The veteran wide receiver has decided to return for a 16th year by signing a one-year contract this week with the team, ending for now the speculation about his future.
Fitzgerald, who will turn 36 at the end of August, remains the top receiver on the team and a crucial leader at a position that is young and inexperienced. While his statistics sunk in 2018, it was due to the entire unit’s struggles more than Fitzgerald’s own dip in play. He still led the team in receptions (69), receiving yards (734) and receiving touchdowns (6).
Fitzgerald finished the season as the No. 26 WR in PPR formats. It marked just the fourth time in the last 14 seasons that he finished outside the top 20. While his yards per reception stayed even (10.6 in both 2017 and 2018), his catch rate dropped to 61.6% thanks in large part to Josh Rosen's 55.2% completion rate.
ARI WR Larry Fitzgerald - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at Seattle Seahawks
Larry Fitzgerald caught six passes for 53 yards last week against the Rams and he also threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to David Johnson. Fitzgerald is one of the few players in the Cardinals’ terrible offense who has put up any reasonable fantasy points over the second half of this season.
This week, Fitzgerald faces a Seahawks defense that has been a little above average against wide receivers this year, allowing 183 receptions and 13 touchdowns to the position. He’s risky because of the horrible offense he’s in, but he’s had at least eight targets in each of his past three games and he should continue to get enough looks to be viable. Consider him a low-end WR2 option in most leagues to close out the season.