NFL fantasy football: Larry Fitzgerald back to elite?

Ah the wonderful world of Twitter…

When word came down that the Arizona Cardinals had acquired veteran quarterback Carson Palmer from the Oakland Raiders, I was thrilled. Why was I thrilled, you ask? Well, I knew the move would in all likelihood mean the statistical (and fantasy) return of Larry Fitzgerald.

One of the NFL’s top wide receivers, Fitzgerald was a solid second-rounder in most 2012 drafts. After all, he had finished 5th (2007), 1st (2008), 5th (2009), 16th (2010) and 5th (2011) in fantasy points among wideouts before 2012. Unfortunately, he went on to finish outside of the top 40 in fantasy points at his position. That was largely due to a bumbling quarterback rotation that saw Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer all see snaps.

Palmer, even at 33, is a huge upgrade over that quartet.

The news of Palmer’s addition seemed to motivate Fitzgerald, who told the Cardinals official website: “I’m coming off the most disappointing season of my career and I’m in ‘prove it’ mode.”

That was clear to me on Tuesday, as Fitzgerald replied to my tweet that asked owners if he is now once again a top-five fantasy wide receiver for the 2013 season. #comeonbro lol

I also asked the Twitter world which wide receiver is the most valuable for the upcoming season from Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones, Percy Harvin, Andre Johnson and Fitzgerald. The response was overwhelmingly in favor of Jones, who garnered 49 percent of the vote. Thomas was second with 26 percent — Fitzgerald had the lowest total with just four percent of the vote.

If the talented receiver has anything to say about it, however, a lot of fantasy owners are going to regret passing on Fitzgerald in 2013. It will be interesting to see the final results.

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or via Facebook!

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