Mike Gallagher over at our SB Nation affiliate, Fake Teams, is putting together a bunch of rankings right now in preparation for the upcoming season. Yes, we are still a few months out from a regular season game kickoff, but some people like to draft early and get their leagues set up, so having some fantasy football advice to tide us over is never a bad thing.
You may have been reading about some of the Cardinals player in regards to fantasy football in the positional rankings posts that Jess has been doing this week. Now, Gallagher did a post that kind of combined the positional rankings stories. He compiled a list that details the top 50 fantasy players to look out for in 2012.
Unfortunately, only one Arizona Cardinals player made the cut.
As you could have probably guessed (especially if you read the title), Larry Fitzgerald is the only person to have made Gallagher's top 50. He came in at #15 overall, the third wide receiver behind Calvin and Andre Johnson. We know that Larry is a fine player and that, as the main target for whoever Arizona's quarterback may be, he will get plenty of touches.
In 2012, Fitz might even see a spike in his production. With the addition of Michael Floyd, the Cardinals not only get another solid receiving threat, but they now have a player to help take pressure off of Fitzgerald. That's not to say Fitz is going to see single coverage, but defenders may not be able to swarm around him as easily, either. Check out this really great article from Pro Football Focus if you don't believe me.
What it really boils down to is how the quarterbacks perform this year. With a full offseason, both Kevin Kolb and John Skelton are expected to make great strides. But even if they don't, Fitzgerald will still be a top wide receiver in fantasy football.
What are your thoughts on Gallagher's list? Should Fitzgerald have been higher on his list? Lower? Should there have been other Cardinals on the top 50? Tell us what you think.
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