Larry Fitzgerald: Take Calvin Johnson over me in fantasy because he has better QB

Larry Fitzgerald is widely recognized as one of the best receivers in the NFL, but the six-time Pro Bowler says he would take Calvin Johnson ahead of himself in fantasy football because the Lions have a better quarterback.

“Megatron and Matthew Stafford have a great connection up there in Detroit,” Fitzgerald said in response to a fan’s question. “They put together a phenomenal year — 5,000 yards by Stafford — so I would definitely take Megatron and Matthew Stafford. They got it going. We have some questions right now in Arizona. We’ve got to work training camp out to figure out who our starting quarterback is going to be. So as of today, I think that’s the say choice.”

Fitzgerald is allowing the possibility for Arizona’s quarterback situation to improve, but he’s not hiding his honesty. His reason makes complete sense, too.

Fitzgerald caught 35 touchdowns between 2007-2009 and averaged 98 receptions and 1,311 yards per season during that span with two-time MVP Kurt Warner as his quarterback. In the two years since Warner retired, Fitz has averaged 85 receptions, 1,274 yards and seven touchdowns per season. Those are still standout numbers, but not spectacular like his stats with Warner.

Calvin Johnson meanwhile is teaming with Matthew Stafford to form the best QB-WR duo in football. The matter is really out of Fitzgerald’s hands, and we can’t fault him for stating the obvious.

Here’s video of Fitz making the statement:

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Larry Fitzgerald Sr. Rips Early Doucet for Drops, Says He Should Have Worked Harder During the Lockout

For such a quiet and seemingly humble NFL superstar, Larry Fitzgerald sure does have some loudmouthed — or free-fingered — family members. With their various injuries to key players, 2011 has turned into an up-and-down year for the Cardinals. One player you could make a case for as someone who has stepped up is Early Doucet, who has more than doubled his output from last season with 682 yards receiving and five touchdowns. However, Larry Fitzgerald’s father, Larry Fitzgerald Sr., sees Doucet as one of the main issues with Arizona’s offense.

“Early Doucet bombed this year he drops to many passes not a dependable No.2,” Fitzgerald Sr. wrote on Twitter Monday. “Needs to work harder at his job. He dropped 5 TDs this year.”

When contacted by ESPN later in the day, Fitzgerald Sr. tried to clarify his comments by further blasting the fourth-year receiver.

“I just know that Larry invited him to come and work out with him this summer and some guys take initiative and do it, some guys don’t,” he explained. “But with the lockout, I thought he would have worked on it a little harder. That is me. People criticize me because they think I talk too much. That is just how I see it.

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Torrey Smith Consults Larry Fitzgerald About Long Hair Tackles

Having long hair and playing football is a risk. As I’m sure you saw, Ravens receiver Torrey Smith learned that the hard way last weekend. Naturally, when you go through a traumatic experience like that it can sometimes help to seek the advice of a veteran. That’s why Smith decided to consult another long-haired guy who has been in the league for quite some time, Larry Fitzgerald. Check out this Twitter exchange between Smith and Fitzgerald that Baltimore Sports Report shared with us:

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Denarius Moore, Larry Fitzgerald, Marshawn Lynch Were Your Unsung Heroes of Week 10

For the second straight week, LBS is fortunate enough to be sponsored by Chevy. Dropping by LBS and seeing the Chevy logo makes Del even prouder to step into his prized Silverado SS, so this week has been another week of even more enjoyment while cruising around. Another week of a Chevy sponsorship means another week of picking out the unsung heroes from this week’s NFL action. There were plenty of performances with the potential to be overlooked, so we picked out the ones that we thought were the best. Allow us to present Denarius Moore, Larry Fitzgerald, and Marshawn Lynch as our unsung heroes of Week 10.

Being that it was Week 10, the first Thursday night football game was played with the Raiders visiting the Chargers. In a game where nobody gave Oakland a shot to upset the explosive San Diego offense, Carson Palmer and company came up with some fireworks of their own. Palmer, who had thrown six interceptions in two games prior to Thursday, was able to establish fantastic chemistry with his receiving group early and often. He can thank Denarius Moore for most of that.

The rookie from Tennessee hauled in five catches for a whopping 123 yards and two of the Raiders’ three touchdowns. Moore looked impossible to cover at times, including when he burned the secondary for scores of 26 and 33 yards. Michael Bush was a more than admirable fill-in (242 total yards and a touchdown) for the injured Darren McFadden, but it was Moore who gave an already efficient running team the boost they needed in the passing game.

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Larry Fitzgerald Batting Practice Video: He Should Stick to Football

We hear so much about guys like Drew Brees killing it in celebrity softball games and others like Tim Tebow, Sidney Crosby, and Bryan Buluga mashing during batting practice that we tend to forget not all athletes have perfected every sport.  Going pro in one sport doesn’t necessarily mean you can hold your own in another, and Larry Fitzgerald recently became walking proof of that.  Have a look at the Larry Fitzgerald batting practice video, courtesy of SBNationArizona:

That is one ugly swing. Scratch baseball off the list of things Fitzy can do during an NFL lockout next season.  “I struck out about seven, eight times out there,” Fitzgerald told the Arizona Republic after the poor display. “It was embarrassing. This is definitely a gift I don’t possess.”

Larry Fitzgerald Doesn’t Recommend Himself for Fantasy Football

Not only is Larry Fitzgerald one of the most talented receivers in the NFL, he’s also one of the most honest. After dominating the fantasy football rankings the past several seasons, Fitz had a major dropoff in production last season. The change is due to the poor play by Arizona’s quarterbacks, a terrible trio of Derek Anderson, Max Hall, and John Skelton. Previously, Fitz had been blessed by playing with potential Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, and alongside Anquan Boldin who drew plenty of attention from opposing defenses.

Without an effective quarterback, Fitz joked to Luis Arroyave of The Chicago Tribune via The Big Lead that he would avoid drafting himself in fantasy football:

“I don’t know why you would take me next season … I have a couple things I need to straighten out before anybody takes me too high in the draft. Losing Kurt Warner hurt me a lot.” Should I pass on Fitzergald in my 2011 draft? “You may have to.”

Hopefully you were wise enough to take a pass on the Fitz last season knowing Arizona’s offense would struggle. And he’s absolutely correct — until they get a new QB, he’s nowhere near the top-tier fantasy receiver he had been in the past.

Fitzgerald Hopes Favre Doesn’t Return, Leaves Saints Out of NFC Discussion

A lot of the time when players give interviews, they aren’t thinking clearly and say some things they might regret.  Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald talked with the Minneapolis Star Tribune recently but it’s what he didn’t say to them that’s newsworthy. Check out his recent comments regarding Brett Favre’s importance to the Minnesota Vikings and which teams are to be feared in the NFC, via Pro Football Talk.

“Honestly, if he didn’t come back I wouldn’t mind,” Fitzgerald said, per Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.  “You look at the NFC right now, you think of the Cowboys, you think of the Green Bay Packers, you think of the Minnesota Vikings. Those are the three juggernauts in our conference and if Brett wasn’t back I don’t know.”

When talking about the NFC “juggernauts” this upcoming season, Fitzgerald left out a pretty big one — the team that knocked his Cardinals out of the playoffs last season.  I’m going to go ahead and assume, or hope, that the Saints simply slipped Fitzgerald’s mind as he was being asked about Favre.  However, it’s kind of tough to forget the Super Bowl champs, so as an NFC player, he’d do well to keep them fresh on his mind headed into the upcoming season.  After all, they’ve earned the right to be called “the team to beat” until further notice.

Larry Fitzgerald hopes Brett Favre retires, disses the Saints [Pro Football Talk]
Fitzgerald wouldn’t mind if Favre hangs it up [Star Tribune]