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.

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Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will start this weekend's game against the Bills, HC Brian Flores announced Wednesday. Why? Couldn't tell ya. Fitzpatrick isn't an option in any fantasy league in an impossible spot in Buffalo vs. the league's 4th-ranked QB defense.

The Dolphins have named QB Ryan Fitzpatrick the starter for the regular-season opener, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. That puts Fitzpatrick in charge of an ugly Miami offense that opens vs. the Ravens and Patriots at home and then the Cowboys on the road. Don't expect to mine much fantasy football value here. We'll see how quick the hook might be if Fitzpatrick and the offense struggle.

Dolphins HC Brian Flores said Tuesday of his team's QB competition, "It's pretty clear to me that Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That has seemed to be the word since workouts began. The Fitzpatrick-Josh Rosen battle only really matters for leagues deep enough to draft all QB starters. Fitzpatrick has proved his weekly upside with several franchises to date, though.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick worked with the starters on the 1st day of Dolphins training camp Thursday. It'd frankly make zero sense for the rebuilding Dolphins to play the 36-year-old Fitzpatrick over Josh Rosen. But we've seen NFL teams do dumber things than that. Fitzpatrick, of course, would be a more exciting fantasy option than Rosen. Fantasy owners should avoid this situation in drafts until the Fins name a Week 1 starter.

The Dolphins have agreed to a 2-year, $11 million contract with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, according to multiple reports. The deal sets Fitzpatrick up as the starter on a depth chart that just lost Ryan Tannehill to trade. We'll see what else Miami does this offseason at the position.

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