Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the QB position. The best rating is +16 which gives the player the advantage against the defense and indicates an easy opponent, the worst rating is -16 which gives the defense the advantage and indicates a tough opponent.
Fitzpatrick draws a great home matchup versus a Philadelphia Eagles defense that surrendered an average of 305 passing yards and 1.67 touchdown passes per contest during the last month. As you know, the Texans routinely have used him as a game-manager in their run-first attack. Fitzpatrick has notched no 300-yard games, and the 10th-year pro has tossed multiple touchdown passes in only two contests. However, with six teams on bye this week, he looks like a decent backup option.
Suiting up for his third team in three years, the "Bearded Bomber" is expected to serve as a "band-aid option" for the Texans. Although Fitzpatrick is regarded as one of the better backup quarterbacks in the NFL, his streakiness can drive fantasy owners up the wall. Last season, the average-armed Fitzpatrick made nine injury fill-in starts (played in 11 games overall) for the Tennessee Titans, averaging a bland 231.33 passing yards, 1.2 touchdown passes and 1.33 picks per contest. New Houston head coach/offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who served as an offensive assistant for New England Patriots' from 2007 through 2011, was expected to install a system that is very similar to the Patriots' complicated offense. The aging-but-still-capable Andre Johnson leads an overall unproven Texans receiver corps that includes DeAndre Hopkins, Garrett Graham and Ryan Griffin. It's hard to say how many games Fitzpatrick will start, but he likely will have some growing pains while learning O'Brien's system. Look for the Houston to lean heavily on Arian Foster early in the season. "Fitz Magic" likely will have some value only in deeper redraft leagues.
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