QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|6-2, 221||Born: 11-24-1982||College: Harvard||Drafted: Round 7, pick 2005|
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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Ryan Fitzpatrick's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 11 vs NYG (13 / 21 / 167 / 0 / 3 pass, 4 / 14 / 1 rush)
Fitzpatrick couldn't get anything going in the 1st half and then began to turn the ball over at the half. He was intercepted at the end of the 2nd quarter while looking for OJ Howard in traffic. It was a poor decision as Howard was bracketed in coverage, and Fitzpatrick hit the defender right in the numbers. Fitzpatrick's second interception was a combination of bad luck and poor decision making. With a defender running freely at him, Fitzpatrick attempted a sidearmed pass to Desean Jackson on a quick slant route. Jackson missed the ball, which deflected off of his defender and then into the arms of another diving defender, who ran it in untouched for a touchdown. Tampa Bay's coaching staff made the decision to bench Fitzpatrick after his 3rd interception in the 3rd quarter. Fitzpatrick was looking for Desean Jackson in the end zone, but he short armed the pass and the receiver was blanketed in triple coverage. Fitzpatrick rushed around right end for an improvised touchdown in the 2nd quarter, totaling 14 yards rushing on the day.
2018 Week 10 vs WAS (29 / 41 / 406 / 0 / 2 pass, 8 / 35 / 0 rush)
Fitzpatrick looked good at the start of the game, marching the offense down the field on their first drive with completions to Evans, Howard, and Godwin. Unfortunately, he overthrew Shaun Wilson just a bit in the Washington red zone, and CB Josh Norman made an outstanding diving interception in the end zone. This trend continued all game as the Bucs moved the ball easily down the field, but kept shooting themselves in the foot in the red zone. The Washington defensive front brought heavy pressure and Fitzpatrick was in full "gunslinger" mode in week 10. On 3rd and 19 in the 2nd quarter, he broke no less than 4 tackles in the backfield and scampered upfield, throwing the ball backwards(he thought) a good 20 yards across the field to Adam Humphries, who caught it and turned it up the sideline for a 1st down. Washington challenged the play and it was reversed, as replay showed Fitzpatrick had thrown the ball slightly forward instead of laterally. Later in the quarter, he flipped the ball to Rodgers out of the backfield as he was scrambling away from pressure, then ran downfield to launch himself into two defenders attempting to tackle Rodgers. The block sprung Rodgers for a big gain and converted 3rd and 8. Fitzpatrick had to fall on a bad snap for a big loss in the 3rd quarter. Fitzpatrick was looking for OJ Howard up the right seam in the 4th quarter when he was intercepted a second time by a DB who undercut the route. Fitzpatrick and the offense drove to the 2 yard line and he nearly found Mike Evans for a touchdown late in the 4th quarter, but he threw the ball low and the receiver couldn't hang on while trying to scoop it up in the end zone. Fitzpatrick fumbled on the next play while taking a sack. Fitzpatrick did have several nice scrambles, piling up 35 yards on 8 official carries.
2018 Week 9 vs CAR (24 / 40 / 243 / 4 / 2 pass, 5 / 23 / 0 rush)
Fitzpatrick came out slinging the ball in Mike Evans' direction, but couldn't get anything going with the big receiver. After missing Evans twice on the opening drive, Fitzpatrick sailed the ball over his head and into the arms of a safety on Tampa's second offensive possession. The interception was returned down inside the Tampa Bay red zone. Fitzpatrick found OJ Howard for his first touchdown of the day early in the 2nd quarter. After a couple of completions to Humphries and a couple of rushes put the Bucs on the Carolina 4 yard line, Fitzpatrick faked a handoff to Barber off left tackle, then rolled out right where he found a wide open OJ Howard leaking out into the flat for an easy score. FItzpatrick and the offense drove down again at the end of the 1st half, and Fitzpatrick capped the drive with another short touchdown pass to Howard, who outran his linebackers on a shallow out route from the 3 yard line. Fitzpatrick hooked up with slot receiver Humphries for two touchdowns in the 2nd half. The first touchdown in the 3rd quarter was a short slant route from the Carolina 5 yard line. Humphries hit his defender with a quick double move, faking outside then spinning around to slant inside where he was wide open over the goal line. Fitzpatrick found Humphries again for a 30 yard touchdown in the 4th quarter. Humphries split out wide left with Mike Evans in the slot, and Fitzpatrick hit him with a perfectly timed slant route, giving Humphries room to tear across the secondary. The receiver made an outstanding effort to dodge a couple of tacklers and carry Luke Kuechly into the end zone with him. Fitzpatrick lost a fumble on a sack late in the 3rd quarter, but an offensive lineman was able to recover the ball. Fitzpatrick was intercepted a second time at the end of the 4th quarter while hurling a deep jump ball for Desean Jackson, who couldn't wrestle it from his defender. Fitzpatrick picked up a 1st down with a 10 yard scramble late in the 1st quarter.
2018 Week 8 vs CIN (11 / 15 / 194 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)
Fitzpatrick didn't enter the game until Winston's 4th interception around the 2 minute mark in the 3rd quarter. He immediately led a scoring drive that ended in a field goal on his first outing. The next time out, Fitzpatrick took a shotgun snap and found Evans streaking down the seam wide open, connecting with the big receiver for a 72 yard touchdown. Fitzpatrick found OJ Howard for another touchdown on 4th and 3 from the Bengals 18 yard line at the end of the quarter. The big tight end was matched up with a linebacker in coverage, who didn't have a chance as Howard took off on a skinny post and left him in the dust. Fitzpatrick picked up the two point conversion on the next play with a laser pass to Godwin in the end zone, tying the ballgame up at 34-34 with less than a minute remaining. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay's defense couldn't stop the Bengals from driving down to kick a game-winning 44 yard field goal. Fitzpatrick took off on a long scramble shortly after entering the game, picking up 15 yards on a play that was called back for holding. Two plays later, he took off again, following a nice downfield block from Rodgers to pick up 18 yards on the ground. Tampa Bay has named Fitzpatrick it's starter for week 9.
2018 Week 4 vs CHI (9 / 18 / 126 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Fitzpatrick was reportedly nearly benched in week 3 after his 3 interceptions on 3 consecutive pass attempts, and Coach Koetter had enough by halftime of week 4, yanking Fitzy for Jameis Winston. Fitzpatrick struggled to get the ball out as Kalil Mack and the Chicago front 7 applied constant pressure. Fitzpatricks' biggest play was a 48 yard gain in the 1st quarter on a deep crossing route to Desean Jackson. Fitzpatrick found Brate for a touchdown late in the 2nd quarter, but the tight end was flagged for pushing off on his defender on the play. Fitzpatrick tossed an interception on the very next play, telegraphing a curl route to Mike Evans that was undercut by a defender. Winston managed a touchdown and two interceptions after relieving Fitzpatrick. The Bucs have since announced that Winston will start in week 6 after the week 5 bye.
2018 Week 3 vs PIT (30 / 50 / 411 / 3 / 3 pass, 5 / 27 / 0 rush)
Fitzpatrick loaded up a whopping 50 pass attempts after the Bucs fell behind early in the game. He took a physical beating throughout the contest, drawing several legitimate roughing the passer penalties. After an offensive false start in the 3rd, an unblocked defender plowed through the line and drove him to the ground. Fitzpatrick found Brate in the 1st quarter for his first touchdown. After Peyton Barber ran the ball down inside the Steelers 5, Fitzy faked a handoff to Barber in a goal line set and found Brate wide open in the back of the end zone for an easy touchdown. Fitzpatrick's first interception wasn't his fault. Tampa Bay had driven deep into Pittsburgh territory and Fitzy was looking for another score when a free rushing linebacker tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage, deflecting it to another defender. Fitzpatrick's second interception(on the very next drive) was definitely on him, as he overthrew Mike Evans badly on a corner route, putting the ball right into a defender's numbers. Fitzpatrick's woes continued, as he threw a pick-six over the head of Jacquizz Rodgers on the next drive, making it 3 interceptions in the 2nd quarter. Working mainly from the shotgun, Fitzpatrick and the offense battled back in the 2nd half, settling for a couple of field goals before scoring two touchdowns in the 4th quarter. After driving deep into Pittsburgh territory, Fitzpatrick lobbed a jump ball up for Godwin in the back left corner of the end zone, and the second year receiver made a nice leaping catch for the score. Later in the 4th quarter, Fitzpatrick found Evans in the back corner of the end zone after the receiver used a nice double move to separate himself from his defender. The Bucs unfortunately could not close the gap and watched Pittsburgh run the clock out with a 3 point lead. Fitzpatrick was also the Bucs' second leading rusher, piling up 27 yards on the ground and extending several more plays with his feet. Fitz's longest run was a nice 17 yard scamper to extend a 4th quarter drive.
2018 Week 2 vs PHI (27 / 33 / 402 / 4 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The Fitzmagic continues as Tampa Bay's offense dialed up huge chunk plays on the Eagles defense. Fitzpatrick opened the game up with a 75 yard bomb to Desean Jackson. The offense came out in what looked like a run formation with one WR to either side of the formation, and Fitzpatrick faked a handoff before launching the ball to Jackson for the touchdown. Fitzpatrick's second touchdown was an amazing effort by tight end OJ Howard, who caught a crossing pattern and juked a defender out of his cleats before turning up the left sideline for a 75 yard touchdown. Fitzpatrick orchestrated the two minute offense beautifully at the end of the first half, peppering Mike Evans and Chris Godwin with targets as Godwin sealed the drive with a touchdown. On the score, Fitzpatrick had great protection and stood in the pocket as Godwin worked his way open in the back corner of the end zone. Evans was the recipient of Fitzpatrick's final touchdown pass of the day in the 3rd quarter. With the offense deep in the Philadelphia red zone, Evans split out wide right of the formation and beat his man with a slant route. Fitzpatrick threw the pass high enough that only Evans would have a chance at it. Fitzpatrick's only threw 6 incompletions, and the interception was no fault of his, as he hit a wide open OJ Howard with a perfect pass that the tight end bobbled near the end of the 1st quarter. Mike Evans also had a bad drop on what would have a been a big gain in the second quarter.
2018 Week 1 vs NO (21 / 28 / 417 / 4 / 0 pass, 12 / 36 / 1 rush)
Fitzpatrick lit the Saints defense up on their own turf, out dueling Drew Brees as the Tampa Bay receiving game showed off its many weapons. Fitzpatrick was extremely efficient with his top receivers, as Evans(7 of 7) and Jackson(5 of 5) both converted all of their targets into catches, including several long touchdowns. Fitzpatrick's deep ball was incredibly accurate throughout the contest, and he did a great job of moving around with his feet to buy time in the pocket and even scramble for positive yardage on several occasions. He scored on his second pass attempt of the game, finding Desean Jackson down the right side of the field from a shotgun formation. On Tampa Bay's next drive, Fitzpatrick set the offense up in the New Orleans red zone with dime passes to Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. After driving down inside the five yard line, Fitzy faked a handoff from a goal line set and rolled right, lowering his shoulder and powering through a tackle attempt for a touchdown. Fitzpatrick found Chris Godwin while scrambling right late in the second quarter for his third touchdown of the day. The receiver fought through press coverage and secured a perfect back shoulder pass from Fitzpatrick. The fireworks continued later in the third quarter, as Fitzpatrick found Evans deep down the right side of the field, burning his only defender for an easy 50 yard score. Fitzpatrick hooked up with Desean Jackson again for a 36 yard touchdown early on in the 4th, laying up a beautiful ball on a deep post. The Tampa Bay offense looks to be in capable hands until Winston's return from suspension.
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