Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) scrambles as Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn (99) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) and quarterback Kyler Murray (1) wear a "WVB" patch in memory of the Cardinals' late owner William V. Bidwill prior to an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
New England Patriots linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley, right, hits New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones after he released a pass in the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones passes under pressure from New England Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise, left, and linebacker Kyle Van Noy, right, in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, center, throws a touchdown pass to Golden Tate in the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) There were some who questioned the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants for taking quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones, respectively, in the first six picks of the NFL draft.
Murray too short. Jones had a losing record at Duke. A lot of critics and fans had their opinions.
Six games into the season, the Cardinals (2-3-1) and Giants (2-4) are very happy with the picks and the rookies will be on display Sunday when Arizona comes to MetLife Stadium to face New York.
Murray, the No. 1 overall, has started every game and has the Cardinals on a two-game winning streak. He is an exceptional athlete who can beat teams with feet or his arm.
Jones, the sixth pick, replaced Eli Manning after New York lost its first two games. While not as much of a runner as Murray, he energized the offense with his ability to extend plays and throw accurate strikes. The Giants won their first two games with him starting and lost the next two to Minnesota (4-2) and New England (6-0).
But the vibes are positive and both teams are looking to the future and getting back into the playoffs at some point.
The previous matchup featuring two rookie starting quarterbacks selected in the top 10 in the common era of the draft was last year when Sam Darnold of the Jets (No. 3) faced Josh Allen of the Bills (No. 7).
Giants offensive coordinator Mike Shula said coaching staffs are simply trying to get quarterbacks to avoid mistakes.
''You watch around the league, even some of the best quarterbacks are trying to do things maybe they shouldn't be trying to do,'' he said. ''That's the beauty of the position. It's one of the most unique positions in all of sports because you have to make split-second decisions with guys trying to take your head off.''
That's what Jones and Murray will have to deal with on Sunday.
Five things to watch in the game:
The biggest question mark in the game. Last season's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year has missed the past three games with a high sprain to his right ankle. The running back is expected to play after practicing all week. He adds an ability to score on any play to an offense hit by injuries recently. Tight end Evan Engram (33 catches with two TDs) also is expected back.
The Cardinals have developed a versatile and productive two-man backfield with David Johnson and Chase Edmonds.
Johnson's success was expected. The 2016 All-Pro has had at least 100 total yards in each of his past three games and has developed into an excellent run/pass threat. His 30 catches for 315 yards both rank second on the team. His three receiving touchdowns rank first.
Edmonds, a second-year player, is a surprise. He's run for 161 yards this season - a 6.7-yard average - and caught eight passes, including one for a touchdown against the Falcons last week. Coach Kliff Kingsbury is playing them at the same time more often to pressure defenses.
Former Cardinal Markus Golden is having a comeback season with the Giants. The linebacker has a team-high five sacks, with a least a half in five consecutive games. He scored his first career touchdown on a 42-yard fumble return against the Patriots. Golden is looking forward to facing Arizona left tackle D.J. Humphries. The two were drafted by the Cards in 2015: Humphries in the first round, Golden in the second. Golden had 2 1/2 sacks last season after missing the 2017 season with a knee injury.
The Cardinals welcome back star cornerback Patrick Peterson, who missed the first six games after violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancers.
He should help a secondary that's leaned on several rookies, including cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. and safeties Deionte Thompson and Jalen Thompson. The Cardinals are giving up more than 281 yards passing, No. 30 in the league.
The Cardinals hope Peterson's presence allows them to move around other players to better cover opposing tight ends. Falcons TE Austin Hooper was the latest to dominate Arizona's defense, catching eight passes for 117 yards and a touchdown.
The Cardinals are excellent on special teams. Kicker Zane Gonzalez leads the league in scoring with 58 points while Andy Lee is third overall in punting with a 44.8-yard net average. The Giants gave up a touchdown on a blocked punt against the Patriots. Kicker Aldrick Rosas has not had much work, hitting on four of five field-goal attempts.
Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker has emerged as one of the best defensive backs in fantasy of late with the fourth-most fantasy points the last five weeks. The San Francisco 49ers aren't a great matchup for him, but the volume figures to be there for him to land enough tackles as a DB1.
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones makes his fantasy living with sacking quarterbacks. The San Francisco 49ers allow 2.6 sacks per game over the last five weeks. Jones is a risky play because he's all-or-nothing, and he'll have to reach the quarterback to score many points. Treat him as a flex option.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andy Isabella has flashed some big plays the last couple of weeks, and he has become the de facto third receiver for the club. He's not worth the risk against the San Francisco 49ers, though. The Niners are too tough of a defense to bank on Isabella's inconsistency.
Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez has entrenched himself as a solid PK1 going a perfect 10-for-10 in field goals and 12-for-12 in extra points the last five games. He's facing the toughest team to kick against during the stretch in the San Francisco 49ers. He's still worth running as a low-end PK1, but there could be better options on waivers this week.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk broke out for six catches, 138 yards and three touchdowns last week. However, that momentum may halt against the San Francisco 49ers, which are one of the better teams against wideouts. Kirk has the talent and upside to overcome the matchup, though. Wide receivers have averaged 9.8 receptions for 102.8 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game over the last five against the Niners. Kirk is still worthy of a WR3 play.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is coming off an eight-catch game that energized his owners after several stale showings. Don't expect him to carry that over into Week 11. The San Francisco 49ers are one of the top-five teams at defending receivers the last five weeks. They've allowed 9.8 receptions for 102.8 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game to opposing receivers. That doesn't leave a lot of upside for Fitz, who has struggled to do much with his receptions. He's a flex option in point-per-reception formats, but he's not a very enticing one.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson has been forced into a split time role with Mecole Hardman for the third receiver position. The Chiefs have both Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins back healthy and ahead of them on the depth chart. Robinson caught four of five targets for 56 yards in the loss to the Titans in Week 10. He saw five targets, while Hardman was targeted just once last week. However, he'll have a limited role going forward, so consider him a low-end flex option for deep leagues for Week 11.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has been reliable for the team and fantasy owners all season long. He's only caught three touchdowns this season, but that hasn't hurt this fantasy value. He's heading into a matchup against the Chargers in Week 11. The Chargers are fairly good at stopping tight ends, but Kelce is elite. He's going to find a way to get open and make receptions. Fantasy owners can feel confident with Kelce as a high-end TE1 for Week 11.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins has caught at least five receptions for 39 yards or more over each of the last three games. He's been targeted eight or more times during those contests. The Chiefs are looking his way often and Watkins is making plays. The Chargers Defense has been tough at times against receivers, so Watkins could be slowed down a bit. Fantasy owners should consider Watkins a WR3 with good upside for Week 11.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman has seen one target over the last two weeks as his fantasy value is quickly fading away. Hardman was targeted once for a 63-yard touchdown in Week 10 versus the Titans. Both Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins are back healthy, so that has pushed Hardman into a split role for the No. 3 spot. He'll have a limited role going forward and shouldn't see more than two or three targets against the Chargers this week. Fantasy owners should avoid Hardman unless there is really no one better available.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill looked unstoppable versus the Titans in Week 10. He caught 11 of 19 targets for 157 yards and one touchdown. Getting quarterback Patrick Mahomes back was a huge boost for Hill. They have great chemistry together and that should continue in Week 11 against the Chargers. Fantasy owners can count on Hill as a reliable WR1 and he should surpass his projection on Monday night.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray may be relegated to the fantasy bench this week against the beefy San Francisco 49ers Defense. The Niners have been the best defense against the quarterback position the last five weeks, and they have consistently tortured them all season. Opposing signal callers averaged just 157.2 passing yards per game over the last five games, and QBs tossed three touchdowns and four interceptions as a whole. Murray was decent against them a couple of weeks ago with 241 passing yards, two scores and no picks in a 28-25 loss. He's a low-end QB1 on his own merits, but you really have to be in a jam to throw him out there against this squad. Seek a one-week play with a great matchup off waivers.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes returned last week from an injury and threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns. The injury clearly isn't lingering on Mahomes and he's back to being an elite fantasy option. They head into a matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday. Mahomes should have no problems getting what he's projected and then some for Week 11.
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (calf) returned to practice fully Friday after he was limited by a calf injury the first part of the week. Peterson will be good to go for the Cardinals Defense against the San Francisco 49ers. Peterson isn't a great player to use in individual defensive player formats, but he fortifies a low-end option in the Cardinals Defense.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams has been solid for fantasy owners over the last two games. He gave owners headaches for most of the season, but is finally beginning to pay off. Veteran LeSean McCoy was scratched in Week 10, so that helped Williams get 19 carries with ease. It's unclear whether McCoy will suit up this week or not. The Chiefs are seeing positive results when they run with Williams, so they should continue to trust him. He'll have RB2 value for Monday night against the Chargers.
Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy was a healthy scratch for Week 10 versus the Tennessee Titans. There is no signs of him sitting out for Week 11, so fantasy owners should prepare for him to play. However, Damien Williams has been running the ball very well over the last two weeks. The Chiefs are likely going to stick with what's working right now. McCoy is basically a deep league desperation option at this point with little upside. He shouldn't be trusted against the Chargers on Monday.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley has been a big-play threat averaging 20 yards per reception this season. However, those opportunities don't come often against the Indianapolis Colts. They've allowed one touchdown to receivers the last four games, and Conley doesn't catch enough volume to contribute otherwise. Keep him on the bench this week.
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Seth DeValve (oblique) is doubtful for Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts. DeValve actually delivered four catches for 41 yards in a rare cameo appearance for Jaguars tight ends in their last game. No Jaguars tight end is worth consideration against the Indianapolis Colts.
Detroit Lions backup quarterback Jeff Driskel will get the start in Week 11 against the Dallas Cowboys with starting quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) ruled out. Driskel performed well in Week 10, throwing for 269 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also showed some impressive mobility, adding five rushes for 37 yards. The Cowboys secondary is one of the best in the NFL, as they've allowed just nine passing touchdowns on the year and opposing quarterbacks have thrown for over 238 yards against them just twice, but the Bears team Driskel faced in Week 10 is a tough unit as well. Without a reliable running back, the Lions will likely focus on the ground game in this one, so 40-plus pass attempts could be in the books again. Driskel will slot in as a QB2 for this matchup.
Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo has tied for 10th in fantasy points among kickers the last four weeks by going a perfect 10-for-10. He'd be even better if he had more than four extra-point attempts, which he made three of. He could have a golden ticket this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts, who have surrendered the most fantasy points per game to kickers over the last five weeks. PKs have gone 12-for-12 in field goals and 6-for-6 in extra-point attempts. Treat Lambo like a midrange kicking option this week.