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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 15): Fitzgerald was targeted heavily by Drew Stanton, and he barely missed scoring a touchdown, but he is still a possession receiver at this point in his career, so don't get too excited. He isn't quite as on the downslope as Week 1 indicated, but Fitzgerald isn't a fantasy WR1, or maybe even WR2 any longer.

Week 3: vs San Francisco 49ers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) said he wasn't close to playing in Week 2 against the New York Giants. He described his injury as a nerve in his right shoulder that is in deep sleep. Palmer suffered the injury in Week 1 when he went down on a running play, and he's not sure when he'll be able to return. 'They said my shoulder was stretched out and I landed on the nerve, shut the nerve down,' Palmer said. 'It's just one of those things you've just go to wait and hope it wakes up. There's no, 'it needs 48 hours. It needs six days, it needs 12 days. You just don't know.' QB Drew Stanton went 14-for-29 for 167 yards in his absence, with zero TDs or interceptions thrown - he was sacked four times for -25 yards by the Giants. Larry Fitzgerald (10 targets for 6/51/0) and Michael Floyd (six for 1/19/0) were the most-targeted receivers by Stanton, but Floyd failed to do much with his chances. John Carlson (three for 2/43/0) and John Brown (four for 3/28/0) contributed some key receiving yards to the effort last week. Last year, the 49ers were ranked seventh in the NFL averaging 221 net passing yards allowed per game, with 19 passing scores handed out over 16 games. They had 18 interceptions (tied for 10th in the NFL) and 38 sacks (tied for 18th) to their credit by year's end. Tony Romo was plagued by early interceptions in the season opener, but ended the day with 23/37 for 255 net passing yards, one TD and three interceptions (with three sacks taken for -26 yards). The 49ers' defense generated turnovers, but they were also generous with passing yards Week 1. In Week 2, Jay Cutler was limited to 23/34 for 170 net yards passing, but he had four TD strikes vs. zero interceptions thrown and took just one sack for -6 yards. To date the 49ers are 12th in the NFL averaging 212.5 net passing yards allowed per contest. Their defense has been uneven in the red zone so far, as you can see. Stanton did a credible job in his first start of the 2014 season - if he is under center again this week, he's got a neutral matchup to work with.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs SD 0 0 0 4 1 22 0 0
2 at NYG 0 0 0 10 6 51 0 0
3 vs SF PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
3 vs SF PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
3 vs SF PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs SD (4 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)

Fitzgerald had arguably his worst game since his rookie year, and considering the status of his contract, its not at all surprising to see this story get blown out of proportion. If you're strictly a fantasy owner you have every right to be upset, but if you're a Cardinals fan there should be no complaints. San Diego schemed to take Fitzgerald away and your quarterbacks job is to find the open receiver and throw the ball to that person. Had the passing game not been as effective as it was, forcing the ball to Fitzgerald would have made more sense, but last night it simply did not. Michael Floyd had a monster day, 11 different receivers caught passes, and running backs were utilized in the passing game far more frequently than Bruce Arians would like. These are signs of a Quarterback taking what the defense is giving him and making smart plays based off those reads. That is what he should be doing. All of Palmer's worst throws came when he locked onto a receiver too early in his progressions. Fitzgerald will find his role in the offense, and he will flourish plenty.

2014 Week 2 vs NYG (10 / 6 / 51 / 0 rec)

After one week of consternation I guess we can put the notion to bed that Fitzgerald is being fazed out of The Cardinals' offense. Fitz led the team in both receptions and targets, with over 1/3rd of Stanton's passes headed Larry's way. Fitzgerald's numbers were hardly gaudy, but did have a 36-yard reception wiped out due to penalty and fell about a half-yard short of a touchdown that Dwyer later converted. It still was not the monster day fantasy owners are hoping for, but not only was Fitzgerald very close to breaking out for a big day, he was once again the focal point of the passing game.


Latest News

Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald could benefit (Sun Sep 14, 11:22 AM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald could see more targets in Week 2 with QB Drew Stanton starting, in the opinion of beat writer Mike Jurecki.

Our View: Fitzgerald was about as unimpressive as his stat line, but Stanton could keep the passing game closer to the line of scrimmage. It's hard to get excited about Fitzgerald this week in any event.
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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald was slowed by knee (Thu Sep 11, 04:32 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) dealt with a knee injury that limited him in the team's Week 1 win over the San Diego Chargers, head coach Bruce Arians admitted. Fitzgerald wasn't on the field for several key third downs because he hadn't been able to practice those plays. “I learned my lesson last year not to ask (Larry) to do things in a game that you’re not practicing,” Arians said. “It’s not fair to the quarterback either.”

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Cardinals | Cards won't force ball to Larry Fitzgerald (Tue Sep 9, 07:37 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald won't have the ball forced to him, according to head coach Bruce Arians. QB Carson Palmer agreed with the idea after he learned his lesson last season trying to force the ball to Fitzgerald. “You have to ask the quarterback,” Arians said. “(Larry) is going out for a pass every time. I don’t look at that. We don’t design plays for guys to get the ball. That’s interceptions waiting to happen.” Fitzgerald was targeted four times and caught one pass for 22 yards in the Week 1 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Our View: This isn't exactly what fantasy owners want to hear. That being said, Fitzgerald will have plenty of weeks where he gets his. Michael Floyd attracts a lot of defensive attention, and that should help free up Fitzgerald from time-to-time.
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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald quiet in opener (Tue Sep 9, 01:54 AM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald managed just one reception for 22 yards in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers Monday, Sept 8, and that catch did not come until the fourth quarter.

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