Ryan Fitzpatrick Fantasy News

Monday, April 6, 2015, 8:03pm

Newsday - [Full Article]

In an attempt to improve his game, Jets QB Geno Smith turned to Tom Brady's quarterback guru.

The Jets quarterback has spent time in California this offseason working out with former major-league pitcher-turned-quarterback tutor Tom House, who also has worked with Drew Brees, Alex Smith, Matt Cassel and former Jet Tim Tebow.

"It wasn't a thing where I needed to change things," said Smith, who is 11-18 in two seasons. "It was basically just going out there to work out and get better, and that's what we accomplished."

"As of right now, I'm just focusing on getting better every single day and relishing every single opportunity that I have," Smith said on a conference call Monday after the team's first day of voluntary workouts. "Today's only Day 1, Phase 1."

Fantasy Impact:

Smith said he is "very pleased" with the progress he's made, but it remains to be seen what his new coaching staff thinks of him compared with the other quarterbacks on the roster, the story added. The Jets traded for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and the team has hinted they may want to add another quarterback.

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Jets trade for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 12:35pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Texans are trading QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to the New York Jets for a late-round conditional draft pick, per a league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Fitzpatrick is capable of holding down the fort for a year if the team decides to move on from Geno Smith.

QB Ryan Mallett re-signs with the Texans

Monday, March 9, 2015, 10:09am

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Texans have agreed to terms with QB Ryan Mallett, source said.

Update: Mallet signed a two-year, $7 million contract.

Fantasy Impact:

It looks like the Texans are going to move forward with Mallett and Brian Hoyer, who is also reportedly set to sign with the team (though it's not a done deal). In two games, Mallett completed 41 of 75 passes (54.7%) for 400 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions before tearing his pectoral muscle. He served as Tom Brady's understudy for three seasons so there is some optimism that he can turn into a quality NFL starter. He'll likely have to beat out Hoyer for the starting job.

QB Brian Hoyer signs with the Texans

Monday, March 9, 2015, 9:47am

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Per source, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is planning to sign with the Texans tomorrow.

Update: This deal is finalized.

Fantasy Impact:

The Texans already have Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Tom Savage under contract, and free agent Ryan Mallett has already re-signed with the team. It's a quarterback quagmire in Houston.

Texans bring back QB Case Keenum

Monday, December 15, 2014, 10:22am

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Case Keenum is returning to the Texans.

Keenum, the former record-breaking University of Houston quarterback who was on St. Louis’ practice squad, will be signed and added to the Texans’ active roster for the last two games against Baltimore and Jacksonville at NRG Stadium.

Fantasy Impact:

Because Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) and Tom Savage (knee) were injured in Sunday’s 17-10 loss at Indianapolis, the Texans are in the market for at least one quarterback and possibly two to join recently signed free-agent Thad Lewis. Fitzpatrick’s season is over with the broken leg. If Savage suffered extensive damage to his knee, as many suspect, Lewis and Keenum should be active against the Ravens. Savage is going to have an MRI Monday to determine the extent to his injury. Neither really presents a great fantasy outlook.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) lost for season

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 7:56pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was injured on a scramble and was carted off the field with a boot on his left leg in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Colts. His leg is broken, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a team source. His season is over.

Fantasy Impact:

Rookie Tom Savage entered the game and completed his first NFL pass to DeAndre Hopkins after avoiding the pressure. But on the second-to-last play of the game, Savage took a hit to his lower leg. Rapoport later add, per a team source, that the QB will have an MRI on Monday. The fourth-round pick would take over a Texans offense that has already lost Ryan Mallett this season. Thaddeus Lewis is the next QB up on the depth chart

Monday, December 1, 2014, 10:04am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

NFL.com's Dan Hanzas said all due respect to Andre Johnson, but DeAndre Hopkins might be the best wide receiver on the Texans.

He was Ryan Fitzpatrick's No. 1 target, setting career highs with nine receptions for 238 yards and two touchdowns. He's over 1,000 yards on the season.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 10:08am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are adding former Bills quarterback Thaddeus Lewis to the mix.

With Ryan Mallett out for the year with a torn pectoral muscle, the Texans needed someone to back up Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tom Savage.

Sources say Ryan Mallett done for the year

Monday, November 24, 2014, 1:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett will miss the rest of the season due to a torn right pectoral muscle, according to media reports.

Mallett, who played through the injury during Sunday's game, injured the muscle in his first career start Nov. 6 against the Cleveland Browns. He practiced fully all week but was on the injury report with a chest injury throughout the week leading up to the game.

The Houston Chronicle and Houston's FOX 26 earlier reported the news.

However, a team source told ESPN that Mallett's injury still is being evaluated and no determination has been made on his status.

Fantasy Impact:

The Texans turned to Mallett just before their bye week, as he replaced former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, a 10-year veteran. The Texans traded for Mallett on Aug. 31; he had spent the first three years of his career with the New England Patriots. Mallett threw only four passes in that time and never played a meaningful snap. The Texans acquired him for a conditional draft pick. With Monday's news, Mallett won't reach the proper playing time needed (40 percent of the team's snaps), so New England will receive a seventh-rounder. Ryan Fitzpatrick could become the starter again, but there's been no official word from the team. The Texans actually have some favorable matchups for the rest of the season in regard to our QB SOS.

Report: Ryan Mallett's season in jeopardy

Monday, November 24, 2014, 10:03am

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Texans turned to strong-armed quarterback Ryan Mallett two weeks ago to see if he could turn around a struggling offense in year one of coach Bill O'Brien's tenure.

After two games, his season might be over. According to NFL.com, Mallett may have sustained a torn pectoral muscle prior to Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Bengals. The report states that Mallett aggravated what was previously described as a strained chest during pre-game warmups. Mallett decided to play through the pain and did not have a great day.

He finished with 189 yards and an interception.

Fantasy Impact:

If this is the end of Mallett's season, the Texans will have to turn back to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who opened the year as Houston's starter.

Texans name Ryan Mallett starting quarterback

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 12:41pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Ryan Mallett is the Texans’ starting quarterback.

Coach Bill O’Brien named Mallett the starter Wednesday, after debating during recent days whether to make a change.

“This might be the thing that helps our team,” O’Brien said at NRG Stadium. “I might be wrong.”

O’Brien said Mallett will be given a full shot to hold the starting role.

Fantasy Impact:

From a receiving standpoint, the Texans were generating 1.00 fantasy points per pass attempt (1 point per 10 receiving yards plus six points per touchdown divided by the total number of pass attempts). The league average is 0.98, so Ryan Fitzpatrick was decidedly average in helping his receivers to produce receiving yardage and touchdowns. Mallett will have to play pretty well in order to maintain the fantasy value of DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson. Mallett has the Week 10 bye to prepare, and then faces a couple of difficult matchups (CLE & CIN) before the schedule gets easier.

Colts Beat: Discussing the defense

Friday, October 24, 2014, 10:09am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts beat writer Mike Wells on the team's surprising defensive prowess: I didn’t think this defense had a chance once linebacker Robert Mathis, last season’s sack leader, was lost for the season with a torn Achilles. The unit appeared to be headed for a rough season after it had only one sack over the first two games. But defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has taken a hold-nothing-back approach with his defense. With two cornerbacks who can blanket receivers, Greg Toler and Vontae Davis, Manusky is loading the box and constantly blitzing. That is why the Colts have 20 sacks and nine turnovers during their five-game winning streak. They have also held their past four opponents to 4-of-41 on third down. People might not have respected the Colts' defense before, but now teams have to take notice.

Fantasy Impact:

The unit has averaged 12.9 FP per game over the last five weeks, but has had the benefit of facing Chad Henne/Blake Bortles, Charlie Whitehurst, Ryan Fitzpatrick and an A.J. Green-less Bengals team. Starting with Week 12, the Colts defense has a pretty nice schedule to close the season.

Texans HC Bill O'Brien endorses Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:25pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Bill O'Brien doesn't sound like a coach prepared to remove Ryan Fitzpatrick from under center any time soon.

The first-year coach has been riding with the journeyman quarterback through a 3-4 record so far, but thinks his team's performance is not the reflection of one position playing poorly.

"Fitzy is our quarterback," O'Brien told reporters on Tuesday.

He added: "When you look at our tape ... you cannot just point to one position and say that's the position that is at fault. There are a lot of positions that need to play better. We need to coach better, all those different things. It all goes into why sometimes we stall offensively. It's not one guy."

Fantasy Impact:

When coaches begin to endorse a beleaguered starter, it's usually a sign that change is coming. It sounds as if Fitzpatrick still has a bit of leash, but if the season gets out of hand, the team may turn to Ryan Mallett to see what he brings to the table.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm

Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (calf, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Fitzy should be fine to face the Colts on a short week.

Texans trade for QB Ryan Mallett

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 2:39pm

Boston.com - [Full Article]

The Patriots have dealt backup quarterback Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans, according to multiple reports, receiving a conditional seventh round pick in exchange.

Mallet, a 2011 third round draft pick by the Patriots, was the subject of trade rumors for the past two seasons. Those rumors only intensified after the team drafted Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason in the second round.

Mallett, in his fourth year out of Arkansas, was in the final year of his rookie contract.

The Texans released quarterback Case Keenum, the team's No. 2 quarterback, after acquiring Mallett, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

Fantasy Impact:

There were definitely signs that the Pats were looking to trade Mallett and they found a partner in the Texans. Texan coach Bill O'Brien is familiar with Mallett from 2011 before moving on to coach at Penn State, so this makes a lot of sense. Ryan Fitzpatrick will likely still start the regular season but Mallett could be a guy they turn to if the team struggles at any point this season. While he's been well hyped, Mallet has only attempted four passes in the NFL.