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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 Sep 22): We saw some of the "fitzmagic" that helped desperate fantasy owners in the playoffs last year. The Texans will keep Fitzpatrick in "game manager" shackles as long as they are winning, but with no Arian Foster and a surprising weak game from their formerly fearsome defense, Fitzpatrick got to wing it out there, and actually put up ok fantasy numbers despite three INTs. Fitzpatrick is still not a recommended fantasy play, but he is hanging on to what little value he has.

Week 4: vs Buffalo Bills

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
1 vs WAS 14 22 206 1 0 4 10 0 0
2 at OAK 14 19 139 2 0 0 0 0 0
3 at NYG 20 34 289 1 3 7 34 1 0
4 vs BUF PROJ-Tremblay 20 33 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs WAS (14 / 22 / 206 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 10 / 0 rush)

Fitzpatrick had the type of game that Texans fans and coaches alike expected. Bill O'Brien called a very conservative game plan for the offense initially, and started to open things up just a little once the defense and the run game set the tone. Fitzpatrick dropped back to pass 9 times out of 24 offensive snaps in the first half, and 13 out of the 34 second half offensive snaps. While both ratios equal passing 38% of the time, the passes in the first half were mostly screens to Arian Foster as well as bubble screens and quick outs to the wide receivers. Fitzpatrick looked to pass the ball further down the field in his second half throws, looking almost exclusively for Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins on intermediate routes. The best thing Fitzpatrick did was take care of the football. Not only did Fitzpatrick not throw any interceptions or fumble the ball, but the only sack he took was after a low snap gave him no time to avoid Jason Hatcher's A-gap pressure. Once Fitzpatrick started throwing the ball down the field, he did not come close to throwing any interceptions, although that is not to say he was completely accurate as he left several throws short or errantly wide of receivers. The one glaring difference to the conservative play calling for Fitzpatrick was the 76 yard touchdown strike to Hopkins. After running Foster three straight runs for a collective 13 yards, Fitzpatrick sold a play action fake and found Hopkins wide open 30 yards down the field. As a whole though, as long as the Texans defense is able to keep the team in games, this is the play calling likely to be seen. It is glaringly obvious that Bill O'Brien does not trust Fitzpatrick enough to run the offense through him.

2014 Week 2 vs OAK (14 / 19 / 139 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Fitzpatrick's stat line was far from gaudy yet again on Sunday because head coach Bill O'Brien likes it that way. The most important statistical categories for Fitzpatrick all had zeros; zero interceptions, zero fumbles, zero turnovers. Fitzpatrick showed glimpses of what he can do in this offense if the there was a need to pass more by completing his first eight passes to start the game. His first incompletion, however, is a good example of how Fitzpatrick can sometimes get himself into trouble. He threw into double coverage in the back corner of the end zone trying to thread the needle to Andre Johnson, the ball was tipped up, and almost resulted in a red zone interception. Johnson is certainly Fitzpatrick's favorite target, but he has shown a willingness to throw DeAndre Hopkins' way as well as the tight ends. This contest was not a great example of Fitzpatrick's abilities due to the Texans' defense domination of the Raiders offense. For instance, Fitzpatrick only attempted four passes in the second half, three of which he completed for 35 yards and a touchdown. Running the ball to set up shots is not a cliché for Bill O'Brien though, so as long as the Texans defense keeps dominating Fitzpatrick will put up very similar stat lines.

2014 Week 3 vs NYG (20 / 34 / 289 / 1 / 3 pass, 7 / 34 / 1 rush)

Texans fans wondered when Fitzpatrick would have his first turnover laden game, and they got their answer today. Not all of the picks were his fault, but a three interception day in the NFL is unacceptable. The first interception was the result of pressure and the ball was tipped during the throw. The other two interceptions were throws that Fitzpatrick tried to fit into tight windows, but missed on one and the other was tipped by a defensive back and then intercepted by another. Fitzpatrick lacks arm strength and flings his entire body into throws like a twelve year old throwing a full sized football. This compensation for lack of arm strength leads to occasional inaccuracy which is what plagued him today. Additionally, for the first time this season the game script did not allow for head coach Bill O'Brien to call the game in the conservative fashion he would prefer as the Giants moved the ball with relative ease on the Texans defense. In the second half, the Texans found themselves down by two touchdowns and O'Brien dialed up numerous pass plays. Fitzpatrick not only found several pass catchers on intermediate routes, but was also able to find slot receiver Damaris Johnson for a long touchdown and two huge downfield passes to DeAndre Hopkins, although one was negated by penalty. Fitzpatrick was also able to add a silver lining for fantasy purposes by showing a willingness to tuck the ball and run to include a touchdown. Ultimately what kills Fitzpatrick for fantasy purposes is inconsistency, both in production and game plan. Today Fitzpatrick had a decent fantasy performance due to garbage time, especially if your scoring system does not greatly penalize for interceptions. O'Brien will do everything in his power, however, to ensure that Fitzpatrick does not have this much impact on the game going forward.

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Schedule

4vs Buffalo Bills
5@ Dallas Cowboys
6vs Indianapolis Colts
7@ Pittsburgh Steelers
8@ Tennessee Titans
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