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11 Larry Fitzgerald WR
Height/Weight: 6-3/218 | Birthdate: 8/31/1983 | Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN, USA | Team: Arizona | College: Pittsburgh | NFL Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 100/87 | Average Draft Position: 39.54
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Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald limited Week 7


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald was limited Week 7 against the Raiders.

Fitzgerald hauled in four passes, but only gained 21 yards. He was mostly a short-yardage threat, with his longest reception going for 7 yards. Fitzgerald was targeted five times, which tied him for second on the team. After catching the first pass of the second half, Fitzgerald was shut out for the rest of the game. 

He'll take on the Eagles Week 8.


Cardinals receivers looking for more success


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) The Cardinals passing game had new life breathed into it with Carson Palmer's return, and Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd will look to continue reaping the rewards Sunday at Oakland.

Both Floyd and Fitzgerald found the end zone Week 6, and they should find success again. The Raiders haven't been terrible overall against wide receivers this season but have fallen apart over the last two games. Dolphins and Chargers wideouts have averaged 26.5 Fantasy points, with three touchdowns and 379 yards combined.

The downside to this matchup? The Raiders have not been particularly competitive this season, so opposing quarterbacks don't need to put the ball in the air much. Only one team has had fewer passes attempted against it than the Raiders at 30.0 per game. Still, consider both players solid Fantasy options for Week 7, with Floyd still getting the edge. 


Carson Palmer looks healthy enough to use


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/14/2014) Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was plenty productive Week 6 against Washington, completing 28 of 44 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in a rather abrupt return from a shoulder nerve issue that caused him to miss three games.

That makes Palmer 2 for 2 in throwing for 250 yards and two touchdowns this season. You'll take that in Fantasy.

Coach Bruce Arians' comments Monday make Palmer even more attractive in Fantasy. He said 44 attempts will be the norm for him with the way defenses stack the box against the Cardinals. With wide receiver Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald at his disposal, Palmer certainly has the weapons to make the most of all those throws.

He won't play mistake-free football all season -- he threw 22 interceptions last year, to put it in perspective -- but if you feel like your starting quarterback is bringing you down, he's in a situation to put up consistent numbers if his shoulder continues to feel good.

You have to like his matchup Week 7 at Oakland. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both have him in their top 12 for the contest. Though the Raiders rank a modest 11th against the pass, that's just because they're so busy getting beat by the run. They've allowed the fourth-highest passer rating of any team this season.


Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald breaks scoring drought in Week 6 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught all six of his targets for a team-high 98 yards while scoring his first touchdown of the year in his team's 30-20 win over the Redskins in Week 6.

Fitzgerald was clearly more comfortable with Carson Palmer back under center, posting a perfect catch rate after managing only 13 catches on 28 targets in his first four games. The touchdown was his first since Week 13 of last season. If Palmer didn't suffer a setback with his shoulder during the win, Fitzgerald could be set up for another big performance in Week 7 against the Raiders.


Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald suddenly viable


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/12/2014) With reports of Carson Palmer potentially making his return from a shoulder injury Week 6 against Washington, Cardinals wide receivers Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald suddenly look more attractive in Fantasy.

For much of the week, they looked like they'd be working with third-string quarterback Logan Thomas with backup Drew Stanton also recovering from a concussion. But Stanton was also cleared to play, which means even if the Cardinals pull the plug on Palmer at the last minute (which would be unfortunate since they don't play until 4:25 p.m. ET), Floyd and Fitzgerald won't be so bad off.

But of course, working with a quarterback who can make the most of their abilities would be ideal, and Palmer is the only one of the three who fits the bill. Floyd is the better bet than Fitzgerald -- he had five catches for 119 yards with Palmer under center in Week 1 -- but considering the Redskins have allowed 11 touchdowns through the air, fourth-most in the NFL, Fitzgerald also has some low-end appeal.


Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald could be in trouble


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/2014) By now, Fantasy owners are used to being disappointed by Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The eight-time Pro Bowler has averaged only 41.0 receiving yards through his first four games, a continuation of a decline that began in 2012.

But with the injury to backup quarterback Drew Stanton, who suffered a concussion in the third quarter Week 5 at Denver, Michael Floyd owners may soon share in that pain.

Floyd was in enough trouble with Stanton under center, but his five-catch, 114-yard performance Week 3 against San Francisco at least left some room for optimism. Now, though, he's made just one catch in two of the three games started by Stanton.

Needless to say, that catch in Week 5 didn't come from third-stringer Logan Thomas, whose only completion was an 81-yard catch-and-run to running back Andre Ellington. That's not good news for anybody, not even Ellington.

Granted, Stanton may not miss significant time with his concussion, but chances are the only cure for Fitzgerald and Floyd is the return of starting quarterback Carson Palmer. And his timetable remains a mystery.


Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald held in check Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald was held in check Week 5 against the Broncos.

Fitzgerald hauled in three receptions for 57 yards during the contest. He tied for the team-lead with seven targets. Most of Fitzgerald's production came on a 33 yard grab in the first quarter. Fitzgerald was held without a catch the last three quarters of the contest. He'll take on Washington Week 6. 


Larry Fitzgerald has another disappointing outing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald turned in another disappointing performance during a 23-14 win Week 3 vs. San Francisco. Fitzgerald, who was targeted seven times, finished with three catches for 34 yards.

Fitzgerald was targeted twice in the first half, but he finished with no catches by halftime. His first catch didn't come until a 24-yard reception with less than 9 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, later on that same drive, Fitzgerald lost a fumble inside the 49ers' 5-yard line following a 5-yard gain.

Fitzgerald has 10 catches for 107 yards through three games. He has gone six games without a touchdown. The Cardinals are on a bye Week 4 before returning to action Week 5 at Denver.


Feeling uneasy about Larry Fitzgerald


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) You have to be nervous about Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd if Carson Palmer (shoulder) is out again this week. Drew Stanton isn't going to enhance this passing game.

We saw the results in Week 2 at the Giants when Fitzgerald had six catches for 51 yards on 10 targets while Floyd had one catch for 19 yards on six targets. Now, Fitzgerald just missed a touchdown when the play was overturned in the first quarter, but he only has seven catches for 73 yards on 14 targets this season.

He did light up the 49ers in two meetings last year with 12 catches for 230 yards and a touchdown, but we're not confident in him if Stanton starts. He should be considered just a No. 3 receiver in the majority of leagues.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Larry Fitzgerald emerges in passing game Week 2


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald played a much bigger role on offense during a 25-14 win Week 2 at N.Y. Giants after being held to one catch in the season opener against the Chargers.

Fitzgerald finished with six catches for 51 yards -- both team highs -- as Drew Stanton started at quarterback in the absence of Carson Palmer (shoulder). Fitzgerald was also targeted a team-high 10 times Sunday.

For a short while, Fitzgerald was also credited with an 8-yard touchdown catch on the opening drive. However, it was overturned after a replay showed Fitzgerald's knee was down at the 1-yard line before he stretched the football across the goal line.

Fitzgerald also had a 36-yard catch come off the board Sunday due to a penalty on an offensive lineman. The Cardinals are back in action Week 3 vs. San Francisco.


Cardinals won't force the ball to Larry Fitzgerald


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) In the wake of Larry Fitzgerald's one-catch performance Monday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the team won't force the ball to its 31-year-old star. "We don't design plays to have guys get the ball," Arians said. "Coverages dictate."

Targeted four times, Fitzgerald finished with one 22-yard reception.


Larry Fitzgerald barely extends reception streak


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught a pass in his 150th straight game, but it didn't happen until less than five minutes remained in the 18-17 win over San Diego. The 22-yard gain was the lone catch of the night for Fitzgerald, who was shockingly not targeted in the first half.

Fitzgerald ended up drawing four targets, including two uncatchable passes in the end zone. He'll visit the Giants in Week 2.


Larry Fitzgerald suits up


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who was probable with a knee issue, is active as expected for Monday night's game against the Chargers.

Larry Fitzgerald a good bet to score Week 1


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) In his last six season openers, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has scored five touchdowns. That's one reason to start him with confidence Monday night against the Chargers.

Here's another: Fitzgerald led all NFL wideouts with 24 red-zone targets in 2013. Only Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (25) had more.

The 31-year-old Cardinals icon enters his 11th season as the franchise's all-time leader in catches (846), receiving yards (11,367), touchdowns (87) and 100-yard receiving games (36). He's one of five players in NFL history to break 1,400 receiving yards four times. He has not missed a game since 2007.

Fitzgerald is coming off two straight seasons of under 1,000 receiving yards. But with quarterback Carson Palmer entering Year 2 in Bruce Arians' offense, Fitzgerald should get back over that plateau and again flirt with double-digit touchdowns.

Start him as a low-end WR1.


Coach says there is nothing wrong with Larry Fitzgerald


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is fine after he was spotted sitting out Tuesday's practice. Arians told the media that everyone practiced Tuesday.

Larry Fitzgerald sits out


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald missed Tuesday's practice with a knee issue, reports the Arizona Republic. Arizona plays Monday night and won't release its first injury report until Thursday.

Larry Fitzgerald racks up 71 receiving yards Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald had another productive showing Sunday night against the Bengals.  

Fitzgerald caught a 43-yard pass from Carson Palmer on the second drive of the night. He then made a leaping 19-yard grab in the second quarter. He caught three of the four passes thrown his way for 71 yards, averaging 23.7 yards per grab.


Larry Fitzgerald checks into the end zone in preseason action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald made one of his two receptions count for six during Saturday's preseason opener against the Texans.

Fitzgerald was limited to the opening drive on offense and caught a short pass for a gain of 4 yards before coming down with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer. He caught two passes for 11 yards.

Hamstring keeps Larry Fitzgerald out of minicamp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald did not participate in Tuesday's workout due to a hamstring issue, reports Fox Sports. Fitzgerald was held out as a precaution, the report said. He has missed only two starts in seven seasons.


Larry Fitzgerald sees much more efficient offense


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has noticed a big difference in Year 2 under coach Bruce Arians. "We're working so much more efficiently," he told the Arizona Republic. "We're finishing (practice) periods with two, three minutes left. We're not having to restart, regroup and do over. It's very encouraging."

Fitzgerald conceded there were times last spring that he broke the huddle unsure of what to do. "It was difficult," he said. "I'm glad that's in the past and we're into a new year, into a new season. The young guys now can ask us (veterans) what we're doing and we are able to get them going. Last year, everyone was in that same learning stage."


Addition of Ted Ginn should help Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/10/2014) Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin believes that the addition of receiver Ted Ginn will only help the prospects for Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd to have big seasons in 2014

"[I]t's going to help the overall passing game a lot from a play-action standpoint and a drop-back standpoint," Goodwin said of Ginn's arrival per the Arizona Republic. "It's going to help Larry (Fitzgerald) and Michael (Floyd)."

The thinking is that Ginn will attract enough coverage to keep extra defenders from playing tight on Fitzgerald and Floyd. Without a third receiver boasting speed like Ginn, Fitzgerald had 954 yards and 10 touchdowns while Floyd posted 1,041 yards and five touchdowns. 


Larry Fitzgerald aiming for 1,300-1,400 receiving yards, 13 scores


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) After five straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has gone two straight without breaking that plateau. The 30-year-old star laid out his 2014 goals in response to a question about his recent contract restructuring and whether the team can afford to keep him in 2015.

“I don’t know what the future holds,” Fitzgerald told ESPN.com. “I can control what happens this year. Go for 1,300, 1,400 [receiving yards], 13 touchdowns, 1,000 catches in a Cardinals uniform. A large part of that is out of my control.

“You don’t control your destiny," he added. "That’s all I focus on, next year.”

Fitzgerald has posted three 1,400-yard seasons (2005, '07, 11). He caught a career-high 13 touchdowns in 2009.


Larry Fitzgerald playing inside more


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians believes receiver Larry Fitzgerald can be more effective moving around the formation and playing inside more. The shift began last season for Fitzgerald, who turned 30 in August.

“Guys lose a step at age 30,” Arians told the team's website. “It’s just natural. As hard as they train and everything, at 30 it’s just a different ballgame. They accept it, they want to become better players, they say help me become a better player than when I was 26. This is how you do it.”


A breakdown of Larry Fitzgerald's new deal


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald restructured his contract in order to give the team more cap room this offseason. ESPN provided a breakdown of his new deal.

Fitzgerald's contract for 2014 is worth $13 million, which includes a $1 million base salary, a $250,000 workout bonus and an $11.75 million roster bonus. His cap number for 2014 is $8.6 million.

In 2015, his cap number increases to $23.6 million. His contract that year will be worth $16.25 million because of an $8 million base salary and an $8 million roster bonus, plus a $250,000 workout bonus.

Fitzgerald's cap numbers for the final three years of his contract are $17.6 million in 2016 and $17.35 million in both 2017 and '18 -- the final two are option seasons.


Might this be Larry Fitzgerald's last year in Arizona?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/5/2014) Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald restructured his contract to give the team cap space, potentially to extend the contracts of Karlos Dansby and Patrick Peterson. But it does create a problem for the Cardinals heading into the 2015 season. 

That's because Fitzgerald's cap number for 2015 will be $23.6 million, an exorbitant amount for anyone. The number falls in each of the next three seasons but it's still between $17.35 and $20.6 million per season according to ESPN. 

According to ESPN blogger Josh Weinfuss, this could make 2014 a contract year for Fitzgerald. The team would be hard pressed to move around his money any further through the remainder of his deal and Fitzgerald might not be willing to take a pay cut. 

Fitzgerald will be 31 when the 2014 season starts and is coming off his second-straight sub-1,000-yard season.