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Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
WR - #24 78.00 ARI Active 12 years 31 6'3 218 @LarryFitzgerald

2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last updated on Jul-04-2014 by Brad Kruse

Fitzgerald has had an excellent career. He has struggled a bit since Kurt Warner retired, but over his last four seasons he has scored: 240, 269, 175 and 237 points in PPR leagues, respectively. Michael Floyd is coming on strong as a second option, although he might overtake Fitzgerald if 11-year vet doesn't step it up. The former Pitt receiver simply doesn't have that Tier 1 or even Tier 2 upside these days. There are likely some wide receivers drafted in the same range as Fitzgerald who could provide more upside, but they come with more risk as well. His ADP (WR16, 41.63) puts him in Round 4, the same round as Victor Cruz, Cordarrelle Patterson, Percy Harvin, Vincent Jackson, Floyd, Michael Crabtree, Andre Johnson and Sammy Watkins. This round runs the full gauntlet from rookie to future Hall of Famer. This feels like one round too early for Fitz. He just isn't the same player he once was where you should reach for him either.

Latest Update

Jan-31-15 HC Bruce Arians 'definitely, desperately' wants WR Larry Fitzgerald to stay with Cardinals

Some day, Larry Fitzgerald might find himself enshrined in Canton, Ohio as an Arizona Cardinal. But in present day, Fitzgerald's time in the desert may be ending. The 31-year-old wideout is coming off of what's arguably the worst season of his 11-year career, and he is scheduled to count $23.6 million against the cap in 2015. He is due an $8 million salary next season as well as an $8 million signing bonus in March. If Fitzgerald and the Cardinals can't agree to lower those numbers, the team will probably cut him loose prior to free agency.
Such a scenario makes Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians nervous.
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't (nervous about losing Fitzgerald)," Arians told the team's official website. "We definitely, desperately want him to stay. He knows that. It's really his decision. ... "I'm hoping and praying every day that (he stays). I've expressed to him personally how much it means to us."
Fitzgerald racked up a 63-784-2 line in 14 games this season. The Cardinals selected him with the third pick of the 2004 NFL Draft.

Fantasy Analysis:

More important than the decline in production was how Fitzgerald looked noticeably slower on the field thanks to a nagging preseason knee injury and sat out a full game for the first time since 2007. Obviously, any franchise wants to retain its face, a player who is a role model and on and off of the field. But at 31 years old and $23.6 million? Nuh-uh. The two sides will pick up contract talks after the Super Bowl.

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1/31 - HC Bruce Arians 'definitely, desperately' wants WR Larry Fitzgerald to stay with Cardinals

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
7/21/2014
4.05 DavidGonos.com 
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
4.07 Gridiron Experts - @MikeRigz - Fitzgerald doesn't get enough love. I know all the talk is about Michael Floyd these days, but the better Floyd performs the less double coverage Fitz will face. In other words, the Cardinals are no longer a one-man show and I expect Fitzgerald to have a stronger season in 2014. Fitz's ADP is 4.07, exactly where I took him
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