The Worksheet, a fantasy football overview by Rich Hribar, breaking down everything you need to know for the Week 7 Arizona Cardinals vs New York Giants Sunday afternoon game on October 20, 2019 at 1 pm ET.
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- The Giants have turned the ball over on 22.4% of their possessions, the highest rate in the league.
- The Cardinals have forced a turnover on just 3.2% (2-of-63) of their opponent’s possessions, ahead of only the Jaguars (1.6%).
- The Giants rank 31st in passing yardage allowed per game to opposing passers (303.7 yards) while the Cardinals rank 30th (296.0).
- Daniel Jones is averaging 11.0 yards per pass attempt using play-action while averaging 5.4 Y/A without. That minus-5.6 Y/A gap is the second-largest discrepancy behind Marcus Mariota (minus-6.0 Y.A).
- 80.0% of the Jones’ passing touchdowns have come using play-action, the highest rate in the league.
- Kyler Murray used play-action a season-high 34.1% of the time in Week 6 (seventh) after just 16.4% through five weeks (33rd).
- Murray completed 12-of-14 of those passes (85.7%) for 191 yards (13.6 Y/A).
- Murray ranks second in the NFL in red zone pass attempts (35) and first in pass attempts inside of the 10-yard line (17) and inside of the 5-yard line (11).
- 22.2% of the completions against the Giants have gone for 20 or more yards, the highest rate in the league. League average outside of them is 14.7%.
Trust (spike production for that player)
- Kyler Murray: Coming off back-to-back weeks as a top-five scorer, Murray runs into his third-straight glowing matchup. The Giants have allowed a top-10 scorer to every opposing quarterback except for the Washington combination.
- David Johnson: He’s been a top-12 scorer in all five of his full games played with 24, 17, 19, 20, and 18 touches in those games. The Giants have struggled in all capacities versus opposing backs, ranking 24th in rushing points allowed per game (15.3) and 25th in receiving points allowed per game (11.7) to backfields. Johnson is dealing with an ankle injury early in the week, so we’ll keep tabs on his progress throughout the week.
- Evan Engram: Back at practice to start the week, Engram appears to be on track to play this Sunday after missing Week 6. He comes back to the most advantageous matchup for tight ends this season. Arizona has allowed either the first or second-highest scoring tight end in five of six games this season.
- Saquon Barkley: Barkley also is practicing early in the week and is set to come back to the field. Barkley had 139 and 135 total yards in his two full games this season. Arizona started the season off solid versus the run, but has allowed Christian McCaffrey (188 yards), Chris Carson (145), Joe Mixon (109), and Devonta Freeman (118) to all go over 100 total yards over their past four games.
On the Cusp (proxy of a player’s average)
- Larry Fitzgerald: Fitz has at least five receptions in every game this season. He’s been a top-30 scorer in all six games this season but has been higher than WR23 just once. The Giants are 30th in fantasy points allowed per target to opposing wideouts.
- Christian Kirk: Word from Kliff Kingsbury was that Kirk was close to playing last week, so we’ll head into this week with him returning to the lineup. All three primary Giants cornerbacks — Janoris Jenkins, Grant Haley, and DeAndre Baker — all rank in the bottom-nine in terms of yards allowed per coverage snap in the league.
- Golden Tate: With nobody else to turn to last week, Tate received 29.1% of the team targets in Week 6, catching 6-of-9 targets for 102 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots. Engram and Barkley could return this week to share the workload, but Sterling Shepard is expected to be held out another week while the Cardinals are allowing the most points to opposing slot wide receivers. Arizona will get Patrick Peterson back this week, but Peterson has not traveled into the slot often throughout his career. Peterson’s return does dampen the sleeper upside of Darius Slayton here, however, to go along with all the returning pieces of the offense shrinking his potential opportunity.
If You Must (intriguing bench option or deeper league play)
- Daniel Jones: He’s been the QB19, QB21, and QB24 over his three starts since his QB2 debut, but this week runs into a much more favorable outlook. The Arizona defense has consistently raised all tides, allowing a league-high 22.5 passing points per game.
- Chase Edmonds: He’s had just 11 and seven touches the past two weeks, but has made the most of them, with 86 and 67 yards with a touchdown in each game. With David Johnson picking up another minor injury, Edmonds should continue to be used as a compliment while the Giants have been fruitful for opposing backfields.