The NFL officially announced Bucs QB Jameis Winston's 3-game suspension for violating the personal conduct policy. Winston issued a statement and made no mention of appealing the ruling. "I now look forward to putting this behind me and I will continue to work hard every day to be a positive influence in my community and be the best person, teammate and leader I can be," Winston wrote. So he'll miss the first 3 games of the season against the Saints, Eagles and Steelers. He'll return for Week 4 before going on a Week 5 bye. It makes Winston undraftable in standard-sized, lineup-setting leagues -- but he still makes sense as a late-round QB2 or QB3 in best ball. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is the favorite to start those first 3 weeks but will likely only be an option in 2-QB leagues. Fitzpatrick should at least be able to keep the Bucs offense on track. Tampa averaged 24.5 points in the 4 games Fitzpatrick saw extensive action in last year.
The NFL is expected to suspend Bucs QB Jameis Winston 3 games for violating its personal conduct policy, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The ban stems from a March 2016 incident when Winston allegedly groped an Uber driver. Charges were never filed against Winston, but the NFL has taken a hard line in these situations since the Ray Rice debacle. Schefter does add that "the league still has not notified Winston of its official decision, and the circumstances surrounding it still could lead to an increase or decrease of the three games." So this doesn't sound officially official yet. But fantasy drafters should be planning for now on Winston missing the first 3 games of the season vs. the Saints, Eagles and Steelers. It's a blow to his best-ball value and makes him tough to draft in standard-sized lineup-setting leagues. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is in line to start while Winston serves his suspension. Fitzpatrick was serviceable in 5 appearances last year, completing 58.9% of his passes with 7 TDs vs. 3 INTs. He's unlikely to be more than a QB2 option -- especially with no teams on bye during those first 3 weeks -- but is at least capable of keeping the Bucs' skill-position guys afloat.
Jeff Cameron of ESPN Radio 97.9 in Tallahassee, Fla., reports that Bucs QB Jameis Winston and his "camp" expect a league suspension over 2016 charges that Winston groped a female Uber driver. Winston's crew reportedly expects "a maximum of 3 games." Guess we'll see about this case, which surrounds an ongoing investigation. Obviously, any missed time would alter Winston's fantasy outlook. Losing the 1st 3 weeks would cost him a trip to New Orleans plus home matchups with Philly and Pittsburgh. Those defenses ranked 5th, 8th and 7th, respectively, in Football Outsiders' pass-D efficiency last season.
The Buccaneers on Friday signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to back up Jameis Winston. There's obviously no fantasy relevance here unless Winston goes down. But if that happens, Fitzpatrick would inherit a nice corps of pass catchers and present some spot-start potential.
The Jets have voided the final year on QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's contract, making him a free agent. It was an easy decision after Fitzpatrick tanked in 2016, completing just 56.6% of his passes with 12 TDs and 17 INTs. The 34-year-old will need to settle for a backup job in 2017.
Jets QB Bryce Petty has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder and placed on IR. He finishes the season with a 56.4% completion rate, 6.1 yards per attempt and 3 TDs vs. 7 INTs. Petty certainly didn't look like the Jets' long-term answer at QB. Ryan Fitzpatrick figures to be under center for the finale against the Bills.
Jets QB Bryce Petty injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the 1st half of Sunday's game in New England. He's officially questionable to return. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has entered the game for the Jets.
Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched in the 3rd quarter of Monday night's loss to the Colts. He finished 5-of-12 for 81 yards with 0 TDs and 1 ugly INT. QB Bryce Petty replaced Fitzpatrick and wasn't much better, completing 11 of 25 passes for 135 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. HC Todd Bowles claimed after the game that it was "the plan all along" to start Petty for the final 4 games of the season. He won't be a fantasy option against the 49ers next weekend.
Jets HC Todd Bowles ended any QB speculation Monday by stating that Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the starter and that there was "no debate," according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. Bowles declined to confirm Fitz's starter status Sunday night after the game, but the coach has shown similar caution with his words before. Fantasy owners should consider Fitzpatrick in the spot-starter mix for at least next Monday night's game against the Colts -- and likely at San Francisco in Week 14 as well.
Jets HC Todd Bowles named QB Ryan Fitzpatrick his Week 12 starter. Fitz hasn't been good this season -- completing 56.4% of his passes with 8 TDs and 13 INTs -- but he gives the offense a better chance than either Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg. Fitzpatrick draws a beatable Patriots pass defense on Sunday, but he can't be trusted outside of 2-QB leagues.
Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (knee) is active for today's game against the Rams, but QB Bryce Petty gets the start. Petty figures to hang on to the starting gig as long as he plays well enough (which might not be very long).
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Jets players expect QB Bryce Petty to draw the start against the Rams today. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was limited in practice this week with his knee injury, but it sounds like he's healthy enough to play. So this looks like a changing of the guard in New York. Fitzpatrick hasn't been good this season, but it's tough to imagine Petty being an upgrade in the short term. We moved Brandon Marshall down the Week 10 WR Rankings.
Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Petty will start.
Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams. HC Todd Bowles labeled him a game-time decision on Friday, but Fitzpatrick practiced all week and is expected to play. QB Bryce Petty would start otherwise. Neither guy should be in fantasy lineups.
Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick put in a limited practice Wednesday after suffering an MCL sprain last time out. ESPN's Rich Cimini reports that Fitz is on track to play Sunday against the Rams. "I'm definitely optimistic that I'll be able to go our there and play," the QB said. "I'm going to do everything I can between now and then to make sure that happens." We'll keep an eye on his status throughout the week.
Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The injury is "not considered serious, but could impact Jets QB decision," Schefter adds. It sounds like they're considering handing the reins to QB Bryce Petty. We'll continue to keep an eye on the situation, but neither Jets QB should be in your Week 10 fantasy plans.
Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will get an MRI Monday after hurting his left knee in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. Fitzpatrick briefly left the game after hurting the knee but returned shortly thereafter. HC Todd Bowles has said that Fitzpatrick will remain the starter if he's ready to play. If he's not, it'll likely be QB Bryce Petty's turn.
Jets QB Geno Smith is believed to have suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's game against the Ravens, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He'll undergo additional testing to confirm the injury that would end his season. Incredibly jinxed, Smith is due to hit the free-agent market this offseason. The Jets, meanwhile, will go back to Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. He gets a plus Week 8 matchup against Cleveland's 30th-ranked QB defense, putting him on the spot-start radar for bold fantasy owners.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Jets will name QB Geno Smith their Week 7 starter. HC Todd Bowles said QB Ryan Fitzpatrick would get the nod immediately after Monday night's loss to the Cardinals. But he evidently changed his mind after reviewing the tape. Smith wasn't any better in relief on Fitzpatrick in that one, completing 4 of 6 passes for 31 yards and an INT. He can't be trusted in fantasy lineups against the Ravens this weekend. But Smith does offer some rushing upside and is worth grabbing in 2-QB leagues.
Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was yanked from Monday night's game against the Cardinals after throwing a 4th-quarter red-zone INT -- his 10th pick in the last 4 games. He finished 16 of 31 (51.6%) for 174 scoreless yards. QB Geno Smith replaced Fitzpatrick and was promptly picked off on his 6th attempt. We'll see who the Jets roll with vs. the Ravens next week, but neither guy can be trusted in fantasy lineups.
Update: HC Todd Bowles said after Monday night's game that Fitzpatrick will start Week 7. But he didn't commit to Fitzpatrick as his starter for the rest of the season.
The Jets have placed WR Eric Decker on IR, and he will have season-ending shoulder surgery, Pro Football Talk reports. That will obviously keep WR Quincy Enunwa prominently involved in the pass offense, which has already provided him 7+ targets and 4+ catches every week. He sits in WR3 territory across fantasy formats. Decker's absence also likely solidifies Brandon Marshall's WR1 status. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick gets a fantasy downgrade going forward, though he had already provided that with his play in recent weeks. Decker will be 30 in March, so his dynasty outlook certainly isn't trending in the right direction. We wouldn't bet on you being able to sell him for good value in such a format at this point, though.
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