Christian Kirk Could Be Great Fantasy Football Sleeper Pick in 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 14: Christian Kirk #13 of the Arizona Cardinals is tackled with the ball by Mackensie Alexander #20 of the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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While he didn't exactly put up eye-popping numbers last year, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, Christian Kirk, still showed promise at times during his rookie season. Entering year two with an offensive-minded rookie head coach in Kliff Kingsbury and talented rookie quarterback, Kyler Murray, Kirk could be in for an uptick in his fantasy value for 2019.

Christian Kirk's 43 receptions for 590 yards and three touchdowns a season ago don't exactly scream, "draft me!" to fantasy owners. However, it's important to remember that he had a cap on his ceiling due to the fact that he played on the worst offense in the entire league. The Arizona Cardinals' offense was not only bad last year, but it was really bad. The Cardinals had 3,865 yards in total offense for the year, nearly 800 yards fewer than the Miami Dolphins, the league's second worst offense (4,638 total yards).

Additionally, Kirk did not start the season as a focal point of the Cardinals offense. He only started seven games of the 12 he played in, and didn't make his first start until Week 3, when he promptly took advantage of the opportunity, catching seven of eight targets for 90 yards.

The important takeaway for fantasy owners from Kirk's rookie year is that he showed he can play at the NFL level when given an opportunity.

Veteran wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, is likely to see fewer targets at age 36 this year, which means there's a good chance Kirk is the number one weapon in the passing game for the Cardinals by the end of the season.

No matter what people think of Kingsbury and Murray, it would still be shocking to see the Cardinals reach the level of offensive incompetence that they did a season ago. If their offense improves at all, Kirk could potentially offer tremendous fantasy value as a mid-round sleeper.

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