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I think it's safe to say no one saw Ryan Fitzpatrick starting the 2018-19 season with three record-breaking performances that made him the first NFL quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards in three consecutive games. 


Fitzpatrick earned his "Fitzmagic" nickname from hot starts to seasons that ultimately come crashing back to Earth by Week 4, but this year looks a little different, to say the least. 


So, the real question is how many games will it take for "Fitzmagic" to become "Fitz-tragic" again this season?

Just to reiterate the magnitude of that accomplishment, he's not just the first quarterback in NFL history to open a season with three consecutive games of 400+ passing yards; he's the first QB in NFL history to pass for more than 400 yards in any three-game stretch ... ever. 


If you've been lucky enough to pluck Fitzpatrick from your league's waiver wire, you've probably fallen in love with his early-season magic trick, but don't become too emotionally attached to "Fitzmagic" sitting on your fantasy roster too quickly


That's because we're setting the over/under on when the veteran journeyman QB comes crashing back the mean as fantasy irrelevant or backing up Jameis Winston at 3.5 games. 

It certainly doesn't seem like a coincidence that we recently learned Fitzpatrick was nearly benched in Week 3's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


The Bucs face a Chicago Bears team whose defense is led by the best pass-rushing threat in the league right now, Khalil Mack. And if there's one thing that's interrupted Fitzpatrick's magic this season, it's been making him uncomfortable in the pocket. 


After Week 4, Tampa Bay takes on the Atlanta Falcons and a highly-underrated Cleveland Browns defense, which may certainly serve the final blow that sends "Fitzmagic" back to the world of "Fitztragic."


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