Nick Fitzgerald
Mississippi State Bulldogs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The lack of practice time in a new offense while recovering from ankle surgery is concerning, but Fitzgerald is still one of the top quarterbacks in the game. His passing is never going to be prolific and he faces tough competition every week. And yet, he still produces. Fitzgerald would have easily surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on the ground had he not gotten injured in the regular season finale. At his best, Fitzgerald is a devastating runner that brings enough as a passer to keep defenses honest, which is more than enough to keep his elite status. Read Past Outlooks
Scores 100th career touchdown
QBMississippi State
January 2, 2019
Fitzgerald completed 14 of 32 passes for 152 yards, one touchdown and two interception and added 20 carries for 103 yards and another score Tuesday in Mississippi State's 27-22 loss to Iowa in the Outback Bowl.
Making his final appearance for the Bulldogs, the fifth-year senior conducted back-to-back scoring drives in the third quarter, with his 33-yard touchdown run marking the 100th of his career on the ground or through the air. Things went downhill on Mississippi State's following possession, however, as Fitzgerald had a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage that was intercepted, culminating in an Iowa touchdown drive to give the Hawkeyes the lead. It made for an underwhelming end to a disappointing season for Fitzgerald, who likely hurt his professional prospects by completing only 51.6 percent of his 281 pass attempts on the campaign.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Dak Prescott era at Mississippi State has come to an end, and while it’d be unreasonable to think Fitzgerald could match the best player in program history’s production, he has the talent to be a more than serviceable signal caller in Starkville. Fitzgerald appeared in eight games last season as a redshirt freshman, giving him valuable experience that should give him the edge in Mississippi State’s quarterback battle. He flourished in his time on the field as well, completing 11-of-14 passes for 235 yards and three scores while adding 127 yards and three touchdowns on 23 rushing attempts. There were some reports about a few lackluster practices from Fitzgerald this spring, but he did take most of the No.1 reps. If Fitzgerald looks more like he did last fall than he did in some spring practices when Mississippi State opens its season, Starkville could have another promising quarterback in its midst. Fitzgerald will have a tough road ahead, facing the SEC West and a few other difficult games, but his experience from last season should shorten his learning curve. He still needs to beat out Damian Williams and Elijah Staley, however.
Being the quarterback to follow a legend is no small task, but Fitzgerald truly thrived as Dak Prescott's successor last year. He quickly established himself as one of the premier dual-threat playmakers in the game, tossing 21 touchdowns and adding 16 on the ground to go with 1,375 rushing yards. Only Lamar Jackson and Quinton Flowers ran for more yards among quarterbacks. If Fitzgerald takes a step forward as a passer, it'll only add to his vast fantasy upside that already projects for 1,000 yards and double-digit touchdowns on the ground.
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Three touchdowns in romp
QBMississippi State
November 25, 2018
Fitzgerald completed 11-of-18 passes for 111 yards and one touchdown Saturday at Ole Miss, while also rushing 18 times for 117 yards and two more scores.
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Five touchdowns in romp
QBMississippi State
November 18, 2018
Fitzgerald completed 9-of-14 passes for 127 yards and four touchdowns Saturday against Arkansas, while also rushing 14 times for 85 yards and another score in the 52-6 rout.
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Stymied by stellar opponent
QBMississippi State
November 11, 2018
Fitzgerald completed 11-of-20 passes for 120 yards at Alabama on Saturday.
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Lights up Louisiana Tech for four touchdowns
QBMississippi State
November 5, 2018
Fitzgerald completed 17 of 28 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns and added another 107 yards on the ground on 18 carries.
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Four scores in win
QBMississippi State
October 28, 2018
Fitzgerald completed 14-of-22 throws for 241 yards and two touchdowns Saturday against Texas A&M, while also rushing 16 times for 88 yards and two more scores.
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