Oct 5, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) celebrates a touchdown by wide receiver Riley Cooper (14) against the St. Louis Rams at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Rams, 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
The Philadelphia Eagles head to Arizona in week 7 to face a tough Cardinals football team. I want to give you a few players that are shaping up to have great Fantasy Football match ups. These Philadelphia Eagles will be great Fantasy Football players in week 7. *These are predictions for week 7, so all stats are based on stats prior to week 6 games.
The Arizona Cardinals have a good defense, but they are very beatable in one major area, passing. At the time of writing this, before week 6, the Cardinals currently ranks 31st in the National Football League in passing defense. They are currently giving up just shy of 303 passing yards per game. The Eagles get a lot of attention for having “one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL,” yet the Eagles currently rank better. I think this weak spot, that isn’t talked about much is the point the Philadelphia Eagles need to attack.
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#1 – Quarterback Nick Foles
It is easy to be slightly disappointed with the way Nick Foles has looked this season, but remember his numbers are not all bad. We knew he wasn’t going to have another 2 interception year so take that off the table. That being said, Foles currently ranks 6th in the NFL in passing yards with 1,380 yards. That number is better than all other NFC East quarterbacks and only a few yards from being a top 5 rank.
Foles has looked downright bad at times, I can admit that, but he is still an above average quarterback that is playing with no running game and our team is still winning games. Don’t forget that. Keep the silver lining in sight. Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Evan Mathis and Jason Kelce return soon (Kelce is clearly one of the most important players on the Eagles offense) and with all the room for improvement, Foles still having a respectable season.
With a very beatable passing defense I look for Nick Foles to post a great game:
330+ yards passing, 3 TDs, 1 INT and 15 yards rushing
#2 – Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin
Sep 21, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) celebrates his touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports
Jeremy Maclin’s numbers are clearly tied to the production of Nick Foles but he should have a solid Fantasy Football day. Maclin currently ranks 8th in the NFL with 429 yards receiving. The scary part is that number could be a lot higher if he and Foles could have connected on a few missed passes.
Maclin is quietly putting up solid numbers for the Eagles, numbers that in my opinion mean the Eagles should ink him to a new contract asap, he can clearly be a #1 receiver in this offense. Maclin posted his best numbers against the Washington Redskins a few weeks back and proved that he can break the 150 yards receiving mark. This week against a solid cornerback in Patrick Peterson, Maclin will have his work cut out for him but I believe he has an impressive day.
Great game for Maclin:
8 catches, 130 yards receiving, 2 TDs
#3 – Runningback Darren Sproles
Oct 5, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles (43) runs for a first down against the St. Louis Rams during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports
Darren Sproles has had an interesting start to his career in Philadelphia. He has all the versatility that Head Coach Chip Kelly loves in his players and he has flashed just how dangerous he can be, yet he could still improve. Sproles is slightly suffering from the same that that fellow runningback LeSean McCoy is, weak offensive line play.
While Sproles isn’t thought of as a run-first style of runningback, he has had some success this year. He is currently averaging 6.9 yards per carry and looks to be a great change of pace from McCoy. The running success is good but we all know the real danger of Sproles is his pass catching ability. This week, against a weak passing defense, Sproles will have another break out game for the Eagles.
Sproles will add some needed offensive production both on the ground and through the air:
9 carries for 60 yards, 1 rushing TD, 5 catches for 50 receiving yards.
The Eagles will need to eventually get the run game in check to take some pressure off of the Eagles passing game, but I don’t see any relief until we have a health offensive line. Once that happens, all will be right in Philadelphia again. Be sure to check out next weeks post for Eagles Fantasy Football predictions for week 8.