Larry Fitzgerald Still Top Tier Fantasy Wide Receiver
We should have all been trying to steal Larry Fitzgerald from frustrated owners after his poor Week 2 performance against the New England Patriots. Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda. Fitzgerald hauled in a whopping 1 catch for 4 yards against the Patriots. Number 11 was the prized possession in the second round for many fantasy owners in this year’s draft. The draft mantra for Fitzgerald was, no matter who was throwing to him, he was a lock for posting around 1,300 yards and 8 to 10 touchdowns. Oh how Fitzgerald fantasy owners were sweating after that lowly Week 2 performance.
Since then, Fitzgerald has been a solid fantasy asset. In his last 3 games, he has hauled in 25 catches for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns. He and quarterback, Kevin Kolb, are beginning to develop the chemistry needed for continued fantasy success. That’s as long as the Arizona Cardinals offensive line can keep Kolb upright. Kolb took 9 sacks last week against the St. Louis Rams, in the process making young defensive end, Chris Long, look like Deacon Jones.
The bright side is that Fitzgerald and Kolb will see a cupcake secondary in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills couldn’t keep your grandmother out of the end zone, as they have already allowed 12 passing touchdowns. They have also allowed opposing quarterbacks a 103 Quarterback Rating. The rest of the season (11 games), the Cardinals only see 4 top 10 passing defenses, the San Francisco 49ers being 2 of those match ups. Even in those match ups, I still see him as solid flex/weak WR2.
Conservative projections will have Fitzgerald reaching 1,100 yards and 8 touchdowns this year. So feel confident is starting Fitz this year fantasy owners, and if you traded him after Week 2, shame on you.