Since Anquan Boldin's departure after the 2009 season, the Arizona Cardinals have struggled to find a consistent No. 2 wide receiver to Larry Fitzgerald. This year there's a wide competition for the role, with Christian Kirk, Brice Butler, J.J. Nelson, Chad Williams and even Greg Little in the mix.
But Kirk, the rookie second-round pick out of Texas A&M, has started to emerge. First-team practice reps set up a good performance in Arizona's second preseason game, with four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown against the Saints, and head coach Steve Wilks has complemented Kirk's work.
Wilks' most recent comments slammed the brakes on the hype train, but Kirk is pushing for a prominent role and he's built some rapport with Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen. That automatically puts him on the fantasy radar, with the prospect of being third in the pecking order for targets behind Fitzgerald and running back David Johnson.
Even with a big spike in ADP (Fantasy Football Calculator, 12-team leagues) that since leveled off, Kirk is still WR66 (pick 14.06) and WR67 (pick 14.08) in standard and full-point PPR respectively. That puts him as a WR6 in 12-team leagues, which borders on being best left on the waiver wire.
Despite what FF Calculator's ADP data shows, I like Kirk slightly better in PPR leagues. He did show some touchdown prowess in college, with 26 in three seasons (10 in 2017), so that aspect shouldn't be overlooked. When it comes to late-round wide receiver fliers, Kirk is on the rise.
Christian Kirk 2018 Projection: 65 rec., 810 yards; 6 TD