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WR Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals

6-3, 223Born: 8-31-1983College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 1, pick 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 19): We thought the Cardinals would have a strong pass offense with three top receivers plus a strong receiving back, but Fitzgerald has dominated targets among the Arizona wideouts, including in the red zone. Buffalo's corners look tough on paper, but the Jets wideouts destroyed them in Week 2. Fitzgerald is borderline WR1 heading into Week 3.

General News (Fri Sep 23): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Thu Sep 22): practiced fully Thursday.

General News (Wed Sep 21): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 3: at Buffalo Bills

All WR vs BUF

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Carson Palmer teed off on the Buccaneers' secondary during Week Two, with 18/31 for 308 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown during the 40-7 drubbing of Tampa Bay. The Cardinals led 33-7 at the end of the third quarter, so their second-team offense closed out the big win, otherwise Palmer might have piled on even more fantasy points for his owners. Shaking off a sore knee, Larry Fitzgerald was the lead receiver in this one by far, with 11 targets to his credit, and he was second on the team in receiving yards with 6/81/1 to his credit. David Johnson saw five targets and led the team in receiving with 3/98/0, while Michael Floyd (six targets for 2/8/1 receiving) and Jaron Brown (two targets for 2/78/1) handled the other TDs for Palmer. John Brown (three targets for 1/14/0) continues to be a distant third in the pecking order among the team's wide receivers - he is off to a very slow start to this season. The Bills' pass defense got bombed last Thursday by the Jets for 24/34 yielding 370 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions (with one sack generated for -4 yards). Through two games they are 24th in the NFL averaging 297.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with two passing TDs handed over vs. zero interceptions and five sacks generated to date. Through two games, the Bills are 17th in the NFL averaging 20.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks; 30th in the NFL averaging 33.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing wide receivers, while checking in at second in the NFL averaging 2.2 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Wide receivers love to play against the Bills' secondary this season, folks. Arizona has some great wide receivers - advantage, Cardinals.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs NE 59 0 0 0 10 8 81 2 0 20.1
2 vs TB 59 1 4 0 10 5 77 1 0 14.1
3 at BUF PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs TB (10 / 5 / 77 / 1 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

The wonder that is Larry Fitzgerald had another strong game on Sunday, leading the team in targets, receptions, catching the team's first touchdown, and falling about a yard short of a second. Fitzgerald's touchdown was vintage Larry. On 1st-goal from the four, Fitzgerald ran a quick slant from Palmer's right, and with a Tampa defender draped all over him, Fitzgerald made a difficult catch look routine. These types of plays have become so common over the course of Fitzgerald's 12-year career, and yet it is a marvel to watch them each and every time.

2016 Week 1 vs NE (10 / 8 / 81 / 2 rec)

Despite the loss, Sunday was a milestone in the Hall of Fame career of Larry Fitzgerald. His second touchdown of the evening, a phenomenal over-the-shoulder grab a reminiscent of Willie Mays, was the 100th touchdown in Fitzgerald's career. It also briefly gave the Cardinals their first lead of the game, before the defense promptly squandered it. Beyond the milestones, Fitz did what Fitz always does. He lead the team in targets, catches, and yards, expertly working the short and intermediate depths in the middle of the field. Rumors swirled Sunday morning of Fitzgerald's retirement at the season's conclusion, and while they may prove true, he still looks closer to a player in his prime than that of one at the end of his career.

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Latest News

Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald should play (Fri Sep 23, 07:00 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

Cardinals | No limitations for Larry Fitzgerald (Thu Sep 22, 08:14 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 22.

Our View: Fitzgerald has been on a tear so far, and we expect him to continue that. He's a great WR2 play against a defense which was destroyed by the Jets last week and has allowed an average of 297.5 net passing yards over the first two games.
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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald limited (Wed Sep 21, 05:40 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Our View: Just a half day (basically) for the veteran star WR. Get him in your lineup as a WR1 in Week 3 against a bad Bills defense.
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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald practices in full (Fri Sep 16, 07:39 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 16, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.

Our View: Fitzgerald has an excellent matchup against a Bucs secondary that gave up big plays to Mohamed Sanu and Julio Jones on lapses in Week 1.

Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald still limited (Thu Sep 15, 11:47 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 15.

Our View: Fitzgerald has always been one of the best at playing through injuries and maintaining a high level of play. He's a good start this week vs. a Tampa secondary that is subject to major lapses.
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Schedule

3@ Buffalo Bills
4vs Los Angeles Rams
5@ San Francisco 49ers
6vs New York Jets
7vs Seattle Seahawks
8@ Carolina Panthers
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs San Francisco 49ers
11@ Minnesota Vikings
12@ Atlanta Falcons
13vs Washington Redskins
14@ Miami Dolphins
15vs New Orleans Saints
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17@ Los Angeles Rams