Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has been struck by the tempo of new HC Kliff Kingsbury's offense. "It's not so much what he's installing that stands out; it's how its run, the tempo of it," Fitzgerald said. "Every single day, with more experience, we were able to run it faster and faster and faster, get more plays in more efficiently. The faster guys understand the concepts the more pressure we can put on defenses." That's perhaps the most exciting aspect of Arizona's offense this season. The 2018 Cardinals ranked 31st in offensive snaps. The 2019 Cardinals should make a big move up those rankings, maybe even into the top 10. It's a reason to be excited about guys like Kyler Murray, David Johnson, Christian Kirk and Fitzgerald.
Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said WR Larry Fitzgerald and QB Kyler Murray have quickly developed chemistry. "Yeah, I just think he’s a security blanket,” Kingsbury said of Fitz. “There’s a comfort level there. If you get it close, he’s going to make a play for you. A big body in traffic, across the middle, for a young QB? You know he’s going to make a big play and that goes a long way." Fitzgerald will turn 36 before Week 1 and is coming off a 30th-place PPR finish, his worst since 2014. Christian Kirk is the highest-upside in the desert this season and sits higher in our WR rankings. But it's certainly within the realm of possibility that Fitz leads the team in catches and fantasy points this season. He's a fine pick at his 8th-round ADP.
The Cardinals selected Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray with the 1st pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Murray spent his first 3 college seasons — 1 at Texas A&M and 2 at Oklahoma — on the bench. He followed Baker Mayfield as the Sooners’ starter this past year and turned in a massive campaign. Murray completed 69% of his passes and averaged an NCAA record 11.6 yards per attempt on his way to 4,361 yards and 42 TDs. He ranked top 2 in this draft class in adjusted completion rate, adjusted completion rate vs. pressure and adjusted completion rate vs. the blitz, according to Pro Football Focus. But what makes Murray such an exciting fantasy prospect is his elite athleticism. (He was also the 9th overall pick of the 2018 MLB Draft.) He cranked out 1,001 yards and 12 scores on the ground last year, showcasing RB-like speed and quickness. His transition to the pros will be made easier in Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury’s college-style Air Raid offense. Kingsbury, of course, has no NFL coaching experience — so this marriage with Murray certainly has bust potential. Murray’s size is also a concern: at 5’10, he’ll be the league’s shortest QB. We’ll see what happens with QB Josh Rosen, but Murray is the heavy favorite to be under center for the Cardinals in the season opener against Detroit.
The Cardinals announced Wednesday that WR Larry Fitzgerald has re-signed on a 1-year deal and will play in 2019. Fitz lopped 50 targets, 40 receptions and 422 yards off his 2017 totals this past season, in the 1st year with QB Josh Rosen and only season under former HC Steve Wilks' staff. A full offseason with Rosen can only help, and the switch to former QB Kliff Kingsbury can't hurt after Arizona trotted out the league's worst offense a year ago. That said, we shouldn't count on Fitzgerald to jump back to anywhere near his 3 recent campaigns of more than 100 catches. Heading into his age-36 season, Fitzgerald figures to compete with 2018 rookie Christian Kirk for lead-target status. We'll see if Arizona adds to the WR corps in free agency or the draft. Fitz is a solid shot to take around his early 150.3 ADP in PlayDraft best-ball leagues, though that figures to climb now that his return is confirmed.
The forecast for today's Cardinals-Packers game calls for a 100% chance of snow and winds of 20-30 mph. Those are tough conditions for the passing games -- especially the Cardinals, who play their home games indoors. QB Josh Rosen shouldn't have been in your plans anyway, but WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk are shakier plays now. Aaron Rodgers looks like a lower-end QB1 in this spot. RB Aaron Jones and the Packers defense are elite fantasy plays.
Cardinals WR Chad Williams (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. Williams’ 3.9 targets per game figure to be spread to Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and Ricky Seals-Jones.
The Cardinals have fired OC Mike McCoy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. About 6 weeks too late. Arizona is averaging a pathetic 13.1 points and 221 total yards per game. McCoy's usage of RB David Johnson was particularly terrible. McCoy will be replaced by former QB Byron Leftwich, who's been with the Cardinals since the start of last season but has no play-calling experience. Don't expect drastic improvement from Arizona's offense -- but it can't get any worse.
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring, back) is active for today’s game against the 49ers. He’s not close to 100% right now and is shaky WR3.
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is expected to play Sunday against the 49ers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. He's officially questionable with the hamstring injury but has played through the issue for multiple games.
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring, back) is listed as questionable for Week 5 after putting in just 2 limited practices this week. He'll play against the Cardinals on Sunday but isn't anywhere close to 100%. Fitzgerald is a shaky WR3 right now.
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Seahawks. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning that Fitz is “nowhere near 100%.” He’s a shaky fantasy play coming off a Week 3 dud.
ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) is “nowhere near 100 percent." He's still expected to play against the Seahawks today but looks like a shaky fantasy starter. Fitz played 96% of the offensive snaps last week but mustered just 2 catches for 9 scoreless yards.
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 4 after getting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. He went through the same routine last week before playing 96% of the snaps against the Bears. He'll play on Sunday vs. Seattle, but Arizona's offensive woes have reduced Fitz to WR3 status.
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Bears. He’s just a WR3 at less than 100% and in a struggling Arizona offense.
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) will play against the Bears today, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms. HC Steve Wilks said all week that Fitz would play, and he put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. But between the hamstring and Arizona's moribund offense, Fitzgerald has been reduced to a WR3.
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Bears. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, and HC Steve Wilks has said all week that Fitz will play. Expect him to be out there, but Arizona’s offensive struggles have downgraded Fitzgerald to more of a WR3.
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. HC Steve Wilks said afterward that Fitz will play against the Bears this weekend. He's been relegated to low-end WR2 status with the Cardinals offense struggling mightily.
Cardinals HC Steve Wilks expects WR Larry Fitzgerald to play against the Bears on Sunday. Fitz exited last weekend's loss to the Rams with a hamstring issue -- but it sounds like that was at least partly due to the fact that the game had been decided. “We all now that it’s going to be tough to keep Larry off the field," Wilks said Monday. Fitzgerald has missed just 2 games over the previous 10 seasons. We'll monitor his practice participation this week.
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald injured his hamstring in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Rams. He's officially questionable to return, but don't expect to see him back out there with Arizona down by 27. We'll look for an update on the severity of the injury. Fitz missed just 2 games over the previous 10 seasons.
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