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|Fitzpatrickís 2011 season mirrored that of the Bills as he started the season on a hot streak before cooling off considerably over the seasonís second half. He topped 25 fantasy points in each of his first three starts, throwing for 841 yards and 9 touchdowns in wins over the Chiefs, Raiders and Patriots. From that point on, it was mostly downhill with Fitzpatrick displaying the inconsistency that has plagued his career as he finished the season with a career-high and league-leading 24 interceptions. Rewarded with a $59-million, six-year contract extension after Week 6, his production plummeted with five games under 210 yards passing over his final ten weeks – a period in which he threw for 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. While injuries to running back Fred Jackson and at the wide receiver position were part of the problem, a substantial portion of the blame goes to Fitzpatrick whose accuracy got worse as the season progressed. While his season ended badly, Fitzpatrick still finished as the 11th ranked fantasy quarterback which was generally higher than predicted. Consider him an upper tier backup once again in 2012 (the Bills threw it 58% of the time in 2011) and move him down in leagues that penalize for turnovers given his propensity for throwing interceptions.
| Geno Smith out 6-10 weeks with broken jaw -- Tue Aug 11 2:00 pm --|
Sucker-punched in the locker room
|New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith will be sidelined at least six to 10 weeks with two fractures in his jaw, the result of a locker-room altercation Tuesday morning with reserve linebacker IK Enemkpali. Enemkpali, a sixth-round pick in 2014, was released immediately by the team.
"The team knows it. It's something we don't tolerate, something we can't stand," Bowles said. "You don't walk up to a man and punch him in the face."
FF Today's Take: Oyyyy. Smith is expected to have surgery. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Week 1 for the Jets and is very familiar with OC Chan Gailey's system. This QB change doesn't really impact the fantasy prospects of the Jets receiving corps. It may actually boost the value Brandon Marshall every so slightly.