by Ray Kuhn
The first thing we need be aware of is the health of Larry Fitzgerald. For all of the young, and sometimes successful but more often streaky, receivers the Arizona Cardinals have on their depth chart, it is still Larry Fitzgerald who is the go to receiver for Carson Palmer.
Fitzgerald had some issues with his knee last week, and he gave fantasy owners a scare as he missed practice on Wednesday and having an MRI. The cause for concern was quickly put to rest as Fitzgerald returned to practice as a full participant without any real issues on Thursday.
It is easy to lose Fitzgerald in the shuffle of more explosive receivers, but his dependability and production should not be overlooked. Through nine games he is averaging just 10.1 yards per reception and he only has one game of more than 100 yards, but he has caught 68 passes (7.6) per game. He has 5 TD and his average production in a PPR league is 17 points, without him even finding the end zone. In all leagues, but especially PPR leagues, it is hard to argue with the production.
This week he faces the Vikings and their vaunted defense. There are some teams whose reputations precedes them defensively, and Minnesota is one of them. However, there are a few important things we must take note of:
Now, let’s take a look at what all that means…
Rhodes is the reason why Minnesota’s defense gets their reputation of shutting down opposing wide receivers, but Fitzgerald will not have to deal with him for the majority of the game. Most of the time he will be facing off against Wayans, and that is a match-up he should be able to exploit.
Unfortunately things aren’t that simple, as the Vikings will likely give Wayans some help and game plan to stop Fitzgerald. However he has proven to be a steady option all season and he shouldn’t have too many issues at least getting to his average production.
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