Three and out: Fitzgerald not satisfied

Seeking satisfaction: Personal accolades are not enough for Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. After being named No. 7 overall on NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2012,” the receiver posted on his Facebook page; “I’ve completed 8 NFL seasons, while I am somewhat satisfied with personal achievements, I have come close only once to achieving the ultimate team goal.” Fitzgerald added “My sincere hope is that we can get back to the playoffs on a regular basis and become Super Bowl Champions.” The Pittsburgh product will need some help in order to attain that goal. The Cards still don’t know who their starting quarterback will be, and the pecking order beneath Fitzgerald has yet to be sorted out. While the current situation poses questions as a team, it bodes well for his continued fantasy success. Finishing among the top-five fantasy scorers at his position in two of the last three seasons, the receiver should again be drafted in the early-rounds as a No. 1 wideout.

The whole tree: Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas understands the need to further develop his game now that Peyton Manning will be throwing him the ball. Speaking with WQXI-am radio in Atlanta, Thomas stated he’s “gonna have to run the whole route tree now. The comebacks, the slants, the posts, the ins. And I didn’t have to do that much when I was my first couple of years in the league.” With the most experienced quarterback they’ve played with in their careers now at the helm, both Thomas and Eric Decker are expected to have their best statistical seasons to date. Thomas is valued as a No. 2 receiver in fantasy drafts, but Decker might be the better bargain, projected to be drafted as a borderline No. 3 or 4 option in the middle-rounds.

Big cheese: Voted by his peers as the No. 1 player in NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2012,” Aaron Rodgers thinks there’s still more he can do. When judging himself against Tom Brady, the Packers quarterback believes the fellow gun-slinger is “that high-water mark that I’ve been trying to get to.” He also praised Drew Brees, stating “the way that Drew has played the last couple of years, especially breaking the record last year, I mean, he was playing incredible. Those are the guy whose careers I’d like to model my own after.” Though Rodgers took the humble approach, his play certainly deserves being labeled as top-dog. Not only was he voted as the best player on the field, he was the No. 1 player in fantasy land with 397.42 total points. Rodgers will fly off the draft board in the first-round of drafts, so cross your fingers and hope you’re the lucky one to get him.

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