The Sad Case of Larry Fitzgerald

11/28/12 in NFL   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Larry Fitzgerald is considered one of, if not the, top receiver(s) in all of football, however, this year he has yet to prove that if one were simply glossing over his statistics. Upon further dissection, Fitz is not the issue -- as the real issue lies in the inability of the Arizona Cardinals to employ a half-decent quarterback. 

Oct. 29, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver (11) Larry Fitzgerald against the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIREKevin Kolb, their $60+ million man has been unable to both live up to expectations and stay healthy. His backup, John Skelton has much of the same two issues. Ryan Lindley, the current Cardinals quarterback, threw 4 interceptions last week against the St. Louis Rams, 2 returned for touchdowns. He targeted Fitz 13 times throughout the game, and Fitzgerald only managed to reel in 3 because most were overthrows or poor throws. Fantasy owners were kicking and screaming for more output from their stud they almost certainly drafted early on.

Fitzgerald used to be one of the most reliable fantasy wide receivers in the game, but his lack of a half-decent quarterback makes starting him a huge risk. He has not surpassed the 10 point mark in a fantasy week in almost a month. 

I'm fairly certain both Cardinals fans and Fitz owners are looking in Kurt Warner's direction so they can maximize his potential on the offensive side of the ball because their entire offense has been in complete disarray all year long. 

If you don't have a suitable replacement for Fitzgerald this weekend, realize that his fantasy upside is very low and don't expect more than 10 points out of him, facing a New York Jets defense that is resilient, especially when facing a very weak opponent. 
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11/29/12   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Wards_Page wrote:
Guy, I heat ya on Fitzgerald being wasted playing for the Cards (can say the same about Steve Smith the last few years in Carolina), but what does this paragraph mean?

"I'm fairly certain both Cardinals fans and Fitz owners are looking in Kurt Warner's direction so they can maximize his potential on the offensive side of the ball..."

You already laid out the fact that the Cards have no QB, and that's why Fitzgerald is not having a good year. Do you really think that Warner is going to offer some magic solution? Or are you hoping for him to return, which would be grounds for mental institution committal.

Fitzgerald chose to sign a long term deal in AZ and now has to live with it.

Sarcasm, sir --> Warner is 40+, see him at work from time to time at NFL Network. Just unfortunate to watch talent like fitz go to waste.

11/29/12   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

Guy, I heat ya on Fitzgerald being wasted playing for the Cards (can say the same about Steve Smith the last few years in Carolina), but what does this paragraph mean?

"I'm fairly certain both Cardinals fans and Fitz owners are looking in Kurt Warner's direction so they can maximize his potential on the offensive side of the ball..."

You already laid out the fact that the Cards have no QB, and that's why Fitzgerald is not having a good year. Do you really think that Warner is going to offer some magic solution? Or are you hoping for him to return, which would be grounds for mental institution committal.

Fitzgerald chose to sign a long term deal in AZ and now has to live with it.