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]

Fitzgerald’s Brother Says Larry Is Pissed Kurt Warner Didn’t Throw to Him More

88971925SG037_ARIZONA_CARDIQuick, what’s the difference between Terrell Owens complaining and Larry Fitzgerald complaining? Answer: T.O. does it publicly and blames the coaches and/or the quarterback while Fitzgerald apparently says it privately to his family. Pro Football Talk explained that Larry’s brother, Marcus Fitzgerald, was tweeting about the Cardinals game on Sunday, saying he was upset his brother didn’t get thrown the ball more against the Jaguars. According to tweleted, here are the exact tweets before Marcus deleted them, realizing he screwed up:

Kurt warner needs 2 stop bein a scary ass & throw the ball deep 2 my brother!damn this is annoying 2 watch!he throws 2 the rb’s 2 damn much! – Sun, 20 Sep 2009 18:44:43

kurt warner plays like a damn 80 year old! my brother just texted me during halftime pissed off – Sun, 20 Sep 2009 18:48:37

Just got off the phone with my brother.he’s happy about the win. But PISSED he didnt get the ball thrown 2 him much! – Sun, 20 Sep 2009 21:36:11

Larry’s probably about ready to strangle his brother now for making those comments public consider this might alter people’s perception that Larry is a cleancut, team-first guy, not to mention ruffle some feathers in the locker room. Here’s the thing: the Jags clearly decided they weren’t going to let Fitz beat them and they gave him plenty of defensive attention. Warner obviously took what he was given and threw mostly short passes to rack up a 24/26 record-setting day. I can understand why Fitzgerald was pissed even though they won. He’s already proven that he can beat extra coverage and he probably doesn’t want another Super Bowl where they don’t get the ball to him until the very end. The thing is Larry’s smart enough to not pout on the field or make his comments to the media. That’s the way matters should be handled. For the record, Fitzgerald had 4 catches for 34 yards and a touchdown.