Fitzgerald put together his best game of the season Sunday, hauling in seven of 10 passes thrown his way for 160 yards and a touchdown. This performance gives him 17 receptions for 279 yards and two touchdowns in three games since Palmer's return from a shoulder injury.
Given Fitzgerald's age, we're going to probably wonder if he is done every time he deals with any kind of slump. However, the 31-year-old's recent play should do enough to alleviate any doubts about his abilities right now. He will try to keep it up in Week 9 against the Cowboys, and should probably be kept active in most Fantasy formats.
Fitzgerald took a slant 80 yards for a third-quarter touchdown, the longest reception of his illustrious career. Fitzgerald was targeted 10 times, which tied his season high and tied for the team lead Sunday.
Fitzgerald visits the Cowboys in Week 9.
Fitzgerald called his slow start, "champagne problems," per the team's official website.
"We all care about our touches and looks, don't get me wrong," Fitzgerald said. "We just don't put our touches and looks in front of what we are trying to accomplish as a team. There is a distinct difference. You are playing ball your whole life, you are in the NFL, you've been 'The Man' your whole life, so you have to put that aside and focus on what is best for your team. I think everyone has a good grasp of that."
Fitzgerald will face the Eagles at home on Sunday. He's scored 10 times in six career appearances against Philadelphia.
In fact, in terms of yardage, it was his worst performance of the season. He caught four passes for 21 yards.
Apart from that Week 6 showing, he has averaged just 37.0 yards in five games, and though the return of Palmer was widely credited for the outlier performance, Palmer was also healthy for Fitzgerald's second-worst showing Week 1 against San Diego, when he caught one pass for 22 yards.
In the long run, Fitzgerald figures to be better off with Palmer than Drew Stanton, but as was the case in 2013, the lows for him figure to be extremely low. In points-per-reception leagues, you can roll the dice on him a little easier than standard formats, but clearly, the return of Palmer isn't the key to his success.
Fitzgerald hauled in four passes, but only gained 21 yards. He was mostly a short-yardage threat, with his longest reception going for 7 yards. Fitzgerald was targeted five times, which tied him for second on the team. After catching the first pass of the second half, Fitzgerald was shut out for the rest of the game.
He'll take on the Eagles Week 8.
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