Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
|WR - #24||78.00||ARI||Active||12 years||31||6'3||218||@LarryFitzgerald|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast 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.
Larry Fitzgerald insists he can still play at an elite level but it's the Cardinals' system that is holding him back. He was recently asked if it was possible for him to produce significant numbers. 'No, it's not possible,' Fitzgerald said. 'And it's only that reason, because of the role that I play. It's a different role. I just don't have the opportunities down the field. I'm more inside, I move the chains a lot more. So in terms of putting up the big numbers, it will be difficult. But in terms of my effectiveness, of providing first downs, being able to make tough catches for my team, I'm still going to be able to do that.'Fantasy Analysis:
I guess we shouldn't expect a huge bounce back year from Fitz if even he doesn't believe that it's a possibility in the Cardinals scheme. Apparently he has just become what he is. The once great Fitzgerald has been reduced to a WR3 and should be drafted as so. His 2014 63-784-2 line has become the norm for the aging superstar.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors4/25 - Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald blames his lack of production on his role
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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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