Tampa Bay’s defense is not the best in the league, but Kyler Murray torched the Bucs this past weekend to the tune of 324 yards and three touchdowns in one of his best games of the season. But I’m still sure Murray’s ceiling is higher, at least while playing in Arizona’s type of offense. Murray attempted 44 passes last Sunday (second-most of the season) and completed 27 while throwing an interception. The same that happens with other boom-or-bust quarterbacks (Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick,...), Murray is able to make up for his mistakes just on the sheer volume of positive plays. And I’ve still yet to talk about his rushing abilities: just this past weekend Murray added 38 yards on the ground to his tally on only three carries.
Murray’s rookie season has been excellent. He’s only had two bad games (104 yards and eight fantasy points against the Giants in Week 7; 220 yards and 12.3 FP against New Orleans in Week 8) and in every other match he’s played he’s topped 18 fantasy points and passed for at least 241 yards or thrown a touchdown. Murray averages 35.1 rushing yards per game, something only Lamar Jackson is doing this year. He has attempted and completed the second-most passes this season behind Philip Rivers and he’s only lacked in scoring, as even with such high volume he only has 12 TDs to his name. All things considered, though, Murray is developing into a fantasy football machine.
Fantasy Football Analysis, Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray
Bad week for Kyler Murray, you might think. The Niners are no joke—best defense against opposing QBs—but Murray already dealt with San Francisco in Week 9 and he did more than well. Back then, Murray finished the game with 241 yards on 17-of-24 completions while throwing two touchdowns. He was able to add 34 yards on the ground and avoided both interceptions and fumbles. In fact, his 23 fantasy points are the most San Francisco has given up to a quarterback this season.
All of that is good, but this is still a tough as nails matchup. San Francisco suffered its first loss of the season this past Monday and even with that, MVP-candidate Russell Wilson could barely reach 20 fantasy points while throwing a TD to go with an interception. The best news for Murray, though, is the fact that the Niners 53 yards on the ground to Wilson. That could help his chances to have a good game a bit, though he might suffer in the passing game. In a match in which Arizona will need to throw the ball more than ever to try and put up a fight against San Francisco, I’d go with Murray and start him. He doesn’t carry a high ceiling in this one, but if you are comfortable scoring you 20 fantasy points he should be able to get there combining his passing and rushing numbers.