Week Seventeen Analysis:
After an amazing upset in Seattle, Arizona will look to keep their playoff hopes alive at home against San Francisco. Larry Fitzgerald had six receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown in their first meeting, and a repeat performance could be possible. The Niners' secondary is very good. But Roddy White went for 12 catches, 141 yards, and a touchdown against them on Monday night, so they aren't impenetrable … especially against gifted No. 1 receivers.
Week Fifteen Analysis:
Last week, Larry Fitzgerald caught all 12 of his targets and crossed the stripe for the fourth straight game. In addition, he is the only receiver with double-digit red zone targets over the last four weeks, and he leads all players in red zone target percentage on the season. Arizona is in Tennessee this weekend, and despite a rough outing in Denver last weekend, the Titans still sport a very tough secondary … especially at home. They haven't allowed a wide receiver touchdown in their stadium this season, but Larry Fitzgerald isn't any wide receiver. This matchup is far from ideal, but his skillset and size advantage make him hard to sit.
Week Fourteen Analysis:
Larry Fitzgerald caught a touchdown for the third straight game, and he's totaled five scores in as many games, making him a very reliable option as of late. It's good to have you back, Larry. Though it could all change with games against Seattle and Tennessee on the horizon, for now he'll focus on a home game against St. Louis, a team he torched for 80 yards and two touchdowns back in Week 1. The Rams have also surrendered double-digit fantasy points to literally every No. 1 receiver they've faced this season. And when you factor in that Fitzgerald has seen over 36% of Arizona's red zone targets, he is a premium play.
Week Thirteen Analysis:
Larry Fitzgerald looks revitalized lately, scoring five touchdowns in his last six games to propel Arizona into the playoff picture … Arizona! The Cardinals are a pass-first offense (26th in rush attempts), and that puts Fitzgerald in a nice spot considering he holds the third-highest team red zone target percentage in the league. Fitz will face the Eagles this week, who have allowed 15 touchdowns to receivers this season and 214 yards a game (most in the NFL). No one in Philly's secondary can match up to Fitzgerald physically, and with the emergence of Michael Floyd, they will be hard-pressed to double team the seven-time Pro Bowler.
Week Twelve Analysis:
Last Sunday, Larry Fitzgerald found paydirt for the third time in five games, and this week he has a great matchup at home against the Colts. Indy has been abused through the air recently, surrendering seven total touchdowns and 240 yards per game to receivers over their last four games. It's been somewhat of a down season for Fitzgerald, but he's still one of just ten receivers with more than 550 yards and six touchdowns on the season. He is also one of six receivers thus far with a red-zone target percentage above 30 and should make for a nice play on Sunday.
Week Eleven Analysis:
It's been an up and down year for Larry Fitzgerald, but he's actually been quite consistent on the road, averaging six receptions, 82 yards, and a touchdown per game. Arizona is in Jacksonville this week in what seems like an ideal matchup, but shockingly no wide receiver has eclipsed 100 yards against the Jaguars this season. Probably because opponents don't need to pass against Jacksonville for long. That said, they allow more than a touchdown per game to receivers, and Fitzgerald will be the fourth opposing wideout that stands 6'3". The other three were Sidney Rice, Austin Pettis, and Demaryius Thomas, and they combined for nearly 200 yards and four touchdowns against the Jags.
Week Ten Analysis:
Larry Fitzgerald has scored in three of his last five games, and the two teams that have kept him out of the end zone during that span were Seattle and Carolina, elite defenses. Those two teams have combined to surrender a mere six touchdowns to receivers in 17 games this season, so the competition has been stiff. Things won't get much easier for Fitzgerald with the Texans in town on Sunday. Houston is allowing the fewest yards to wide receivers, by a mile, just 99 per game. That's not 99 yards to one guy. That's 99 yards to opposition's entire group of receivers. TY Hilton's fourth quarter explosion against Houston last week was a total anomaly. Clearly, it's a tough matchup for Fitz.
Week Eight Analysis:
Larry Fitzgerald was a lost cause from a fantasy perspective last Thursday against Seattle but the extended rest should have healed his hamstrings, and he finally has a meaty matchup this week in the Atlanta Falcons, who allow more than 190 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game to opposing wideouts. Vincent Jackson was catching one-handed bombs against them last week, and with the emergence of Michael Floyd on the other side, Fitzgerald should fill the box score. According to head coach Bruce Arians, he was maxed-out at 80% in recent weeks but should be full-go on Sunday.
Week Seven Analysis:
He was hampered by injured hamstrings, but Larry Fitzgerald went into hostile San Francisco and caught six balls for 117 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown. Paired with his touchdown on Revis Island, Larry has accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments this season. Things won't get much easier with Seattle in town, but over the last three weeks, the Seahawks have allowed more yards per game to receivers than the leaky secondaries of the Raiders, Packers, Giants, and Redskins. Fitzgerald has also averaged over six catches and 100 yards in the last three home games versus Seattle, so if he suits up, he should warrant a start. But keep close tabs on him leading up to Thursday night.
Week Six Analysis:
There aren't many positive angles when your receivers faces off against the 49ers. Larry Fitzgerald did score on Revis Island in Week 4, and that's arguably the league's toughest matchup. But San Francisco hasn't surrendered a touchdown to a receiver since Week 1, and Larry didn't do much against Carolina last Sunday. Still, Fitzgerald is a freakish athlete and has caught touchdowns in two of his last three games at Candlestick.
Week Five Analysis:
When you score on Revis Island – on the road – in the fourth quarter to tie the game, you deserve serious respect. That's exactly what Larry Fitzgerald did last week, but he'll get little reprieve with the Panthers' top-ranked defense paying a visit to the desert on Sunday. Carolina is coming off a bye and expects to return starting cornerback Josh Thomas and starting free safety Mike Mitchell to the lineup. Fitzgerald has returned to full health, and by scoring on Revis, he showed he should probably be started regardless of matchup. But be wary of the Panthers, who blanked the Giants in their last game and didn't allow any receivers to go over 40 yards.
Week Four Analysis:
Larry Fitzgerald looked fine last week as far as health goes, but he is booked for Tampa Bay this week, and that means tough sledding for the seven-time Pro Bowler against cornerback Darrelle Revis. Fitzgerald will attempt to escape Revis Island by lining up in the slot, where he has run nearly half his routes this season according to Pro Football Focus. Arizona also attempts over 38 passes per game, and Fitzgerald does have several inches on Revis, so there's some hope for success. But he's no sure thing against Revis who has already returned to elite cover corner status.
Week Three Analysis:
Larry Fitzgerald was a letdown last week when his hamstring forced him to exit early, but he has stated there is "no question" he will suit up this week at New Orleans. The Saints have thinned-out at cornerback with the apparent loss of Patrick Robinson for the season. Saints corners allowed the second-most receiving touchdowns last season, and free agent acquisition Keenan Lewis has under-achieved thus far. Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer brought legitimacy to Arizona's offense, and if Fitzgerald is active on Sunday as expected, you have to play him in this potential shootout. His optimism is encouraging, but keep close tabs on that hammy.
Week Two Analysis:
Larry Fitzgerald looked rejuvenated on the road against a skilled St. Louis secondary last Sunday. Fitz fought his way to 80 yards and two scores on eight catches. He was the fifth-most targeted receiver in Week 1, and you can expect that trend to continue against Detroit. The Lions allowed 183 yards to Minnesota wideouts last week, and that's a lot considering it was Christian Ponder was distributing the ball. Larry and Carson Palmer pose as more of a threat through the air, and the Cardinals figure to remain pass-happy against Detroit's daunting run defense.
Week One Analysis:
Many people expect Larry Fitzgerald to light it up with pass-happy head coach, Bruce Arians, and able-armed quarterback, Carson Palmer, now down in the desert. What people aren't expecting, are the Cardinals to run the ball with any success. That bodes well for Larry, who will run plays out of every receiver position as Arians did with Reggie Wayne in Indianapolis last year. Wayne saw a massive spike in targets and the same can be expected for Fitzgerald. He has scored 13 times in his career versus St. Louis, the most against any team. But be warned, All-Pro Cortland Finnegan will be assigned coverage, and he did not allow a touchdown last year. The Rams have a ravenous front seven that led the NFL last year in sacks. Palmer should be under constant pressure and looking at Larry for help frequently.
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