Currently being drafted at WR38, Larry Fitzgerald is slowly becoming a value in PPR format fantasy drafts. Despite the laughing stock that the Cardinals offense was last season, Fitzgerald still managed to finish as the WR25 last season just outside of the WR2 range. The Cardinals ranked dead last in game script last season at -8.27 which led Fitz to have underwhelming stat lines in QBR when targeted(61st) and target accuracy(89th).
The Cardinals have only gotten better this offseason adding an offensive-minded coach, a scheme fit quarterback, and more weapons to draw coverage off of him. Who knows if the Cardinals are going to be a better football team, but things can only go up for fantasy. Even if they don’t go up and Fitzgerald finishes as WR25 you are still getting a great value and taking him 13 wide receivers later than his finish.
Reasons to avoid James Washington this year include: 1) a below-average rookie year (30 targets, 16 receptions and a lone touchdown) 2) wide receiver acquisitions were made via free agency and the draft (Donte Moncrief & Diontae Johnson) 3) not one single advanced efficiency stat can be leveraged in James’ favor… and… that’s about it. He’ll cost you a tenth to twelfth round pick and is currently being drafted as WR50 in PPR leagues. This means if he shits the bed, the investment was minimal and it can be saved with a Donte Moncrief addition on the waiver wire. A second-round draft pedigree on the highest passing-volume offense in the league means he is going to get some shots this year with Big Ben. Juju’s 166 targets from 2018 can only increase so much this year with defenses no longer preparing for AB.
Statistical positives include: 1) played 55 percent of Pittsburgh snaps last year 2) his average target distance was 17.2 yards (good for fifth among active receivers last year per Player Profiler) 3) Pittsburgh will have 227 available targets this year due to losing AB and Jesse James (33% of their 688 pass attempts).
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