Fantasy football owners, understandably, considered Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray a trendy ‘QB1’ pick entering the 2020 season.
At times, Murray has more than lived up to expectations, both on the ground and through the air. On the actual football field, Murray has the Cardinals sitting at 3-2 through five games.
However, when it comes to fantasy football, Murray has somewhat disappointed his owners in a strange and productive season.
Kyler Murray is in his second season
Kyler Murray is proving the Arizona Cardinals’ decision to dump Josh Rosen and take Murray, the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner, in the 2019 NFL draft as the correct move.
Through his first 21 games, Murray completed 65.7% of his passes for 5,021 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions. An explosive dual-threat quarterback, Murray also picked up 840 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
Murray won Offensive Rookie of the Year with ease.
In an effort to give Murray a dangerous No. 1 receiver, Arizona acquired All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins this offseason.
Kyler Murray is having a strange 2020 season
On the one hand, Kyler Murray has looked great at times in 2020.
Murray completed 69.6% of his passes for 1,299 yards and eight touchdowns through his first five games. Arizona is 3-2 and DeAndre Hopkins, the Cardinals’ offseason acquisition, built instant chemistry with Murray.
Murray connected with Hopkins for a league-high 45 catches and 528 yards. Hopkins also caught two touchdowns in those games.
Murray also ran for 296 yards and five touchdowns on a league-high 7.2 yards per carry on the ground.
The one downside for Murray, however, is his interceptions. Murray’s six interceptions are already half of what he threw last year, and it ranks third in the NFL.
Murray, however, isn’t living up to fantasy football expectations
According to Pro-Football-Reference, Kyler Murray totaled 130 fantasy points through his first five games. That is the fifth-highest total by any quarterback and the league’s 11th-highest total regardless of position.
Considering the top four quarterbacks are Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and the now-injured Dak Prescott, Murray stands in pretty good company.
Still, fantasy owners can’t be blamed for wanting Murray to provide a bit more scoring-wise. Murray’s six interceptions are third-most in the league, only trailing Carson Wentz (nine) and Kirk Cousins (seven).
Many expected better from Murray, who at least has saved fantasy owners with five rushing touchdowns.
Good news for fantasy football owners: Murray and the Cardinals play an ugly Dallas Cowboys defense in Week 6. Arizona then hosts an inconsistent Seattle defense in Week 7 before a Week 8 bye week.
As the fantasy football playoffs races become clearer, owners will need Murray to prove why players drafted him so early. And with Arizona at 3-2 in a tough NFC West Division, the Cardinals need to have that similar feeling going into November.
All stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference