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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-2, 221Born: 11-24-1982College: HarvardDrafted: Round 7, pick 2005

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 12): Fitzpatrick racked up yardage, but couldn't notch a touchdown in the loss to Washington. His job might be in danger if this trend doesn't change, and the performance makes the entire situation more unpredictable.

General News (Mon Nov 12): will remain the team's starting quarterback for Week 11, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. "We're going to go with Fitz this week," said Koetter. "I just think he still gives us the best opportunity right now."

Week 11: at New York Giants

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at CIN 25 11 15 194 2 0 1 18 0 0 18.5
9 at CAR 67 24 40 243 4 2 5 23 0 0 27.45
10 vs WAS 69 29 41 406 0 2 8 35 0 1 20.8
11 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 24 38 * * * 5 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Ryan Fitzpatrick's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 9 vs CAR (24 / 40 / 243 / 4 / 2 pass, 5 / 23 / 0 rush)

Fitzpatrick came out slinging the ball in Mike Evans' direction, but couldn't get anything going with the big receiver. After missing Evans twice on the opening drive, Fitzpatrick sailed the ball over his head and into the arms of a safety on Tampa's second offensive possession. The interception was returned down inside the Tampa Bay red zone. Fitzpatrick found OJ Howard for his first touchdown of the day early in the 2nd quarter. After a couple of completions to Humphries and a couple of rushes put the Bucs on the Carolina 4 yard line, Fitzpatrick faked a handoff to Barber off left tackle, then rolled out right where he found a wide open OJ Howard leaking out into the flat for an easy score. FItzpatrick and the offense drove down again at the end of the 1st half, and Fitzpatrick capped the drive with another short touchdown pass to Howard, who outran his linebackers on a shallow out route from the 3 yard line. Fitzpatrick hooked up with slot receiver Humphries for two touchdowns in the 2nd half. The first touchdown in the 3rd quarter was a short slant route from the Carolina 5 yard line. Humphries hit his defender with a quick double move, faking outside then spinning around to slant inside where he was wide open over the goal line. Fitzpatrick found Humphries again for a 30 yard touchdown in the 4th quarter. Humphries split out wide left with Mike Evans in the slot, and Fitzpatrick hit him with a perfectly timed slant route, giving Humphries room to tear across the secondary. The receiver made an outstanding effort to dodge a couple of tacklers and carry Luke Kuechly into the end zone with him. Fitzpatrick lost a fumble on a sack late in the 3rd quarter, but an offensive lineman was able to recover the ball. Fitzpatrick was intercepted a second time at the end of the 4th quarter while hurling a deep jump ball for Desean Jackson, who couldn't wrestle it from his defender. Fitzpatrick picked up a 1st down with a 10 yard scramble late in the 1st quarter.

2018 Week 8 vs CIN (11 / 15 / 194 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)

Fitzpatrick didn't enter the game until Winston's 4th interception around the 2 minute mark in the 3rd quarter. He immediately led a scoring drive that ended in a field goal on his first outing. The next time out, Fitzpatrick took a shotgun snap and found Evans streaking down the seam wide open, connecting with the big receiver for a 72 yard touchdown. Fitzpatrick found OJ Howard for another touchdown on 4th and 3 from the Bengals 18 yard line at the end of the quarter. The big tight end was matched up with a linebacker in coverage, who didn't have a chance as Howard took off on a skinny post and left him in the dust. Fitzpatrick picked up the two point conversion on the next play with a laser pass to Godwin in the end zone, tying the ballgame up at 34-34 with less than a minute remaining. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay's defense couldn't stop the Bengals from driving down to kick a game-winning 44 yard field goal. Fitzpatrick took off on a long scramble shortly after entering the game, picking up 15 yards on a play that was called back for holding. Two plays later, he took off again, following a nice downfield block from Rodgers to pick up 18 yards on the ground. Tampa Bay has named Fitzpatrick it's starter for week 9.

2018 Week 4 vs CHI (9 / 18 / 126 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Fitzpatrick was reportedly nearly benched in week 3 after his 3 interceptions on 3 consecutive pass attempts, and Coach Koetter had enough by halftime of week 4, yanking Fitzy for Jameis Winston. Fitzpatrick struggled to get the ball out as Kalil Mack and the Chicago front 7 applied constant pressure. Fitzpatricks' biggest play was a 48 yard gain in the 1st quarter on a deep crossing route to Desean Jackson. Fitzpatrick found Brate for a touchdown late in the 2nd quarter, but the tight end was flagged for pushing off on his defender on the play. Fitzpatrick tossed an interception on the very next play, telegraphing a curl route to Mike Evans that was undercut by a defender. Winston managed a touchdown and two interceptions after relieving Fitzpatrick. The Bucs have since announced that Winston will start in week 6 after the week 5 bye.

2018 Week 3 vs PIT (30 / 50 / 411 / 3 / 3 pass, 5 / 27 / 0 rush)

Fitzpatrick loaded up a whopping 50 pass attempts after the Bucs fell behind early in the game. He took a physical beating throughout the contest, drawing several legitimate roughing the passer penalties. After an offensive false start in the 3rd, an unblocked defender plowed through the line and drove him to the ground. Fitzpatrick found Brate in the 1st quarter for his first touchdown. After Peyton Barber ran the ball down inside the Steelers 5, Fitzy faked a handoff to Barber in a goal line set and found Brate wide open in the back of the end zone for an easy touchdown. Fitzpatrick's first interception wasn't his fault. Tampa Bay had driven deep into Pittsburgh territory and Fitzy was looking for another score when a free rushing linebacker tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage, deflecting it to another defender. Fitzpatrick's second interception(on the very next drive) was definitely on him, as he overthrew Mike Evans badly on a corner route, putting the ball right into a defender's numbers. Fitzpatrick's woes continued, as he threw a pick-six over the head of Jacquizz Rodgers on the next drive, making it 3 interceptions in the 2nd quarter. Working mainly from the shotgun, Fitzpatrick and the offense battled back in the 2nd half, settling for a couple of field goals before scoring two touchdowns in the 4th quarter. After driving deep into Pittsburgh territory, Fitzpatrick lobbed a jump ball up for Godwin in the back left corner of the end zone, and the second year receiver made a nice leaping catch for the score. Later in the 4th quarter, Fitzpatrick found Evans in the back corner of the end zone after the receiver used a nice double move to separate himself from his defender. The Bucs unfortunately could not close the gap and watched Pittsburgh run the clock out with a 3 point lead. Fitzpatrick was also the Bucs' second leading rusher, piling up 27 yards on the ground and extending several more plays with his feet. Fitz's longest run was a nice 17 yard scamper to extend a 4th quarter drive.

2018 Week 2 vs PHI (27 / 33 / 402 / 4 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

The Fitzmagic continues as Tampa Bay's offense dialed up huge chunk plays on the Eagles defense. Fitzpatrick opened the game up with a 75 yard bomb to Desean Jackson. The offense came out in what looked like a run formation with one WR to either side of the formation, and Fitzpatrick faked a handoff before launching the ball to Jackson for the touchdown. Fitzpatrick's second touchdown was an amazing effort by tight end OJ Howard, who caught a crossing pattern and juked a defender out of his cleats before turning up the left sideline for a 75 yard touchdown. Fitzpatrick orchestrated the two minute offense beautifully at the end of the first half, peppering Mike Evans and Chris Godwin with targets as Godwin sealed the drive with a touchdown. On the score, Fitzpatrick had great protection and stood in the pocket as Godwin worked his way open in the back corner of the end zone. Evans was the recipient of Fitzpatrick's final touchdown pass of the day in the 3rd quarter. With the offense deep in the Philadelphia red zone, Evans split out wide right of the formation and beat his man with a slant route. Fitzpatrick threw the pass high enough that only Evans would have a chance at it. Fitzpatrick's only threw 6 incompletions, and the interception was no fault of his, as he hit a wide open OJ Howard with a perfect pass that the tight end bobbled near the end of the 1st quarter. Mike Evans also had a bad drop on what would have a been a big gain in the second quarter.

2018 Week 1 vs NO (21 / 28 / 417 / 4 / 0 pass, 12 / 36 / 1 rush)

Fitzpatrick lit the Saints defense up on their own turf, out dueling Drew Brees as the Tampa Bay receiving game showed off its many weapons. Fitzpatrick was extremely efficient with his top receivers, as Evans(7 of 7) and Jackson(5 of 5) both converted all of their targets into catches, including several long touchdowns. Fitzpatrick's deep ball was incredibly accurate throughout the contest, and he did a great job of moving around with his feet to buy time in the pocket and even scramble for positive yardage on several occasions. He scored on his second pass attempt of the game, finding Desean Jackson down the right side of the field from a shotgun formation. On Tampa Bay's next drive, Fitzpatrick set the offense up in the New Orleans red zone with dime passes to Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. After driving down inside the five yard line, Fitzy faked a handoff from a goal line set and rolled right, lowering his shoulder and powering through a tackle attempt for a touchdown. Fitzpatrick found Chris Godwin while scrambling right late in the second quarter for his third touchdown of the day. The receiver fought through press coverage and secured a perfect back shoulder pass from Fitzpatrick. The fireworks continued later in the third quarter, as Fitzpatrick found Evans deep down the right side of the field, burning his only defender for an easy 50 yard score. Fitzpatrick hooked up with Desean Jackson again for a 36 yard touchdown early on in the 4th, laying up a beautiful ball on a deep post. The Tampa Bay offense looks to be in capable hands until Winston's return from suspension.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Ryan Fitzpatrick to start again in Week 11 (Mon Nov 12, 02:37 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the starting quarterback in Week 11, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.

Our View: This decision may come down to one thing; money. The Buccaneers don't want to risk an injury to Jameis Winston if he's back in the starting lineup. His 2019 fifth-year option is guaranteed only for injury, so they'd be on the hook for around $20 million if Winston was banged up heading into next year. We expect Fitzpatrick to remain the starter unless he's absolutely awful.
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Buccaneers | Ryan Fitzpatrick tops 400 yards (Sun Nov 11, 09:15 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 29 of his 41 passes for 406 yards and two interceptions and rushed eight times for 35 yards in a 16-3 loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 10. He also lost a fumble

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Buccaneers | Ryan Fitzpatrick tosses four TDs (Sun Nov 4, 05:57 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 24-of-40 passes for 243 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in Week 9 against the Carolina Panthers. He also ran for 23 yards.

Our View: Fitzpatrick started slow, but eventually got the Bucs within a score in the second half. There's no reason he would lose his job going into a matchup against a Washington defense that didn't look nearly as good as its ranking today against Atlanta.
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