Opponent: Dallas Cowboys
Location: Lincoln Financial Field (Home)
While all the talk in NFL circles about the Eagles has been about the possibility Michael Vick will be benched, as of right now Vick has the job. Moreover, he actually played pretty well against the Saints last week but was let down by his receivers on multiple occasions. This week’s game against the Cowboys will be more difficult – they have some very good cover corners although the scheme doesn’t play to those coverage strengths but more importantly Dallas has DeMarcus Ware who will be the main reason Vick struggles in this game. I wouldn’t recommend starting him in this game but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him put up good fantasy numbers either.
It’s been an off year for LeSean McCoy and yet he is still one of the best fantasy running backs in the game. He’s not putting up the amazing numbers of last season but he has been highly consistent which is all fantasy owners want. He remains a must start in all leagues.
At this point it is tough to justify starting any Eagles receiver as their production has been terribly inconsistent. DeSean Jackson did have a good night against the Saints but it was one big performance in a season of mediocrity – he’s a flex play at best. If Jackson has been mediocre this season, Jeremy Maclin has been practically dead as he has had only three games of more than 3 fantasy points and while he has occasionally broken through for big numbers there has not been enough there to justify taking him off your bench. Speaking of your bench, if Jason Avant or Riley Cooper are somehow on yours then they should be sent to waivers.
Last week Brent Celek looked terrible – dropped passes, a fumble lost and one awful tip that led to a 99 yard pick six have all contributed to the shattering of confidence in the young tight end that fantasy owners once had. I’m going to agree with the mainstream – Celek has been bad for fantasy all year and there is little to suggest that will change any time soon so leave him on the bench if you haven’t already dropped him.