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 fantasypros.com. Draft Fitzgerald with confidence with the idea of him producing somewhere in the region of 1,000 receiving yard and 8-10 TDs.
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.
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.
Fitz is still in his prime as far as wide receivers go and the Cardinals looked much better in the second half last season as they took to Bruce Arians' offense. This tier of wid receivers is very close for me and I'll be happy with any of them.
After five straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons, Fitz has gone two straight seasons 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. Fitzgerald is entering a contract season and with the hopes of getting back to that 1,300 to 1,400-plus yard range. Fitzgerald has posted three 1,400- plus yard seasons (2005, 2007 and 2011). He caught a career-high 13 touchdowns in 2009 and is looking to get back to that level of production.
Like Reggie Wayne, Fitz was primarily an outside receiver. With age, Coach Bruce Arians moved the 33 year old Colts WR Reggie Wayne inside where he saw a rejuvenated 195 Targets while catching 106 balls for 1355 yards with the 2012 Colts. Bruce Arians wants to do the same with 30 year old Larry Fitzgerald in 2014. Guys lose a step at age 30, say Arians. 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, explains Arians for moving Fitz around to for better matchups. Larry Fitzgerald is a great bet to surpass his rough 954 yard 2013 performance and will remain a double digit TD scorer for the Cards.