Larry Fitzgerald Fantasy News

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 4:45pm

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One by one, Carson Palmer's passes landed softly in the hands of their intended targets.

Larry Fitzgerald. Michael Floyd. John Brown. Jaron Brown. One by one, Palmer hit them in stride, throwing his passes so perfectly that the receivers didn’t have to adjust a muscle to come down with the football.

Through the first two weeks of training camp, Palmer has defied expectations that accompany a 35-year-old who’s coming off a second major knee surgery and a rehabbed nerve that damaged his throwing shoulder. The proof came in a 65-yard bomb to John Brown that was perfect.

Fantasy Impact:

Palmer is definitely one of our sneaky, late round QB picks who could put up good enough fantasy numbers to at least make owners consider starting him a lot of weeks this year. Taking Palmer late will allow owners to load up at other positions.

'No timeline' for Michael Floyd's odd injury

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:12am

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Initial reports estimated Michael Floyd would be out three-to-five weeks, but Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Friday, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN, that Floyd’s injury was a “unique” one. As a result, there’s no timetable right now for his return and that leaves his status for the opening weeks of the season in some doubt.

Arians said that Floyd was injured when his fingers bent back while landing on a ball, something that the coach hasn’t seen in his 40 years in the game. Floyd had surgery to repair the injured fingers on Wednesday.

The Cardinals will rely on Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown as their top receivers while Floyd is out of the lineup.

Fantasy Impact:

John Brown gets a bump in value with the news that Floyd's return is up in the air. Jaron Brown figures to see the biggest increase in playing time if Floyd misses any games.

Wesseling: John Brown will 'make the leap'

Monday, July 13, 2015, 8:18pm

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It is not just the Cardinals and their fans who are expecting WR John Brown to be a difference maker in the Cardinals offense. NFL.com writer Chris Wesseling ranked Brown sixth in his list of players he believes will "make the leap" this season and start to become a household name around the NFL.

"It's rare to come across an offseason hype bunny who meets expectations as a rookie. It's even more rare to find an NFL draft sleeper in the height of the Twitter era. A hidden gem from small-school Pittsburg State, the third-round pick immediately impressed the Cardinals with his high-end speed, uncanny instincts and unexpected understanding of route concepts.

"Before the end of his first training camp, Brown was already drawing comparisons to potential Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison, Colts star T.Y. Hilton and 2003 rookie sensation Anquan Boldin."

Fantasy Impact:

The article went on to say Wesseling thinks Brown needs to work on his strength, but he believes it's not out of the question Brown could pass teammate Michael Floyd this year. Right now we have Brown ranked 45th on our WR list with an ADP of the 9th round. Interestingly, we have the Cardinal WRs all going around the same time in 12-team formats: Brown 9.07, Floyd 8.04 and Larry Fitzgerald 8.11. However it's Fitzgerald who we have rated the highest at 24th (Floyd's ranked 39th on our list). Fitz could end up being the best value among the three as other WRs ranked around Fitzgerald are all going as many as three rounds earlier. A healthy QB Carson Palmer is the key to how successful the Arizona passing game is this season, and of course all three of these guys will help boost Palmer's value.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer expects 'huge things' from WR John Brown in 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 8:02pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald still looks as strong and fit as ever, but the chemistry building between Carson Palmer and second year wide receiver John Brown was on full display, especially on deep routes.

"I expect huge things from you this year. There is something different about him," Palmer told me after practice.

Word around the Cardinals building is that his Brown is stronger, in better shape and people are taking notice of his work ethic. (Wide receiver Michael Floyd sat out with a tweaked hamstring) Carson and Brown will continue working together after this week's minicamp ends. Brown will work out in San Diego with Palmer.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown finished as the #49 WR in standard formats and #53 in PPR. He saw a hefty 103 targets as a rookie, and with Larry Fitzgerald back and Michael Floyd still in the mix, it's doubtful that Brown's usage will increase too much. If Carson Palmer is healthy, however, the whole passing offense could take a step forward, and that would push Brown into fantasy-starter territory.

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 1:20pm

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Cardinals WR John Brown stopped eating fast food, and he feels the difference.

“It was hard to give up because I used to eat it every day,” Brown told the Arizona Republic. “Once I went to practice without fast food [in my stomach], I felt so much better. I don’t even look at restaurants any more. I’ve put on a lot of muscle, and I’m feeling stronger and better.”

Fantasy Impact:

Brown finished as the #49 WR in standard formats and #53 in PPR. He saw a hefty 103 targets as a rookie, and with Larry Fitzgerald back and Michael Floyd still in the mix, it's doubtful that Brown's usage will increase too much. If Carson Palmer is healthy, however, the whole passing offense could take a step forward, and that would push Brown into fantasy-starter territory.

Cardinals WR John Brown believes he'll be 'used more in underneath routes'

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:47pm

ArizonaSports.com - [Full Article]

In all, Cardinals WR John Brown played the role of burner about as well as one could have, though he thinks he could emerge as the team's top option in the passing game this year.

"Coach Bruce Arians does a great job of calling plays, and it's actually designed for anybody to make plays and be that guy," he said. "Because it's just when the ball is in the air, you have to get it.

"And I think I'll be used more in underneath routes trying to turn and beat (the defense)."

Fantasy Impact:

Brown was the #49 receiver as a rookie and that's about where we have him ranked heading into the 2015 season. The main concern is his opportunity to find consistent playing time and targets behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, though he did lead the team in targets (103) and averaged a solid 6.7 T/G with Carson Palmer in the lineup. Fitzgerald averaged 6.8 T/G while Floyd averaged just 5.0 T/G in those six games.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (ACL) taking part in team drills

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 10:09am

AZ Cardinals - [Full Article]

Monday was an easy day for Palmer to soak in the here and now. The Cardinals began Phase II of their offseason workout program, which allowed the players to take the field and run plays for the first time. Palmer was right in the mix, participating with the first-team offense in all of the drills.

He not only handed the ball off to the running backs, but zipped short, intermediate and deep throws to his receivers. While the action wasn’t close to replicating game-like conditions, Palmer said joining the rest of the team on the field was a big mental boost after missing the last eight games of the 2014 season.

"Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to do everything once OTAs start, but I’ll be able to do just about everything."

Palmer looks like a man possessed. His rehab is ongoing, spending extra time doing footwork drills with Drew Stanton and finishing up with a plethora of knee-strengthening activities in a near-empty weight room.

“I’m always competing against other quarterbacks in the league in my head, and there are a lot of guys not coming off injuries,” Palmer said. “I have to work that much harder, spend that much more time on it. But that part’s easy for me. I like the work. I like the feeling I have when I go home, just knowing, ‘Man, I’m done. I couldn’t have done any more reps today. I don’t even want my kids to tackle me when I walk in the door today because I’m so tired.’ I enjoy that feeling. That part’s not an issue for me.”

Fantasy Impact:

Palmer averaged 271 yards, 1.8 touchdowns and 0.5 interceptions in six 2014 starts, or 17.2 fantasy points per game. Those are fringe QB1 numbers, so if Palmer is good to go for 2015, he'll be on the radar as a late-round value for those owners looking to stream or form a committee at the position. His presence is also huge for Larry Fitzgerald, who averaged 5.3 catches for 81 yards and 0.33 TD in six games with a healthy Palmer under center.

Cardinals WR John Brown packing on the pounds

Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:41pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

John Brown burst onto the scene with fire during his rookie campaign. The Arizona Cardinals' speedster posted 48 receptions for 696 yards and five touchdowns, with several of those scores being of the big-play variety.

However, his production waned late in the season. Brown posted just 127 yards on nine catches the final month of the regular season, including a goose egg in Week 14. He then compiled just 34 yards on four catches in the playoffs.

While the atrocious quarterback situation played a big part in Brown's production reduction, his body also began to break down.

"At the end of the season my body started going down, I started losing weight," Brown told the team's official website. "This year I'm trying to focus on being able to keep this weight on as the season goes on."

After playing at 173 pounds in 2014, Brown said he is already up to 183 and plans to add more weight through the offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

The hope here is that the added weight doesn't negatively impact his speed. Brown finished as the #49 WR in standard formats and #53 in PPR. He saw a hefty 103 targets as a rookie, and with Larry Fitzgerald back and Michael Floyd still in the mix, it's doubtful that Brown's usage will increase too much. If Carson Palmer is healthy, however, the whole passing offense could take a step forward, and that would push Brown into fantasy-relevant territory.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald says it's 'not possible' to post big numbers due to his role

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 3:17pm

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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, who signed a two-year, $22 million contract in February, cautioned against expecting the same kind of production we saw during his prime, when at least 90 catches, 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns seemed to be the norm.

"No, it's not possible," he said. "And it's only that reason because of the role that I play. It's a different role. I just don't have the opportunities down the field. I'm more inside, I move the chains a lot more.

"In terms of putting up the big numbers, it will be difficult, but in terms of my effectiveness, of providing first downs, being able to make tough catches for my team, I'm still going to be able to do that."

Fantasy Impact:

Fitzgerald averaged 5.3 catches for 81 yards and 0.33 TD in six games with a healthy Carson Palmer. Extrapolate that pace over a full season (85-1,296-5.3) and it's about what Mike Evans (PPR) and Golden Tate (standard) scored as last season's #13 WR. If Palmer stays healthy, Fitzgerald should be a great value at his current 9th-round ADP in early PPR drafts.

Cardinals Beat: Bruce Arians 'loves' WR John Brown, 'big things' coming

Friday, April 17, 2015, 3:11pm

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Cardinals beat writer Bob McManaman on WR John Brown:

He's got the hunger to strive to be better and I know how he cherishes the opportunity he's getting with the Cardinals. HC Bruce Arians loves him and the respect is mutual. I expect big things from Smokey this season.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown finished as the #49 WR in standard formats and #53 in PPR. He saw a hefty 103 targets as a rookie, and with Larry Fitzgerald back and Michael Floyd still in the mix, it's doubtful that Brown's usage will increase too much. If Carson Palmer is healthy, however, the whole passing offense could take a step forward, and that would push Brown into fantasy-relevant territory.

Cardinals feel WR Larry Fitzgerald will bounce back with a healthy Carson Palmer

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 11:25am

AZ Central - [Full Article]

Statistically, 2014 was Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald's worst season since his rookie year in 2004.

His two touchdowns were a low for his career. His 63 receptions and 784 yards were the fewest since 2004. But there are reasons to think Fitzgerald can post better statistics in 2015, provided he and quarterback Carson Palmer stay healthy.

In Palmer's last five starts before a season-ending knee injury, Fitzgerald caught 31 passes for 461 yards. It was clear that he and Palmer were starting to click.

"Both guys were very comfortable in the offense," coach Bruce Arians said at the NFL owners meetings last week.

"He has progressed so much, I don't think there is any doubt they can go down on an option route, and Carson will know where he is going and the ball is on time. Larry is going to make the big, physical catches inside. He's a true mismatch inside."

Fantasy Impact:

$11 million per season (Fitzgerald’s re-worked deal) is a high price to pay for a soon-to-be 32-year-old who is coming off of his worst fantasy season of his career. However, there is a reason for optimism: Fitzgerald averaged 5.3 catches for 81 yards and 0.33 TD in six games with a healthy Carson Palmer. Extrapolate that pace over a full season, and it's about what Mike Evans (PPR) and Golden Tate (standard) scored as last season's #13 WR. The Cardinals obviously believe that he’s worth keeping around.

Cardinals re-work deal to keep WR Larry Fitzgerald

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 3:20pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

As PFT reported earlier, the Cardinals have gained nearly $13 million in cap space thanks to a new deal with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, guaranteeing that one of the franchise’s icons will remain in the fold after months of uncertainty because of Fitzgerald’s salary and cap hit for the 2015 season.

PFT has learned a bit more about the deal via a league source. Fitzgerald’s old deal ran through the 2018 season and was set to pay him a non-guaranteed $16.5 million in 2015 while counting $23.6 million against the cap. He was also set to make a non-guaranteed $15 million salary.

That deal has been replaced by one that guarantees Fitzgerald $11 million per year over the next two seasons.

Fantasy Impact:

$11 million per season is a high price to pay for a soon-to-be 32-year-old who is coming off of his worst fantasy season of his career. However, there is a reason for optimism: Fitzgerald averaged 5.3 catches for 81 yards and 0.33 TD in six games with a healthy Carson Palmer. Extrapolate that pace over a full season, and it's about what Mike Evans (PPR) and Golden Tate (standard) scored as last season's #13 WR. Assuming Palmer is good to go, Fitzgerald could be a nice middle round value heading into 2015 fantasy drafts.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (ACL) is 'doing some running' and is 'ahead of schedule'

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 10:17am

Arizona Sports - [Full Article]

Since Carson Palmer's injury there has been plenty of optimism, from himself as well as Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, over the idea that he will be ready to go when the new season begins.

Friday, as a guest of Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 F for Newsmakers Week, GM Steve Keim had a similar tone.

"He's awesome," Keim said. "He came in, I believe it was yesterday and I talked to him at length, he's more energized than ever and he looked fantastic.

"It looks like he put on some lean muscle; he is working his tail off. And I know he's at a point in his rehabilitation process where he's doing some running and he's ahead of schedule. And again, he's more energized than ever."

Fantasy Impact:

Palmer averaged 271 yards, 1.8 touchdowns and 0.5 interceptions in six 2014 starts, or 17.2 fantasy points per game. Those are fringe QB1 numbers, so if Palmer is good to go for 2015, he'll be on the radar as a late-round value for those owners looking to stream or form a committee at the position. Keep an eye on the Larry Fitzgerald situation -- if he parts ways with the team, it's going to be a blow to Palmer's upside.

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.

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.

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