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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Houston Texans

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

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Week 7: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been passing to set up Arian Foster's running game. With 15/23 for 212 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown vs. Indianapolis last week (five sacks taken for -16 yards) and 16/25 for 154 yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown at Dallas two weeks ago (zero sacks taken), there is no compelling reason to insert Fitzpatrick as a fantasy quarterback entering Week 7. He's being asked to be a game manager, and that is the sort of numbers he's delivering. Andre Johnson finally caught a TD last week (12 targets for 7/99/1 receiving), so it may be that he and Fitzpatrick have built some chemistry during regular season after Johnson's ill-advised holdout during OTA's/the early part of training camp. Damaris Johnson (three targets for 3/62/0 receiving) was the second-best receiver for the Texans last week, while DeAndre Hopkins only managed 1/12/0 out of two chances. The Steelers' pass D ranks 10th in the NFL averaging 225.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with eight passing scores given up balanced by just three interceptions (tied for 21st in the NFL) and nine sacks (tied-23rd). Brian Hoyer threw 8/17 for 210 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions vs. Pittsburgh last week (one sack taken for -7 yards), while Blake Bortles managed 22/36 for 187 net yards, zero TDs and two interceptions (one sack for -4 yards taken) two weeks ago. Two so-so units clash in this game - neither has a clear edge over the other.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at NYG 20 34 289 1 3 7 34 1 0
4 vs BUF 25 37 268 1 2 6 14 0 0
5 at DAL 16 25 154 0 1 3 3 0 0
6 vs IND 15 23 212 1 0 1 5 0 1
7 at PIT PROJ-Dodds 18 31 * * * 3 * * *
7 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay 19 31 * * * 3 * * *
7 at PIT PROJ-Bloom 18 28 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 4 vs BUF (25 / 37 / 268 / 1 / 2 pass, 6 / 14 / 0 rush)

Fitpatrick's stat line from Sunday is nothing to brag about, but it does not truly indicate his performance against his old team the Buffalo Bills. For instance, the 1 touchdown to 2 interception ratio is less than ideal, but one interception was the result of a batted ball at the line of scrimmage, and another came on a decently thrown deep ball into single coverage which Leodis McKelvin happened to outfight DeAndre Hopkins for. Head Coach Bill O'Brien called a very good game for Fitzpatrick and the offense, but the problem is that Fitzpatrick is only as good as that play calling. That is to say, he can play within the structure of O'Brien's offense, but as soon as he leaves that structure bad things happen. Still, Fitzpatrick's 7.2 yards per attempt show decent efficiency given that he was also the Texans' lead rusher with 14 yards. Fitzpatrick made some very impressive throws, such as a back shoulder throw to Andre Johnson in the third quarter that was placed perfectly where only Johnson could catch it. The Texans offense was able to put up 16 points despite turning the ball over three times, featuring a not completely healthy Arian Foster, and playing a determined defense that stymied the run. Fitzpatrick will continue to have value only as a bye week or injury fill-in, and even then there are other quarterbacks that likely have a higher floor than Fitzpatrick.

2014 Week 5 vs DAL (16 / 25 / 154 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)

Another week, and another lackluster performance from Ryan Fitzpatrick. His 64% completion percentage doesn't look bad on first glance, but Fitzpatrick continuously either threw for short completions or incompletions on third downs, which led to numerous stalled drives. Fitzpatrick played mostly mistake free, having only thrown one interception on a miscommunication between him and Arian Foster on an option route. Orlando Scandrick got the easiest interception of his career as Foster ran down the sideline and Fitzpatrick threw it as if he expected Foster to come back for the football. The offensive line was also able to keep Fitzpatrick clean, as he was not sacked all day long. The issue is that Fitzpatrick did nothing to worthwhile to move the team outside of the last two drives of the game, which led to the 10 points needed to tie it. If Fitzpatrick was more consistent, he could be viable in real life with this defense as well as in fantasy. Unfortunately though, both the Texans and any fantasy teams that rely on Fitzpatrick regularly will suffer more wins than losses.

2014 Week 6 vs IND (15 / 23 / 212 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

In the first quarter of the game, Fitzpatrick and the entirety of the offense looked completely ineffectual which allowed Andrew Luck and the Colts to build a 24-0 lead. Head coach Bill O'Brien to his credit though, did not allow this lead to change the game script which limited Fitzpatrick to only 23 attempts. Fitzpatrick locked onto Andre Johnson for 12 of those attempts, as Fitzpatrick showed he only had eyes for Johnson after an early DeAndre Hopkins drop. Fitzpatrick played a clean game for 58 minutes giving up the ball not once, until he fumbled without defensive contact on what could have been the game winning drive. Fitzpatrick played much worse than his stat line would indicate and the offensive line is to blame for some of that as they are not giving him nearly enough time to get through his progressions. Ultimately, this team is not good enough on defense yet to win the way they have in their victories which is run the offense through the running game with a conservative game plan. That is not stopping Bill O'Brien from calling games that way though, and Fitzpatrick will have very little week to week fantasy value with such little offensive responsibility placed on him.


Latest News

Texans | Ryan Fitzpatrick keeping job (Fri Oct 10, 06:48 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the starting quarterback even though he has struggled at times this season, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. 'He's our starter,' O’Brien said. 'The film never lies. What the film shows us is that everybody on the offense has to play better. The line has to play better. The backs have to play better. The tight ends. The receivers. We've got to coach better. We've got to get the players to understand what we want. When we do that, all the positions will (play) better, including quarterback.'

Our View: Texans fans probably want to see what Ryan Mallett can do, but the brass won't pull the trigger on a change unless Fitzpatrick really melts down or the Texans fall out of playoff contention. Keep Mallett on your 2QB/QB Flex/Deep Dynasty radar.
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Texans | Ryan Fitzpatrick probable (Wed Oct 8, 05:49 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (calf) practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 8, and is probable for Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Oct. 9.

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Texans | Ryan Fitzpatrick fully participates (Tue Oct 7, 05:53 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (calf) practiced fully Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Our View: It looks like Fitzpatrick is good to go. The Texans play on Thursday night against the Colts.
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Texans | Ryan Fitzpatrick practices (Mon Oct 6, 08:33 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (calf) was a full participant in practice Monday, Oct. 6.

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