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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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Week 15: vs Atlanta Falcons

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Jameis Winston's midseason shoulder injury seems to have held back his 2017 majorly. In 2 games since returning he's been solid from a fantasy perspective (270 and 2 touchdowns and 285-2), but mostly ineffective in reality. Winston has been a sack/giveaway machine, absorbing 10 sacks over those 2 games and coughing up 4 turnovers. Throughout 2017 he's failed to capitalize on the presence of Mike Evans - the duo has connected for just 3 touchdowns all year - and can't seem to create anything downfield at the moment. It's probably fair to pin the blame primarily on his injured throwing shoulder, and Winston is far better than this. Remember, he averaged 316 yards and threw 10 touchdowns over his first 5 starts. But he's always been an erratic decision-maker and thrower, and there's a strong chance we won't see Good Winston again all year. That dings the outlook for Evans, of course, but also for DeSean Jackson and tight end Cameron Brate, both of whom are generally dependent upon Winston to produce. The Falcons carry a stout, if unspectacular, pass defense. They're allowing just 232 yards per game, eighth-best in the league, as well as just 1.31 touchdowns. Still, those numbers have largely been skewed based on opposing quarterback quality. Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, and Drew Brees averaged and even Ryan Fitzpatrick posted 283 just 3 weeks ago. This is a strong unit, but not a prohibitive one. Top cornerback Desmond Trufant is having another great season as a sometimes-shadow cover man, but there are enough openings elsewhere that we shouldn't flee Jameis Winston and company based on matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
11 at MIA 66 22 37 275 2 0 3 9 0 0 22.65
12 at ATL 71 27 44 283 0 0 2 20 0 0 16.15
15 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *
15 vs ATL PROJ-Bloom * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 12 vs ATL (27 / 44 / 283 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 20 / 0 rush)

Fitzpatrick had a solid but unspectacular outing as he did not score and did not turn the ball over while completing 27 of 44 passes. Tampa Bay's offensive line was solid, with Fitzy taking just one sack. He did set up two short Peyton Barber touchdown runs with passes inside the red zone and led two other scoring drives that ended in field goals. Fitzpatrick showed off the wheels again on a 9 yard scramble from a 5WR set in the 1st that ended with him sandwiched between three defenders, and another 11 yard charge right up the middle of the defense at the end of the 3rd quarter. Fitzy threw a dime pass to Mike Evans in the end zone at the end of the drive, bouncing off the receivers hands amid tight coverage from CB Trufant. Fitzpatrick nearly connected with Evans again in the end zone on the Bucs' next possession, but a diving effort by a defender knocked the ball loose on a slant route by Evans. Fitzpatrick hit Charles Sims with a wheel route out of the backfield that the running back took down to the 2 yard line at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Fitzy's longest completion of the day was a deep seam route to rookie tight end OJ Howard for a 29 yard gain. Fitzpatrick nearly led a game tying drive late in the 4th with Tampa Bay down 27-20, taking the Bucs down inside Atlanta's red zone, but his 4th and 1 pass attempt to Cameron Brate fell to the turf. Fitzpatrick directed the majority of his passes at Evans(12) and Jackson(11).

2017 Week 11 vs MIA (22 / 37 / 275 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)

Fitzpatrick minimized mistakes and the offense capitalized on several Miami turnovers in the 1st half, scoring two touchdowns and kicking two field goals. The offense was particularly effective with play action, as both of Fitzy's touchdown passes were to wide-open receivers freed up by an effective play fake. Fitzpatrick found rookie TE Howard for his first touchdown of the day, a couple of plays after Kwon Alexander returned an interception to the Miami red zone. Fitzpatrick took the snap and faked a handoff, rolling right while Howard leaked across the formation in a shallow crossing pattern from the left tight end position. Fitzy bought time with his feet until Howard separated from the trailing linebacker, hitting him near the back right corner of the end zone. The offense capitalized on another Jay Cutler interception just before halftime. Fitzpatrick hit Mike Evans for a big gain down the left seam to set the Bucs up inside the Miami red zone with a minute left in the 1st half. Two plays later, Fitzpatrick faked another handoff to Martin and found Jackson running an out route completely uncovered. Fitzpatrick and the offense were lucky to avoid a safety in the 4th quarter, as Fitzpatrick was sacked very close to the goal line in the end zone, but deemed down at the half yard line after an official challenge from Miami. The offense marched down the field and kicked a go-ahead field goal at the end of the 4th quarter, forcing Miami to try a desperate lateral-filled effort to score as time ran out.

2017 Week 10 vs NYJ (17 / 34 / 187 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)

Fitzpatrick got the start while Jameis Winston rests his injured shoulder for "at least a couple of weeks". He had to work without Bucs top receiver Mike Evans, who served a one game suspension for a sideline brawl last week. In Evans' absence, Fitzy concentrated his throws on Desean Jackson and rookie Chris Godwin, who were both targeted 10 times. Tight ends Brate and Howard weren't a big part of the game plan, as Brate was targeted three times and Howard none. Fitzpatrick and the offense led a long, methodical drive that ate up much of the 1st quarter, converting 3rd downs with passes to Jackson, Brate, and Godwin before eventually having to settle for a field goal. Fitzpatrick unfortunately gave the football right back to the Jets after Tampa Bay's Brent Grimes intercepted Josh McCown in the 2nd quarter. Chris Godwin ran a deep crossing route on the next play, and Fitzpatrick threw the ball behind him, giving the trailing defender a play on the ball. Fitzpatrick found Charles Sims for a short touchdown reception late in the 4th quarter to put the game on ice. The score capped off another lengthy offensive drive. Sims lined up to the left of Fitzy in the shotgun, then took off right on a shallow crossing route. Fitzpatrick led him perfectly, allowing Sims to catch it in stride and beat pursuing linebacker Demario Davis to the right pylon for the score. Fitzpatrick was forced to scramble on the ensuing 2 point attempt, and gave a valiant effort before being taken down hard inside the 1 yard line.

2017 Week 9 vs NO (8 / 15 / 68 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 30 / 0 rush)

Fitzpatrick was pressed into service after Jameis Winston exited the game at halftime. The two quarterbacks posted incredibly similar(and disappointing) stat lines. Fitzpatrick managed the longest completion of the day, a 15 yard corner route to Bernard Reedy in the 4th quarter. He missed a couple of deep connections to Desean Jackson and nearly connected with Mike Evans in the endzone early in the 4th quarter, but a defender batted the ball away as Evans fell to the goal line. Fitzpatrick helped his rating with a late touchdown pass to 3rd string TE/fullback Luke Stocker. Tampa Bay's offense likely would never have found the end zone had a New Orleans fumble not set them up inside the Saints' red zone before the touchdown. Fitzpatrick and the offense ran a play action pass inside the 10 yard line, with Stocker drifting out into the flat after blocking from the fullback position. The Saints blitzed several defenders, leaving Stocker wide open for an easy score. The highlight of Fitzpatrick's performance was a couple of nifty scrambles that saw the 35 year-old eluding several tacklers to pick up 1st downs. Fitzpatrick will start the next few weeks as the Bucs have announced that Winston will miss time with his shoulder injury. The Tampa Bay offense will also be without top WR Evans next week, which should force Fitzpatrick to focus on Jackson and Brate in the passing game.

2017 Week 6 vs ARI (22 / 32 / 290 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)

"Fitzmagic" was pressed into the starting role after Winston went down with a shoulder injury in the 1st quarter. Winston could be seen describing Fitzpatrick as a bit of a gunslinger in one of this preseason's "Hard Knocks" episodes, and the former Harvard QB certainly lived up to it. Scrambling on 3rd and goal at the end of the 1st half, Fitzpatrick shoved/pitched a ball in an almost underhanded motion towards OJ Howard in the back of the end zone. Howard couldn't get to the wildly thrown pass, so the offense went for it on 4th and goal. Fitzpatrick hit Mike Evans in the hands on a slant route in the end zone, but CB Patrick Peterson made a fantastic play to knock the pass loose and the Bucs left points on the field. Fitzpatrick threw an interception to start the 2nd half while looking for Desean Jackson down the left sideline. Fitzpatrick had a clean pocket and time, he just underthrew the ball and the deep safety undercut the pass. The Ivy League-gunslinger, undeterred, chunked a play action pass to Jackson on the next offensive drive for a big catch-and-run down the middle of the field. He had Evans deep on the next play, but didn't have the arm to get the ball downfield to him. Fitzpatrick found Desean Jackson for Tampa Bay's first score midway through the 3rd quarter, prompting a bit of a comeback from a 31-0 deficit. With the ball inside the 10, Tampa went 3 wide on the right side of the formation with Fitzpatrick in the shotgun. Humphries slanted out from the slot while Desean Jackson slanted in from the wide right position. Fitzpatrick threw the ball a bit behind Jackson, but the receiver was able to make a play on the ball. Fitzpatrick completely missed the snap on the ensuing 2 point attempt, leaving Charles Sims to recover and take a tackle for a loss. Fitzpatrick found Cameron Brate in the back of the end zone for another touchdown early in the 4th quarter. Tampa Bay lined up in a 4 receiver set on the Arizona 10, with Brate working up the left seam like he does so often with Jamies Winston. Fitzpatrick took the snap from the shotgun and made a beautiful pass through a couple of defenders to find Brate in the back of the end zone. Fitpatrick nearly threw another pick six from his own end zone in the 4th. After the Cardinals downed a punt inside the 1 yard line, Fitzpatrick tossed a quick pass to Mike Evans that was ripped from his hands by a closing defender. Evans managed to down the defender at the 1 yard line. Fitzpatrick found Evans for one final score late in the 4th quarter, dropping a bomb into the back right corner of the end zone for a 37 yard score. It was a mixed day for Fitzy, who missed some throws because he just didn't quite have the arm of a guy like Winston. However, he played through his mistakes and kept the offense moving, spreading the ball around to all the usual suspects in the Tampa Bay offense.

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