Ryan Fitzpatrick's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 5 Performance vs. Chiefs

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2013

Oct 6, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (4) passes the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
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If you're in a pinch at quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick could be the perfect stopgap.

That's exactly what he's doing for the Tennessee Titans, as he fills in for the injured Jake Locker, via USA Today's John Glennon.

In his first start of the season, Fitzpatrick threw for 247 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown on 21-of-41 passing. He also had 50 yards rushing and one touchdown. In fantasy terms, it was an unexpectedly great performance from the nine-year veteran.

The Buffalo News' Jay Skurski had another way to put it.

Unless he pulls a Kurt Warner and becomes an All-Pro in his 30s or you're in a 32-team league, Fitzpatrick should never be considered a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy football. He's way too inconsistent, and at 30 years old, you shouldn't expect him to improve all that much from his Buffalo Bills days.

However, Fitzpatrick can be a steady backup. If your normal starter is on a bye week or goes down with an injury, the Titans QB has some value until Locker comes back. He'll likely have a turnover or two to blemish his stats each week, but Fitz is a solid bet for 200-plus yards and a score each time out.