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What to do with Kyler Murray in Week 12 fantasy football

With his shoulder injury apparently behind him, can Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray feast on a struggling Patriots defense?

Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on November 19, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Few quarterbacks have produced a more impressive 2020 campaign than the Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray. The second-year pro has flourished in the desert, forcing the Cardinals into the playoff conversation for the first time in years and becoming an every-week starter in fantasy.

However, after injuring his shoulder during a Week 10 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, Murray’s outlook appears clouded for the first time all year.

Fantasy Football analysis: Cardinals QB Kyler Murray

Murray hurt his shoulder early during the Cardinals’ last outing and frequently appeared with the medical staff as they tried to manage the discomfort. Murray’s output suffered as a result, with the quarterback finishing with a season-low five rushes for 15 yards. His passing production didn’t fall quite as far — 29 completions on 42 attempts for 269 yards and two touchdowns — though Murray didn’t display his typical sharpness and zip on his throws.

Still, the Cardinals maintained throughout the week that Murray had avoided a significant injury and would play without restrictions during Week 12’s matchup with the New England Patriots. After only practicing in a limited capacity on Wednesday and Thursday, Murray practiced in full Friday and came off the injury report. Barring a setback or unrelated injury, he will suit up this Sunday.

And while Murray has entered must-start territory regardless of opponent, he has an advantageous matchup against a struggling Patriots defense this week. Over the last three weeks, New England has allowed an average of 285 passing yards and over two touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks while also giving up roughly 46 rushing yards and half a rushing touchdown per week to the position. Murray shouldn’t encounter much resistance.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Murray in all formats.