Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Quarterback #14
ADP:Round: 14, Pick: 4
Team: Miami Dolphins
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 225 lb.
College:Harvard
Age:38
Born:November 24, 1982
Drafted:2005 / Rd. 7 (250)
Draft Team:SL

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Off of COVID-19 list

The Dolphins activated Fitzpatrick (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: 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 a proven entity at the position.

January 11, 2021 5:37 PM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Lands on COVID list

The Dolphins placed Fitzpatrick (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: Fitzpatrick tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday after practicing in full Wednesday, an indication that his positive result came as a surprise for the Dolphins. The team signed Jake Rudock to replace him as the No. 2 option behind Tua Tagovailoa for Sunday's game against the Bills. Cameron Wolfe of ESPN notes that Fitzpatrick could be in jeopardy of missing Miami's first playoff game should the team earn a postseason berth, due to the timetable required for him to garner full clearance.

December 31, 2020 12:58 PM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Won't be available Sunday

Fitzpatrick has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and won't be available for Sunday's game against the Bills, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Assuming that's confirmed, Fitzpatrick will land on the reserve/COVID-19 list . As a result, Jake Rudock is slated to be added to Miami's active roster to serve as Tua Tagovailoa's backup this weekend.

December 31, 2020 10:26 AM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Not at practice Thursday

Fitzpatrick (undisclosed) wasn't spotted at practice Thursday, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It's unclear why Fitzpatrick missed practice Thursday, but the QB practiced Wednesday, so Wolfe indicates that it doesn't appear to be injury-related. If he's available for Sunday's game against the Bills, Fitzpatrick -- who finished up Miami's Week 16 win over the Raiders -- is slated to back up Tua Tagovailoa.

December 31, 2020 10:02 AM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Relieves Tua, leads miraculous win

Fitzpatrick entered Saturday's 26-25 win over the Raiders in the fourth quarter, completing nine of 13 pass attempts for 182 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Fitzpatrick took over for a timid Tua Tagovailoa (17 of 22 for just 94 yards) midway through the fourth quarter, and the veteran immediately displayed his signature tendency to push the ball downfield. His first drive led the Dolphins to a field goal, while his second resulted in a touchdown courtesy of a 59-yard sideline catch by Myles Gaskin. Dolphins fans will most remember Fitzpatrick's third and final drive of the night, however. The savvy veteran got the ball back with just nineteen seconds remaining and Miami down two points, and he immediately connected with Mack Hollins on a deep shot to set up the game-winning field goal, while simultaneously drawing a facemask penalty. Coming off such a strong performance, and given how effective Fitzpatrick has proven to be in this offense, it's possible that the Dolphins could have a tough decision to make at quarterback for Week 17's key matchup against the Bills.

December 26, 2020 8:37 PM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Likely returning to backup role

Fitzpatrick is likely to serve as Miami's backup quarterback Sunday against the Bengals with Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) expected to start, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After sitting out Miami's Week 12 win over the Jets with an injured left thumb, Tagovailoa practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday through Friday before taking a questionable designation into the weekend. As Rapoport notes, Tagovailoa still handled most of the reps with the first-team offense this week despite his limitations, so barring any setbacks in warmups, the rookie will be back under center Sunday. Fitzpatrick had been serviceable in place of Tagovailoa last week, completing 24 of 39 attempts for 257 yards and two touchdowns.

December 6, 2020 6:09 AM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Tosses two scores in easy win

Fitzpatrick completed 24 of 39 pass attempts for 257 yards and two touchdowns during the Dolphins' 20-3 win over the Jets. He also had three carries for 10 yards and fumbled once.

Analysis: Fitzpatrick started Sunday's game in place of Tua Tagovailoa (thumb), and he didn't have to do too much in order to earn a divisional win over the lifeless Jets. The aged veteran reprised his 2019 form by showcasing a lethal connection with DeVante Parker, whom he targeted 14 times, connecting on eight of those occasions for 119 yards. In the red zone, Fitzpatrick instead opted to look toward the Dolphins' tight ends, connecting with both Mike Gesicki and Adam Shaheen for scores. If Fitzpatrick ends up drawing another start against the Bengals in Week 13, he'll be in the mix as a tempting streaming option at quarterback.

November 29, 2020 1:14 PM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Likely set to start

Fitzpatrick is in line to start Sunday against the Jets after Tua Tagovailoa (left thumb) was downgraded to doubtful, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Tagovailoa's damaged throwing thumb will likely set the stage for Fitzpatrick to return to the starting lineup against the team he last played as the starting quarterback for the Dolphins. While the contest got out of hand by the end of the first half, Fitzpatrick did throw for three touchdowns, although he also tied for a three-start low in terms of passing yards (191) thanks to the massive score differential. Considering the matchup, the veteran quarterback is certainly a worthy streaming option at quarterback, especially with a running game that could be without the top two starters Myles Gaskin (knee, eligible to return off IR) and Salvon Ahmed (shoulder).

November 28, 2020 11:43 AM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Needed in relief Sunday

Fitzpatrick replaced Tua Tagovailoa for the final two drives of Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Broncos, completing 12 of 18 passes for 117 yards and an interception.

Analysis: The Dolphins' offensive line had trouble protecting Tagovailoa, who got sacked six times before being removed, but Fitzpatrick committed Miami's only turnover of the afternoon after leading the team to a field goal on his first possession. Per Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com, coach Brian Flores has no plans to switch back to Fitzpatrick as his starter, and the veteran will remain the No. 2 QB in Week 12 against the Jets.

November 22, 2020 5:30 PM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Jumped on depth chart

Fitzpatrick has been replaced by Tua Tagovailoa as the Dolphins' starting quarterback, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Fitzpatrick has fared mostly well this season, throwing for 300 yards in three games, tossing multiple touchdowns four times and throwing multiple picks on three occasions. Overall, his line is fair enough -- 70.5 percent passing, 1,535 yards and 10 touchdowns versus seven interceptions through six contests -- but after Tagovailoa got on the field in garbage time this past Sunday against the Jets, Miami will move forward with the the fifth overall pick of the 2020 draft under center. The Tagovailoa era will begin after the Dolphins' bye week on Nov. 1 versus the Rams.

October 20, 2020 8:46 AM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Fires three TDs against former club

Fitzpatrick completed 18 of 27 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions in Sunday's 24-0 win over the Jets.

Analysis: The veteran QB lit up one of his many former clubs in the first half, throwing all three of his TDs before the break, but neither offense could get much going in the second half -- the two squads combined for eight punts in the final two quarters. Fitzpatrick has a 10:7 TD:INT in six starts heading into the Dolphins' Week 7 bye, and he's likely played well enough to delay having to hand the No. 1 job over to rookie Tua Tagovailoa any time soon.

October 18, 2020 7:35 PM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Lights up 49ers in win

Fitzpatrick completed 22 of 28 passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns while gaining 16 yards on three carries during Sunday's 43-17 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Fitzpatrick came through with one of the most efficient performances of his career as he averaged 12.5 yards per attempt en route to a new season high in passing yardage. He threw touchdown passes to three different receivers and avoided turning the ball over after throwing a pair of interceptions in last week's loss to Seattle. Fitzpatrick has now topped 300 passing yards in three of five games this season and has multiple touchdown passes with no interceptions in three games as well. He continues to surprise for what was supposed to be a futile Dolphins offense and will look to keep it up in a favorable matchup against the Broncos next Sunday.

October 11, 2020 6:35 PM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Sticking as starter for Week 5

Fitzpatrick will remain he Dolphins' starting quarterback Sunday at San Francisco, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: On Monday, coach Brian Flores induced rumblings about a QB change when he wouldn't commit to Fitzpatrick as the starter for Week 5. One day later, though, the Dolphins hav decided to stick with Fitzpatrick for the time being. While he's completing a career-best 69 percent of his passes, he's averaging 248.5 passing yards per game and has four touchdowns versus five interceptions, leading the team to a 1-3 record. Fitzpatrick seems to be a placeholder at the position until Flores believes 2020 first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa is ready to take the reigns of Miami's offense.

October 6, 2020 8:13 AM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Starting position in question

Coach Brian Flores said Monday that he hasn't decided on a starting quarterback for Week 5, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Flores said he "would assume" Fitzpatrick starts in San Francisco on Sunday, per Beasley, but that the team will have further discussions tonight. While Fitzpatrick played clean in Week 3's win over Jacksonville and has kept games relatively close against tough competition, the Dolphins have emerged with just one win at the quarter point of the regular season. The pressure to see whether rookie first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa can spark the offense appears to be mounting, though Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post notes that Flores wants to avoid rushing the 22-year-old.

October 5, 2020 11:13 AM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Manages 300-yard effort in loss

Fitzpatrick completed 29 of 45 passes for 315 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Dolphins' 31-23 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. He also rushed six times for 47 yards and a score.

Analysis: Fitzpatrick's final line looked good from a fantasy perspective, save for his two interceptions. However, the veteran quarterback's two picks came in the second half, with the second particularly critical since it came with 4:27 remaining and Miami trying to overcome a 24-15 deficit. Fitzpatrick also dealt with a temporary absence of lead receiver DeVante Parker (ankle) in the first half, and he continued to demonstrate widespread rapport with his fellow skill-position players by hitting 10 different pass catchers on the afternoon. The Dolphins are just 1-3 through the first four games, but Fitzpatrick now has a pair of 300-yard games and still appears to be in firm control of the starting job. The veteran will look to eliminate the miscues in a tough Week 5 road matchup against the 49ers.

October 4, 2020 1:53 PM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Highly efficient in Week 3 win

Fitzpatrick completed 18 of 20 passes for 160 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Dolphins' 31-13 win over the Jaguars on Thursday. He also rushed seven times for 38 yards and another score and logged one reception for no gain.

Analysis: In the Week 2 loss to the Bills, Fitzpatrick went a long way toward resembling the quarterback who knows coordinator Chan Gailey's offense intimately from having run it with ample success in both Buffalo and New York. Thursday, game script didn't call for Fitzpatrick to be anywhere near as active through the air, but the efficiency he demonstrated was that of a quarterback completely comfortable within a system. The veteran finished with a 133.3 rating for the night, misfiring only twice while averaging 8.0 yards per attempt and notching completions to seven different pass catchers. With the air attack now seemingly considerably ahead of where it was just two weeks ago in the opener against the Patriots, Fitzpatrick and his teammates will utilize some much-needed extra time to gear up for a formidable Week 4 interconference challenge in the form of the visiting Seahawks on Sunday, Oct. 4.

September 24, 2020 8:32 PM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Eclipses 300 yards in losing effort

Fitzpatrick completed 31 of 47 passes for 328 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Dolphins' 31-28 loss to the Bills on Sunday. He also rushed three times for 12 yards and threw a two-point conversion pass.

Analysis: It wasn't pretty at times, but Fitzpatrick overcome a relatively slow start to keep the Dolphins in the contest until an unsuccessful onside kick with 49 seconds remaining. The veteran particularly hit his stride in the fourth quarter, leading Miami to a pair of scoring marches that went for a combined 19 plays and 119 yards. The latter drive culminated in Fitzpatrick's second and final touchdown of the day, an eight-yard strike to Mike Gesicki that he followed up with a two-point conversion to Preston Williams that brought the Fins within a field goal. Fitzpatrick notably kept his target distribution narrow -- only Gesicki, Isaiah Ford, Devante Parker and running back Myles Gaskin recorded multiple receptions -- but the 37-year-old certainly did enough to keep his grip on the starting job. Fitzpatrick will try to once again lead his team to their first win of the season in a Week 3 Thursday night road matchup upstate against the Jaguars.

September 20, 2020 2:57 PM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Retains starting job

Coach Brian Flores said Monday that Fitzpatrick will start against the Bills in Week 2, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Fitzpatrick is coming off an ugly three-interception season debut against the Patriots, but he'll get another chance to right the ship Week 2. With rookie first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa waiting in the wings, however, Fitzpatrick could end up with his back against the wall if he's unable to quickly turn things around. Additionally, Fizpatrick may be forced to operate without top receiver DeVante Parker (hamstring) against Buffalo's stingy secondary.

September 14, 2020 11:09 AM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Picked off thrice in loss

Fitzpatrick completed 20 of 30 passes for 190 yards and three interceptions in Sunday's 21-11 loss to New England. He added 18 rushing yards on five carries and ran in a two-point conversion.

Analysis: Ryan was more Fitztragic than Fitzmagic in the first half, throwing for just 115 yards and a pair of interceptions to take a 7-3 deficit into the locker room. Things didn't get any better after the break, though Fitzpatrick managed to bring his team within three points early in the fourth quarter. He orchestrated an 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, which was capped by a one-yard Jordan Howard run followed by a Fitzpatrick two-point conversion. While the veteran is currently viewed as the likely starter in Week 2 against the Bills, rookie Tua Tagovailoa could get the call sooner rather than later if Fitzpatrick fails to raise his level.

September 13, 2020 2:52 PM EST

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Confirmed as starter

As expected, Fitzpatrick will begin the season as Miami's starting quarterback, ESPN's Cameron Wolfe reports.

Analysis: This outcome isn't surprising, but it's notable that first-round draft pick Tua Tagovailoa was deemed healthy enough to serve as the team's No. 2 signal caller, prompting a parting of ways with Josh Rosen. For now, the Dolphins figure to proceed gradually with Tagovailoa, who's bouncing back from a major hip injury he suffered last November, especially with this year's abridged offseason in mind. Meanwhile, fellow QB Jake Rudock is on Miami's practice squad. The 37-year-old Fitzpatrick thus represents an option in deeper fantasy formats, but Miami's pass-catching corps isn't especially deep, so his upside out of the gate hinges on how well he clicks with the likes of wideouts DeVante Parker and Preston Williams, as well as tight end Mike Gesicki.

September 7, 2020 8:13 AM EST

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