WR Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals
|6-3, 223||Born: 8-31-1983||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 1, pick 3|
Week 12: at San Francisco 49ers
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Carson Palmer torched the 49ers 47-7 back in Week Three, throwing 20/32 for 311 yards passing, two TDs and one interception en route to the blowout win. Larry Fitzgerald owned the secondary with 11 targets for 9/134/2 receiving; John Brown was the other receiver over 50 yards with five for 3/62/0 that day. Since then the Cardinals' offense has rolled over most opponents - last week, Palmer overcame two early interceptions to rack up 20/31 for 317 yards passing and four TDs. J.J. Nelson snagged 4/142/1 receiving out of six targets, while John Brown (three for 3/43/1), David Johnson (two for 2/17/1) and Darren Fells (two for 1/18/1) also scored. Larry Fitzgerald saw 13 passes for 8/90/0 receiving in that game. It's all good for the Cardinals in this phase of the game, and will get even better if Michael Floyd can return from his hamstring injury this week. The 49ers' pass D is ranked 27th in the NFL averaging 277.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 scores given up vs. seven interceptions (21st in the NFL) and 18 sacks (26th) generated to date. Over the past four weeks (three games), this team is ranked 17th in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (20.2 on average); has allowed the ninth-least fantasy points to opposing tight ends (6.2); and is tied for 12th in the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (22.8). Of late, San Francisco has bled out in the rushing phase of the game, but they have also gotten beaten up in this phase of the game with regularity during 2015. This is a uniformly poor defense. Advantage, Arizona.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs CIN (13 / 8 / 90 / 0 rec)
Had it not been for the late game-winning drive, Fitzgerald's night would have seemed a lot quieter. Fitzgerald was targeted early while the Cardinals offense was still out of sync, but became more decoy than dominator during the Cardinals scorching 3rd-quarter. In the end, Fitzgerald did what he always does, lead the team in receptions and targets, and amass nearly 100 yards on the evening, but his two catches on the Cardinals last drive were by far his most impactful. On both plays, Fitzgerald was matched up against acting-#1 CB Leon Hall, and both times Fitzgerald simply beat him in one-on-one coverage. Fitzgerald's two catches accounted for 38 of the team's 70 yards on the drive. This is now back-to-back weeks Fitzgerald has failed to find the end zone, but in both instances has still left an impressive mark on each game.
2015 Week 10 vs SEA (15 / 10 / 130 / 0 rec)
In many ways, Fitzgerald had the kind of game he's had all season long, leading the team in catches, targets and yards while expertly exploiting the intermediate level, but to do it against Richard Sherman and the rest of Seattle's secondary is another level of impressiveness. When Fitzgerald wasn't making big plays in the passing game he had the pleasure of blocking Kam Chancellor all night in the run game, an unenviable task in which he more than held his own. Fitzgerald failed to find the end zone Sunday night, but it was another excellent game in this rejuvenated season.
2015 Week 8 vs CLE (11 / 9 / 84 / 1 rec)
Fitzgerald had another excellent game on Sunday, leading the team in targets and receptions, scoring once and providing one of the most gif-worthy moments of all of Sunday's action, delivering a crushing stiff-(fore)arm while picking up extra yards after a catch. Fitzgerald did contribute to the team's four turnovers, fumbling once late in the second quarter just outside the Brown's red zone, but apart from that played a nearly flawless game. Fitzgerald did have his ankle rolled up on during his touchdown catch, causing him to come up a bit gingerly, but did return to the game, showing very few ill effects. With two weeks off due to the bye week he should have plenty of time to get healthy, but will still be worth monitoring when they begin to get ready for Seattle.
2015 Week 7 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
It was a rare night for Fitzgerald, failing to lead the team in any receiving category, nor finding the end zone. It was not for lack of effort, Fitzgerald was targeted twice in the end zone (drawing a pass interference penalty on one,) and was slightly overthrown on what would have one of the longer passing plays of the game. After an explosive start to the season, it is no surprise teams are focusing more attention on Fitzgerald, but even that combined with the emergence of Michael Floyd into this offense, expect this game to be more of an aberration than the norm for Fitzgerald going forward.
2015 Week 6 vs PIT (10 / 8 / 93 / 0 rec)
Fitzgerald had another typical afternoon, accounting for 8 catches and nearly 100 yards on the day, although unable to find the end zone. Fitzgerald's highlight of the afternoon came on a 44-yard catch and run on a quick wide receiver screen. Fitzgerald was not quite as much the centerpiece of the offense as he has been in weeks past, but remained highly effective in the loss.
2015 Week 5 vs DET (7 / 5 / 58 / 1 rec)
Even on a low-volume passing day, Fitzgerald continued to do what he has done all season, leading the team in targets and receptions, and finding the end zone. On the touchdown, the last of Palmer's three, Fitzgerald used his big frame to get gain inside positioning on a quick slant from the 2-yard line. Fitzgerald's fantastic run blocking was also on display Sunday, setting the edge on both Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington's longest runs of the day.
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 NewsCardinals | Four Cardinals limited Thursday (Thu Nov 26, 04:25 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WRs John Brown (hamstring), Larry Fitzgerald (ankle) and Michael Floyd (hamstring) and RB Chris Johnson (knee) were limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 26. Our View: Fitzgerald will put up WR1 numbers this week, with Floyd being the solid second option here as a WR3 and Brown just a WR5. Chris Johnson could see some RB3 numbers, though we expect the Cardinals to be up so his numbers might go up with some garbage time carries.
link to story Cardinals | Three Cardinals limited (Wed Nov 25, 07:38 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WRs Larry Fitzgerald (ankle), Michael Floyd (hamstring) and RB Chris Johnson (knee) were limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 25. Our View: It should be a nice week for the Cardinals offense. Make sure any of these three are in your lineup this week against the 49ers.
link to story Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald posts eight catches (Mon Nov 23, 01:29 AM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald posted eight receptions for 90 yards in the Week 11 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was targeted 13 times. link to story Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald good to go (Fri Nov 20, 05:25 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (ankle) practiced in full for the second straight day Friday, Nov. 20, and is probable for Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals. link to story Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald fully practices (Thu Nov 19, 05:32 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (ankle) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Nov. 19. Our View: Fitzgerald should have a tremendous game against the Cincinnati Bengals and we will see WR1 production from him this weekend.
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|14||vs Minnesota Vikings|
|15||@ Philadelphia Eagles|
|16||vs Green Bay Packers|
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