Fitzgerald caught a career high 109 receptions in his 14th year last season. In fact, over the last three years, he caught 109, 107, and 109 receptions while playing all 16 games each year. He’s defying logic and what we as fantasy football players like to avoid – a WR who will be 35 when the 2018 season begins. There was some talk of Fitz retiring, but since he’s declared that he will return, you gotta believe that he’s going to put in the same work he’s always put in to contribute for his team.
He’s not as valuable in non-PPR leagues, so keep that in mind when considering Fitz – he’s not a TD monster and he averages around 70 yards per game. But with almost 7 receptions per game, he would be worth a late 4th round pick in PPR if you want someone with a solid floor as a WR2 to give provide balance to your otherwise high ceiling team. However, with David Johnson coming back and with arguably a better QB in Sam Bradford, the offense should have more red zone opportunities for Fitz.
Speaking of Bradford, he does have an affinity to throw to slot WRs.. and it is kind of shocking how far back we can go to support this. Ready? Here we go. In 2017 before Bradford got hurt, Adam Thielen was playing the slot primarily, and he got the most targets from Bradford. In 2016, when Diggs was playing the slot, he led the team in targets from Bradford. In 2015 with the Eagles, slot WR Jordan Matthews led the Eagles in targets from Bradford. Bradford was out for 2014. In 2013, Tavon Austin played the most snaps in the slot with Bradford and received the most targets from him. In 2012 (yes, we’re going back), slot WR Danny Amendola led the Rams in targets from Bradford.
Will you be happy with Fitz as your WR2 in PPR? Or are you predicting for age to catch up to him and for him to finally have a down year?