Ryan Fitzpatrick QB HOU 18 Days

Fitzpatrick's teammate, Ryan Mallett, will draw the start at QB when the Texans return to action against the Browns on November 16, the team's official site reports.

With a 4-5 mark, the Texans -- who are on bye this week -- will turn to the strong-armed Mallett in the hopes of sparking the team's passing game. Per the Houston Chronicle, coach Bill O'Brien indicated that Mallett will be given a full shot to hold on to the starting assignment, with Fitzpatrick (who checks in with an 11:8 TD:INT ratio to date) thus relegated to backup duty for the foreseeable future.

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB HOU 19 Days

Head coach Bill O'Brien said the Texans' offense needs a "spark" and he's considering replacing Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback, the Houston Chronicle reports. "Schematically, position changes, things like that," O'Brien said at NRG Stadium, referring to potential changes. "It's not anything that we've come to a decision on at this point."

On several occasions this season, O'Brien has emphatically stated that Fitzpatrick was his quarterback, but the coach has not been as firm following Sunday's loss to the Eagles. If he does make a quarterback change, this might be a good time for it, when the Texans are heading into a bye week. It would give backup Ryan Mallett a significant amount of time to prepare for Houston's next opponent, the Cleveland Browns in Week 11.

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB HOU 20 Days

Head coach Bill O'Brien said he'll "evaluate everything" about the team's inconsistent offense, including Fitzpatrick, the Houston Chronicle reports.

O'Brien refuses to pin the blame for Houston's up-and-down offense on one player, but will take the bye week to evaluate every little thing about the offensive unit.

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB HOU 21 Days

Fitzpatrick completed 13 of 27 passes for 203 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, while also adding 49 rushing yards on six carries during Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

Fitzpatrick connected with only five receivers and wideout DeAndre Hopkins was the only one to have more than two catches. Fitzpatrick has never been much of an upside fantasy play, as he's failed to reach 290 yards in every game this season and his two touchdowns tied a season-high. Running back Arian Foster, who caught one of Fitzpatrick's touchdown passes, suffered a groin injury in the game, which may force him to miss some time. If he's unable to recover during the team's Week 10 bye, Fitzpatrick may need to shoulder more of the offensive load in Week 11 against the Browns.

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB HOU 28 Days

Fitzpatrick completed 19 of 35 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown, while adding 12 rushing yards on four carries Sunday against the Titans.

Arian Foster absolutely dominated the Titans' defense, racking up 173 total yards and three touchdowns (including Fitzpatrick's lone TD pass), which didn't leave much for Fitzpatrick to do. He threw 23 of his 35 passes to wideouts DeAndre Hopkins (five catches for 95 yards) and Andre Johnson (seven catches for 55 yards), but failed to throw for multiple scores for the sixth time in eight games. Up next is a Week 9 matchup against an Eagles defense that has been susceptible to big games from opposing offenses this season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB HOU 1 Month

Head coach Bill O'Brien once again stood by Fitzpatrick as the team's starting quarterback, the Houston Chronicle reports.

O'Brien is having to answer questions weekly about his starting quarterback after Fitzpatrick's uneven performance through seven games. The coach said Fitzpatrick is the starter, but also mentioned backup Ryan Mallett in his response, indicating that "we're going to continue to work with both of these guys in practice, and we'll see how it improves."

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB HOU 1 Month

Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-32 passes for 262 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception in Monday's 30-23 loss to the Steelers.

Fitzpatrick had a tipped pass picked off during the Steelers' 24-point barrage at the end of the second quarter. He otherwise played a decent game, though the plodding Houston offense is still struggling to sustain drives, especially when forced to play from behind. For a second straight week, one of Fitzpatrick's wide receivers lost a comeback-killing fumble in the fourth quarter, but the Texans did bounce back to pull within seven points in the final two minutes. Despite having solid weapons around him, Fitzpatrick has not recorded a 300-yard or three-touchdown game so far this season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB HOU 1 Month2 Comments

Head coach Bill O'Brien reaffirmed that Fitzpatrick is Houston's starting quarterback, the Houston Chronicle reports.

O'Brien is getting questioned about Fitzpatrick's disjointed play through six weeks, but remains confident in the signal-caller. The coach feels there's improvement needed in several phases of the game, including better pass protection. He feels when not under duress, Fitzpatrick has been good.

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB HOU 1 Month

Fitzpatrick completed 15-of-23 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown, with one lost fumble and no interceptions in Thursday's 33-28 loss to the Colts.

The fumble was a bad one that ended the Texans' attempt at a game-winning drive. Fitzpatrick otherwise played a decent game, but he wasn't nearly as efficient as his statistics indicate, as he took five sacks and struggled on third downs. The Texans quite clearly prefer to run the ball, with Fitzpatrick averaging just 26.7 pass attempts per game. Even facing a weak Pittsburgh defense, he won't be a great option next week.

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB HOU 1 Month

Fitzpatrick (calf) is listed as active for Thursday's game against the Colts, the Texans' official site reports.

With an average of 211 passing yards and a 5:6 TD:INT ratio through five games to date, Fitzpatrick isn't a high-percentage fantasy play these days, but he's out there for those in deeper formats who need him this week.