TE Brandon Myers - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|6-4, 250||Born: 9-4-1985||College: Iowa||Drafted: Round 6|
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Week 11: at Miami Dolphins
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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Typically, when a backup quarterback steps under center for multiple games, the team goes somewhat underwater with a high-risk, low-reward passer. With Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm, the Buccaneers don't project to the bottom of that barrel, but they'll be highly volatile. Fitzpatrick tends to vacillate from solid to devastatingly bad; he can win or sink fantasy weeks on his own. He was a borderline QB1 for much of 2015 with the Jets, and he threw for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns in garbage-fueled relief in Week 6 of this year. But neither of those situations are relevant to our evaluation of him for Week 11, and he looked quite bad (187 yards and 1 touchdown on 34 attempts, with 1 interception) in last week's start. As a result, it's hard to outright expect anything strong. He'll get a nice boost from Mike Evans' return, and given the team's firepower, there's a nice ceiling in play here. But for Fitzpatrick, like most backup passers, the bottom falling out projects to be horrendous.
The Dolphins' flailing pass defense couldn't be happier to see Ryan Fitzpatrick come to town. Miami has struggled all season to rush the passer or cover on the boundaries, and as a result they're allowing the 11th-most net yards per attempt. Cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Cordrea Tankersley have allowed numerous splash plays; opponents have thrown touchdowns of 29+ yards in 5 straight games. There's a chance they'll get a bit of a "breather" with aging scattershot Fitzpatrick under center this week, but this remains a targetable unit that hemorrhages big plays. Fitzpatrick should be able to maximize whatever he can muster for Week 11.
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