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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Houston Texans

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

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Week 8: at Tennessee Titans

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 21/32 for 262 yards, two TDs and one interception at Pittsburgh, with one sack taken for -1 yard. Houston was actually up 13-0 with three minutes left in the second quarter, but then the Steelers went wild with 24 points scored in the final 98 seconds of the half, and the Texans never quite recovered. DeAndre Hopkins (nine targets for 6/108/0 receiving) and Andre Johnson (nine for 5/77/0) were the main receivers for Fitzpatrick last week, while Arian Foster (3/14/1) and Alfred Blue (1/11/1) handled the TD passes for Fitzpatrick. The Houston passing attack is running well entering Week 8. Divisonal foe Tennessee has lost and won (respectively) their last two games by a margin of two points in each low-scoring contest (17-19 loss to Washington; 16-14 win over Jacksonville). They gave up 21/28 for 251 yards, one TD and one interception thrown to Washingtons' quarterbacks last week (three sacks for -16 yards), while Blake Bortles was sacked six times for -39 yards on the way to 32/46 for 297 net yards, one TD and one interception at Tennessee two weeks ago. To date, Tennessee has an average of 247.9 net passing yards allowed per game (22nd in the NFL), with 12 passing scores given up vs. eight interceptions (tied for third in the NFL) and 18 sacks (tied for 10th in the NFL) to their credit. In Tennessee's house this looks like a neutral matchup for Fitzpatrick and the Texans.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
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 21 32 262 2 1 5 16 0 0
8 at TEN PROJ-Dodds 18 30 * * * 4 * * *
8 at TEN PROJ-Tremblay 17 27 * * * 4 * * *
8 at TEN PROJ-Bloom 16 29 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 7 vs PIT (21 / 32 / 262 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 16 / 0 rush)

In the NFL you're only as good as your quarterback, and the Texans don't have one. Fitzpatrick seems like a great backup in the sense that he's good enough to give a team a spark in relief, but he simply isn't consistent enough to be an effective starter in real life and therefore in fantasy as well. The two touchdowns, his completion percentage and YPA looks good on paper, but when you can't score more than 13 points in the first half when you have a running back running for 5.4 YPC, you're not getting it done. When Fitzpatrick throws the ball it looks like it weighs 25 pounds and he has to heave his whole body into a toss to drive it even 15 yards down the field. Fitzpatrick's one interception was tipped at the line by Brett Kiesel, deflected by Arian Foster, and then intercepted by Kiesel. Fitzpatrick will continue to not be roster worthy for the rest of the season absent the rare garbage time catch up effort because of his lack of consistency.

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Schedule

8@ Tennessee Titans
9vs Philadelphia Eagles
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Cleveland Browns
12vs Cincinnati Bengals
13vs Tennessee Titans
14@ Jacksonville Jaguars
15@ Indianapolis Colts
16vs Baltimore Ravens
17vs Jacksonville Jaguars