Larry Fitzgerald Fantasy News
Arians targeting 100 receptions, 10-15 TDs for Larry Ftzgerald
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:34pm
“It was a down year, and it’s nice to see him on a mission right now to get back to where he was, and rightfully so. He’s a premier player and we need to have him back up over 100 catches and 10-15 touchdowns.”
Under Arians, Colts WR Reggie Wayne finished 2012 with 106-1355-5, but Wayne was also helped by the arrival of QB Andrew Luck. Fitzgerald should also see an improvement in QB with Carson Palmer under center. Palmer is no savior, but he should provide at least mediocre play at QB which will be a big improvement from the three-headed monster of Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley. We're expecting a bounce-back season for Fitzy, who still is among the most-talented WRs in the NFL.
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Cardinals trade for Carson Palmer
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 1:35pm
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Cards completed the deal with the Raiders in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2014.
The condition is that he starts 13 games, meaning if he falls short of being the full-time starter, the Cards don’t owe them a thing.
This is big news for Larry Fitzgerald owners. Even mediocre QB play should be a big upgrade for Fitzy. A QB change had already been priced into his ADP (3.02) but his stock may rise a bit further now that the news is official. As for Palmer, he should post his usually decent fantasy numbers, especially if the Cardinals often find themselves in catch-up mode in 2013.
Raiders acquire QB Matt Flynn
Monday, April 1, 2013, 12:16pm
The Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks have pulled the trigger on a trade that will send quarterback Matt Flynn to the Raiders in exchange for a pair of draft picks, reports Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com.
In addition to acquiring Flynn, Glazer adds that the Raiders are attempting to trade Carson Palmer, their starting quarterback the last two seasons, to the Arizona Cardinals for a late round draft choice.
Flynn has started two games in his career. In 2010, he filled in for an injured Aaron Rodgers in a tough 31-27 loss against the Patriots in Week 15, throwing for 251 yards, three TDs and an interception. In 2011, with Rodgers resting in Week 17, Flynn torched the Lions for 480 yards and six TDs (with one interception). His stock took a dive after he couldn't beat out rookie Russell Wilson, but he was dealing with an elbow injury and Wilson turned out to be pretty good. The Raiders have not been a favorable situation for QBs in recent years, but Carson Palmer was 8th in the league in pass attempts in 2012, so if Flynn finds himself in garbage time as often, he should put up decent fantasy stats. He doesn't have great arm strength, but has shown good accuracy and anticipation on his throws. As for Palmer, it appears that he will land with the Cardinals. He's no savior, but even mediocre QB play would be a big upgrade for WR Larry Fitzgerald.
Carson Palmer wants out of Oakland
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 11:18am
By proposing that the 33-year-old quarterback take a relatively modest reduction from his $13 million base salary, rather than a drastic cut, the Raiders were essentially affirming their faith in Palmer's abilities. And given that it's highly unlikely Palmer could command anywhere close to $10 million annually on the open market, staying seemed like the obvious play.
Yet Palmer, Y! Sports has learned and other media outlets have reported, balked at the Raiders' request, a move that could lead to his outright release. The quarterback's decision, according to three sources familiar with Palmer's mindset, is based on a sense that Oakland's prospects for success in 2013 are so bleak that money is no longer the predominant factor in his thought process.
Palmer's rejection of the Raiders' proposal could lead him to the Arizona Cardinals, who are in the market for a starting quarterback, or possibly put him on the path to becoming a backup for a contending team. Oakland, meanwhile, may respond to the player's hardened stance by trading for Seattle Seahawks backup Matt Flynn or selecting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the third overall pick in the draft.
It seemed from the beginning like it was less than a 50/50 proposition that Palmer would start for the Raiders in 2013, and the chances seem even lower now. If he were to land in Arizona, it would be a boon for Larry Fitzgerald. Palmer is no longer elite, but even mediocre play at QB would be a huge upgrade for the Cardinals.
Cardinals content with Drew Stanton as starting QB
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 2:22pm
Asked by Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network whether he thinks his starting quarterback is currently on the roster, Arians answered, “Yes, we have a very capable one in Drew Stanton.”
Arians continued that Stanton played for him last year as Andrew Luck’s backup in Indianapolis, which makes him comfortable that he has a quarterback who can run his offense effectively.
“Drew knows the offense, he is more than capable of doing it. If he is our guy, I am comfortable,” Arians said.
Thursday, February 14, 2013, 10:37am
Word circulating in league circles is (Vikings WR) Percy Harvin's agent, Joel Segal, is starting the bidding upwards of $10 million a season, which would make Harvin one of the NFL's 10 highest-paid receivers no matter what Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings and Dwayne Bowe command in free agency.
The real goal may be $12 million a year, if not higher -- more than any receiver except All-Pros Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. That kind of compensation is a bigger issue for teams that have discussed a deal for Harvin than the draft pick(s) it'd take to land him.
Bruce Arians thinks Larry Fitzgerald can bounce back
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 12:08pm
Reggie Wayne, the Colts’ veteran, had statistics (75-960-4) in 2011 that mirrored what Larry Fitzgerald dealt with in 2012 (71-798-4). But when Bruce Arians came in to Indianapolis as offensive coordinator before the 2012 season, one of his goals was to make Wayne the impact player he had always been. Now that Arians is head coach of the Cardinals, he has the same plans for Fitz.
“As a receiver, you can’t hand it to them, you have to throw it to them,” Arians said. “They can double-cover him, and you don’t throw it to him if he is double-covered and someone else is single-covered. You’ve got to take what is there as a quarterback, but you do have to get him the ball because he is such a tremendous talent.
“When I first met with Reggie, Reggie had been on the left side for 10 years. The first day of spring I put him over there on the right, and he looked like he had palsy. I said, ‘It’ll come. You have to retrain your body here. Wait until I put you in the slot.’ There was buy-in.”
Now, Fitzgerald is ahead of the curve there. The Cardinals have been moving him around for a while now, just to get him open. Wayne’s resurgence not coincidentally benefited from the arrival of Andrew Luck at quarterback, and as of today, it doesn’t look like a Luck-type will end up behind center for the Cardinals this season. But Arians understands the ball must end up with Fitz more often than it did last season.
Cardinals "not ready to give up on Kevin Kolb"
Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 12:19pm
Quarterback will be one of the central issues around the new coach and general manager of the Cardinals. That’s obvious. It was obvious to former coach Ken Whisenhunt, who mentioned over and over the need for more consistent quarterback play, and for team president Michael Bidwill, who noted during his press conference one of the requirements for his new decision-makers will be about “not just finding but also developing quarterbacks.”
Which takes us to the injured Kevin Kolb. In two seasons, Kolb has been hurt more than healthy. When he played this year, the Cardinals were finding ways to win. And Bidwill gave an important quote about the QB — who still figures to have to restructure his contract (he is due a total of $11 million in 2013) to return: “I’m not ready to give up on Kevin Kolb yet.”
Bidwill acknowledged the Cards “probably” haven’t gotten value yet on the Kolb trade, which included the hefty contract. “That’s one of the questions we will really focus on with the coaching staff candidates,” Bidwill said. “How do we see about Kevin and his performance and how we can turn him into the quarterback of the future here for the Cardinals and make that decision, if he is the right guy?”
This decision will drastically impact the value of Larry Fitzgerald, who struggled to a 71-798-4 season, his worst totals since his rookie season. Fitzgerald will turn 30 before next season.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 4:16pm
This mainly impacts Larry Fitzgerald, who has just eight catches in his last four games. Bench him.
Saturday, December 8, 2012, 1:20pm
“I would anticipate that, if I were a betting man,” Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald could be in store for another lackluster afternoon as Sherman has the second lowest opposing quarterback rating against him this season. (Bears’ CB Tim Jennings ranks first in that category.) Fitz will also be limited with the inconsistent and often erratic John Skelton under center, too.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 12:40pm
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald was feeling fine after the game, he said. He took a blow to the head in the first quarter and was evaluated by the team's medical personnel and cleared to return. Some fans via twitter assumed Fitzgerald had a concussion because they saw him sniff an ammonia capsule (or something like that). That's pretty common in the NFL and Fitzgerald said that he often does it before he takes the field. He seemed as clear-headed as usual after the game.
Fitzgerald is fine injury wise, but continues to be limited by poor QB and line play in Arizona. There is no light at the end of the tunnel here.