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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) is congratulated by wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) after Murray ran for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)


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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes as Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Trey Hendrickson, left, pressures in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals are feeling good about themselves after a stellar Week 1 performance, and rightfully so.

Quarterback Kyler Murray was awesome in the 38-13 win over Tennessee Titans. Receiver DeAndre Hopkins was, too. Linebacker Chandler Jones outshined both of them with a jaw-dropping, five-sack performance that even LeBron James couldn't stop talking about.

Now the Cardinals are out to prove it's not a fluke. They've certainly got the attention of the Minnesota Vikings, who travel to face the Cardinals on Sunday.

''We've got a task at hand,'' Vikings cornerback Bashaud Breeland said. ''They're using (Murray) well outside the pocket, inside the pocket. He's got good targets, good receivers, good backs, so it's going to be a task for us, but how else would we want it? You know what I mean?

''After a loss like this, you want to go against somebody who's got a winning record at this point and show that we're really not what we showed last week.''

The Vikings had plenty of good moments in the season opener, through they eventually fell 27-24 to the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime. Kirk Cousins threw for 351 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both to Adam Thielen. The Vikings outgained the Bengals 403 yards to 366 but were penalized 12 times.

Minnesota has dominated Arizona in recent seasons, winning five of six dating back to 2010.

The Cardinals will be trying to stop an elite running back for the second straight week in Minnesota's Dalvin Cook. They were successful in containing Tennessee's Derrick Henry, holding him to 58 yards on 17 carries.

Henry and Cook were the NFL's top two rushers in 2020.

''There's some similarities and some differences,'' Arizona defensive end J.J. Watt said. ''I think they're both very good running backs. They have a bit different styles in the way they do things, but some things are similar.''

D-HOP BEING D-HOP

Hopkins had two spectacular touchdown catches in Week 1, including a 17-yarder in which he smartly spun away from the defense after the catch, putting Arizona ahead 17-0.

Coach Kliff Kingsbury was even more impressed with the first touchdown catch.

On that 5-yard score, Hopkins slowed down and allowed the Tennessee defender to bump into him in the back of the end zone, creating the separation he needed to secure the catch and come down with the ball. Kingsbury called it ''Jedi-type stuff.''

''I've never seen anything like it,'' Kingsbury said. ''He looks back, stops and then the guy pushes him forward and it creates separation, and he catches a touchdown. He just has a great feel for getting open.''

PETERSON RETURNS

Veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson will be playing his second game with the Vikings, already set for a reunion with the Cardinals after making the Pro Bowl in his first eight of 10 seasons in Arizona.

Peterson didn't have much action in his debut last week. His partner on the other side, Breeland, had a rough afternoon, targeted often by Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow.

''I just realized I ain't ever played with nobody like Patrick, you know what I mean? A corner on that side where they don't even look his way,'' Breeland said. ''So it really showed me I've got to buckle my chinstrap week in and week out.''

WATT'S SECOND GAME

Arizona's defense had a stellar performance in Week 1 and that was without Watt filling up the stat sheet.

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year drew plenty of attention from Tennessee's offensive line and had two tackles in his debut with the Cardinals after signing with the club during the offseason. The biggest highlight was when Watt and fellow defensive lineman Leki Fotu came into the game for an offensive play that Kingsbury dubbed ''MegaWatt.''

Watt and Foku lined up as blockers but the beefed-up front was just a diversion. Instead, Murray ran a naked bootleg to the opposite side and scored a touchdown.

''I think overall as a defense we played well,'' Watt said. ''We still - myself included - have a lot of things to improve on and get better on. That's the exciting part for me, that we can put together a performance like that and still have so much on the table.''

CLEANING UP

One reason for optimism for the Vikings is the probability that they won't be penalized as much as they were at Cincinnati. In addition to the 12 accepted penalties for 116 yards, Minnesota had an additional four infractions that were declined by the Bengals. The majority of the flags were on the offense for false starts and holding.

''We had all those penalties, and we were still right there in the game,'' Cook said. ''We clean those things up and come out like we did in the second half playing good football, you can see the type of team we can be.''

Coach Mike Zimmer had an old-school outlook toward practice this week in terms of trying to cut down the penalties.

''If they jump offside, I can run 'em. So I've done that before,'' Zimmer said. ''It wouldn't surprise me to do it again, because if they start doing 'em, then I'm going to get mad.''

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Ja'Marr Chase Oct 25 8:50am ET
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Joe Burrow Oct 25 8:30am ET
Joe Burrow

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow completed 23-of-38 pass attempts for 416 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in Sunday's 41-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens. He connected with tight end C.J. Uzomah for two touchdowns and fired an 82-yard score to wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase. In his sophomore campaign, the 24-year-old has been excellent, throwing for 1.956 yards and a 17:8 TD: INT ratio over seven games in 2021. Burrow is a borderline QB1 against the New York Jets in Week 8.

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Derek Carr Oct 25 1:10am ET
Derek Carr

The Philadelphia Eagles defense struggled again in a Week 7 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. In a 33-22 loss, the Eagles defensive unit allowed Derek Carr to throw for 323 yards and let multiple Raiders runners combine for over 100 yards on the ground. They did not record a sack or force a fumble, but they did end up with one interception. All of that made for a fantasy score of -2.0 in standard scoring, the fourth time this season where they've scored one point or less. This is not a defense worth starting in fantasy, regardless of their opponent. They can be left alone on the waiver wire.

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Quez Watkins Oct 25 1:00am ET
Quez Watkins

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Quez Watkins made two catches in a Week 7 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Watkins saw four targets, catching half of them for 37 yards. Watkins is playing an important role on the Eagles offense, but this is not a passing game that can support multiple fantasy-relevant wide receivers. With tight end Dallas Goedert and rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith ahead of Watkins on the passing tree, Watkins is not much more than a hold-and-hope asset in most fantasy formats.

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Miles Sanders Oct 25 1:00am ET
Miles Sanders

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (ankle) is undergoing X-rays on his injured ankle, but head coach Nick Sirianni doesn't think Sanders suffered a broken ankle in the Week 7 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. Sanders was carted off the field and was quickly ruled out with his ankle injury. While he may have avoided a broken ankle, it doesn't mean that he won't be forced to miss time moving forward. The 24-year-old has been a huge disappointment so far this year and had six carries for 30 yards before his injury, adding one catch for minus-three yards. Quarterback Jalen Hurts led the team with 13 carries for 61 yards, but Boston Scott had seven carries (two more than rookie Kenneth Gainwell) for 24 yards and a rushing score after Sanders left the contest. Gainwell was second on the team with eight targets, catching four of them for 41 yards and a touchdown. If Sanders misses time, Scott and Gainwell figure to share the backfield, with Scott being the early down back and Gainwell playing in passing situations.

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Jalen Reagor Oct 25 1:00am ET
Jalen Reagor

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor finally did something useful in a Week 7 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Reagor was targeted twice, catching both for 25 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown came on a 17-yard catch in the fourth quarter to bring the Eagles within two scores. Last year's first round pick has two touchdowns on the year and hasn't totaled more than 25 yards since Week 3. He's been jumped on the receiver hierarchy by Quez Watkins and does not need to be rostered in most formats.

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Jake Elliott Oct 25 1:00am ET
Jake Elliott

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott attempted and made two extra points in a Week 7 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Elliott did not get a chance to attempt a field goal, leaving him with just two fantasy points in most scoring formats. Elliott is a decent enough NFL kicker, but he's kicking at a very low volume in this offense and doesn't have the big leg upside to make him worth starting in any formats. He can be left alone on the waiver wire.

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Kenneth Gainwell Oct 25 12:50am ET
Kenneth Gainwell

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Kenneth Gainwell scored a touchdown in a Week 7 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. With starter Miles Sanders (ankle) forced to leave the game early, Gainwell and Boston Scott took over in the Eagles backfield. Both of them worked behind quarterback Jalen Hurts, however, who once again led the Eagles in rushing yards and attempts. Gainwell ran the ball five times for 20 yards and added four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown. He saw eight targets and scored on a 13 yard catch in the first quarter. If Sanders is forced to miss time, Gainwell should get the first crack at leading the Eagles running back room with Scott working behind him. Gainwell is likely to be one of the top waiver wire adds heading into Week 8.

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Dallas Goedert Oct 25 12:50am ET
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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert led the Eagles in receiving yards in a Week 7 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. After the Eagles traded Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals, Goedert worked in an alpha-TE1 role in this one. He was the only Eagles tight end to see a target. He was thrown to five times, catching three for 70 yards. It was a decent game for Goedert, but more importantly it was a sign of things to come. Without Ertz around, Goedert should be an easy TE1 every week.

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DeVonta Smith Oct 25 12:50am ET
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Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith caught five passes in a Week 7 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Smith led the Eagles in targets, seeing nine balls thrown his way. He came down with five, gaining 61 yards. Smith continues to see WR1 usage but just hasn't done much with his plentiful targets of late. He gained 122 yards in Week 4 but has gained just 169 total since then. He may be a decent buy-low target in redraft leagues right now, there should be big weeks ahead for the rookie.

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Josh Jacobs Oct 25 12:50am ET
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The Las Vegas Raiders ruled running back Josh Jacobs (chest) out of the Week 7 game against the Philadelphia Eagles after he was injured during the game, but early indications are that he avoided a major injury, according to a source. The Raiders are on bye next week as well, so Jacobs will have extra time to recover and may not have to miss a game. The 23-year-old had six carries for 29 yards and managed to find the end zone before leaving the game, so at least it wasn't all bad for his fantasy managers on Sunday. He also caught all three of his targets for 39 yards. Jacobs has scored in three straight games after a rough start to the season, and it sounds like he won't have to miss much time, if any. With Peyton Barber a healthy scratch, Kenyan Drake led the team with 14 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown with Jacobs leaving the game against Philly.

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Jalen Hurts Oct 25 12:40am ET
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts had another solid fantasy performance in a Week 7 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Hurts attempted 34 passes, completing 18 of them for 236 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, he led the team in rushes and yards, running 13 times for 61 yards. It was another up-and-down performance on the field for Hurts, but he's the only quarterback in fantasy to score 20 points or more every week of the season (in standard scoring formats). Hurts has shown that he's probably not the long-term answer on the NFL field for the Eagles, but he's a valuable QB1 in all formats as long as he keeps running the ball.

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Boston Scott Oct 25 12:40am ET
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Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott shows up on offense in Week 7 and scored a touchdown, his first of the season. Starting running back Miles Sanders (ankle) was forced to leave with an injury, leaving backfield duties to rookie Kenneth Gainwell and Scott. Scott had been playing exclusively on special teams this season, but ran the ball seven times in this game, gaining 24 yards and scoring a touchdown. His score came on a one-yard plunge at the end of the third quarter. If Sanders is forced to miss time, Scott will likely find his way into a role on offense, but he's unlikely to develop much if any fantasy value.

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Michael Carter Oct 24 10:50pm ET
Michael Carter

New York Jets running back Michael Carter has seemingly run away with the lead back job over the last few weeks. The fourth round rookie continued his success against the New England Patriots in Week 7. Carter rushed 11 times for 37 times, but hauled in a team-high eight receptions and 67 yards through the air. The rookie back hasn't surpassed 40 rushing yards in a game since Week 2. Despite that, Carter has continued to have fantasy value in PPR formats. Although, it's uncertain if his fantasy value will continue with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson (knee) likely sidelined next week. Fantasy managers in deep leagues might need to look for another option if Carter's touches decrease.

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Jason Pierre-Paul Oct 24 10:40pm ET
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (finger, shoulder) is in danger of missing more time moving ahead. The veteran has reportedly been playing through multiple fractures in his finger, and even worse, a torn rotator cuff. However, he didn't appear to be injured by any means in Week 7, at least on the statistical end, as he would record two sacks during the win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Nonetheless, while it's apparent that the 32-year-old isn't as effective as he once was, any further absences would certainly be unfortunate for any fantasy manager participating in formats that utilize individual defensive positions.

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Mike White Oct 24 10:40pm ET
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Rondale Moore Oct 24 10:20pm ET
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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rondale Moore had just two catches for 17 yards during the win over Houston on Sunday. Moore had only three targets on the afternoon, one less than he got in Week 6 and three fewer than he had in Week 5. Nonetheless, the rookie should have a few more games of effective play moving forward. However, it's clear he's the No. 4 option behind DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, and A.J. Green, and with Zach Ertz now in town, his place on Kyler Murray's priority list could be even lower. Yet, he's worth a stash, especially in dynasty setups, and could see his value rise if an injury were to occur at some point. Still, his outlook isn't bright against the Packers on Thursday, although the upside is always there for DFS contests.

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Tyrod Taylor Oct 24 10:10pm ET
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Darius Slayton Oct 24 10:10pm ET
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New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton caught 5-of-9 targets for 63 yards in Sunday's 25-3 win over the Carolina Panthers. He returned to action on Sunday after missing the last three weeks due to a hamstring injury. Kadarius Toney (ankle), Kenny Golladay (knee), and Sterling Shepard were ruled out ahead of Sunday's game. The 24-year-old was QB Daniel Jones' top option and led the Giants in targets (9) and receiving yards (63). Slayton's role in the Giants offense will depend on the availability of Toney, Golladay, and Shepard for Monday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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A.J. Green Oct 24 10:00pm ET
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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver A.J. Green had three grabs for 66 yards in the win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. The veteran was entering this one coming off a 79-yard, one-touchdown effort against the Cleveland Browns in Week 6. Yet, while this wasn't the worst outing from a statistical standpoint, fantasy managers were hoping to capitalize on the favorable matchup in Week 7. Nonetheless, Kyler Murray has shown love to all of his wideouts this season, so it's logical to believe Green will find the end zone some more throughout the year. He's been healthy, which is even more promising news, and he should continue to be considered for any fantasy lineup ahead of Thursday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers.

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