WR Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals
|6-3, 223||Born: 8-31-1983||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 1, pick 3|
Week 7: vs Seattle Seahawks
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Carson Palmer got back in the swing of things on Monday Night Football this week, and did a good job getting his team into scoring position during the 28-3 win over New York - Palmer threw 23/34 for 213 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions, with zero sacks taken during the game. He got Michael Floyd involved in the scoring with two targets for 2/22/1 receiving, while relying o John Brown (seven for 5/54/0) and Larry Fitzgerald (nine for 6/49/0) to move the sticks, and ultimately hit eight different receivers for at least one reception during the contest. The Cardinals' passing offense is playing solidly entering Week Seven. The Seattle pass defense had their hands full with Matt Ryan and company this past weekend, allowing 27/42 for 310 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception, with four sacks generated for -25 yards during the contest. Until last week the Seahawks had given up just one passing score all year long, and currently sit at fifth in the NFL averaging 209 net yards passing allowed per game, with four passing scores given up balanced by five interceptions and 16 sacks generated to date (tied for 10th- and sixth-ranked in the NFL, respectively). From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Seattle has averaged 21.3 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-most in the NFL); and 33.1 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (fourth-most); with 7.3 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (17th in the NFL). The Seahawks got knocked back on their heels by the Falcons' passing attack last weekend, and have to visit divisional-rival Arizona in this one. But we think they'll be back on track. This looks like a tough, but not impossible, matchup for the Cardinals' offense.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 6 vs NYJ (9 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)
The most notable play for Fitzgerald Monday night was a dropped pass on a short crossing-route. It is not that Larry was uninvolved in the offense, but Fitzgerald drops are so rare it actually feels noteworthy to witness. Beyond the drop, it was not Fitzgerald's best game, but still a consistent effort throughout. Fitzgerald led the team in targets, though amassed less than 50-yards and never found the end zone. He was also flagged for a penalty that negated a nice David Johnson run. In a game with such little offense it is tough for anyone to really stand out. David Johnson did, this week Fitzgerald did not.
2016 Week 5 vs SF (8 / 6 / 81 / 2 rec)
Despite a barely competent passing game, Larry Fitzgerald had another strong outing. Fitzgerald was targeted twice as much as any other wide receiver, a function of both Stanton's comfort level in Fitzgerald and the struggles of the rest of the wide receivers, and made the most of it. In addition to being Stanton's security blanket on short and intermediate routes, Fitzgerald also caught the only deep-ball of the night, a 29-yard touchdown midway through the 3rd quarter. While the Fitzgerald of old would have simply outleaped his defender, an older Fitzgerald opted to use his intelligence and body control to put himself in a better position to make the play.
2016 Week 4 vs LA (7 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Fitzgerald was not particularly involved in Sunday's game, in part because of the stilted offense, but certainly due to the defensive scheme the Rams deployed on Sunday. Fitzgerald did make an impact as a run blocker, sealing the edge and contributing key blocks on a few of Johnson's better runs, but did little of significance in the passing game.
2016 Week 3 vs BUF (12 / 7 / 60 / 0 rec)
The last time Larry played in Buffalo it was his rookie season and the only game in his career in which he played and failed to register a reception. While this was not repeated, Fitzgerald finished the day with six receptions, nothing else about Fitzgerald's afternoon was notable. He led the team in targets and receptions, but failed to register a score or any big plays. Even an all-time great like Larry Fitzgerald is not immune to the effects of an offense as out of sync as the Cardinals is. Fitzgerald has shown no signs of personally slowing down; the offense around him simply needs to mesh around him.
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.
Latest NewsCardinals | Six grabs for Larry Fitzgerald (Tue Oct 18, 12:23 AM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald finished with a game-high six receptions for 49 yards in the Week 6 game against the New York Jets. He was targeted nine times. link to story
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