Larry Fitzgerald Fantasy News

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 12. Fitzgerald hopes to play through the sprain, though HC Bruce Arians called him “iffy” for Week 12. He’ll be a game-time decision. The Cardinals play late on Sunday, so he won’t be an attractive start, especially in a bad matchup with the Seahawks. In fact, we’re not all that excited about Michael Floyd or John Brown even if Fitz is out.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Fitzgerald hopes to play through the sprain, though HC Bruce Arians called him “iffy” for Week 12. He’ll be a game-time decision. The Cardinals play late on Sunday, so he won’t be an attractive start, especially in a bad matchup with the Seahawks.

Larry Fitzgerald expects to play through MCL sprain

Monday, November 17, 2014, 1:24pm

Kent Somers on Twitter - [Full Article]

Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald has a grade 2 MCL sprain. Expects to play vs. Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a big relief to the Cards. Fitzgerald was able to finish the game, yet the team has to be relieved the MRI results indicate it wasn’t serious. A grade 2 sprain is on a scale from 1-3. Most medical web sites say a grade 2 is a severe sprain or partial tear. Initial reports on Darren Sproles said he had a partial tear and he ended up missing a game along with a bye week. If Fitz is the one who said he will play, we'll have to at least wait and see how he progresses this week, as players are often too optimistic about their statuses. John Brown could see a bump in snaps if Fitzgerald were to miss a game or two.

Monday, November 17, 2014, 9:04am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had to leave Sunday’s win over the Lions briefly because of an injury to his left knee.

Fitzgerald departed before halftime, but played in the second half and came up with a key third down catch late in the game to help ice Arizona’s ninth victory of the season. He’s still going to go get an MRI to make sure that there’s no serious damage lurking underneath the surface, although neither he nor coach Bruce Arians appeared to be overly concerned.

Carson Palmer (torn ACL) placed on IR

Monday, November 10, 2014, 2:34pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Cardinals announced QB Carson Palmer has a torn ACL and will be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Fantasy Impact:

It's what everyone feared, and assumed, as soon as Palmer went down on is own against the Rams in Week 10. It's a huge blow to the team's chances at a long playoff run. From a fantasy perspective, Drew Stanton takes over as the QB the rest of the season. As we said the first time around with Stanton, owners of Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and now the popular John Brown, must bump their values down. Andre Ellington could benefit with more carries and perhaps getting more involved in the safer, short passing game, but his touches were already approaching what many felt was his limit. Four of the next six weeks are against defenses ranked in the top five in terms of allowing fantasy points to QBs, including two games against the Seahawks as well as the Lions Week 11, the top ranked team.

Monday, November 10, 2014, 9:17am

AZCentral.com - [Full Article]

It didn't take Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald long to figure out that rookie wide receiver John Brown would be an integral part of the Cardinals' offense this season.

"The first couple of days (of training camp)," Fitzgerald said after the Cardinals' 31-14 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. "He caught every ball that was thrown to him and he was getting open consistently. I know everybody was excited."

No one, however, could have foreseen the kind of impact Brown would make. He had 24 catches for 326 yards and four touchdowns heading into Sunday's game, including, of course, the game-winning 75-yard bomb from Carson Palmer to beat Philadelphia two weeks ago.

It will be hard to top that catch, but Brown tried against the Rams. His diving 48-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown reception from backup quarterback Drew Stanton gave Arizona a 17-14 lead, energized a crowd that had been quiet for much of the day at University of Phoenix Stadium and was the impetus for Arizona outscoring St. Louis 21-0 in the final 15 minutes.

Fantasy Impact:

We saw some signs of a possible outburst from Brown this year in the preseason when the Cardinals raved about him. While it's not uncommon for a team to talk positive about a player, you could almost feel the sincerity with the Card's words about Brown. He's making his share of big plays, but right now he's probably still safer for deeper leagues. The loss of Palmer didn't seem to hurt Brown in Week 10, but the value of all of the Cards WRs likely has to drop a bit as the team turns to Stanton.

Carson Palmer signs contract extension

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 2:31pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Arizona Cardinals signed quarterback Carson Palmer to a three-year extension that keeps the two-time Pro Bowler under contract through 2017, the team announced Friday.

Contract terms were not disclosed by the Cardinals, but sources confirmed to ESPN that the deal is worth $50 million in total. It is guaranteed through 2015 and includes a guaranteed $20.5 million during that span, a source said. The average salary range is between $15.9 million and $16.6 million.

Fantasy Impact:

From a fantasy perspective, Palmer is in a pretty good situation and for the most part is a lower-end QB1. He has a reliable, but aging veteran in Larry Fitzgerald and a close-to star in Michael Floyd. John Brown is an emerging deep threat and Andre Ellington at RB is an option to run and catch the ball out of the backfield.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 9:48am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cardinals beat writer Josh Weinfuss: With WR John Brown, Arizona added a reliable speed option. Carson Palmer and Brown developed a great rapport while working together in Southern California this offseason and it’s just translated onto the field. While Larry Fitzgerald has shown he can make a tough catch in traffic and break free for 80 yards and Michael Floyd can go up and over anyone who challenges him, it’s Brown who can take the top off the defense. He has started showing up more and more on opposing game plans over the last few weeks, but after his game-winning touchdown catch Sunday, I’m sure he’ll be a point of emphasis going forward, which will spread secondaries thin and open up the middle and underneath for the rest of the Cardinals’ receivers.

Arians: Carson Palmer feels 'good' after Week 6

Monday, October 13, 2014, 4:34pm

Darren Urban on Twitter - [Full Article]

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said QB Carson Palmer felt good Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

Urban added that the worst seems to be behind Palmer, which is great news. He's worth grabbing if he ended up on your wire. At apparently less than 100 percent, Palmer threw for 250 yards and two TDs last week against the Redskins - one to Michael Floyd and the other to Larry Fitzgerald. It looks like pretty smooth sailing for the next four weeks with games against the Raiders, Eagles, Cowboys and Rams, who all rank 14th or lower in terms of giving up points to QBs.

'Significant progress' in QB Carson Palmer's shoulder

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 1:25pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Greg Roskopf, the founder and CEO of Muscle Activation Techniques, made "significant progress" during a weekend of treatment on Cardinals QB Carson Palmer, who has been out since Week 2 with the nerve issue.

There was enough improvement to allow 40 to 50 passes on Tuesday. Palmer had no setbacks and threw more during Cardinals practice on Wednesday. How Palmer reacts to that latest session will go a long way in determining if he returns to action when the Cardinals host the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald would benefit from Palmer's return. Drew Stanton is recovering from a concussion, so the Cards might be forced to start Logan Thomas if Palmer or Stanton can't play.

Arians: Nerve in Carson Palmer's shoulder 'went back to sleep'

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:31pm

AZ Cardinals - [Full Article]

The Cardinals thought their starting quarterback was nearing a return last week, when Carson Palmer chucked balls 30 and 40 yards down the field preceding the bye weekend.

After a frustrating few days, his reappearance is not imminent.

Palmer missed practice on Wednesday to see another specialist for a shoulder injury which has regressed, coach Bruce Arians said. Palmer hopes to find a treatment which can effectively awaken the nerve problem which has kept him sidelined since the season opener against the Chargers on Sept. 8.

“He threw a bunch last Thursday and Friday and then regressed, so we’re hoping we can find out why,” Arians said.

“It was afterwards (when) something swelled back around that nerve, and it went back to sleep,” Arians added.

Fantasy Impact:

Drew Stanton is likely to draw his third start for the Cardinals. He has been serviceable, but Palmer's absence is a downgrade for Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer says he'll 'definitely be ready' to play in Week 5

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 10:32am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer told ESPN he will "definitely'' be ready to start against the Denver Broncos in Week 5 following his team's bye week.

"I'm fired up to be 3-0. I'll definitely be ready against Denver," he told ESPN in a text message.

Fantasy Impact:

Palmer's return will boost the value of both Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer says his shoulder is 'much, much better'

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 12:20pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The unbeaten Arizona Cardinals have won two straight games without Carson Palmer at the wheel, but the team's starting quarterback says a mysterious nerve issue in his throwing shoulder is on the mend.

"It's better. It's much, much better," Palmer said late Tuesday, per The Arizona Republic.

Palmer told reporters that "tons of treatment" has "really helped" to awaken the dormant nerve. The veteran passer, though, acknowledged that he's still unable to throw at full velocity.

"Not yet, but I'll get there shortly," Palmer said.

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds as if Palmer will return in Week 5, in a matchup against the Broncos. His return should boost the value of both Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald. Drew Standon held down the fort, but Palmer is the superior passer.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 3. With Palmer out, Drew Stanton gets another start. The 49ers are pretty stingy against the pass, so don’t expect much from the Arizona passing game this week. Stanton favored Larry Fitzgerald (10) over Michael Floyd (6) in Week 2.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. It looks like Drew Stanton may get the start in a tough matchup against the 49ers. Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald are not attractive options with Stanton under center.