Ryan Fitzpatrick signed with the Washington Football Team this offseason, and he's expected to be the starting quarterback to open the year. If he keeps the job all season, he could be a quality Fantasy option in all leagues. For now, plan on drafting Fitzpatrick as a starter in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues with a mid-round pick, and he's only worth a late-round flier in one-quarterback leagues. In his past two seasons with the Dolphins, Fitzpatrick has scored at least 20 Fantasy points in 12 of his past 14 starts. He has a quality receiving corps in Washington led by Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel, and Fitzpatrick isn't afraid to take chances, which is why we love him. Don't be surprised if you end up starting Fitzpatrick at some point this season in all leagues, and hopefully he continues to play well as he showed us in Miami these past two years.
Fitzpatrick said he's already built chemistry with his pass catchers and expects to spread the ball around this season, NBC Sports Washington reports. Terry McLaurin will be the focal point of the passing game, but he should have more help around him this year after Washington acquired Curtis Samuel, Adam Humphries and third-round pick Dyami Brown in the offseason. On the other hand, Fitzpatrick was the only significant addition at quarterback, joining 2020 holdovers Taylor Heinicke, Kyle Allen (leg) and Steven Montez. Given those alternatives, the 38-year-old Fitzpatrick should have some margin for error in the starting role, especially early in the season while he's still getting the hang of a new system under offensive coordinator Scott Turner.
Coach Ron Rivera confirmed Fitzpatrick will come to Washington as the No. 1 quarterback, though Rivera also said he expects competition at the position, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports. We can probably write the second part off as coach-speak if Washington enters training camp with Kyle Allen (ankle) and Taylor Heinicke (shoulder) as the only other options at quarterback. The upcoming NFL Draft is where there's some potential for things to get complicated, as Washington can still make a good argument for selecting a young QB within the first few rounds. A rookie wouldn't necessarily push Fitzpatrick aside, but there would at least be some added pressure if the veteran were to struggle early in the season. It shouldn't be for lack of weapons if that happens, as Washington has signed WRs Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries since adding Fitzpatrick in mid-March.
Fitzpatrick agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with Washington on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The 38-year-old spent the past two seasons in Miami and appeared in nine games during 2020 while completing 69 percent of his passes for 2,091 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions and also rushing for 151 yards and two more scores. Fitzpatrick began last season as the starter for the Dolphins before Tua Tagovailoa took over the job, but the journeyman now is on track to start for Washington in 2021. The Football Team recently cut Alex Smith, and next man up Taylor Heinicke (shoulder) remains wholly unproven despite a solid playoff performance against the Buccaneers. It will be Fitzpatrick's ninth different team as he enters his 17th season in the NFL.
Fitzpatrick plans to play football in 2021, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Retirement rumors have been circulating, but Rapoport suggests they aren't accurate. Fitzpatrick, an impending free agent, figures to search outside Miami for a starting job, as his performance in recent seasons has left little doubt he's one of the 32 best quarterbacks in the NFL. However, he's 38 years old and isn't a top-10 QB, so most teams with vacancies at the position figure to view him as a fallback option rather than a priority.
The Dolphins activated Fitzpatrick (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Considering the timing of this transaction, Fitzpatrick likely would have been unavailable in the wild-card round if the Dolphins had netted one of three wild-card spots in the AFC part of the postseason bracket. In his age-38 season, he played well when called upon, logging time in nine games and starting seven of them on his way to 2,091 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 69 percent passing. He enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, but considering his efforts and Tua Tagovailoa's struggles at times as a rookie, Miami may seek to bring back Fitzpatrick as a mentor for the young QB and as a proven commodity at the position.
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|1||09/12||Los Angeles Chargers||25||22.63|
|2||09/16||New York Giants||3||17.63|
|5||10/10||New Orleans Saints||10||19.00|
|6||10/17||Kansas City Chiefs||18||21.26|
|7||10/24||@Green Bay Packers||7||18.00|
|10||11/14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||19.80|
|13||12/05||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||22.38|
|18||01/09||@New York Giants||3||17.63|
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