Larry Fitzgerald a top-five receiver in 2012?

It’s the question every fantasy football player is wondering: Will Larry Fitzgerald’s production be hindered by the wobbly quarterbacking situation this season?

On Friday’s edition of “NFL AM,” Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel debated whether Fitz would end up being a top-five wideout this season.

“Absolutely, what did we see last night?” queried Kriegel.  “An absolutely deplorable exhibition of quarterbacking and Larry Fitzgerald still got 91 yards. Even in this age of Megatron,  (Fitzgerald) might be the best receiver, he’s certainly the most underrated, as good as he is. He had (Kevin) Kolb and (John) Skelton last year, he got 1,400 yards. The year before that it was Derek Anderson, he had 90 catches. This guy is so good he is unstoppable.”

The bulk of Fitzgerald’s 91 yards in Thursday night’s 32-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans came on a nice 53-yard toss from Kolb, proving that even when his quarterbacks are throwing pick-sixes he always makes a couple of big plays a game.

For some, however, the peripheral problems could hold back the Arizona Cardinals receiver.

“I got to say no, as much I hate it” Wyche said of Fitzgerald finishing the season in the top five.  “That is unless Kurt Warner or Neil Lomax or Jim Hart, ghosts of great quarterbacks past in that organization, come out of retirement. Look, this is a situation where the offensive line is so bad by the end of the season they might get arrested for manslaughter. Plus, there are so many young receivers coming up … A.J. Green, Julio Jones, you got Jordy Nelson coming into the mix.”

Wyche makes a good point on the offensive line further highlighting the quarterback troubles, but we tend to side with Kriegel on this point. Fitzgerald has proven every year he will produce regardless of who is under center.

Kriegel puts it best:

“Fitzgerald could get 1,000 yards with old No. 12 from Parkway South,” he said.

This No. 12 was a young Steve Wyche. We are still looking for visual evidence.

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