Ryan Fitzpatrick's Fantasy Outlook After Jameis Winston's Injury

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2017

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston left the game in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter after suffering a shoulder injury. 

Winston was 5-of-10 passing for 61 yards before exiting. He was replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns against two interceptions in the 38-33 loss. 

Fitzpatrick, 34, spent the last two seasons with the New York Jets. He led the NFL in interceptions last season and lingered on the open market before the Bucs gave him a chance. ESPN's Cian Fahey noted how it wasn't too long ago that Fitzpatrick experienced some success: 

That should be all you need to know when assessing how to regard him from a fantasy perspective. Doug Martin, Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson—all taking a rapid descent on rankings boards. Fitzpatrick could wind up being surprisingly good, but until we see that, it's almost impossible to justify using them as anything but flex plays. Although he may have already had one noted accomplishment in one of his first throws, via Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com: 

RotoWord's Patrick Daugherty's doesn't expect much from Fitzpatrick:

Winston's prognosis is the most important factor here, as he'll be inserted immediately back into the starting lineup when healthy. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter told reporters X-rays came back negative on Winston. 

But I suppose it's a wait-and-see here with Fitzpatrick. Don't go picking him up on the waiver wire by any stretch, aside from two-quarterback leagues.

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