Fitzpatrick will return to the Jets' starting quarterback position in the wake of Geno Smith's torn ACL suffered Sunday, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports. Fitzpatrick reclaims his starting gig less than a week after he was benched following New York's Week 6 loss in Arizona. Given that he started the Jets' first six contests, throwing for just five touchdowns and 11 interceptions in that span, fantasy owners should have a good idea of what to expect from Fitzpatrick. That being said, he responded by completing 9 of 14 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown while not committing a turnover and leading the Jets to a victory after Smith exited Sunday. While he's seemingly been a model of inconsistency since joining New York last year, Fitzpatrick's fantasy value now at least returns to reflect his starting status, even though better options obviously exist.
Fitzpatrick came on in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Ravens after Geno Smith suffered a knee injury, and he completed nine of 14 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. Smith, who took over the starting job earlier this week, completed four of eight passes for 95 yards and a score of his own, though a majority of his production came on a 69-yard touchdown pass to Quincy Enunwa, with most of the yards coming after the catch. Nevertheless, Fitzpatrick appears to have the starting job back, with Smith undergoing tests Monday to determine the severity of his injury.
Fitzpatrick is now the no. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, with Geno Smith officially named the starter Wednesday by head coach Todd Bowles. Fitzpatrick has struggled considerably this season after holding out this summer, and despite Bowles saying Monday that Fitzpatrick was still his starter, he's backtracked to the point of replacing him with Smith, who hasn't shown anything in his previous starts to make it seem like a fantasy breakout is coming.
Fitzpatrick is expected to be benched in favor of Geno Smith for Sunday's game against the Ravens, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Head coach Todd Bowles said after Monday's loss to the Cardinals that Fitzpatrick was still the starting quarterback, but he backtracked on that statement Tuesday and he's now made the move to go with Smith. While Fitzpatrick has struggled mightily this season, there's little reason to think Smith will be a big upgrade.
Head coach Todd Bowles may be considering a change under center for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Rich CImini of ESPN.com reports. "I did re-visit [the situation between Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith]," Bowles said Tuesday. After Fitzpatrick's 31st and final throw was picked off near the end of the third quarter Monday at Arizona, Geno Smith directed the Jets' offense thereafter, but the latter was picked off himself on his last pass attempt. In a post-game media session, Bowles channeled a baseball analogy, calling Smith a "relief" option. However, after pondering his signal-callers' standing in the locker room, Bowles seems open to a change. Before making a decision between Fitzpatrick and Smith, though, Bowles will consult his coaching staff and general manager Mike Maccagnan.
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