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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 Nov 20): Fitzgerald has always produced no matter the quarterback, and the move to Blaine Gabbert might actually be an upgrade. He has a horrible matchup against the Jaguars, but will be a borderline WR1 down the stretch after that.

General News (Wed Nov 22): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).

Week 12: vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Cardinals passing offense had a new face under center last week as Blaine Gabbert got his first start of the season in relief of the injured Drew Stanton. Despite the low expectations, Gabbert actually had a great fantasy outing as he finished as the sixth highest scoring quarterback of the week. He did throw a couple of interceptions though, which is per the Gabbert game script as he just two more touchdowns than interceptions (41 to 39) in his career. Gabbert is expected to start again this week as Stanton is still nursing his knee injury. Larry Fitzgerald was, predictably, the top target again last week as he hauled in nine of ten targets for 91 yards and a touchdown. Fitzgerald has had some up and down games this season, but he is still the most reliable receiving option in this offense. Undrafted rookie tight end Ricky Seals-Jones came out of nowhere last week to haul in a couple of touchdowns--the first two of his career. Seals-Jones was a receiver in college but has converted to a tight end in the NFL. He is a big-bodied guy at 6'5'' and 243lbs, so he could definitely be a weapon in the passing attack if he can manage to be allotted more than 15% of the snaps as he was last week. The Jaguars have the absolute best defense in the league this season. They are leading nearly every category as it pertains to passing defenses and have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to both opposing quarterbacks and receivers by a large margin. Their secondary is healthy and playing at an untouchable level. Even the great Larry Fitzgerald should struggle against either of these Jaguars cornerbacks. The Jaguars defensive front that has racked up a league-leading 40 sacks should also dominate a very weak Cardinals offensive line, making it tough on Gabbert to have even a second to think about who to throw to.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
9 at SF 68 0 0 0 9 5 70 0 0 7
10 vs SEA 80 0 0 0 14 10 113 0 0 11.3
11 at HOU 57 0 0 0 10 9 91 1 0 15.1
12 vs JAX PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
12 vs JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 7 * * * *
12 vs JAX PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs HOU (10 / 9 / 91 / 1 rec)

Sunday was another historic day for the future Hall of Famer. Fitzgerald entered Sunday's contest needing 62 yards to pass Tony Gonzalez for the fifth most all time receiving yards, which Fitzgerald managed to accomplish in the first half. Fitzgerald amassed less than 30-yards in the second half, when the Cardinals offense really began to slow, but the impressive first half was enough to secure his new spot in NFL history. Fitzgerald just recently signed a one-year extension through 2018; making it likely he will have another season to rise further up various all-time lists. Fitzgerald will go down in NFL history as one of the all-time greats, albeit unfortunately one almost certainly to end his career without a ring.

2017 Week 10 vs SEA (14 / 10 / 113 / 0 rec)

Despite a few uncharacteristic drops, Fitzgerald was the only offensive player put forth an actually impressive game. On a night in which Fitzgerald made history, becoming the sixth player in NFL history to amass 15,000 receiving yards, Fitzgerald was the same strong and dependable target he always is. Despite so few other receiving options, Fitzgerald continues to beat defenders and find holes in zone coverage. Fitzgerald's 14 targets doubled the next closest receiver, by far making him Stanton's preferred target. The majority of Fitzgerald's damage was done working the middle, intermediate area of the field; one of the few areas Stanton thrives throwing to. As the team has crumbled around him, Fitzgerald continues to produce as he always has.

2017 Week 9 vs SF (9 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)

Fitzgerald's output on Sunday did not quite match his career averages against the 49ers, but his role as the passing game's primary option remained unchanged. Fitzgerald's nine targets were more than double the next closest Cardinals receiver, and accounted for nearly 1/3rd of Stanton's throws. Fitzgerald nearly added a touchdown to his final stat-line, but a slight overthrow from Stanton prevented the connection. It can be astounding at times to see Fitzgerald still playing at such a high level, not simply because of his age but more the focus constantly applied to him. With so few weapons on the Cardinals offense, Fitzgerald has remained a focal point of opposing defenses and yet his savvy and skill allow him to keep producing. Whether this ends up being Fitzgerald's last season or not remains undetermined, but the veteran clearly has plenty left in the tank.

2017 Week 7 vs LAR (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Fitzgerald caught all three of his targets, but outside an impressive 17-yard catch-and-run on the team's first drive, his involvement in the offense was minimal. Considering the bond he has built with Palmer over the years, Fitzgerald will likely be as impacted as anyone will be by the quarterback's injury.

2017 Week 6 vs TB (11 / 10 / 138 / 1 rec)

On a day in which the old people excelled, Larry Fitzgerald was not about to let Palmer and Peterson outshine him. Fitzgerald has been quietly putting up numbers all season, but Sunday he seemed downright un-guardable. Or maybe the Bucs just forgot to cover him, there were many times it was unclear. Regardless of the defensive scheme, Fitzgerald clearly took advantage of the attention paid to the Cardinals newest running back. Fitzgerald was single-covered all throughout the game and as a result became Palmer's go-to target early and often. Fitzgerald clearly fed off the energy Peterson's boost provided, displaying a level of excitement not often seen from Fitzgerald this season.

2017 Week 5 vs PHI (10 / 6 / 51 / 0 rec)

Fitzgerald's third quarter catch extended his consecutive games with a reception streak to 200, but Fitzgerald failed to make an impact on the game beyond that personal milestone. There is little Fitzgerald can do with an offense as inept and sluggish as this and a defense as good as the Eagles, but it is still unusual to see Fitzgerald so unengaged. While he was tied with Ellington for most targets, Fitzgerald's first reception did not com until the game was well out of hand, and all subsequent ones were insignificant as well.

2017 Week 4 vs SF (7 / 4 / 32 / 1 rec)

Up until the last play of overtime, it had been a mostly quiet afternoon for Fitzgerald. His previous three catches had all been wide receiver screens, gaining a handful of yards each, but nothing significant. But in the end, Fitz did Fitz, this time it just took nearly five quarters to occur. There was not much to Fitzgerald's route, a simple post pattern working down the numbers to Palmer's right, but the savvy veteran found a whole in the defense and exploited it. If it sounds too easy, well, that is how it looked. The play still required an exceptional throw and acrobatic catch, but little went into materializing it. A quality route, a great ball, and of the all-time greats doing what he does best.

2017 Week 3 vs DAL (15 / 13 / 149 / 1 rec)

Larry Fitzgerald was the highlight player for the Cardinals against the Cowboys. Targeted early and often, Fitzgerald's usage was within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage in the first half. As Arizona trailed in the second half, Fitzgerald converted three deep targets of note to keep Arizona alive. Two deep receptions were highly contested by defenders, mandating Fitzgerald's elite ball skills to convert. One was a highlight reel grab where Fitzgerald balanced the ball on his bottom hand as he fell to the turf and completed the catch. Fitzgerald found the end zone on a corner route in the red zone, one of Carson Palmer's better throws of the game. Fitzgerald's 34 targets are the third-most in the NFL through three weeks.

2017 Week 2 vs IND (6 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

With an offense as injured and out-of-sync as the Cardinals is, it should not be a shock to see Larry Fitzgerald so uninvolved in the offense, and yet after years of consistency it still feels surprising. Fitz registered the third most targets, only amassing 21 yards. Fitz was a consistent third down target, and was the team's 4-goal option in the first half, but a bad ball by Carson Palmer prevented Larry from ever having a chance. It has been a rough start to the season for Larry, but the same could be said about the Cardinals offense as a whole.

2017 Week 1 vs DET (13 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)

While Fitzgerald undoubtedly played the best of anyone involved in the Cardinals aerial attack, it still was not an entirely sharp game for the future Hall of Famer. Fitzgerald failed to wrangler in a few balls, including one that should have been a touchdown and another that nearly became an interception. With Johnson likely missing extended time, Fitzgerald will likely become the focal point of opposing defensive game plans.

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Latest News

Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald has rest day (Wed Nov 22, 04:47 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (rest) was given the day off Wednesday, Nov. 22.

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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald posts 91 yards, TD (Sun Nov 19, 09:05 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald posted nine receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets in Week 11 against the Houston Texans.

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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald no lock to play in 2018 (Fri Nov 17, 10:02 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's one-year extension doesn't necessarily mean he will play in 2018, but it does mean that if he plays, it will be for the Cardinals, according to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com.

Our View: He signed the extension and we expect him to play after the Cardinals 2017 season went off the rails. First, the injury to superstar RB David Johnson. Then, starting QB Carson Palmer goes down and the Cardinals hopes for a postseason run with him. The option is there for him to play with the one-year extension, and by all signs Fitzgerald still has plenty left in the tank.
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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald signs extension (Fri Nov 17, 08:30 AM) - Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald signed a one-year extension through the 2018 season Friday, Nov. 17.

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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald close to extension (Thu Nov 16, 08:16 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is close to a one-year contract extension with the Cardinals that would run through the 2018 season, according to a source.

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Schedule

12vs Jacksonville Jaguars
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14vs Tennessee Titans
15@ Washington Redskins
16vs New York Giants
17@ Seattle Seahawks