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This might be a very short game recap and fantasy analysis…
This game went exactly as everyone thought, including Vegas calling a 10-point spread and Minny winning by exactly that (27-17).
Minnesota kinda led Arizona around by the nose all game. The Cardinals defense scrapped as hard as they could but the Arizona offense was again a dud and Minnesota just ran the ball all over the Cardinals (the #31 run defense) and toyed with their offense and secured an easy victory.
Arizona has one of the worst teams, if not THEE worst team in the NFL. Nothing will change until O-C Mike McCoy is fired…then you might see Arizona go on a little roll from there.
Minnesota climbs to 3-2-1 with a very difficult schedule ahead. There’s one easy game left on the schedule (Week 15 v. MIA), but there’s a bunch of killer games other wise – CHI 2x, at NE, at SEA, GB, DET 2x, NO. The Vikings now project to finish 8-7-1, with a lean towards 7-8-1. Either way, not likely to make the playoffs. If they lose AT the Jets this week…it’s pretty much game over for making the playoffs this year without a heck of a run in second half.
Fantasy Player Notes…
-- The most shocking/unusual thing that happened in this game was Latavius Murray (24-155-1, 1-3-0/2) running wild. Not that Murray isn’t capable of that and not that Arizona isn’t a great defense to do that to…it’s just the Vikings haven’t ‘gone there’ with Murray all season, when Dalvin Cook has been out. Murray’s carried the ball 4-2-2-11 times the prior 4 games and most of those as ‘the guy’.
Murray worked right out of the gates and he just kept working...against a very bad Arizona run defense. I’m reluctant to buy in that everything has magically changed going forward. It might, but the trend has been limited touches, limited results for Murray.
As soon as Cook returns, even if he has his leg sawed off…he’s getting the touches and Murray is a nothing. Usually, when Cook has been out…Murray has been a nothing. If I could get Murray off waivers and deal him to the desperate/the Cook owner, I would.
-- David Johnson’s (18-55-1, 2-15-0/5) RB2 work here was not shocking. Tough opponent, bad offense…same old run up the middle with 10 tacklers awaiting…and limited work in the passing game. Again, you have to be a special kind of stupid as an offensive coordinator not to figure out how to make DJ a passing game weapon. Mike McCoy is just the idiot for the job (not for long).
David Johnson should never have 3.2 yards per carry six games into a season, but here we are.
DJ does have 6 TDs on 6 games, and he was stuffed twice on two goal line attempts and Rosen threw a pass to him for a possible TD, but the ball was a foot over DJ’s head despite him being just a few yards away. In another world, Johnson has low yards but 3 TDs in this game vs. just the 1.
He works as a worse case RB2 every week because he’s likely to score a TD somehow, someway each game.
We pray that the O-C is fired ASAP, and then things may start popping again.
-- Christian Kirk (6-77-0/7) is as good a young WR as I’ve seen hit this league in years. Just such a pro…great hands, smart routes, fearless. A star of the future.
5.2 rec., (6.1 targets), 60.0 yards, 0.20 TDs per game his last five games. Kirk has 75+ yards in a game in three of his last 4 games.
Larry Fitzgerald (5-39-0/8) hasn’t been over 40 yards in a game the past five games and has yet to score a TD…stick an FF-fork in him for the most part.
-- Stefon Diggs (3-33-0/5) had a low output game, but the Vikings ran so effectively that they needed little from the non-Thielen guys. No reason to panic if you have him. Lots of shootout potential ahead (NO, NE, GB. DET 2x, CHI 2x).
-- Josh Rosen (21-31 for 240 yards, 1 TD/1 INT) looks really comfortable as an NFL QB but he’s getting the same problem as David Johnson – this offense is a disaster. He’s a good stash player for 2019 – and we’ll be adding him to the stash reports. He was rostered quite a bit when he began starting for Arizona, so we didn’t put him on the lists…but is now getting dumped in many places/is available cheap.
-- Arizona LB Josh Bynes (8 tackles, 1 TFL) has averaged 8.0 tackles per game the past five games. I don’t think he’s that good, but Steve Wilks does. The #31 ranked run defense says I might be more right than Wilks, but it’s working for IDP numbers right now.
Snap Counts of Interest:
58 = Murray
05 = Roc Thomas
03 = Mike Boone
39 = Seals-Jones
30 = Gresham
43 = Illoka
33 = Mayowa
19 = Olsen Pierre
16 = Jaleel Johnson
06 = Rudy Ford
03 = Eric Wilson
02 = Bucannon