Kyler Murray
  • Kyler Murray

  • QB
  • , Arizona Cardinals
  • 26
  • 207 lbs
  • 5' 10"
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by Bob Harris

ARI QB Kyler Murray - 2023 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
As Field Level Media put it, "From slash-and-dash QB1, Kyler Murray falls to draft-and-stash territory with his uncertain return date from ACL surgery." Veteran backup Colt McCoy and fifth-round rookie Clayton Tune will compete for the job in the meantime. Murray, who missed two games with a hamstring strain in November before the season-ending knee injury, was unimpressive in 11 starts after signing a five-year, $230.5 million extension ($160M guaranteed) in July 2022. He averaged 215.3 passing yards, 38.0 rushing yards and accounted for 17 touchdowns (three rushing). He posted two 300-yard games but threw two picks in one and zero TDs in the other. To be relevant again, he'll need somebody -- with Marquise Brown the most likely candidate -- to step up at wideout after the off-season release of DeAndre Hopkins.

Fantasy Downside
It's all about uncertainty. The Cardinals placed Murray on the active/physically unable to perform list to open camp. The question is: Will he begin the season on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six weeks of the season? The two-time Pro Bowler allowed earlier in July that Week 1 was his goal. That is a long shot, realistically. Incoming HC John Gannon said the last week of July that Murray will be ready “when he tells me.”

2023 Bottom Line
The concerns go beyond Murray's health. The Cardinals are not good. It's possible they're looking to tank (and maybe even replace Murray with USC QB Caleb Williams). And while he regressed as a passer last season, Fantasy Pros reminded readers that Murray still finished QB2 in fantasy scoring in 2020, and "at his best he's a difference-making quarterback who can rack up fantasy points with both his arm and his legs." Might be worth the very-late round flier he'll cost you.

by Brandon Niles

ARI QB Kyler Murray - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs. New England Patriots

Kyler Murray threw for 191 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception against the Chargers in a narrow loss before the bye last week. He also added 56 yards and a touchdown on the ground, turning in a solid fantasy performance all around. Murray’s production hasn’t led the Cardinals to victory much this season, but he has accounted for eight touchdowns - including one rushing - over his past three games. He’s also on pace for 622.5 rushing yards this season, giving him a nice fantasy floor every game.

This week, Murray faces a tough New England defense. The Patriots rank sixth in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. Murray has enough upside and rushing potential to make him worth starting, but temper expectations in a tough matchup. We have him ranked as a low-end QB1 option.

by Brandon Niles

ARI QB Kyler Murray - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 vs. Los Angeles Chargers

The Cardinals were lost without Kyler Murray on Monday night in a blowout loss to the 49ers, but that makes two straight games where Murray has been a late scratch. Murray is good when he’s on the field, largely thanks to his potential for rushing production in any given week. As such, he should be active if he’s healthy against the Chargers this week. Los Angeles ranks 13th in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks, so it won’t be super easy, but fantasy managers should be ready to take that gamble, barring bad injury news. Watch the injury report, however, and be ready with a backup plan in place.

by Brandon Niles

ARI QB Kyler Murray - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 vs. San Francisco 49ers

Kyler Murray was out last week as a late-scratch with a hamstring issue and his status is in question once again. As a Monday night option against a tough 49ers defense that ranks 10th in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks, Murray is a risky option for fantasy managers to count on. If you have a fallback option, you may want to use it - and hopefully that option isn’t Colt McCoy. Tread carefully and look elsewhere if possible.

by Brandon Niles

ARI QB Kyler Murray - Week 10 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 10 at Los Angeles Rams

Kyler Murray threw for 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a loss to Seattle last week. He also added 60 yards on the ground, turning in a solid fantasy outing overall. Murray now has 359 yards on the ground and he continues to pad his passing numbers with rushing production.

This week, Murray faces a Rams defense that ranks ninth in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. Murray is dealing with a hamstring issue, but he’s expected to be good to go. Despite the tough matchup, Murray is a must-start given his production on the ground and the general inconsistency at the position this year. Despite uneven performances by Murray and the team, he’s still the QB6 on the year. Start him.

Update: Murray is a game time call, and looking unlikely to start. It's best to look elsewhere for this week.

by Brandon Niles

ARI QB Kyler Murray - Week 9 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Kyler Murray had his most prolific passing day of the season last week against the Vikings, throwing for 326 yards and three touchdowns, although he also added a pair of interceptions. Murray also had 36 rushing yards on six attempts, and he now has 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground this season. In a rough season for fantasy quarterbacks, Murray ranks sixth.

This week, Murray faces a Seahawks defense that ranks 18th in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks and just held Daniel Jones in check. Murray had 222 yards and a pick against them a few weeks ago, though he ran for 100 yards in that game as well. Murray’s rushing production raises his floor in any given week, making him a must-start. We have him as a top-five option this week and he should be active in all leagues.

by Brandon Niles

ARI QB Kyler Murray - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 at Minnesota Vikings

Kyler Murray had a pedestrian game against the Saints last week, throwing for 204 yards and a touchdown while adding 30 yards on the ground. Murray’s numbers haven’t been eye-popping, but his rushing production – 37.6 yards per game – make him a viable QB1 option each week. He’s the QB6 right now in a strange fantasy quarterback season.

This week, Murray faces a Vikings defense that ranks 18th in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. The Vikings can put up points, so the passing volume for Murray might be heightened. Fantasy managers shouldn’t hesitate keeping him active and we have ranked as a top-five quarterback this week.

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