Fantasy Football Injury Report: Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald

By Jeff Everette

For Fantasy Football owners that bought into the Carson Palmer hype and jumped on Larry Fitzgerald in the early rounds of their draft, Week 1 was a shining ray of satisfaction. Unfortunately, that which makes you laugh will also make you cry, and now we are not so sure Fitzgerald is going to make you happy this Sunday.

Fitzgerald snagged eight balls for 80 yards and two scores last week, but he also managed to come out of the game with a hamstring injury that may keep him out of Sunday’s match-up with the Detroit Lions.

Week 1 was a virtual Fantasy explosion for Fitzgerald, who fell into Fantasy irrelevance last season thanks to the inept play of the St. Louis Cardinals’ quarterbacks. His performance was exactly what owners were praying for when they selected him in the third — or fourth — round of their drafts. In many cases, owners ended up passing on players like Vincent Jackson and Roddy White on the belief that Palmer would bring Fitz back to the top of his game. Week 1 was mission accomplished, but this injury gives owners plenty to worry as they head into Week 2.

The most reliable bit of news surrounding Fitzgerald has him being a game-time decision, but the Cardinals promoted wide receiver Kerry Taylor to the active roster on Saturday, which may be a sign that Fitzgerald will be a no-go.

The problem with having Fitzgerald a questionable start is that he plays a late afternoon game, so if he is unable to go, it will leave most owners with very little in the way of a replacement. If you don’t have a suitable starter to replace him, then the best advice may be to bench him if he has not been cleared by the start of the 1 o’clock EST games.

If you can, slide Fitzgerald into a flex position and have someone like Maurice Jones DrewRueben Randall or Kenny Stills replace him with before the 4:05 EST start time.

Hopefully Fitzgerald will be able to play, and contribute against the Lions, but this is a situation to plan around and pay attention to. Make sure to come back to Rant Sports Fantasy for all the latest news and advice.

Jeff Everette covers the Miami Dolphins, for You can follow him on Twitter @jeverettesports, “like” his page on Facebook, “Trust” him on Sulia, or join his circles on Google.


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