Ryan Fitzpatrick was pulled from the Buccaneers game on Sunday after completing just nine of his 18 passes for 145 yards. Jameis Winston came in for Fitzmagic and he will be the starter when the team returns from a bye in week 6, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link).
Coach Dirk Koetter said when he originally found out Winston would be suspended for the first three games, he anticipated the former No. 1 overall pick starting in week 4. The coach added that Tampa Bay brought in Fitzpatrick to be a mentor for Winston. Koetter also said that Winston is a “guy who will be here way longer” than the coach will and Winston “needs” to be playing.
The Fitzmagic era in Florida is over and the Harvard QB can be dropped in all leagues. Let’s take a look around the league at a few other key fantasy football story lines:
- Rob Gronkowski left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and while it’s been reported that the ailment is not serious. He’s considered questionable for the Patriots‘ tilt against the Colts.
- Geronimo Allison‘s emergence is real, though a concussion sent him out of Sunday’s game after catching six balls for 80 yards. Randall Cobb didn’t suit up in the contest because of a hamstring injury and if both players are out against Detroit, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who was on the field for 54-of-76 snaps against the Bills, will be the next man up for Green Bay. It’s worth noting that Cobb did not seem close to playing for the Packers this week.
- Calvin Ridley has six touchdowns in four games this year and although that rate is not sustainable, he’s a mainstay in the Falcons‘ red zone offense. Four of his six scores have come from inside the 20. He’s a solid WR3 going forward.