Could Ryan Fitzpatrick be your next Fantasy Savior?


Ryan Fitzpatrick is the ultimate NFL journeyman quarterback, he has played for a whopping eight different franchises since being drafted by the then St. Louis Rams in 2005. Most seasons Fitzpatrick has been well seated in the back-up role, however has served as the starting quarterback for the re-building Miami Dolphins for the better part of 2019. Don't kid yourself now Fitzpatrick has had some fantasy relevance in the last few years. Most notable as the starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicking off the 2018 season, serving in for injured Jameis Winston. Fitz"Magic" as he would become to be known would throw for over 1200 yards and 11 touchdowns in only the first three weeks of the season. This fire would soon fizzle out and Fitz would find himself on the bench and to the free agent market once again as the off season went under way.

The Dolphins have been a mess and less than ideal for fantasy football and just football in general for 2019. Many had put a lot of faith into their own versions of a Kallen Ballage "projects" that never pans out. Kenyan Drake was finally traded and running back Mark Walton thought to fill those shoes has now been released and suspended pending off the field legal issues. The season as whole started so bad many could have thought they were forfeiting before games even started. Former first round quarterback Josh Rosen whom they traded for from the Cardinals in the summer of 2019, has been so bad they don't even want to put him out there. They lost eight games straight before finally getting a win for the first time of the season against Jets in Week 9 by a score of 26-18. Then by some act of high above they won again! Back to back, beating the Colts 16-12 in Week 10. Both weeks led by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who has compiled a mediocre stat line for 2019 of 8 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and 1,687 yards through the air when he's played. Rosen has made his way into a few games this season making breaks in Fitzpatrick's play time. Even in a loss however Fitzpatrick has shown signs of improvement and notoriety with receivers passing for over 300 yards for the first time this season against the Bills a week ago.

With the current state of the Dolphins you don't expect much but this could be the perfect formula for another dose of some "FitzMagic". The Dolphins rank near dead last in defense and have had a hard time stopping anybody all season putting them behind and having to throw the ball more than run. This gives Fitzpatrick more opportunities to drop back and pass earlier in the game. Secondly, the Dolphins quite frankly have run out of guys to carry the rock this season. With the exit of Drake and Walton as previously stated above they really aren't left with much over Kallen Ballage, who has been more of a bust for Fantasy owners than anything else. Next, the Phins actually have a few favorable match-ups going into Fantasy Playoff time facing the Jets in Week 14, Giants in Week 15, and Bengals in Week 16 who all have had hard times against the pass. This could spell the perfect storm for Fitzpatrick to put up big numbers in what could be the last few games of his respectable career. I would for sure count out the Dolphins in most situations but not Fitz. This is a guy to keep your eye on, I'm not suggesting you drop a current starter to grab Fitz, but with the state of waiver quarterbacks with guys like Brandon Allen, Ryan Finley, and Mason Rudolph you can't go bad with Fitz. If trying to fill a hole for injury or your starter sits in Week 16 for the real playoffs he could be the savior of your season and maybe win you a championship.


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