Fantasy Football: Time to give up on Larry Fitzgerald?

      September 20, 2012 @ 18:26:54 PDT

There's no arguing that Larry Fitzgerald is one of the most talented receivers in the NFL, but that doesn't always translate to fantasy football success. We've seen it all too often before. Arizona's stud wideout was typically the second or third wide receiver off the board in drafts this year.

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald: Breakout coming?

However, he hasn't been performing like one; he has just five catches for 67 yards through the first two weeks, including a massive disappointment against the New England Patriots last week: one catch for four yards. Yuck.

The Cardinals offense won't ever blow anybody out of the water, especially with only John Skelton and Kevin Kolb to choose from at quarterback. The running game won't instill fear in the opposition, either. So is it already time to sell low on Fitz?

I'm saying no, not yet. Take a look at his matchups so far: Seattle and New England. Those squads haven't allowed a single receiver to top 70 yards through the first two weeks. It didn't help Fitz that Arizona was forced to start their backup in Week 2. Sit tight. Things don't look much better in Week 3 against a Philadelphia secondary that allowed a two-week high of 51 receiving yards to Torrey Smith in Week 2.

If, as a Fitzgerald owner you're panicking already, don't worry, the Arizona coaching staff knows they need to find ways to utilize their best weapon. After the Week 3 matchup against the Eagles, things look a little more appetizing for Fitzgerald in the following four weeks, with the Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings on the docket.

Weeks 1 and 2 are usually ripe with overreactions and jumping to conclusions, especially if your stud players have been duds and led you to an 0-2 start. But just remember, you didn't draft Fitzgerald in the early second round only to trade him away after two or three weeks for some flavor of the week who doesn't have half the track record of Fitzgerald. You're better than that.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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