Should You Quit on Fitz?

19 September 2014


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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has seven catches for 73 yards through two games. Those were numbers that he would record through three quarters of most games back in 2011. Fitz still has the name appeal, but he has failed to reach 1,000 the past two seasons and is on pace to fall well short of that mark this year as well. Fitz did salvage some value last year by catching 10 touchdowns passes, but he has yet to reach the end zone this year.
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If you selected Fitz thinking he would return to that old form, you don’t feel like you are in Pokies Heaven. If you started him the first week you are downright mad. Fitz caught one pass in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers. It was enough to get Larry Fitzgerald Sr. upset with his son’s role.
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Last week got better for Fitzgerald, particularly if you are in a point-per-reception format. Fitz caught six passes for 51 yards. Those aren’t the type of numbers that will win you money in daily fantasy leagues that you can use at Vegas Casino Francais, but they could help your fantasy team.
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Going forward I would expect Fitzgerald to be more involved in the offense like last week rather than Week 1, particularly this week with Drew Stanton at quarterback.
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Palmer has the big arm and that benefits Michael Floyd. Stanton is more likely to lean on Fitzgerald in shorter routes. In PPR leagues Fitz should be a solid WR3 with WR2 upside given his ability to get in the end zone. Fitz has scored 87 touchdowns in 158 career games.
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He’s in his 11th season in the NFL, but Fitzgerald is still just 31. He takes great care of his body. If the Fitzgerald owner in your league is down on him, this is a good time to swoop in and buy him low.
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Fitz won’t match the production associated with his name, but he still should be a solid fantasy option, particularly in PPR leagues.
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Vincent Jackson Bucs
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is off to a slow start with eight catches for 87 yards through two games. The 6’5″, 230 pound Jackson is capable of so much more.
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The SportsbookNavigator.com odds suggest that things should get better quickly for V-Jax, most likely starting tonight against the Atlanta Falcons. Last year Jackson abused the Falcons in both meetings. He had 10 catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7 and 10 catches for 165 yards and a score in Week 11. Clearly they had no answer for the enormous receiver.
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Jackson did his damage with Mike Glennon at the helm. It takes time for to gel with a new quarterback, but it’s not like Glennon set the bar extremely high. Once Josh McCown gets comfortable with Jackson, he should take off. McCown just has to throw it up to V-Jax and trust that his guy will come down with it.
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The Falcons are the perfect team for McCown and Jackson to turn things around against. Not just based on what Jackson did last year against them, but the way they have defended the pass this year. The Falcons have allowed 635 passing yards through two games. They gave up 333 yards to Drew Brees in the opener and 302 to the Cincinnati Bengals last week. They head in to Week 3 with the 31st ranked pass defense.
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The Bucs have faced two solid front sevens in two weeks against the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams. They’ll get some relief in that department against the Falcons. Atlanta is the only team to have not recorded a sack in the first two weeks. With a little more time and a struggling secondary, Jackson should be on full display tonight.
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Jackson can be a streaky player. He had five games last year with 35 or fewer yards. He also had four games with at least 114 yards. This week feels like it would be more like the latter.
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Here’s a look at Lester’s Legends sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the third week of the 2014.
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Start
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs
Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Terrance West, Cleveland Browns
Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
New Orleans Saints Defense
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Sit
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars
Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans
Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
St. Louis Rams Defense
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Lamar Miller
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Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here is a list of the Lester’s Legends under-the-radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you in the third week.
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Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets vs. Chicago Bears
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets vs. Chicago Bears
Donald Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers @ Buffalo Bills
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys
James Jones, WR, Oakland Raiders @ New England Patriots
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans
Larry Donnell, TE, New York Giants vs. Houston Texans
Niles Paul, TE, Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs @ Miami Dolphins
Indianapolis Colts Defense
Miami Dolphins Defense
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Darrelle Revis Patriots
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 3 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. New England Patriots
2. Houston Texans
3. Cincinnati Bengals
4. Carolina Panthers
5. San Francisco 49ers
6. Seattle Seahawks
7. Baltimore Ravens
8. New Orleans Saints
9. Arizona Cardinals
10. Indianapolis Colts
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Stephen Gostkowski Throwback
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 3 fantasy football kicker rankings.
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1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
3. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
4. Shayne Graham, New Orleans Saints
5. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
6. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
7. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
8. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
9. Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers
10. Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears
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Megatron
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 3 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron has 247 yards and a pair of touchdowns through two games. He is averaging 96.9 yard and a touchdown in 12 career games against the Green Bay Packers.
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2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jones is averaging 102 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He’ll take aim at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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3. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboy
Dez is averaging 79 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He has averaged 1,307.5 yards and 12.5 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He should put up big numbers against the St. Louis Rams.
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4. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall is averaging 59.5 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game. Jay Cutler continues to favor Marshall over all of his weapons. He faces the New York Jets. The Jets have already allowed five passing touchdowns.
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5. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Nelson is averaging 146 yards and a touchdown after torching the Jets for 209 yards. He’ll look to keep rolling against Detroit.
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6. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas has 110 yards and a touchdown through two games. He’s capable of putting up big number, even if he’s facing the Seattle Seahawks.
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7. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown is averaging 103 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He’s third in the league in receiving yards.
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8. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb has 97 yards and three touchdowns. He’ll look to get in the end zone for the third straight week as he faces the Lions.
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9. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots 
Edelman is averaging 103 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns. Tom Brady is off to a slow start, but Edelman has been solid. Things should pick up for the Pats against the Oakland Raiders.
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10. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles 
Maclin is averaging 71 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles. He’s already been targeted 21 times. Look for plenty of action against the Washington Redskins.
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11. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax has just 87 yards on the year, but should break out against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed 317.5 yards per game. He had 303 yards and three touchdowns in two meetings with Atlanta last year.
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12. Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have to find a way to move the ball without Adrian Peterson. Patterson is the type of athlete that should be leaned on. He has 102 rushing yards and 82 receiving yards. He’ll be a big part of the game plan against the New Orleans Saints.
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13. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Johnson is averaging 83.5 yards per game. He is a physical presence that should dominate the New York Giants.
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14. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks
Harvin has 150 total yards and a touchdown. The dual-threat will be called up to keep up with the Broncos.
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15. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Garcon has 89 yards in two weeks, but should be more active this week against the Eagles. The Eagles have allowed five passing touchdowns.
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16. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
Sanders has 185 yards through two games. Peyton’s new toy is a decent option despite facing Seattle.
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17. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers 
Allen has 92 yards through two games. After facing the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle, the Buffalo Bills will be a welcome sight. The Bills have allowed 275.5 passing yards per game.
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18. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins
Wallace has 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns through two games. He takes on the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have allowed five passing scores.
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19. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Jeffery battled through a hamstring injury to catch three passes for 47 yards. He should be closer to form against the Jets.
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20. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
White has 114 yards and a touchdown through two games. He’s a solid WR2 against the Bucs.
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The Next Batch
21. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals
22. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers
23. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings
24. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars
25. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers
26. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans @ New York Giants
27. Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns
28. Victor Cruz, New York Giants vs. Houston Texans
29. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills vs. San Diego Chargers
30. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
31. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings
32. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
33. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars
34. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles (monitor shoulder)
35. Eric Decker, New York Jets vs. Chicago Bears (monitor hamstring)
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