|ADP:||Round: 8, Pick: 4|
|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 218 lb.|
|Born:||August 31, 1983|
|Drafted:||2004 / Rd. 1 (3)|
Fitzgerald hauled in all eight of his targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 37-34 win over Seattle.
Analysis: Fitzgerald saw a season-high eight targets and converted all of them into receptions. The future Hall of Famer has still yet to score a touchdown in 2020, which limits his already-low fantasy utility. At 37 years old, Fitzgerald is still a reliable run blocker and secure short-yardage receiver, which is far more valuable to the Cardinals than it is to fantasy managers in standard formats. Fitzgerald will return from a Week 8 bye to face the Dolphins in Week 9.
Fitzgerald caught three of his four targets for 22 receiving yards during Monday's 38-10 win against the Cowboys.
Analysis: The 11-time Pro Bowler paced Arizona in catches during Monday night's drubbing of Dallas, but this season he remains devoid of a performance with more than nine yards per reception. Fitzgerald has not been getting downfield looks, as he was averaging a career-low 4.9 yards per target coming into Week 6. He's yet to break 50 receiving yards in a game, and he is still without a TD as the Cardinals head into a Week 7 matchup against Seattle.
Fitzgerald hauled in four of seven passes for 35 yards during Sunday's 30-10 road win against the Jets.
Analysis: Fitzgerald has earned at least 79 percent of the Cardinals' offensive snaps in each game this season -- including 80 percent Week 5 -- but his production has lacked, to say the least. While he matched a season high in targets Sunday, his catch and yardage totals are both the second most he's recorded in a given game. Fitzgerald also is averaging a dismal 4.9 YPT and has yet to reach the end zone, making him a difficult play from week to week.
Fitzgerald recorded two receptions on three targets for four yards in Week 4 against the Panthers.
Analysis: With both DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) and Christian Kirk (groin) healthy enough to go in Week 4, Fitzgerald faded in the Cardinals' offensive gameplan. After earning 12 targets in the the first two contests, Ftizgerald now has only three targets in each of the team's past two games. If Fitzgerald is going to bounce back at any point this season, he'll be in a good position to do so in Week 5 against the Jets.
Fitzgerald caught one of his three targets for a gain of no receiving yards during Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Lions.
Analysis: The 11-time Pro Bowl receiver pieced together a solid Weeks 1 and 2 with 11 combined receptions for 84 yards, but his involvement was minimal during Arizona's first loss of 2020. Deandre Hopkins collected a characteristically gargantuan workload of 12 targets, while KeeSean Johnson (seven targets) and Andy Isabella (four) finished second and third at the position group in that category. Next is a matchup against the Panthers, a team against which Fitzgerald scored one of his four touchdowns during 2020.
Fitzgerald caught all seven of his targets for 50 yards in Sunday's 30-15 win over Washington.
Analysis: The veteran receiver didn't have a reception over 12 yards, but he was there for Kyler Murray whenever the Cardinals needed to move the chains. With the second-year QB looking more polished as a passer this season, the whole Arizona passing game should be more productive, but Fitzgerald's role and inability to stretch the field at 37 years old will still limit his fantasy utility to deeper PPR formats.
Fitzgerald gathered in four of five passes for 34 yards during Sunday's 24-20 win at San Francisco.
Analysis: The Cardinals implemented a balanced offense Week 1, with 40 passes versus 36 carries. Of Kyler Murray's attempts, Hopkins received 16 of them while Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and Chase Edmonds tied for second on the team with five targets. Clearly, Hopkins is the team's No. 1 receiver by a long shot, and those below him in the pecking order may have to scrounge for any looks that remain. As a result, Fitzgerald's performance Sunday could be the norm in his age-37 campaign, even if he handled a 79 percent snap share (65 of 82 offensive snaps) in the season opener.
Fitzgerald re-signed Wednesday with the Cardinals on a one-year deal, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: After taking a couple weeks off to contemplate his future in the NFL, the 36-year-old Fitzgerald ultimately elected to return to the desert for his 17th season. Though the future Hall of Famer isn't much of a downfield threat these days, he proved to be a competent safety valve for rookie quarterback Kyler Murray in 2019, hauling in 75 receptions for 804 yards and four touchdowns across 109 targets over 16 games. Expect Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk to serve as Options 1A and 1B in some order in Arizona's high-volume passing attack in 2020.
Fitzgerald secured four of seven targets for 45 receiving yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: The 36-year-old Fitzgerald is perhaps Arizona's all-time face of the franchise, and deservedly so, with 17,073 receiving yards, 120 touchdowns, 11 Pro Bowl nominations and a Walter Payton Man of the Year Award to his name. Though his locker room influence is undeniable within the youthful Cardinals organization, Fitzgerald has seen his statistical production drop off over the past two seasons, averaging 72 catches, 769 receiving yards and five TDs between 2017 and 2018 after putting up 108 catches, 1,131 yard and seven TDs per year between 2015 and 2017. It remains undetermined as to whether Fitzgerald will return for a 17th NFL campaign, but if he does, the decorated veteran would likely serve as Arizona's No. 1 or 2 option at wide receiver in a second season under the Kliff Kingsbury-Kyler Murray regime.
Fitzgerald caught four of seven targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Seahawks.
Analysis: The veteran receiver continues to have a low ceiling when it comes to yardage -- he's topped 60 yards in only one of the last nine games -- but the slow-and-steady pace has gotten him over 17,000 receiving yards for his career, making Fitzgerald only the second player in NFL history to reach that mark after Jerry Rice. There are other milestones he could try to reach -- Fitzgerald is 26 receptions shy of 1,400 and eight receiving TDs behind Marvin Harrison's 128 for fifth all-time -- but there's a good chance he'll be playing the final game of his Hall of Fame career next week against the Rams.
Fitzgerald caught three of five targets for 42 yards in Sunday's 38-24 win over the Browns.
Analysis: Fitzgerald trailed only Damiere Byrd for Arizona's team lead in receiving yards and targets, but still produced pretty tame totals. Considering the veteran has topped 50 yards just six times so far, however, Fitzgerald's Sunday output was nothing new. Nonetheless, he'll remain a main option for Kyler Murray in the Cardinals' final two games of the season, which come on the road against the Seahawks and Rams.
Fitzgerald caught three of seven targets for 20 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: The 11-time Pro Bowl receiver has typically capitalized this season when afforded a high-volume target share, as prior to Week 14 he had averaged 6.3 catches and 72.4 yards per game when thrown to at least seven times in a given outing. Fitzgerald carries a streak of four consecutive games with at least five targets, as Arizona gets set for a Week 15 matchup against a Cleveland defense that ranks top 10 in the NFL in terms of passing yards allowed per game (217.8), but just middle-tier in total passing touchdowns surrendered (20).
Fitzgerald caught six of seven targets for 56 yards in Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: The veteran receiver led the team in catches and yards on a day when the entire Cards offense struggled. It's only the second time in the last six games Fitzgerald has hauled in more than 50 yards, a decline largely due to lower volume -- he's averaged only 5.2 targets a game over that stretch, a far cry from the double-digit passes he was seeing to begin the year. That trend doesn't figure to reverse itself in Week 14 against a stingy Steelers defense.
Fitzgerald caught all five of his targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 36-26 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: The Cards' passing game didn't gain a lot of real estate -- Christian Kirk led the team with only 41 receiving yards -- but Fitzgerald bolstered his production with his first TD since Week 3. The future Hall of Famer is little more than a possession receiver at age 36, but Fitzgerald continues to provide rookie quarterback Kyler Murray with a reliable target, and he's on pace for at least 80 catches for the 11th time in his career.
Fitzgerald caught six of eight targets for 69 yards in Sunday's 34-33 win over the Falcons.
Analysis: The yardage led all Cards on the afternoon, while Fitzgerald tied David Johnson in catches and targets. The veteran receiver remains the most reliable option Kyler Murray has, giving him a stable fantasy floor -- Fitzgerald has caught at least five passes in every game so far in 2019.
Fitzgerald caught six of eight targets for 58 yards in Sunday's 26-23 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: He led all Cardinals in targets once again, but Fitzgerald's longest grab went for only 17 yards and he failed to top 60 receiving yards for the third straight game. He remains Kyler Murray's most reliable option, but until the rookie QB becomes more consistent, Fitzgerald's fantasy utility in shallower formats will largely depend on whether he can find the end zone.
Fitzgerald caught all five of his targets for 47 receiving yards, while passing Tony Gonzalez for second all-time in receptions during Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: Fitzgerald is a legendary talent and ambassador of the game, having earned 11 Pro Bowl nods, a Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and now only looking up at Jerry Rice for most catches in NFL history. With Fitzgerald sitting at 1,326 receptions, and Rice's mark at 1,549, it certainly would be a tall order for the Cardinals legend to become the all-time leader from his current age of 36 -- but it would be foolish to bet resolutely against Fitzgerald. He is back to being a fantasy producer after a downtrodden 2018 in which he only logged 69 receptions for 734 yards, as he is currently on pace to account for 92 receptions, 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns if his first quarter regular-season stats were to be extrapolated out to 16 games. Upcoming in Week 5, he and the Cardinals receiving corps will face a Bengals defense that has allowed a shade under 270 passing yards per game since the start of last season.
Fitzgerald caught five of seven targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-20 loss to the Panthers.
Analysis: After seeing 24 targets through the first two weeks, Fitzgerald saw his volume drop in this one as Kyler Murray rarely had enough time to let plays develop before having to flee from the Panthers pass rush. The veteran receiver is still off to a fantastic start in Kliff Kingsbury's high-octane offense, catching 18 passes for 253 yards and two TDs through three games.
Fitzgerald caught five of 11 targets for 104 yards during Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: It's a renaissance in the desert for Fitzgerald, who now has back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time since, believe it or not, Weeks 2 and 3 of 2015. More than half of Fitzgerald's Sunday yardage came on a deep shot off play action early in the third quarter in which the veteran made a sliding catch and rallied to his feet to pick up extra yardage for a gain of 54. Fitzgerald has been bogged down in recent seasons by inconsistent quarterback play. The strong start by Kyler Murray and pass-first approach of head coach Kliff Kingsbury looks to be leading to a return to the old Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald caught eight of 13 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-27 tie with the Lions.
Analysis: Fitzgerald easily led the team in receiving yardage while also pacing them in targets and receptions. He was at his best in the biggest moments of the game, scoring his touchdown with mere seconds left in regulation and adding a crucial 45-yard reception in overtime. Fitzgerald's big game likely comes as a mild surprise to fantasy owners who were skeptical about Kyler Murray's play, but it was a notable performance nonetheless. With that said, he could struggle to replicate this production in next Sunday's road matchup with the Ravens.
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