Fire up Ryan Fitzpatrick for a Week 7 streamer
Three streaming quarterbacks in the top 13? I’ll take it, although I regret passing on Brian Hoyer, a shoo-in candidate against Jacksonville, which features the worst pass coverage in the NFL.
More surprising was seeing Ryan Fitzpatrick pass for 253 yards and two touchdowns against Washington’s top-five pass rush. He even ran for an 18-yard touchdown, the 12th of his career. The talent around Fitzpatrick, including Chris Ivory, Brandon Marshall, and Eric Decker, makes him an intriguing, if limited upside, fantasy stream most weeks. In fact, he’s been among the most consistent quarterbacks in the league. Here are his fantasy points each week of the season, using standard scoring.
While his Week 6 is well above his weekly standard, most of that is due to the running score. His overall passing numbers have been remarkably consistent. This doesn’t make him a bad stream. I’d argue the opposite. There are certainly weeks when getting 15-20 points is all you really want, or need, from you quarterback. Fitzpatrick balances the risk-reward scales in your favor under those circumstances.
But he’s also been consistent for another reason: his defense. New York has allowed just 15 points per game this season, the best rate in the league. This has enabled the Jets offense to more easily balance the run and pass. This week, they face New England, an opponent accustomed to scoring 30-plus points each week. Consequently, one expects Fitzpatrick will need to find the endzone more often than usual to keep up.
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