Ryan Fitzpatrick | Buffalo Bills | QB
2012 Experience: 8th Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: While the Bills did a great job upgrading the defense this off-season, I’m not impressed by their moves or lack of moves on offense. This team clearly needed a vertical presence to go opposite Steve Johnson, as defenses dared them to throw the football outside the hashes and down the field, in the second half of the season.
Losses on the offensive line are also a concern, but they should have enough talent to allow the running game to play well, setting up a short to intermediate passing game.
While Ryan Fitzpatrick did a great job early in the year, it seemed teams figured out that he doesn’t have a strong arm, and most of the passing game was a spread offense with underneath throws.
Beyond those problems, Johnson finally went in for groin surgery at the start of May, but one has to wonder why he didn’t do this early in the off-season? Remember Johnson played with a nagging groin injury all last year, but perhaps he didn’t want to go under the knife, and I can’t blame him for it.
Fitzpatrick should keep this team on schedule for the playoffs, if they play great defense and run the football at a high level with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. Speaking of Spiller, I was critical of this team not using Spiller more in the passing game, but hopefully after his productive play at the end of the year, defenses will pay attention to him now.
If the Bills are wise enough to use Spiller, like the Saints use Darren Sproles, he will create mismatch opportunities and can give Fitzpatrick an explosive element in the passing game. Still, Fitzpatrick is best left on the waiver wire or drafted by someone else, unless you’re looking for a backup in deep leagues.
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2012 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auction Values
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
I was a fan of Ryan Fitzpatrick as a late backup option for fantasy leagues this summer, until the team decided to move Lee Evans via trade. Let’s assume that Coach Chan Gailey is right about the team having the youthful depth necessary to move a player like Evans.
Even if Gailey is right, the loss of Evans will mean more attention by the defense on Steve Johnson, and those young receivers will need to be the ones to get the job done, if this offense is going to perform as it did down the stretch of last year. While Fitzpatrick may be an option to pick up off the waiver wire, I suggest you look to other options for a backup unless you play in a league deeper than 12 teams.
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Before 2010, Ryan Fitzpatrick was probably best known for being the quarterback who filled in for Carson Palmer in 2008, and helped drag Chad Ochocinco and T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s fantasy value into the ground. Just look at the numbers below to see what a difference Fitzpatrick’s numbers were with the Bills last year in contrast to the Bengals as he played in as many games.
Sure the 23 touchdowns and 3,000 yards passing are impressive for only 13 games played, but it was encouraging to see the Bills offensive line only gave up 24 sacks in 441 pass attempts. Keeping Fitzpatrick upright will be vitally important for his success and for breakout receiver Steve Johnson to continue his fantasy rampage.
With C.J. Spiller another year older, I expect the young running back to play a bigger role in the passing game as his pass receiving skills can be Reggie Bush like for this offense. Fitzpatrick won’t be one of the top ten quarterbacks taken at your draft, but he makes for a very respectable backup this season.