The Arizona Cardinals suffered their second consecutive loss on Sunday, getting upset by the Carolina Panthers. Kyler Murray averaged a meager 4.2 yards per attempt but still made his fantasy owners happy with three touchdowns and adding another 78 yards as a runner.
The Jets provide the perfect bouce-back opponent for Arizona. The Jets were most recently torched for 37 points by the Broncos’ third-string quarterback as they fell to 0-4 on the season. The Jets rank among the NFL’s bottom three in both scoring offense and scoring defense.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 11
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Cardinals: #23 Overall — #25 offense, #19 defense, #16 special teams
Jets: #29 Overall — #28 offense, #10 defense, #26 special teams
Cardinals: -7, -305
Jets: +7, +260
OUT: LB Devon Kennard (calf)
QUESTIONABLE: S Chris Banjo (hamstring), TE Darrell Daniels (thigh), DT Jordan Phillips (illness)
OUT: QB Sam Darnold (right shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: T Mekhi Becton (shoulder), WR Breshad Perriman (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Blessuan Austin (calf), S Ashtyn Davis (groin), DE John Franklin (foot), WR Chris Hogan (ribs, knee), LB Jordan Jenkins (shoulder, calf)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Kenyan Drake, RB, $5,700
Drake’s fantasy output has declined in each game since Week 1. He was supposed to be a game-wrecker against the Panthers’ lowly run defense but came up with just 35 yards on 13 carries. He also came out of that loss with a chest injury, but he doesn’t seem to be in any danger of missing Week 5. The Jets offer another plus matchup for Drake, especially after they were gashed by Melvin Gordon for 107 rushing yards and two scores. A season-low $5,700 price tag should make Drake a popular play in cash games.
Christian Kirk, WR, $4,700
Kirk returned from his one-week absence to catch three of five targets, including a short touchdown. He played about two-thirds of the Cardinals’ snaps and trailed only DeAndre Hopkins in targets among their wideouts. This is a fantastic matchup, but it’s really difficult to trust any pass-catcher other than Hopkins in Arizona right now, especially with Murray showing that he still has a long way to go as a passer.
Jamison Crowder, WR, $5,800
Crowder picked up right where he left off after missing Week 2 and 3 due to an injury. He returned to the Jets lineup and saw 10 targets, hauling in seven for 104 yards. Crowder has now seen 23 targets in his two games, besting 100 yards in each. The Jets’ offense is a mess, but he will continue to be very useful in PPR formats.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, $5,100
There is a definite chance that Bell returns from his hamstring injury this week. If not, it’ll be Frank Gore once again, at 4,000, creating three yards and a cloud of dust. But if Bell is cleared, his low price makes him an intriguing option, especially if the Jets get him involved as a receiver. The Cardinals have allowed three touchdowns to lead backs in the season’s first four weeks.