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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 Oct 20): Fitzgerald is not going to be a primary target in the Arizona passing game any longer, and he doesn't have enough big play potential to merit more than flex starts right now. As Carson Palmer gets healthier and the passing game opens up, Fitzgerald's value could tick up, but we have seen his true scoring range this year, and it ain't pretty.

Week 8: vs Philadelphia Eagles

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The return of Carson Palmer continues to produce quality results - he again had two TD passes (he's done so in each of the two games since he returned to action), with 22/31 for 253 yards, with one interception and one sack taken for -11 yards. Michael Floyd is back in the fantasy scene with Palmer throwing the ball - he's seen 10 targets for 7/94/2 receiving over the past two games, while Larry Fitzgerald has handled 11 for 10/119/1. Andre Ellington (18 for 12/98/0), John Brown (11 for 6/84/0) and tight end John Carlson (10 for 6/34/0) have also been involved regularly with Palmer calling the shots again. The Eagles' pass D is very generous with TDs, having surrendered 13 so far this season, vs. a mere three interceptions (tied for 24th in the NFL) generated. They rank 23rd in the NFL averaging 256.5 net passing yards given out per game, and have 19 sacks to their credit (tied for eighth in the NFL). The Eagles sacked the Giants' quarterbacks eight times two weeks ago (for -43 yards) while holding them to 17/28 for 168 net yards, and zero TDs or interceptions. Two games back, Philadelphia allowed three passing TDs to Austin Davis (29/49 341 yards, zero interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -34 yards). On balance, this is a sub-par unit almost all the way across the board despite the good game against Eli Manning and company. Advantage, Palmer and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at DEN 0 0 0 7 3 57 0 0
6 vs WAS 0 0 0 6 6 98 1 0
7 at OAK 0 0 0 5 4 21 0 0
8 vs PHI PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
8 vs PHI PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
8 vs PHI PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs DEN (7 / 3 / 57 / 0 rec)

Fitzgerald started the day strong, being targeted often and making a few great grabs, but seemed to fall out of rhythm after dropping a crucial 3rd down conversion, and then with the injury at QB was never able to find his groove again. Fitzgerald appeared primed for a breakout game, but the lack of sustained drives in the first half and the quarterback issues in the 2nd prevented that from occurring. Fitzgerald also appeared uncertain with his role on a few occasions, forcing a timeout in the first quarter when he couldn't get lined up correctly, and missing a hot-route later on. After a full season in Arians' offense this shouldn't be an issue, but its possible Fitzgerald is struggling with the position switch more than realized.

2014 Week 6 vs WAS (6 / 6 / 98 / 1 rec)

Fitzgerald saw more single-coverage matchups this game than he had all season long, and showed he's still plenty capable of taking advantage of them. The game was a perfect blend of the vintage and new Larry Fitzgerald. While he no longer is the deep target he was in the prime of his career, Fitzgerald picked up crucial third down conversions, showed off his incredible hands with a few very difficult catches, and his 24-yard touchdown was the perfect execution of a wonderfully timed play call. With Washington in some version of a cover-2, Fitzgerald quickly beat his man inside on quick slant, Palmer delivered a perfect pass allowing Larry to continue in stride past the cornerback, and with only the safety to beat Fitzgerald simply dragged him into the end zone along with the ball. Hopefully with some stability at the Quarterback position, Fitzgerald will find some consistency week in and week out.

2014 Week 7 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)

Coming off his best game of the season, Fitzgerald was back to being an afterthought in this offense. This week, however, the same could be said for anyone not named Andre Ellington. Fitzgerald's 5 targets were tied for the most among the receiving corps, but two of those were wide receiver screens and his long catch of the day was 7 yards. Fitzgerald's day was a microcosm for the offense as a whole; quick reads and short targets. Fitzgerald was wide open in the back of the end zone on Taylor's first touchdown and would have been a better choice for Palmer, however a low snap and quick pressure from the defense forced the ball out early before Palmer could make that read. Last week Larry proved he's still a plenty capable receiver when given the opportunity, and it's time for Arians to start finding ways to better incorporate him in the game plan.


Latest News

Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald has owned Philly (Fri Oct 24, 12:53 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has at least one touchdown (10 total) and averages 6.7 catches for 107 yards in six career games against the Philadelphia Eagles, his Week 8 opponent. However, Fitzgerald is tempering his expectations this time around, as he knows he isn't the target magnet he once was. He's only on pace for 61 catches for 755 yards this season. Head coach Bruce Arians isn't concerned with anyone on the team building their stats, and the offense thrives on spreading the ball around. Only RB Andre Ellington (25 catches) has more than Fitzgerald on the team.

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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald had bigger role (Mon Oct 13, 12:45 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald was a big part of the game plan in Week 6 against the Washington Redskins with QB Carson Palmer back in the starting role. Fitzgerald had six catches for 98 yards and his first touchdown of the season, and he tied a season high for catches and a season high for yards. He had only 13 catches for 164 yards in the team's first four games.

Our View: Palmer being back in the starting lineup made the passing game look better. His presence certainly helped Fitzgerald put up better numbers for his fantasy owners.
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Cardinals | Michael Floyd gets on board (Sun Oct 12, 04:47 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd hauled in his first touchdown reception of the season in the Week 6 game against the Washington Redskins. It was the first touchdown grab between Floyd and WR Larry Fitzgerald, who continues to search for that first elusive score.

Our View: Carson Palmer doesn't have the arm to stretch the field today, but he is still an aggressive passer and he gave Floyd the chance to win in the air in the end zone.

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