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WR Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals

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

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Week 5: at Detroit Lions

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Carson Palmer cooled off a bit against the Rams though he still went over 300 yards passing during Week Four (29/46 for 352 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown - his third 300+ yards passing effort over the first four games of the season). Larry Fitzgerald almost crossed 100 yards receiving (again) last week, with nine targets for 7/99/0 receiving to his credit, while David Johnson (10 for 4/63/1) and John Brown (10 for 7/75/0) both got a single target more than Fitzgerald last weekend. Michael Floyd climbed back into the mix at wide receiver with seven targets for 5/59/0 to his credit. The Cardinals' passing attack is humming along nicely entering the second 1/4 of the season. Russell Wilson went to the air when necessary last Monday night, and he had good success against the banged-up Lions' D - Wilson finished the game with 20/26 for 287 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown vs. the Lions on Monday Night Football. Peyton Manning shelled this group for 31/42 for 313 net yards passing, with two TDs and one interception thrown two weeks ago. The Lions are looking for answers in this phase of the game entering Week Five. They average 271.5 net passing yards allowed per game (ninth in the NFL) with 10 sacks generated to date. This looks like a good matchup for Palmer and compay. The Lions are declining in this phase of the game.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NO 58 0 0 0 8 6 87 0 0 8.7
2 at CHI 57 0 0 0 9 8 112 3 0 29.2
3 vs SF 65 0 0 0 11 9 134 2 0 25.4
4 vs STL 70 0 0 0 9 7 99 0 1 8.9
5 at DET PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 7 * * * *
5 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *
5 at DET PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs STL (9 / 7 / 99 / 0 rec)

In many ways, Sunday was another typical game for Fitzgerald. He led the team in yards, tied for the most receptions and nearly the same in targets. Fitzgerald dominated the intermediate part of the field and displayed his impressive run-blocking once again. All of this is the norm, but Sunday featured two very uncharacteristic plays for Fitzgerald. A rare first quarter drop from Fitzgerald proved inconsequential as the Cardinals were subsequently able to pick up the first down and continue driving down the field, but Fitzgerald's fumble in Rams territory on the Cardinals first possession of the second half proved quite costly. A one-point game at the time, the Cardinals defense had just forced a punt and the appeared to be picking up steam. Any score would have given the Cardinals their first lead of the game and an obvious shift in momentum, but instead Fitzgerald's fumble led to another Rams touchdown. Considering Fitzgerald's torrid start to the season, and the rest of his stat-line Sunday, both errors should be considered as nothing more than unfortunate aberrations.

2015 Week 3 vs SF (11 / 9 / 134 / 2 rec)

The resurgence of Fitzgerald continues, with another multi-touchdown game and another 100+ yard receiving effort. Continuing the trend he established in week 1, Fitzgerald led the team in targets, receptions, yards, and touchdowns once again. Opening the game with consecutive receptions of 10 yards or more, Fitzgerald established a tone early that continued throughout the game. While it is clear Fitzgerald is benefitting from Palmer's mastery and the pressure imposed on the defense from his fellow skill-position players, as Coach Arians mentioned in his postgame comments yesterday, the biggest difference for Fitzgerald this season is health. Much was made about his decline the last two years, but rarely did that mention the MCL and hamstring injuries Fitzgerald dealt with. Finally healthy, Fitzgerald has a full grasp of his role in the slot and, simply put, is playing exceptional football right now.

2015 Week 2 vs CHI (9 / 8 / 112 / 3 rec)

It is difficult to put Fitzgerald's day in proper context. After an illustrious career, it was shocking to everyone, including Head Coach Bruce Arians, that Sunday was Fitzgerald's first ever three-touchdown regular season game. Furthermore, Pro Football Focus rated it as Fitzgerald's best pass grade since 2011. And while we know Fitzgerald often spends time on the sidelines campaigning for more balls, he spoke after the game about how important it is for him to be playing on a good team again, and how unimportant his role and stats are. The truth of that statement, of course, lies somewhere in the middle, but what is very clear is Fitzgerald is playing with a fiery passion and savoring this team success. Sunday's performance also highlighted the many attributes of Fitzgerald's game over the years. He made plays on deep targets that he'd begun to see less and less of, trucked over defensive backs with the improved strength and run-after-catch ability he developed later in his career, and as always showed off the incredible hands that have made him a superstar. In a different way, all three of Fitzgerald's touchdowns highlighted elements best described as "vintage Fitzgerald." Fitzgerald led the team across the board, in targets, receptions, yards, touchdowns and with the longest (non kick-off return) play of the game. Right now, the health of he and his quarterback appear to be the only thing that could derail Fitzgerald's resurgent season.

2015 Week 1 vs NO (8 / 6 / 87 / 0 rec)

Fitzgerald's consistency has caused these recaps to read a bit like a broken record, but his role in this offense is such a known quantity at this point its almost unavoidable. He was once again the most targeted receiver, led the team in both receptions and yards, and often the first read in conversion situations. He lined up both outside and in the slot and primarily worked the short and intermediate routes. Fitzgerald did find himself wide-open on his lone deep-post of the day, but a badly overthrown ball by Palmer erased a likely touchdown. Even still, Fitzgerald was excellent in the passing game and showed off his willingness as a blocker as well. He is also the heart of the team and a fired up Fitzgerald ignites a passion in the home crowd the way very few others could. So long as both he and Palmer stay healthy, this section should likely read similar each week.


Latest News

Cardinals | Arizona offensive weapons thriving (Tue Oct 6, 06:13 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald leads the league in touchdown catches (five) and is third in receiving yards (432) through four games this year. QB Carson Palmer is second in touchdown passes (10) to Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (11). RB Chris Johnson is ranked fifth in the NFL with 302 rushing yards, and he's averaging 4.4 yards per carry.

Our View: The Bruce Arians offense is quite kind to fantasy owners. The team is doing all this with WR Michael Floyd and RB Andre Ellington banged up. They should be even more explosive when those two are closer to full strength.

Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald leads passing attack (Sun Oct 4, 11:42 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald had seven catches for 99 yards and lost a fumble in a 24-22 loss to the St. Louis Rams in Week 4.

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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald evolving (Fri Oct 2, 08:16 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald leads all receivers in touchdowns (five), is tied for second in first downs (19) and ranks fifth in yards (333) and eighth in catches (23) after three weeks. His five touchdowns in the last two weeks are a career high for him in back-to-back games. A scout for an NFC East team said Fitzgerald's legs look fresh and rejuvenated. Fitzgerald has bought into head coach Bruce Arians' system and has successfully learned to play in the slot while also doing more blocking against linebackers and safeties. Arians said the difference is that Fitzgerald is playing fully healthy after dealing with two knee injuries last year. Fitzgerald had 22 snaps from the slot for six catches and 99 yards in Week 3 in the first half alone.

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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald to continue hot start? (Thu Oct 1, 01:59 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has more touchdown catches against the St. Louis Rams (16) than any other active player against a single team in the regular season. Fitzgerald faces the Rams in Week 4.

Our View: Larry Fitzgerald has been going HAM on the entire league so far, so we'd be ecstatic no matter what the trend was going in - this is just gravy. We have Fitzgerald as a high-value WR1 this week.

Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald has big game again (Mon Sep 28, 01:52 AM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald hauled in nine receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 3 game against the San Francisco 49ers. He was targeted 11 times.

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