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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 Sep 17): Fitzpatrick should be the starting quarterback for the Bucs going forward. He had two 75-yard scores and otherwise seems perfect for running the Bucs weapon-laden offense. He's a strong QB1 play against the Steelers in Week 3 and is no longer a streamer - he's an everyweek starter.

General News (Thu Sep 20): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Mon Sep 17): has yet to be given any public assurances he will serve as the starting quarterback after Jameis Winston returns from his three-week suspension in Week 4, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.

Week 3: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

All QB vs PIT

FBG says: Great matchup. No one expected Ryan Fitzpatrick to create yet another quarterback controversy at age 35, but that's where things are headed. Fitzpatrick has been the NFL's MVP through 2 weeks, topping 400 yards and throwing 4 touchdowns in each game. And he's done so against two of 2017's best pass defenses. He shredded the gambling Saints secondary in the opener, routinely throwing Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, and company turning into huge plays. And last week he braved the Eagles' tenacious pass rush, using play action and trust in his playmakers to dominate again. With Evans boxing out every smaller corner he faces and Jackson scorching slot men off the line, there's no clear recipe to slowing the flow. Of course, Fitzpatrick has always been a volatile passer, one deeply in love with the deep ball and willing to test traffic. The bottom could indeed fall out at any point, resulting in a 25-of-50, 3-interception nightmare. But the connection he has right now with Evans, Jackson, Chris Godwin, and O.J. Howard is magical. All Buccaneer receivers are taking advantage of the aggressiveness and winning their downfield matchups, and there's no football reason to expect that to slow against one of the league's worst secondaries. It's safe to say there are holes in this Pittsburgh pass defense. Some may blame Week 2's implosion on Joe Haden's absence, but that's very shortsighted. Haden is a shell of his former self, and the rest of this secondary is subpar at best. Artie Burns continues to struggle on the outside, while slot man Mike Hilton is solid in coverage but a poor tackler after the catch. With or without Haden on the field, the Tampa Bay receivers shouldn't have much trouble winning battles down the field. There's also a lack of coverage talent at the linebacker and safety spots; Travis Kelce's touchdown catch put that on full display last week. Simply put, there's little to like among this unit aside from edge rusher T.J. Watt, and the red-hot Tampa Bay offense is licking its chops.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at NO 66 21 28 417 4 0 12 36 1 0 46.45
2 vs PHI 58 27 33 402 4 1 1 -1 0 0 35
3 vs PIT PROJ-Dodds * 23 37 * * * 4 * * * *
3 vs PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 23 36 * * * 6 * * * *
3 vs PIT PROJ-Bloom * 21 33 * * * 4 * * * *

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 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 has full practice (Thu Sep 20, 04:46 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (knee) participated fully in practice Thursday, Sept. 20.

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Buccaneers | Tampa Bay not ready to address QB situation (Mon Sep 17, 03:41 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has yet to be given any public assurances he will serve as the starting quarterback after Jameis Winston returns from his three-week suspension in Week 4, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.

Our View: Fitzpatrick is absolutely on fire right now and it's going to be difficult to go back to Winston if the team is still playing well. We could see another big game out of Fitzpatrick in Week 3 against the Steelers 'defense.'
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Buccaneers | Ryan Fitzpatrick tears it up again (Mon Sep 17, 12:08 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 402 yards and four touchdowns to go along with one interception in a Week 2 win against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Buccaneers | Ryan Fitzpatrick accounts for five TDs (Sun Sep 9, 04:28 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick went 21-for-28 for 417 yards and four touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. He also rushed for 36 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries.

Our View: Fitzpatrick was the fantasy shocker of Week 1. He may give weight to general manager Jason Licht's comments about not committing to Jameis Winston when he returns in Week 4. The Saints defense was a disaster, but the Eagles defense won't give Fitzpatrick anything easy next week.
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