Bucs HC Dirk Koetter refused to name his Week 12 starting QB at Monday's press conference, but the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports that it'll be Jameis Winston. That's what we expected after Ryan Fitzpatrick was yanked from yesterday's game against the Giants and Winston played well in relief. Winston, of course, made it just 2 full games before getting benched earlier this season. That adds some risk to his fantasy profile, but there's also lots of upside here. Winston racked up 760 passing yards and 4 TDs -- plus 84 rushing yards and another score -- in those 2 full games this year.
Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched after throwing INTs on 3 straight possessions in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Giants. He finishes 13 of 21 for 167 yards with 0 TDs and the 3 picks, adding 14 yards and a score on the ground. We'll see how QB Jameis Winston fares the rest of this game and then who the Bucs roll with in Week 12.
Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter said Monday that he'll stick with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick as his starter for Sunday's visit to the Giants. Fitzpatrick threw a pair of INTs and lost a fumble in the Week 10 loss to Washington but also threw for 406 yards while piloting an offense that topped 500 yards for the game. Another rough outing, however, seems likely to get him the hook. As always, we'll keep watching this QB situation. Whoever's starting carries intriguing fantasy upside just about every week.
Bucs HC Dirk Koetter admitted that he'll consider going back to QB Jameis Winston after Sunday's loss to the Redskins. "Of course, yes ... We'll talk about all personnel issues tomorrow," Koetter said in his post-game presser. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick chucked for 406 yards vs. Washington, but he finished with 0 TDs, threw 2 INTs and lost a fumble. We'll see who the Bucs roll with for Week 11. Whoever it is will be a viable QB1 against the Giants.
Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter announced Monday that QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will start the Week 9 game at Carolina. It was basically a necessary move after Jameis Winston threw his way to 4 INTs and a double-digit deficit at Cincinnati, and then Fitzpatrick marched them back for a late tie. We've seen both extremes of Fitzpatrick this season, from the 1st 3 weeks that had him leading all fantasy QBs in scoring to the Chicago game that got him yanked. The Panthers arrive as a neutral scoring matchup for QBs on the year, though slightly positive according to our adjusted fantasy points allowed. Fitzpatrick will be a streaming-level option for Week 9. We'll see how he performs there before projecting this situation beyond Week 9. Matchups with Washington and the Giants over the following 2 weeks don't present special fantasy upside, but then come 3 straight potential spot-start home matchups: 49ers, Panthers and Saints. Go ahead and pick up Fitzpatrick if you're shopping the QB market this week. We'd hold off on dropping Winston for now, though, if you can sacrifice the roster spot.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston was benched late in the 3rd quarter after throwing his 4th INT of the game. All of the picks were ugly. Winston finished 18 of 35 (51.4%) for 276 yards and just 1 TD. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is in for Tampa. We'll see who they go with in Week 9.
Bucs HC Dirk Koetter confirmed on Monday that QB Jameis Winston will be the team's starter coming out of the Week 5 bye. Winston replaced QB Ryan Fitzpatrick at halftime of yesterday's game in Chicago, completing 16 of 20 passes (80%) for 145 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. He scored as the #4 QB in his 11 healthy games last season, averaging 307 passing yards and 1.7 TDs. Winston will be in the QB1 mix for a plus Week 6 matchup against the Falcons.
Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched at halftime of Sunday's game in Chicago. Tampa's defense was just as much to blame for the 35-point deficit, but Fitzpatrick completed just 9 of 18 for 126 yards and an INT. QB Jameis Winston will finish out this game -- and we're expecting him to be under center when the Bucs come out of their Week 5 bye.
ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will start today's game against the Bears. Fitz is buried in our Week 4 QB Rankings in Chicago, where the Bears have allowed just 16.4 points and .9 pass TDs per game across 9 outings dating back to the start of last season. His performance today will go a long way toward determining whether Fitzpatrick or Jameis Winston is under center when the Bucs come out of their Week 5 bye.
Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick took the "majority" of 1st-team snaps at Wednesday's practice, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That'd be ahead of QB Jameis Winston, who has rejoined the team after serving his 3-game suspension. The Bucs have yet to announce a starter for Sunday's game against the Bears, but all signs point to Fitzpatrick getting the nod.
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.
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