Larry Fitzgerald Fantasy News

Report: Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald doesn't expect to be back in '15

Thursday, January 1, 2015, 4:29pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Larry Fitzgerald does not expect to be back with the Cardinals next season, a source familiar with the situation told FOX Sports Arizona on Wednesday. That could make Saturday's wild-card playoff game in Charlotte, N.C., the final game of the Valley icon's Arizona career.

Last week, general manager Steve Keim confirmed a Pro Football Talk report that the Cardinals had no plans to cut Fitzgerald despite an unworkable $23.6 million cap number next season, which would account for about 17 percent of the projected $141 million salary cap.

"I don't think it's any secret that we've said all along it's our intent to have Larry Fitzgerald retire a Cardinal," Keim told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "I don't want to get into it too deep, but with planning purposes, financially, from a cap standpoint, all those sorts of things, we have Larry's number already baked into our numbers."

"We've had ongoing talks with (Fitzgerald's agent) Eugene Parker, and we will continue to have ongoing talks," Keim added. "Even though it's still not 2015, it's my job to look at 2015, '16, '17 and years beyond, and we have to make good business decisions."

Fantasy Impact:

Fitzgerald's numbers don't justify his massive contract, but maybe the two sides can work out a deal that can keep him in Arizona for a while longer.

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Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Fitzgerald should be find for his usual complement of snaps, though HC Bruce Arians said that he might alter playing time in the second half if the SEA/STL game gets out of hand. Arizona needs Seattle to lose to improve its playoff position.

Cardinals want to keep Larry Fitzgerald

Monday, December 22, 2014, 11:15am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Not only do the Cardinals intend to keep Larry Fitzgerald next season, they want to keep him much longer than that.

Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said he hopes it’s a much longer-range relationship.

“We have to make good business decisions,” Keim told Arizona Sports 98.7, via Darren Urban of the team’s official website. “I don’t think it’s any secret that we said all along that it is our intent to have Larry Fitzgerald retire a Cardinal. I don’t want to get into it too deep, but with planning purposes and financially, from a cap standpoint and all those sort of things, we have Larry’s [cap] number already baked into our numbers.

“Now, any kind of business decisions moving forward, renegotiations with Larry and that sort of thing, we’ve had ongoing talks with [agent] Eugene Parker and we will continue to have ongoing talks. But again, the best I can tell you is that it is our intent to keep Larry and make sure he stays a Cardinal the rest of his career.”

Fantasy Impact:

Reports say the Cards are prepared to carry the veteran wide receiver next year even with his $23.6 million cap hit. Fitzgerald has the Cards in a unique position, the story went on to say. If they’re intent on not releasing him, he can sit tight on the big number by refusing to take a pay cut or restructure. Of course, if there’s something in it for him to do a longer deal, then Keim may get his wish. Assuming QB Carson Palmer can emerge healthy next season, Fitzgerald will be part of a nice group of WRs which include Michael Floyd and John Brown, but Fitz is no longer an elite, top fantasy WR.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. Fitzgerald is expected to play through the injury.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Fitzgerald is expected to play through the injury.

Cards aren't sure when Drew Stanton will return

Monday, December 15, 2014, 1:27pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Cardinals don’t know yet when quarterback Drew Stanton will be able to return from the knee injury he suffered on Thursday.

Asked about a report that Stanton would miss four weeks, Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said it’s simply too soon to say how quickly Stanton will heal.

“I think it’s one of those things with that type of knee injury, everybody heals different,” Keim said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, via ESPN.com. “And I know that ESPN and some other outlets have put a timeline on it. It’s extremely difficult to do. You can say it’s going to be four weeks — I’ve heard people say 1.5 weeks. Everybody heals differently. Drew will be here around the clock rehabbing, and I know he’ll be ready to go as soon as possible.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Cardinals are already down starting quarterback Carson Palmer for the season, and Stanton’s absence means they’ll be playing with one of their two co-third stringers, Ryan Lindley or Logan Thomas. Obviously those aren't the kind of fantasy names you want to put in your lineup Week 16. It also means the value of WRs Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown will drop a bit more.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Fitzgerald emerged unscathed from Week 14 so he should be able to play on Thursday night.

Larry Fitzgerald returns for Cardinals

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2:55pm

Cardinals Inactives
Andre Ellington RB
Paul Fanaika G
Kareem Martin DE
Tyrann Mathieu FS
Anthony Steen G
Ed Stinson DE
Alameda Ta'amu NT

Fantasy Impact:

Larry Fitzgerald returns for the Cardinals in a poor matchup for the passing game. Marion Grice and Stepfan Taylor will fill in at RB with Ellington out.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 14. It appears that Fitzgerald is on track to play in Sunday’s game against Kansas City, though he’s “still not 100 percent,” per HC Bruce Arians, who also called Fitzgerald a game-time decision. The Cardinals play in the late round of games. It’s a bad matchup for the Arizona passing game, but Michael Floyd and John Brown would have some appeal if Fitz is out.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. It appears that Fitzgerald is on track to play in Sunday’s game against Kansas City. The Cardinals play in the late round of games.

Larry Fitzgerald inactive for Cardinals

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2:45pm

Cardinals Inactives
Desmond Bishop LB
Michael Bush RB
Kenny Demens ILB
Larry Fitzgerald WR
Matthew Mulligan TE
Ed Stinson DE
Alameda Ta'amu NT

Fantasy Impact:

Fitzgerald’s absence is a boost for John Brown and Michael Floyd, who should both see plenty of targets in a very good matchup against the Falcons. HC Bruce Arians said last week that he should have done a better job dialing up plays for Floyd, who only saw two targets against the Seahawks. Brown has played well with Drew Stanton under center.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Cardinals WR John Brown (teeth, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 13. Brown is a Sneaky Start this week given a good matchup and the questionable status of Larry Fitzgerald.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 13. Fitzgerald called himself “highly likely” to play, though he was apparently limited in Friday’s practice. The Cardinals play in the late round of games on Sunday, so it will be difficult to trust him if he’s a true game-time decision. John Brown and Michael Floyd would get a bump if Fitzgerald is out.

Cards Beat: Michael Floyd will be the offensive 'centerpiece' if Larry Fitzgerald is out

Friday, November 28, 2014, 11:15am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cardinals beat writer Josh Weinfuss on how the team would compensate if Larry Fitzgerald misses another week: A second week without Fitzgerald is sure to be better than the Cardinals' first. Arizona looked like it didn't know what to do without Fitzgerald in the lineup, and it cost the team dearly in its 19-3 loss to Seattle on Sunday. If a second time around happens this weekend, I'd expect Michael Floyd to be the centerpiece of the offense. HC Bruce Arians admitted he didn't do a very good job of getting Floyd involved, which was evident by him not having a catching in two targets.

Fantasy Impact:

This wasn't the case in Week 12, where Floyd was only targeted twice. Arians acknowledged his mistake, and should find the going easier against a shaky Falcons pass defense. John Brown would also get a bump if Fitzgerald is out. The Cardinals play in the late round of games on Sunday, so if Fitz is a game-time decision, it would complicate matters.

Larry Fitzgerald could 'miss more games'

Monday, November 24, 2014, 10:15am

Kent Somers on Twitter - [Full Article]

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's knee sprain didn't respond as hoped for Week 12. Could well miss more games.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cards have a nice matchup in Week 13 - on the road at Atlanta. If Fitz can't lay, Michael Floyd and John Brown should benefit as the primary pass-catchers.