Fantasy Trader’s NFL Roundtable: Bounceback Player of the Year
While there are certainly a number of players that fit the bill, I’m going with Larry Fitzgerald. The stud receiver has been an elite fantasy option four of the past six years. He has three 1400+ yard seasons. He has four 10+ touchdown seasons. He’ll be 28 next year, so I’m certain he can rebound.
Not that he has all that far to rebound. He did manage 90 catches for 1137 yards and six touchdowns. He had a pair of 125 yard games in the final three weeks to give him that solid yardage total. What I’m expecting is more consistency out of Fitz this year. That is, after all, what he’s been known for.
Last year had five games in which he failed to score a touchdown or produce over 61 yards. He had four games with three or fewer catches. He only had six double-digit fantasy scoring weeks in non-PPR leagues. Basically Fitz just wasn’t himself. Before you think I’m throwing him completely under the bus, I know that the root of the problem was the quarterback play.
I knew Kurt Warner’s departure would hurt Fitz, but I underestimated the extent of it. Matt Leinart had studied under Warner and I figured he’d at least learn from osmosis. Yeah, he was quickly shown the door. Instead Fitz was left to sink or swim with the likes of Derek Anderson (65.9 passer rating), John Skelton (62.3 passer rating), Max Hall (35.7 passer rating), and Richard Bartel (57.1 passer rating). It’s amazing that Larry did as well as he did.
I think the Cardinals will address this ineptitude this offseason, via the NFL Draft or via free agency (if and when they come to a labor agreement). With stability under center, look for Fitz to turn in a much better performance in 2011.