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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - New York Jets

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 26): Fitzpatrick isn't in danger of getting benched for the Jets, but it is impossible to trust him in Week 4 against a Seahawks defense that hasn't allowed a score through the air yet this year. His six picks vs. the Chiefs will go down in infamy. He's still worth a hold in leagues that have a thin quarterback waiver wire with matchups like Pittsburgh, Cleveland, San Francisco and Miami left on the schedule, but we will tread lightly otherwise.

Week 4: vs Seattle Seahawks

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Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 20-of-44 passes for 188 yards, zero touchdowns, and a whopping six interceptions in the Jets' Week 3 loss to the Chiefs. It is the most interceptions thrown during a NFL game since Ty Detmer tossed seven back in 2001. 'The trust is the same,' head coach Todd Bowles said Sunday, September 25 after the game. 'He had a bad day at the office. Last week, he had a great day at the office.' Fitzpatrick was an epic fail in last week's game at Kansas City. It didn't help that Brandon Marshall was somewhat limited by a sore knee (10 targets but just 3/27/0 receiving), but this loss is mostly on Fitzpatrick. He was awesome two games ago (24/34 for 374 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, and just one sack taken for -4 yards, at Buffalo), but this game he simply crumbled in front of the rabid Kansas City crowd. The Seahawks rebounded from their 3-9 loss to Los Angeles and beat San Francisco 37-18 last weekend, holding Blaine Gabbert to a miniscule 14/25 for 119 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with zero sacks generated. Seattle has allowed zero TD passes this year, vs. one interception and eight sacks generated. Over the first three weeks of the season, Seattle has averaged 12.2 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (second-least in the NFL); and 11.1 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (least in the NFL); with 3.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (seventh-least). This is an elite pass defense, friends. The Jets shouldn't expect to bounce back against the Seahawks in this game. This is a bad matchup for Fitzpatrick and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs CIN 71 19 35 189 2 1 4 15 0 0 16.95
2 at BUF 75 24 34 374 1 0 5 21 0 0 23.8
3 at KC 68 20 44 188 0 6 3 22 0 0 4.6
4 vs SEA PROJ-Dodds * 18 34 * * * 4 * * * *
4 vs SEA PROJ-Tremblay * 23 39 * * * 4 * * * *
4 vs SEA PROJ-Bloom * 21 38 * * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs KC (20 / 44 / 188 / 0 / 6 pass, 3 / 22 / 0 rush)

A complete disaster would be the only way to summarize Fitzpatrick's performance. Fitzpatrick threw a career-high six interceptions, which marks just the 40th game in NFL history whereby a quarterback has thrown 6+ interceptions. Of the six interceptions, three were thrown in the endzone that repeatedly killed New York's momentum in the fourth quarter. New York's final five drives all ended in Fitzpatrick's interceptions, which shows that New York had opportunities to comeback, but bad decisions by Fitzpatrick ended those aspirations. While Kansas City's defense should be credited for making plays, Fitzpatrick was lazy with his decision making. Fitzpatrick did not quickly go through his progressions, overshot open receivers, and stared down open receivers. Needless to say, Fitzpatrick has had better days and will have better games ahead.

2016 Week 2 vs BUF (24 / 34 / 374 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 21 / 0 rush)

After a lackluster performance against Cincinnati, Fitzpatrick bounced back in a big way. Fitzpatrick showed poise and confidence by pushing the ball downfield to his three big receivers. After failing to push the ball downfield against Cincinnati, Fitzpatrick went 6-for-6 on first half throws of 15+ yards downfield, which boosted his confidence against a Ryan-led defense that he has historically struggled against. The play calling was not overly diverse--Gailey primarily called back shoulder throws and slant routes over the middle of the field, but Fitzpatrick displayed pocket awareness by stepping up in the pocket to drive the ball to receivers over the middle of the field. Buffalo tried to press the receivers at the line of scrimmage, but credit the receivers for aggressively beating press and giving Fitzpatrick windows to complete passes. Fitzpatrick's lone touchdown strike went to Decker in the second quarter. Decker easily ripped through Ronald Darby's press coverage, ran open into the end zone, and hauled in a 5-yard touchdown reception. Fitzpatrick also showed a lot of trust in Enunwa--and he delivered. Enunwa caught all six of his targets, was moved around the formation, and won his one-on-one match-ups against Darby and Stephon Gilmore. While it doesn't show up in Fitzpatrick's final stat line, the mere presence of Matt Forte has completed changed the offense. Forte's ability to gain three-to-four yards on seemingly any play call creates more favorable situations on 2nd and 3rd down. While Fitzpatrick delivered an overall solid performance, he had a few issues with ball security on New York's first drive. Fitzpatrick was loose with the ball and committed one fumble, but luckily, Kellen Davis recovered the fumble. A second opening drive fumble was luckily negated and was ruled a forward, incomplete pass. If the fumble bounces the other way or if the incomplete pass call is ruled differently, the complexion of this game may look completely different.

2016 Week 1 vs CIN (19 / 35 / 189 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 15 / 0 rush)

After a solid first half, Fitzpatrick failed to create plays in the second half. In the first half, Fitzpatrick connected on touchdown strikes to Quincy Enunwa (3-yard TD) and Eric Decker (15-yard TD). In the first quarter, Fitzpatrick found Enunwa on a short out route to give New York a 7-0 lead. Enunwa used his big body to create space and complete the each pitch and catch. In the second quarter, Fitzpatrick hit Decker with a back shoulder to complete the scoring play. Decker boxed out corner, Josh Shaw to complete the scoring play. Credit both Enunwa and Decker for being physical at the catch point to come down with the touchdowns. While Fitzpatrick hit Enunwa and Decker for scoring plays, he had trouble getting on the same page with Brandon Marshall. In the first half, Fitzpatrick overthrew Marshall on a post route that would resulted in his third touchdown pass. Fitzpatrick targeted Marshall on New York's final drive, but a drop killed the drive's momentum and Fitzpatrick was intercepted a few plays later by Shaw to end the game. This loss does not fall on Fitzpatrick's shoulders, but if he's able to make a few additional plays, the outcome of this game would have been different.


Latest News

Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick has disastrous outing (Mon Sep 26, 12:04 AM) - New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 20 of his 44 pass attempts for 188 yards and an 18.2 QB rating while tossing a career-worst six interceptions in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs. 'The trust is the same,' head coach Todd Bowles said Sunday, Sept. 25. 'He had a bad day at the office. Last week, he had a great day at the office.'

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Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick wins AFC award for Week 2 (Thu Sep 22, 07:18 PM) - New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 2 after completing 24 of 34 passes for 374 yards and a touchdown in the team's win over the Buffalo Bills.

Our View: Fitzpatrick has become a pretty decent play the first few weeks of the season, and despite the Chiefs' defense we like him as really nice QB2 play this weekend. We might downgrade him if we get an indication that Brandon Marshall or Eric Decker (or both) is out for the game, although Quincy Enunwa has been very good as well.

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