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QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Houston Texans

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): Early reports have Ryan Mallett dealing with a potentially serious pec injury, so it's back to Fitzpatrick for the time being in Houston. We might see Tom Savage if the Texans fall out of playoff contention, but Week 13 brings a good matchup against Tennessee and streamer/2QB/QB flex consideration for Fitzpatrick.

General News (Tue Nov 25): is expected to return to a starting role after Ryan Mallett suffered a pectoral injury in Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Week 13: vs Tennessee Titans

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Back in Week 8, Ryan Fitzpatrick was still starting at quarterback for the Texans. Since then Ryan Mallett had become the Texans' starter, but a pectoral injury has knocked Mallett onto the IR and now Fitzpatrick (19/35 for 227 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown at Tennessee) is the on-again starting quarterback for Houston. DeAndre Hopkins (81 targets for 51/803/4 receiving this season) and Andre Johnson (103 for 58/667/1 receiving to date) were both seeing a high volume of passes with Mallett under center. However, the team tends to emphasize the rushing game when Fitzpatrick is in, so their targets may droop with him back under center. We'll see if Fitzpatrick can pick up his game in his second crack at starting for the Texans. The Titans' rush D is awful, while their pass D is 11th in the NFL averaging 233.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 16 pass TDs given out balanced by 11 interceptions (tied for 11th in the NFL) and 31 sacks (tied for fourth) generated so far this year. Mark Sanchez managed 30/43 for 298 net yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown (with two sacks taken for -9 yards) at Tennessee last week; Ben Roethlisberger was sacked five times for -27 yards on the way to 21/32 for 180 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown two weeks ago. The Titans are vulnerable in the other phase of the game, and the Texans like to limit the number of passes that Fitzpatrick puts up - this looks like a tough matchup for the Texans' passing attack.

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Latest News

Texans | Ryan Fitzpatrick will start in Week 13 (Wed Nov 26, 02:16 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will start in Week 13 against the Tennessee Titans.

Our View: We've seen this story play out before and it's not thrilling for the Texans passing game. Drop the expectations for guys like Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins.
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Texans | Ryan Fitzpatrick back as starter? (Sun Nov 23, 09:27 PM) - Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to return to a starting role after QB Ryan Mallett (pectoral) suffered a pectoral injury in Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Mallett will have an MRI, and a tear would likely keep him sidelined several weeks.

Our View: Fitzpatrick had some decent fantasy games as Tennessee's starter last year, but the Texans take a more conservative tack on offense. He could still be a viable streamer play if he starts against those Titans next week.
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