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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Houston Texans

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

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News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Dec 15): Fitzpatrick suffered a broken leg in the game on Sunday - he's done for the season, leaving rookie Tom Savage on the hot seat in Houston for the final two weeks (assuming Savage's injured knee is cleared of significant damage after a scheduled MRI on Monday).

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Fitzpatrick is out for the season with a broken leg. The "Fitzmagic" has run out.

General News (Tue Dec 16): underwent surgery Monday, Dec. 15, on his broken tibia he suffered in Week 15. He will miss the rest of the season.

Week 16: vs Baltimore Ravens

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. The Texans have now lost their top three quarterbacks for the season (Ryan Fitzpatrick, broken leg; Ryan Mallett, shoulder injury; Tom Savage, knee injury), leaving either Thad Lewis, a part-time starter for Buffalo last year, (115/189 for 1,296 yards passing, five TDs and four interceptions during his NFL career so far) or Case Keenum (137/253 for 1,760 yards passing, nine TDs and six interceptions thrown so far over eight appearances with the Texans during 2013) as the starting quarterback this week. Keenum was signed off the St. Louis practice squad (he was cut by Houston during training camp on the final cut-down day, but he has been in Houston, as noted above, and knows their offensive system). Look for either Keenum or Lewis (whichever starts after this week's practices - stay tuned to's Players in the News for the latest developments at the quarterback position in Houston this week) to face a lot of pass pressure/blitzes as the Ravens will likely dare the journeyman quarterback to beat them by passing the football, and endeavor to shut down running lanes/created pass pressure by stacking the box with eight men often this weekend. When Keenum was in and playing well last season, he favored Andre Johnson heavily - Johnson is said to be expected back from his concussion for this game as of Monday, so if Johnson can go he might get a large number of targets from Keenum (assuming Keenum gets the nod). There is a lot of factors up in the air for Houston as of mid-week, as you can see. The Ravens' pass D is ranked 30th in the NFL in net yards allowed per week (259.9) despite boasting 45 sacks this season (third in the NFL). They've given up 21 passing scores to date vs. just nine interceptions generated (tied for 25th in the NFL). Blake Bortles was sacked eight times for -63 yards last week (throwing 22/38 for 166 net yards, zero TDs and one interception), while two games ago Ryan Tannehill was sacked six times for -41 yards (and eked out 23/33 for 186 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions). This is likely to be a bad week for fantasy players from Houston.

Recent Stats and Projections

13 vs TEN 24 33 358 6 0 2 10 0 0
14 at JAX 13 19 135 0 0 8 19 1 0
15 at IND 3 6 30 0 0 3 16 0 0
16 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom 0 0 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs TEN (24 / 33 / 358 / 6 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)

The game on Sunday was an example of two things; what the Texans can do on offense when Fitzpatrick doesn't turn over the ball, and more importantly how bad the Titans are on defense. Outside of the occasional splash play by Jurrell Casey, the Titans couldn't do anything to slow down the Texans passing attack. Fitzpatrick quickly diagnosed coverages post snap and fed the ball to the open receiver, who as the stat line indicates, was often DeAndre Hopkins. Fitzpatrick had a far from perfect game, throwing many low throws that either fell for incompletions or spectacular catches. The afore mentioned Hopkins bailed out Fitzpatrick several times in the beginning of the game by snagging several of the low throws which should have been incomplete passes. Fitzpatrick did do some of the heavy lifting, putting throws where only his receivers could catch it such as a back of the end zone toss to Andre Johnson. Fitzpatrick unfortunately does not play this Titans defense every week, so a 6 TD to 0 INT ratio is probably not repeatable.

2014 Week 14 vs JAX (13 / 19 / 135 / 0 / 0 pass, 8 / 19 / 1 rush)

On Sunday Ryan Fitzpatrick returned to Earth after his 6 touchdown performance the week prior. That's what happens when you're not passing against air, i.e. the Tennessee Titans secondary. Fitzpatrick struggled to sustain drives yet again, but importantly did not throw any interceptions, which is the catalyst to the Texans offensive success this year. Fitzpatrick did scamper for a 4 yard touchdown to help salvage the day for anyone that streamed him against the Jaguars, but his meager stat line outside the one rushing touchdown did not please any fantasy owners. The game played out the way that Bill O'Brien wanted it to though, and as long as Arian Foster can find running room such as he did Sunday, the Texans will be completely content keeping Fitzpatrick's attempts below 20-25.


Latest News

Texans | Ryan Fitzpatrick has surgery (Mon Dec 15, 03:35 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) underwent surgery Monday, Dec. 15, on his broken tibia he suffered in Week 15. QB Tom Savage (knee) will miss at least this week's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Our View: The Texans are in real trouble here. It's now going to be the Case Keenum or Thad Lewis show at quarterback.
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Texans | Ryan Fitzpatrick has broken leg (Sun Dec 14, 03:34 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) suffered a broken leg in the team's Week 15 game and will miss the rest of the season.

Our View: Tom Savage or Thad Lewis will start against Baltimore next week, making the Ravens D/ST a terrific Week 16 play.
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Texans | Ryan Fitzpatrick carted off (Sun Dec 14, 02:01 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) was carted off the field after suffering a leg injury in the team's Week 15 game. He will not return to the game.

Our View: Tom Savage is in, and the Texans might be starting Thad Lewis next week against Baltimore. The Baltimore D/ST is looking like a great play if Fitzpatrick is out next week.
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