• Robert Stewart

The Other Arizona WR You Need To Start

Updated: Feb 12

(Photo by Jennifer Stewart)

In case you have failed to notice the otherworldly play of Kyler Murray this season, Kyler Murray has been otherworldly this season. He accounts for three touchdowns every single game, it is kind of silly.

The addition of DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals’ receiving corps has also contributed to the explosion of offense in Arizona, but Hopkins is not the only one reaping the benefits of Murray’s dazzling sophomore campaign.

In fact, Christian Kirk has caught twice as many touchdowns as Hopkins this year. Yes, you read that right.

The third-year wideout out of Texas A&M has quietly put together a very nice season on the whole after a three-game flurry of fantasy points. Since Week 6, five of Kirk’s 12 receptions saw him celebrating in the endzone.

Though he has not caught more than five passes in a game yet in 2020, Kirk’s targets have seen a sharp incline since the Monday night game against the Cowboys in which he hauled in two balls, both for scores, including one for 80 yards. He secured five of eight targets in games against Seattle and Miami, scoring twice in the former and recording a season-high 123 yards in the latter.

Those who watched Kirk as an Aggie know that this is no surprise. Kirk burst onto the scene in College Station, Texas, playing all 13 games and amassing 80 receptions for more than 1,000 yards and seven scores. He followed his outstanding freshman season with a pair of 900-yard efforts, 154 more catches and 19 more touchdowns, seeing snaps in every A&M game during that time.

The Cardinals selected Kirk, an Arizona native, with their second-round draft choice in 2018. He was the fifth wide receiver off the board, following D.J. Moore, Calvin Ridley, Courtland Sutton and Dante Pettis.

Kirk had a respectable rookie season, dressing in 12 games with Josh Rosen under center. He brought in three touchdown grabs and close to 600 yards, but Murray’s arrival spelled out more success. In 2019, Kirk saw 40 more targets and 25 more catches than the previous year, doubling his career touchdown total.

Through seven games in 2020, Kirk has doubled his touchdown total again. He is on pace to set career-highs in every cumulative receiving stat aside from targets and receptions.

Kirk’s breakout on the gridiron is translating beautifully to fantasy football. After a one-game absence early in the season, he has registered five consecutive outings with more than 10 points, including three 20-plus-point affairs in as many games.

Kirk is trending like a potential league-winner right now. With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, this is an outstanding candidate if you are looking to buy low. As Kyler Murray ascends to stardom, Christian Kirk is tagging along.

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