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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Houston Texans

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

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Week 9: vs Philadelphia Eagles

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Ryan Fitzpatrick has brought the Texans through the first half of the season at 4-4 and in second place in the AFC South behind the 5-3 Colts. Over the last two games he's thrown 40/67 for 489 yards, three TDs and one interception while going 1-1 (beating divisional foe Tennessee but losing to the Steelers). Three players have seen double digit TDs during that time frame, with 21 targets for 12/132/0 receiving flowing to Andre Johnson; 20 for 11/203/0 going to DeAndre Hopkins; and 12 for 8/35/2 landing in Arian Foster's arms. Alfred Blue caught the other TD over the last two weeks (2/33/1 receiving over the past two contests). It isn't fancy, but Fitzpatrick has mostly kept the Texans' offense rumbling along in orderly fashion. The Eagles' pass D is currently 26th in the NFL allowing 266.9 net passing yards per game, with a whopping 15 pass TDs given up vs. three interceptions (tied-26th in the NFL) and 19 sacks generated (14th). Carson Palmer wasn't sacked or intercepted last week (20/42 for 329 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions), while Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib were sacked eight times for -43 yards during their nightmare in Lincoln Field two games back (17/28 for 168 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions). Houston is in the middle of the NFL ranks with 16 sacks allowed (14th in the NFL). This looks like a good matchup for the home team.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
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 19 35 227 1 0 4 12 0 0
9 vs PHI PROJ-Dodds 22 32 * * * 3 * * *
9 vs PHI PROJ-Tremblay 19 30 * * * 4 * * *
9 vs PHI PROJ-Bloom 17 29 * * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 8 vs TEN (19 / 35 / 227 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)

There are two types of games that Ryan Fitzpatrick plays; the ones in which the Texans need Fitzpatrick to win the game and he makes a pivotal mistake, or the ones in which the defense and running game make it so all Fitzpatrick needs to do is not make a critical error. Today was of the latter category. Playing a rookie quarterback making his first start and Arian Foster running on all cylinders meant Fitzpatrick could get away with an abysmal 54% completion percentage and a lackluster 6.4 yards per attempt. Fitzpatrick suffered from worse ball placement than normal, which is typically not good. Fitzpatrick was lucky to not throw any picks this afternoon because he had several balls batted down at the line of scrimmage which is an issue for the shorter than average quarterback. One thing that was working very well was his connection with second year receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Fitzpatrick was more than content to exploit an obvious mismatch between Hopkins and Tennessee cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson. Fitzpatrick does excel at comeback routes that rely on timing, of which Hopkins ran many today. As usual, a game that goes by a favorable game script for the Texans like the one today does not make Fitzpatrick a viable fantasy option.

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Latest News

Texans | Andre Johnson to become more involved? (Sat Oct 25, 09:08 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said he believes he can improve the performance of the team's offense by making sure WR Andre Johnson receives more touches.

Our View: The Texans actually are most likely to win when they don't pass very often and rely on their running game and defense, so Johnson's weekly upside is going to remain capped as long as Fitzpatrick is the QB and the team can win games without relying heavily on their passing game.
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Schedule

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