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By Steve Painter, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Jul 10th 4:53pm EDT

Only two drops in 236 targets. Fitzgerald is a tad slower but he's catching nearly everything thrown his way. He especially likes Carson Palmer. who is coming off of knee surgery. In the six games when Palmer was QB in 2014, Fitzgerald had 32 receptions for 483 yards. (Source: Pro Football Focus)

Fantasy Impact: If Palmer can stay healthy, and that's a risky proposition, Fitz will have WR2 status week in and week out.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Thu, Feb 19th 12:28am EST

Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals agreed to a two year contract that will pay him 11 million dollars guaranteed per season. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: While the motivation for the move was to kick his huge cap hit down the line, it ensures that Fitzgerald will remain in Arizona for the time being. The large sum of guaranteed money makes him virtually un-tradeable, and there are very real questions about both his role and how effective he is going forward after a disappointing 2014. While the potential for a 2015 rebound exists, I wouldn't bet on it.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Wed, Jan 7th 1:37pm EST

In an interview with Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Bruce Arians gave his views on Larry Fitzgerald's future "I love Larry. I think he brings a ton to the table, a lot of energy and a lot of leadership. The more we have success offensively, the more balls there are to go around. But to think of him of the days 10 years ago with 120 catches and all that, I'm sure those days are gone," Arians told Dan Bickley and Vince Marotta on the air. "Eighty catches and a big part of the offense? Yeah, he's still a big part of that." (Source:

Fantasy Impact: It's a bit of a backhanded compliment from Arians, as his real message is that "Fitzgerald isn't what he used to be". He is right in the fact that he can still be a productive player in the right situation, but its becoming increasingly clear that the right situation may not be in Arizona, we'll keep you posted on the developing situation, as Fitzy may still have some fantasy relevance left headed into his 12th season.


By Mike Wright, Cardinals Correspondent, Sun, Jan 4th 12:00am EST

Larry Fitzgerald caught 3 passes for 31 yards in Saturday's Wild Card loss to the Panthers.

Fantasy Impact: Fitz was slowed by the horrendous play of Ryan Lindley. Fitz was open and missed with frequency. He did manage a great grab on 3rd down to set up one of the AZ touchdowns. With the offseason here, all attention on Fitz will focus on where he is playing next year. Even Fitzgerald himself has acknowledged the current contract situation has to change. The Cardinal superiors have said Larry is in the plans for next year, but Fitz is holding the power.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Jan 2nd 5:03pm EST

According to "a source familiar with the situation" Larry Fitzgerald does not expect to be back with the Cardinals next season, and Saturday's game against the Panthers could be his final game in Arizona. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: There also is speculation that the breakup is both in part of Fitzgerald's gargantuan cap number (23.6 million, roughly 17% of the salary cap), and his dissatisfaction with his role in the offense. Fitzgerald has been able to put together flashes of dominance, but is nowhere near his peak. That being said, the same was said about Randy Moss before he landed in New England, which coincidentally is a rumored destination for Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald certainly is an interesting play in daily formats during Wild Card Weekend, and has an intriguing off-season on the horizon.


By Mike Wright, Cardinals Correspondent, Sat, Dec 13th 11:39am EST

Larry Fitzgerald caught 7 passes for 30 yards in Thursday's win over the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: It was a tough offensive day for the Cardinals against a stout Rams defense. Fitz was used almost exclusively on short underneath passes in the hopes he could create something. The good news is Fitz looked healthy, the bad news is he takes on Seattle next week with either Ryan Lindley or Logan Thomas as his QB. Larry will have to ride the pine for fantasy championships.


By Mike Wright, Cardinals Correspondent, Wed, Dec 10th 4:05pm EST

Larry Fitzgerald is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Rams after he practiced in full on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: The Rams do have a weakness in their secondary. However, they make up for that with a terrifying pass rush. Fitz is a lower-end WR3 play this week. Fantasy players need to ask themselves, do they want a playoff matchup resting in the hands of Drew Stanton?


By Mike Wright, Cardinals Correspondent, Tue, Dec 9th 11:01pm EST

Larry Fitzgerald was listed as limited for Tuesday's practice. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was likely a rest day for the veteran. He is still nursing an injured knee and the Cards are on a short week. Coach Arians is hopeful that Fitz can play Thursday against the Rams. Fantasy owners will want to look elsewhere, Fitz can't be played with confidence against a resurgent Rams defense and Drew Stanton throwing the ball.


By Mike Wright, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, Dec 8th 2:22pm EST

Larry Fitzgerald caught 4 passes for 34 yards in Sunday's win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Fitz returned after from his absence to a forgettable game. His presence does have a noticeable positive effect for the rest of the team and Drew Stanton. Fitz is only a desperation play against the nuclear Rams defense on Thursday night.


By Mike Wright, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Dec 5th 6:06pm EST

Larry Fitzgerald has gotten in some limited practice this week. Coach Arians still says Fitzgerald is not 100% and will be a game-day decision. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Cardinal offense has desperately missed Fitz. Stanton has been subpar and the other AZ wide receivers have struggled with Fitz absent from the lineup. Darren Urban, Cardinals beat writer, believes Fitz will play. Fitz would be a WR3 if he were to play, as well as giving John Brown and Michael Floyd a little bump.


By Dale Redman, Cardinals Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 2:56pm EST

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will not play Sunday against the Falcons. Fitzgerald missed last week as well with a knee injury. John Brown will start in Fitzgerald's place. (Source: Kent Somers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hopefully you had options available in place of Fitzgerald. If you decided to roll the dice, look for John Brown to be a good fill in against a porous Falcons defense. Check back next week for Fitzgerald's status against the Chiefs.


By Matthew Terelle, Cardinals Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 11:37am EST

It looks like Larry Fitzgerald is pushing to play today against the Falcons. According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports even if Fitzgerald plays he will be exremely limited. (Source: Jason LaCanfora on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Owners would be wise to avoid this situation if at all possible. Fitzgerald is a warrior and very well may play but probably won't do much for fantasy owners even if he does.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Sat, Nov 29th 12:20pm EST

Larry Fitzgerald stated that he's highly likely to play in Week 13 against Atlanta, but acknowledges the decision to play is "not his call". Fitzgerald has not practiced in two weeks due to a MCL strain. (Source: Fox Sports)

Fantasy Impact: While Fitzgerad is the Cardinals leading receiver in 2014, If you plan on starting an aging WR who's only posted four useful fantasy week's thus-far, and coming off an injury to boot in fantasy football's highest stress week, you're a far gutsier manager than I. While Atlanta's secondary is allowing the 7th most fantasy points to receivers this year, I cant advise using Fitzgerald outside of 4WR formats. If Fitzgerald goes off on your bench, so be it.


By Mike Wright, Cardinals Correspondent, Wed, Nov 26th 6:50pm EST

Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is still not practicing. (Source: Josh Weinfuss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fitz is still dealing with a sprained MCL and is looking questionable to play this week. Reports are Fitz has shown improvement, but will likely miss another week.


By Tom, Cardinals Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 2:40pm EST

Fitzgerald will not play against the Seahawks this week.

Fantasy Impact: He's been listed as questionable all week with a knee injury so this was not a surprise.


By Raphael Rabe, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Nov 21st 3:25pm EST

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has labeled Larry Fitzgerald a game time decision for Week 12's contest versus the Seahawks. He missed practice on Friday for a third straight day.

Fantasy Impact: It seems like the injury-proof veteran has finally met his match with the MCL sprain he suffered last week versus the Lions. At age 31 Larry Fitzgerald has already noticeably lost a step, and this latest setback will not do anything to help his fantasy value. You can safely keep him benched for Week 12 unless you're in an emergency situation; just don't expect too many snaps or huge production.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Tue, Nov 18th 11:28am EST

Larry Fitzgerald's Monday MRI revealed a Grade 2 MCL sprain. Coach Bruce Arians stated that "We'll see how sore he is Wednesday and how much it limits him, and we'll go from there," Arians said. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Grade 2 indicates a severe sprain or a partial tear, Fitzgerald is lucky that he avoided a grade 3 sprain, which requires surgery. As someone who's suffered the same injury, you can play through it, like Fitzgerald did, while your adrenaline is running on high. But once movement stops, swelling sets in. Fitzgerald will most likely be listed as Questionable this week, and could very well play, the combination of injury and Drew Stanton playing QB make Fitz a mere WR4 going forward.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 1:06pm EST

Larry Fitzgerald will have an MRI on his injured knee later today. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Fitzgerald is confident he can play through injury, which didnt cause him to miss any plays. Bruce Arians stated "Larry came back and played, so we'll see how sore he is Monday," Arians said. How effective Fitzgerald can be is another story, as he was limited to 2 catches on 4 targets. Fitzgerald is a TD dependent low-end WR2 at this point, and could be hobbled for the rest of the year.


By Mike Wright, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 12:43pm EST

Larry Fitzgerald caught 9 passes for 112 yards in Sunday's win over the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Fitzgerald ate the entire game in the middle of the field. The Rams had the run game shut down, but had no answers for Fitzgerald. Arizona hosts the Lions next week and Carson Palmer is likely done for the year. Fitzgerald owners hopes now rest upon Drew Stanton, who has been serviceable in his spot starts.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 6:51pm EDT

Larry Fitzgerald recorded 4 receptions for 21 yards off of 5 targets in Arizona's week 7 victory. (Source: ESPN )

Fantasy Impact: Larry Fitzgerald continues to disappoint fantasy owners all around. It's hard to depend on Fitz as more than a WR3 or WR4 for the rest of the season as most of the production in the passing game is going to Michael Floyd and Andre Ellington. Keep Fitzgerald on your bench unless you absolutely have no other choices.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Oct 3rd 1:00pm EDT

According to Andre Melnick of, the New England Patriots could make a run for Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald in a trade. (Source: Fansided)

Fantasy Impact: There has been speculation that Fitzgerald was a target of the Patriots organization for a while now during the offseason. With the mess that New England is right now at WR, this trade makes perfect sense for them. On the Cardinals side, if this trade were to go down, John Brown would see his stock go flying up since he would then be bumped up to the #2 WR in this offense. This is all speculation as of right now.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Tue, Sep 23rd 1:44am EDT

Larry Fitzgerald posted 3 receptions for 34 yards on Sunday in the win against San Francisco. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: I suppose the only encouraging stat from Fitzgerald's day is that backup QB Drew Stanton targeted him 7 times. Nevertheless, this is the third week in the row that Fitzgerald has failed to produce. To make matters worse, Fitzgerald had a lost fumble as well. With rookie John Brown establishing himself as an all-around talent and Michael Floyd showing that he's the teams #1 WR, rough times may be ahead for Fitzgerald owners. He now falls into WR3 territory for the time being, going forward.


By Raphael Rabe, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 8:35pm EDT

Earlier in the week, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians indicated that Larry Fitzgerald has been dealing with a sore knee dating back to the third preseason game of the preseason. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: As we saw in Week 1, it would appear that Michael Floyd is the true WR1 in Arizona. However, with the downfield passing attack that Arians employees, a healthy Fitzgerald can still be productive in all formats. Keep tabs on this situation as he's technically not listed on the team's Week 2 injury report. Fitzgerald is currently WR19 in standard formats and WR21 in PPR formats, per FantasyPros.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Tue, Sep 9th 2:04am EDT

Larry Fitzgerald did very little in Arizona's week 1 win against the Chargers, posting 1 reception for 22 yards off of 4 targets. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This was very unexpected from Fitzgerald owners. At times it seemed like Carson Palmer wasn't even looking Fitzgerald's way. Fitzgerald didn't even record his lone possession until the 4th quarter! Look for Fitzgerald to bounce back against a very suspect New York Giants defense in week 2. The Giants gave up 346 yards through the air to the Lions in week 1.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, Aug 25th 10:52pm EDT

Larry Fitzgerald had a fantastic showing Sunday night against the Bengals, totaling 71 receiving yards off of 3 receptions. On the second drive of the night, Fitzgerald caught a 43 yard catch-and-run off of a slant route. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Fitzgerald has looked amazing this preseason totaling 106 yards receiving on 7 receptions. While the emergence of Michael Floyd and John Brown may take away some targets from Fitzgerald, he still is the leading red zone target in Arizona. His days of being a top 10 fantasy WR might be done, but Fitzgerald still has plenty left in the tank to contribute to fantasy lineups. He is the consensus 17th ranked WR according to Draft Fitzgerald with confidence with the idea of him producing somewhere in the region of 1,000 receiving yard and 8-10 TDs.


By TD Monk, Cardinals Correspondent, Sat, Aug 9th 9:22pm EDT

Larry Fitzgerald caught both of his targets in the one series he played, which included a 7 yard touchdown reception after beating Texans CB Brandon Harris. He also threw a key block downfield which sprung TE Rob Housler for a 38 yard reception. (Source: TD Monk)

Fantasy Impact: WR Michael Floyd is receiving justified hype after a breakout season last year, however Larry Fitzgerald will still be in the WR1/WR2 discussion this season as he remains a key red zone target for the Cardinals potent passing game.


By TD Monk, Cardinals Correspondent, Sun, Jul 27th 12:28pm EDT

Fitzgerald's 2015 cap number increases to $23.6 million, which is a $15 million increase compared to this year. This equates to between 15-20 percent of the salary cap. (Source: azcentral)

Fantasy Impact: Cardinals President Michael Bidwill states he wants Fitz to retire a Cardinal, but he will most likely need to restructure his current deal which pays him approximately $60 million through 2018. He will be 31 at the end of August and still produces at a high level even though he has not had a 1,000 yd season since 2011. His leadership and work ethic are irreplaceable, but this season's production and the emergence of younger WRs like Michael Floyd will determine the amount of team leverage.

FFLockerRoom | Jul 31st
I'm really happy that Fitz is staying in Arizona but that doesn't mean he will ever be a top WR again. Hopefully he moves to the slot and can regain some PPR potential.
The NY Times | Jul 31st
Strict possession receiver averaged just 6 FPPG last season. A better play with Palmer behind center.
Breaking Football | Jul 30th
Fitzgerald isn't going to dominate anymore but with a healthy Palmer he could still be a rock solid WR2.
WalterFootball | Jul 29th
In the few games Carson Palmer played last year Larry Fitzgerald was the main beneficiary. Palmers health will be a concern, but if he can stay upright we should see Fitz have a solid season.
The Fake Football | Jun 26th
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