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Fantasy Football: Game of the Week Preview
The similarities between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles are uncanny. Both are down to their backup quarterback, have an elite-level running back and have a new, offensive-driven head coach.
With the 2011 Super Bowl MVP sidelined for up to four weeks, Seneca Wallace will be the signal caller in Lambeau. In his baptism by fire Monday night, Wallace threw for 114 yards and one interception. The argument could be made that with Rodgers garnering all of the practice time, Wallace would naturally suffer in relief. However, the short week’s rest is the complete opposite of what the Packer offense needs right now.
Players to start:
Quarterback – Nick Foles
Before his seven-TD performance, Foles was owned in 17.8 percent of FOXSports.com fantasy football leagues. Now, his total has reached 37.7 percent and climbing. I guess that’s what a 59-point game will do for your fantasy stock. While I don’t envision Foles will replicate his Week 9 stats, I do think he’ll produce similar numbers to Josh McCown’s night against the Packers (272 yards and two TDs).
Running back – LeSean McCoy and Eddie Lacy
I was starting to worry for McCoy’s owners. Until the Oakland game, he went three-straight games without a touchdown. He finally found pay dirt via a 25-yard catch and run from Foles in the third quarter, when the Eagles were already up by 15. Even during McCoy’s struggling times, he’s a must-start every week.
Lacy has also emerged into a weekly starter fantasy stud. The last three weeks, he has scored a touchdown. In the past four games, Lacy has tallied over 100 total yards per game. With Rodgers out of the picture for at least a month, the game plan could focus more on the ground attack.
In the four games that Foles has started this season, Jackson has caught a touchdown pass in three of them (against the Cowboys, Foles left early and didn’t throw a TD pass). Cooper is averaging a touchdown per game with Foles at the helm (three TDs in one game does help).
As for the Packers’ receiving corps, with Wallace under center, I would only advise starting the #1 WR in Green Bay, Nelson. In deeper leagues, starting James Jones as a flex could also be an option.
Tight end – Brent Celek
Three of the 13 touchdown passes from Foles have gone to tight ends this season. Two of those scores went to Celek. The targets are few and far between, but when he finds the end zone, it makes the fantasy start worth it.
With Jermichael Finley out for the year, Andrew Quarless might look like a tempting option for your team. Avoid that urge. Other than the fact that Wallace is his quarterback, the Eagles have yet to allow the opposing team’s tight end to score a touchdown in 2013.
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