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What Is Ryan Fitzpatrick's Fantasy Impact With Trent Edwards Out?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 18: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills stands on the sidelines during the game against the New York Jets on October 18, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bills defeated the Jets 16-13 in overtime. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Kyle WinslowCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2009

If your fantasy hopes and dreams rely on either Trent Edwards or Ryan Fitzpatrick, your hopes and dreams are probably already dashed.  Neither player is worthy of a start except as a bye-week replacement unless you are in a really deep league that starts multiple quarterbacks.

But Edwards' injury definitely affects other players with more fantasy relevance.  When Fitzpatrick took over the offense last week against the Jets, it quickly became obvious that the two quarterbacks have different styles.

Specifically, Trent Edwards checks down to his running backs very frequently and Fitzpatrick doesn't.  In fact, last week at Cleveland, Marshawn Lynch led the team in receiving with 56 yards and targets with seven.  After Fitzpatrick took over against the Jets, Marshawn Lynch caught only one pass and was only targeted twice in three quarters and a lengthy overtime period that included three Buffalo possessions.

Fred Jackson, who was averaging four targets a game since Lynch returned to the lineup, didn't get a single pass thrown his way in the Jets game. 

This week, against the weak Carolina Panthers run-defense, both players are still decent starts.  But don't expect either to get a lot of receptions.  You may have better options on your bench, especially if you are in a point-per-reception league.

The fact that Ryan Fitzpatrick never checks down to his backs does benefit the Bills wide receiving corps.  Lee Evans had 11 targets against the Jets and Terrell Owens had eight.  That is a decent amount of action for a wide receiver.  If Owens could catch, he could have a good game against the Panthers. 

Both players have been non-existent fantasy-wise, and they might even be on the waiver wire in your league.  With six teams on a bye in Week 7, Evans and Owens could be decent replacement starters if you're thin at the position.

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