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What to do with Ryan Fitzpatrick in fantasy football Week 16

Will Fitzpatrick lead the Dolphins to victory over the woeful Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16?

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Fitzpatrick is owned in only 21% of ESPN leagues despite averaging 21.2 fantasy points per game over the past four weeks. He faces a Cincinnati defense that ranks dead last at No. 32 against the run, while having the fifteenth ranked pass defense. One may think this would lend to a run-heavy game plan, however the Miami Dolphins lack significant talent at the running back position, as the trading of Kenyan Drake and an injury to Kalen Ballage has led to a lead back role for UDFA Patrick Laird. We break down the fantasy football implications below.

Fantasy Football Analysis, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

Devante Parker is back to full health, and with Parker in the line-up, Fitzpatrick has excelled every week. If you remove the Week 14 game in which Parker was injured, Fitzpatrick and Parker have connected for an average of 5.5 times/game for an average of 101 yards per game, and six touchdowns. The Bengals get CB Darqueze Dennard back this week, which gives them a boost, but fellow CB Darrius Phillips has yet to practice as of Thursday. The Dolphins have averaged 40 pass attempts over the past five games. With a lackluster run game, look for the Dolphins to continue attack through the air. Fitzpatrick is a great streaming option this week for owners of QBs with higher ownership who have tough match-ups, such as Josh Allen.

Start/Sit Recommendation:

Start Fitzpatrick as a low end QB1/high end QB2 with upside