardinals offense will enter this game with a ton of momentum on offense. And for two weeks in a row, teams have scored on the Rams through the air. Entering Week 3, Murray can give his top pass catchers a big day.
(Statistics provided by Pro-Football-Reference)