WR Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals
|6-3, 223||Born: 8-31-1983||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2004|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Dec 7): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report.
General News (Thu Dec 6): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Dec 5): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).
Week 14: vs Detroit Lions
FBG says: Great matchup. Despite the Cardinals upsetting the Packers in Green Bay 20-17, Josh Rosen had little to do with the victory for Arizona. Rosen was 11 for 26 for 149 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. It was the third consecutive game that Rosen has failed to reach 150 yards passing, and his 42.3% completion percentage was the second lowest in his nine starts. While the Cardinals are not the most talented group at wide receiver and tight end, Rosen has not made much progress since being handed the starting gig. Coming out of college, Rosen was tabbed as an accurate passer (and average arm strength) with good pocket poise and anticipation, so it is not a good sign that he has completed only 54.2% of his passes, which ranks second to last among quarterbacks with at least 100 passes thrown. Rosen's lack of production makes it impossible to trust any Cardinals pass catches from week to week. Larry Fitzgerald has caught five or more passes only three times in Rosen's 11 starts, which pales in comparison to last season where had 12 games of five or more catches. Fitzgerald does have five touchdowns in his last six games though and faces off against a Lions secondary this week that has allowed 16 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this year. Promising rookie wide receiver Christian Kirk was placed on injured reserve with a broken foot, and standout left guard Mike Iupati was also moved to injured reserve with a knee injury. Chad Williams is next up in line after Kirk, but he is questionable for this week after missing the Cardinals week 13 matchup against Green Bay, so Arizona will have to look to JJ Nelson and Trent Sherfield for depth at wide receiver. While the Lions run defense has become one of the better units in the league, their passing defense has been a source of embarrassment for Detroit. They rank as the 12th best unit in terms of passing yards allowed per game (234.8 yards per game), but that is only telling a small part of the story, as they also have the second worst touchdown to interception ratio in the league, giving up 25 passing touchdowns to only five interceptions. Opposing quarterbacks are completing 67.6% of their passes against the Lions secondary (7th worst in the league), and they have allowed nine different quarterbacks to throw for multiple touchdowns, with seven of those quarterbacks throwing for two or more touchdowns without an interception. Darius Slay had been a matchup problem for opposing wide receivers in year's past, but he has been mediocre at best this year. Compounding the problem at cornerback has been Teez Tabor, who as a second-round pick in 2017, was someone the team had high hopes for pairing alongside Slay. That was nothing more than wishful thinking though, as Tabor has been consistently targeted by opposing quarterbacks, and it has gotten so bad that the Lions were forced to bench him the last two weeks against the Bears and the Rams. Tabor is the only cornerback in the league who has played at least 20% of his team's snaps and allowed a perfect quarterback rating (158.3) on the balls thrown his way. This unit is challenging the Bucs and the Falcons as the worst secondary in the league, and their only reprieve is that they face Josh Rosen this week, who has the second-worst completion percentage in the league among starting quarterbacks and has yet to pass for 150+ yards in each of his last three games.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Larry Fitzgerald's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 13 vs GB (6 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
Fitzgerald had a quiet game against the Packers until the closing minutes. Fitzgerald's lone significant opportunity through three-and-a-half quarters was a seam target woefully overthrown by Josh Rosen. However, the pair connected for the biggest play of the game by Arizona's offense. In a tie game and faced with third-and-23 from deep in their own territory Rosen rolled right and found Fitzgerald on a deep completion. Fitzgerald corralled the pass near the ground in a highlight moment and Arizona rushed to the line of scrimmage to avoid a Green Bay challenge. Arizona went on to kick the game-winning field goal for the surprising road win.
2018 Week 12 vs LAC (2 / 2 / 30 / 1 rec)
Fitzgerald got Arizona off to a strong start against the Chargers, capping an impressive opening drive with a touchdown. Fitzgerald pivoted away from a defender on a deep in-cut, surging to the end zone for the score. Fitzgerald did not see another target until the closing minutes of the blowout loss, being stuffed on a slot screen. With only 19 passes for Arizona in the game, Fitzgerald's touchdown was arguably the lone highlight in the lost offensive effort.
2018 Week 11 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 23 / 2 rec)
Fitzgerald had a season-low two receptions against Oakland, but made them count as both were for touchdowns. One of Rosen's best throws of the game was an over-the-top touchdown to Fitzgerald with the other an easy rollout score in the red zone. Fitzgerald has been hot over the past month with four touchdowns and 34 targets.
2018 Week 10 vs KC (10 / 6 / 50 / 0 rec)
Fitzgerald led Arizona with 10 targets against the Chiefs, but big plays eluded Fitzgerald. On one notable deeper target, Fitzgerald had a full extension opportunity on an end zone corner route, but could not haul in the pass. Fitzgerald created yards-after-catch on a hitch yards, churning out 15 yards for his most successful play. Fitzgerald added two garbage time receptions to boost his stat line.
2018 Week 8 vs SF (12 / 8 / 102 / 1 rec)
Fitzgerald ended his stretch of struggling performances with a massive 100-yard game on 12 targets, by far the most on the team against the 49ers. Fitzgerald was at his best making extension plays, including a low grab on third down, a high-point catch down the season, and a perfect red zone post for a fourth quarter touchdown. The lone missed opportunity was a Josh Rosen overthrow down the seam where Fitzgerald gained separation early in the game. With back-to-back touchdown games, Fitzgerald heads into the bye week on a high point before a road tilt against Kansas City.
2018 Week 7 vs DEN (8 / 4 / 40 / 1 rec)
Fitzgerald logged his first touchdown of the season against Denver, a glimmer of positivity in Arizona's blowout home loss. Fitzgerald rarely found separation against the Broncos secondary, but a quick in-cut on the goal line freed Fitzgerald for the score. Fitzgerald added a nice snare of a low throw behind him on another target, but was stifled most of the game with Josh Rosen under consistent pressure in the pocket. Fitzgerald absorbed a huge hit late in the game, but popped up immediately and continued to play.
2018 Week 6 vs MIN (8 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
Fitzgerald has been in a funk since Week 1, failing to surpass even 40 yards in any of the previous five games. Fitzgerald was already playing a hearty amount of his snaps in the slot and now is struggling to separate much at all even on interior routes. Fitzgerald led the team with eight targets, but his quality plays were minimal. Fitzgerald was stuffed on a screen catch and, more glaring, was misplaying a deep fourth down pass into tight coverage. Josh Rosen arced a well-thrown ball to Fitzgerald, a drop in the bucket display of accuracy, however Fitzgerald did not locate the pass in time and Arizona turned the ball over on downs. On the plus side, Fitzgerald did draw a defensive pass interference penalty in the end zone, which led to a touchdown, and make a diving reception versus contact.
2018 Week 5 vs SF (3 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)
Fitzgerald was an afterthought for the Cardinals against the 49ers, seeing a mere three targets and none until the final seconds of the first half. Both of Fitzgerald's catches came in a short span late in the second quarter as San Francisco funneled the ball inside with the clock ticking down. Fitzgerald benefitted with two catches, but during traditional play Fitzgerald was invisible. After three straight seasons of 100+ receptions, Fitzgerald is on pace for barely 50 this season and has yet to find the end zone.
2018 Week 4 vs SEA (7 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Fitzgerald was one of the Arizona skill position options not to take advantage of Josh Rosen's uptick as the new starter at quarterback. Fitzgerald logged two uncharacteristic drops amidst his seven targets and in general struggled to separate, primarily over the middle of the field. Fitzgerald's lone highlight came on a third down contested snare of a Josh Rosen fastball. After three down games in a row, Fitzgerald gets the suspect 49ers coverage unit in Week 5.
2018 Week 3 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Fitzgerald struggled against Chicago, corralling two short targets in the game as Christian Kirk enjoyed a breakout performance. Sam Bradford did little to help Fitzgerald with his own lackluster game, but Fitzgerald struggled to separate on short and intermediate routes over the middle of the field as his physical erosion continues in his mid-30s.
2018 Week 2 vs LAR (5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Fitzgerald sustained a hamstring injury against the Rams, limiting his second half work in the blowout loss. It was tough sledding for Fitzgerald before the injury as he got loose in the secondary a single time, finding an open zone for a third-and-long conversion. Everything else was a battle, including a diving reception and multiple targets batted away by the defense. A bigger concern than Fitzgerald waning ability to separate is Arizona's futility as an offense through two weeks.
2018 Week 1 vs WAS (10 / 7 / 76 / 0 rec)
Fitzgerald led Arizona is targets with 10 against Washington. Overall, Fitzgerald struggled to separate on his short and intermediate routes. Fitzgerald collected most of his yardage on two downfield catches, a corner route with an excellent throw by Sam Bradford for more than 25 yards and a deep out route as Arizona finally gained some offensive momentum late in the third quarter. Fitzgerald had a touchdown opportunity with a goal line shovel pass, but was stuffed on the play by Washington front seven.
Latest NewsCardinals | Larry Fitzgerald targeted nine times (Sun Dec 9, 11:52 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald finished with five grabs for 55 yards on nine targets in Week 14 against the Detroit Lions. link to story Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald ready to play (Fri Dec 7, 05:01 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is not on the injury report for Week 14. Our View: Fitzgerald could get an uptick in targets with Christian Kirk on injured reserve. He's worth a WR3/Flex look in PPR leagues.
link to story Cardinals | Arizona's Week 14 injury report (Fri Dec 7, 03:38 PM) - Arizona Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon (chest) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 14 versus the Detroit Lions. S Budda Baker (knee) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is listed as questionable. OL Korey Cunningham (hip), WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury), S Rudy Ford (heel), DE Markus Golden (knee), DT Robert Nkemdiche (knee) and WR Chad Williams (ankle) participated fully in practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report. link to story Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald takes part in practice (Thu Dec 6, 06:38 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 6. link to story Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald gets mid-week rest (Wed Dec 5, 06:28 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 5. link to story More News
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