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Kyler Murray
QB - ARI
Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray
QB - ARI
at SF, Sun 4pm EDT
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
vs. GB, Sun 1pm EDT
 
 
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Stats Allowed   
Pass Comp21.321.6
Pass Yds207.9221.2
Pass TD1.61.4
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total390.7319.2-
Avg Game24.420.0-
2019 Average24.420.0-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Kyler Murray
QB - ARI
Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray
QB - ARI
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 at SF vs. GB
Week 2 vs. WAS at IND
Week 3 vs. DET vs. TEN
Week 4 at CAR at HOU
Week 5 at NYJ at SEA
Week 6 at DAL vs. ATL
Week 7 vs. SEABYE WEEK
Week 8BYE WEEK at GB
Week 9 vs. MIA vs. DET
Week 10 vs. BUF at CHI
Week 11 at SEA vs. DAL
Week 12 at NE vs. CAR
Week 13 vs. LAR vs. JAC
Week 14 at NYG at TB
Week 15 vs. PHI vs. CHI
Week 16 vs. SF at NO
Week 17 at LAR at DET
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Kyler Murray
QB - ARI
Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray
QB - ARI
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
2020 Points 
Week 127.322.8
Week 233.11.5
Week 324.721.4
Week 423.114.9
Week 527.315.2
Week 628.926.7
Week 738.1
Week 810.4
Week 937.920.8
Week 1030.918.6
Week 1120.323.0
Week 128.926.2
Week 1317.422.4
Week 1418.517.1
Week 1534.120.3
Week 1616.423.6
Week 173.834.3
Total390.7319.2
Average24.420.0
Notes for Player Combination
 
Kyler Murray
QB - ARI
Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray
QB - ARI
at SF, Sun 4pm EDT
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
vs. GB, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
It's hard to fully trust Murray after closing out the season on a low note, as he didn't top 16.36 fantasy points in each of the last five games), but Murray had two of his best games against the 49ers defense. Odd, right? In the two games against them, he completed 41-of-57 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 101 yards and a touchdown. And that was before he had DeAndre Hopkins added to his stable of receivers. The 49ers aren't the same team, either. We watched Richard Sherman wear down during the playoffs (32 years old now), and then they traded away interior lineman DeForest Buckner to the Colts. Don't get me wrong, they're still going to be a very good defense, but I don't think they're getting close to the miniscule 5.90 yards per attempt they allowed last year. It sounds crazy, but there were just two quarterbacks all season who averaged more than 7.4 yards per attempt against the 49ers. Where Murray can benefit (and likely will) is on the ground, as the 49ers allowed the third-most rushing yards and the fifth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks on the ground. Knowing they've had a while to gameplan for this game, I'm guessing Kliff Kingsbury will have a few designed runs for the healthy Murray. It's notWe watched Cousins have tremendous success against the Packers pre-Matt LaFleur, but what happened in 2019? He played two games against them, completing just 30-of-63 passes (47.6 percent) for 352 yards and two touchdowns. His completion rate against the rest of the league was 72.7 percent, so there was clearly an issue. I don't think losing Stefon Diggs in the offense is going to help much, as his replacement, Justin Jefferson, missed much of training camp on the COVID list. The Packers didn't allow a single quarterback more than 23.2 fantasy points against them last year, and Dak Prescott was the only one who finished better than QB10. The Packers didn't lose anyone of note on their defense this offseason, and they upgraded the starter they did replace (Blake Martinez to Christian Kirksey). If the Vikings are smart, they'll lean heavily on the run-game this week, similar to the way they did last year. Cousins should be considered a low-upside QB2 for this contest and not someone I'd consider for tournaments, either.
Zachary Hanshew
FantasyPros
The Niners defense wasn't a world-beater in 2019 to opposing QBs, but the unit still ranked inside the top-10 in fewest points allowed to the position. Murray got off to an electric start as a rookie last season and got upgrades in DeAndre Hopkins and Kenyan Drake to help him succeed as a sophomore. He should be in for a big year, but it might be best to temper expectations a little in this tough spot. 
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
Kyler Murray is one of my favorite quarterbacks in the NFL right now and I'm projecting a significant sophomore leap for him after the addition of DeAndre Hopkins. However, the 49ers are a brutal opening matchup as their defense allowed the fewest passing yards and 10th-fewest fantasy points to QBs. Murray's rushing will give him a solid baseline, but the offensive line is going to need some time to gel and the Niners still have one of the best front sevens in football. I expect a couple of turnovers for Murray this week and I would try to look elsewhere at the position.The Packers were one of just seven teams last year to allow under 20 passing touchdowns on the season and they finished with the fifth-fewest fantasy points allowed to QBs. Despite the loss of Kevin Stefanski, the Vikings will likely want to run the offense very similar to last year in which efficiency and ball-control is emphasized over downfield passing. Cousins will also be hurting from the loss of Stefon Diggs from the offense. I see Cousins as a very matchup-dependent streamer, and this isn't the right matchup.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
You most likely drafted Murray as the QB5/QB6 off the board, so you're forced into starting him week one against the 49ers defense. This unit lost DeForest Buckner this offseason, but replaced him with Javon Kinlaw in the first round. Murray should be under pressure essentially all game, which forces me to drop him down my rankings a bit. He's still a fine start, but you need to temper expectations.Cousins is a fine 2QB option this week, but the Packers did little to address their run defense over the offseason. The Vikings duo of Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison should have a field day, which leaves little left over for Cousins from a fantasy perspective.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
For some reason, even though the 49ers were 10th against fantasy quarterbacks, the rookie had their number last year. Murray tallied 391 yards passing, 101 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs, and 1 rushing TD in 2 games against the 49ers. He should be a solid QB1 in Week 1, especially with DeAndre Hopkins now in the fold.