Jameis Winston will replace Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback for Week 12 against the 49ers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Fitzpatrick was intercepted seven times the past three weeks, eventually getting benched in the second half of Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants. It won't come as any surprise if we see him again before the end of the season, as Winston has proven equally susceptible to turnovers.
Coach Dirk Koetter has made a decision on his starter for Week 12 against the 49ers, but he won't reveal it to the media until he talks with Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Winston replaced Fitzpatrick during Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants, leading three consecutive touchdown drives to cut the deficit to three points. Koetter has gone back-and-forth throughout the season, as both quarterbacks have been prone to turnovers while also piling up yards with ease. It won't come as any surprise if Koetter turns back to the 24-year-old Winston after watching Fitzpatrick toss seven interceptions the past three weeks.
Fitzpatrick was pulled from Sunday's road game versus the Giants in favor of Jameis Winston, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Fitzpatrick lasted just six offensive plays into the second half, opening it with a interception that was returned for a touchdown before tossing another less than five minutes later. He finished the day 13 of 21 for 167 yards, no touchdowns and three picks, while racking up four rushes for 14 yards and one TD. Winston is expected to play out the rest of the contest, barring injury.
Fitzpatrick will keep the Bucs' starting quarterback job for Week 11 against the Giants, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Fitzpatrick threw for 406 yards at a clip of 9.9 per attempt in Sunday's 16-3 home loss to the Redskins, but his trio of turnovers combined with a poor kicking performance from Chandler Catanzaro led to an absurd disparity between the Bucs' totals for yards (501) and points (three). The team seems to have the same problem on offense regardless of which quarterback it uses, combining an unusual mix of chunk gains and turnovers. Fitzpatrick may lose the starting job back to Jameis Winston if he doesn't bounce back with a more consistent performance in a Week 11 road matchup with the soft Giants defense.
Fitzpatrick completed 29 of 41 passes for 406 yards and two interceptions during Sunday's 16-3 loss to Washington. He added 35 yards and a fumble on the ground on eight carries. Tampa Bay ended Sunday with 501 total yards, nearly double Washington's tally, but they still ended up losing by two scores. How? Four turnovers, three by Fitzpatrick, is a good place to start. Fitzpatrick pushed the ball upfield on Sunday, the precise formula that has served him well this season, but it just didn't work out Sunday. He tried fitting a tight pass into the end zone to Shaun Wilson during the game's opening drive, only to have it picked off by a diving Josh Norman. After Washington broke through for the game's first touchdown early in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick and Tampa Bay imploded with a Fitzpatrick interception, Jacquizz Rodgers fumble, and a Fitzpatrick fumble on the ensuing three drives. Fitzpatrick has topped 400 yards passing in four of six starts this season, but the Buccaneers' aggressive approach can be a blessing and a curse that fantasy owners have to learn to deal with. Next Sunday brings a trip to a middle-of-the-road Giants pass defense.
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