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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

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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 * * *

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.


Latest News

Texans | Ryan Fitzpatrick keeping job (Fri Oct 10, 06:48 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the starting quarterback even though he has struggled at times this season, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. 'He's our starter,' O’Brien said. 'The film never lies. What the film shows us is that everybody on the offense has to play better. The line has to play better. The backs have to play better. The tight ends. The receivers. We've got to coach better. We've got to get the players to understand what we want. When we do that, all the positions will (play) better, including quarterback.'

Our View: Texans fans probably want to see what Ryan Mallett can do, but the brass won't pull the trigger on a change unless Fitzpatrick really melts down or the Texans fall out of playoff contention. Keep Mallett on your 2QB/QB Flex/Deep Dynasty radar.
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