Both the Arizona Cardinals (6-4) and New England Patriots (4-6) will be looking to get back into the win column when they face off against each other on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.
The Cardinals lost last Thursday night 28-21 to the Seattle Seahawks on the road. Second-year quarterback Kyler Murray had a solid performance through the air, completing 69 percent of his passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. But Murray could not get anything going on the ground with only 15 yards, which ultimately affected the Cardinals, who only had 57 yards.
As for the Patriots, they lost 27-20 last Sunday to the Houston Texans on the road. New England got a fantastic performance from quarterback Cam Newton, who passed for 365 yards and a touchdown. His lone touchdown went to wide receiver Damiere Byrd, who had six receptions (seven targets) for 132 yards.
While the offense was putting yards on the Texans’ defense, the Patriots’ defense struggled to slowdown Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who had 380 yards and three total touchdowns. The Pats’ defense also allowed three Houston wide receivers/tight ends to record at least 80 receiving yards.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 29
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Cardinals: #17 Overall — #13 offense, #19 defense, #11 special teams
Patriots: #26 Overall — #19 offense, #32 defense, #7 special teams
DraftKings Sportsbook odds
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Kyler Murray, QB, $8,200
This season, Murray has been a must-start QB1 option in fantasy football. Each week, he is capable of going for at least 20-25 points, especially with his ability to pick up points on the ground.
The second-year signal caller is averaging 28.3 fantasy points per game this season. Last week against the Seahawks was Murray’s “worst” fantasy outing in 2020 as he only scored 20.2. This week, Murray will be going against a Patriots’ defense that features both good cornerbacks in Stephon Gilmore and J.C. Jackson. That being said, the Pats’ defense is only giving up 19.4 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. It is going to be tough matchup for Murray, but again you aren’t sitting him this late into the season.
Kenyan Drake, RB, $5,400
The Cardinals’ RB situation has been interesting to watch this season. Kenyan Drake, who is the team’s feature back has been up and down and also missed sometime with injury. But his backup in Chase Edmonds, has been impressive whenever he gets opportunities in both the running and passing games. Last week against the Seahawks, the Cardinals’ running game struggled with Drake only getting 29 yards on 11 carries and Edmonds recording 13 yards on two carries.
This week, one of those backs, specifically Drake should bounce back in a huge way. The Patriots’ defense is giving up 121.8 rushing yards per game and nine touchdowns. Drake has rushed for at least 100 yards twice in Arizona’s last four games, which were sandwiched between two performances with 34 and 29 rushing yards.
Damien Harris, RB, $5,800
The second-year running back out of Alabama has been a pleasant surprise for the Pats’ offense this season. Harris has 514 rushing yards on 96 carries and two touchdowns. Last week, he only had 43 yards on 11 carries but scored a rushing touchdown. Harris scored 11.4 fantasy points, giving him his second game where he recorded at least 10 points.
This week, he is facing a Cardinals’ defense that will try to make sure Jakobi Meyers and Damiere Byrd are non-factors. Therefore, that could open things up on the ground Harris.
Jakobi Meyers, WR, $5,300
Last week against the Texans, it was the Damiere Byrd show. However, the previous three games were the Jakobi Meyers show. The second-year wide receiver has emerged as Newton’s number one wide receiver. Through 11 weeks, he has produced 31 receptions for 391 yards but zero touchdowns.
Despite not scoring a single touchdown, Meyers has been a nice low-tier WR3/FLEX play in fantasy football. Before last week’s game against the Cardinals, where he only scored 3.8 fantasy points. Meyers scored 16.9 and 10.8 fantasy points against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets.
He could find himself back into the 10-point range on Sunday, going up against a Cardinals’ defense that is allowing 25 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.