Monday Night Preview
Monday Night Preview:
Arizona Cardinals @ Dallas Cowboys
Vegas Odds: AZ -1, O/U 55
Firstly best wishes to Dak Prescott on his road to recovery. That was a scary scene last Sunday. We’ll start with Kyker Murray, who has been an absolute tear to start the season. He’s our #3 FantasyHolic’s expert ranked QB this week and has a legitimate case to be made for #1 overall. He’s produce monster stats with both his arm and legs, and is facing a very generous defense. First time Cowboys starter Andy Dalton has an opportunity to be very productive in this offense, but faces an above average defense as far as points allowed to QBs. We have him ranked as QB #16 for this matchup. He’s usable now and could be a solid play through the rest of the year. Dallas has an ideal QB setup with tons of weapons and a terrible defense, so expect some good production based off of volume alone.
Zeke Elliott is our #1 RB this week. I expect the offense to struggle more than usual until the OLine gels and Dalton settles in, but Elliott will continue to get a huge workload. Maybe even more than he got in Weeks 1-4. The Cardinals backfield is starting to shape into a mess of a 50/50 timeshare. This week marks the first time we have Chase Edmonds (#19) ranked above Kenyan Drake (#25). Using the eyeball test Edmonds looks more impressive on tape, but Drake has the contract and workload so far. Hopefully we get some more clarity on this circus. Drake has personally ruined a few of my teams this year. Tony Pollard remains a valuable handcuff but nothing more.
DeAndre Hopkins has been absolutely incredible this year. He and Kyler have had zero issues with chemistry during their first year together, and we could see them grow into a historic duo this year. He’s the #1 ranked WR this week and likely every week of the season. He should feast against this ugly secondary. The Cowboys have the deepest WR corps in the league, but we’ve only seen a small yet productive sample size playing with The Red Rocket. This week we have Amari Cooper #14, Ceedee Lamb at #24 and both Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson outside our top 40. Gallup can be flexed or even used as 3rd WR if you’re in a bind though. He’s shown to be one of the best deep threats in the NFL during his young career. Besides Hopkins it’s been hard to count on Cardinals much. Christian Kirk is coming off of 2 decent fantasy performances, but leave him and his teammates Larry Fitzgerald and Andy Isabella all on the bench. Even in this juicy matchup there’s not enough clear paths to targets to feel comfortable about playing anyone.
Dalton Schultz is our #8 TE. He’s flashed in this offense while being the unexpected starter due to injuries. As long as they keep throwing he will have very soft coverage to take advantage of. Hopefully he and Dalton worked well with the 2s this offseason and that translates. Dan Arnold is the Card’s starter but you really don’t want to be be counting on him to earn you points.