The Philadelphia Eagles offense finally showed a little strength in its win against the Saints, giving them hope moving forward in fantasy football. Here’s a guide for Week 6 against the Giants on who you should start and who you should sit:
QB Sam Bradford
Week 5 Performance: 333 passing yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs (17 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 6 Projection: 14.3 fantasy points
Bradford has strung together a pair of solid weeks in a row, both of which he had multiple touchdowns through the air. He seems to be getting lots of different guys involved in the pass game, but he still has been throwing interceptions. His accuracy was considered his strong suit when people were raving about him during preseason, but it doesn’t seem to be in full gear thus far. Against the Giants he’s a fair matchup, but probably only as an emergency starter.
Week 5 Performance: 83 rushing yards, TD, 37 receiving yards (17 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 6 Projection: 12 fantasy points
Murray had his best game of the season against the Saints, touching the ball a whopping 27 times in the win. This is the kind of production he was used to in Dallas, but it’s going to occur less often as long as he’s in Philly with other running backs taking up snaps. Murray may be back in the flex conversation for Week 6, but be wary: the Giants run defense has been very strong this year.
RB Ryan Mathews
Week 5 Performance: 73 rushing yards, TD, 23 receiving yards (15 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 6 Projection: 2.9 fantasy points
Despite the high volume of touches for Murray, Mathews still touched the ball 11 times, which is encouraging. However, he has been a hit or miss type of player all season, and the success on the ground against New Orleans was likely due to their poor run defense and the fact that the Eagles were winning for most of the game. He’s hard to trust as even a flex going forward unless he proves that he can still be productive as Murray’s backup.
Week 5 Performance: 5 catches, 44 yards (4 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 6 Projection: 9.1 fantasy points
He looked like he was in the midst of a breakout year after just two games, but he fell back down to earth and has struggled in the next three games, ranging between 44 and 50 yards. That’s not strong enough production for even a WR2, although I’m confident that he will move back up to that status now that Bradford is becoming at least a little more confident as the Eagles’ starting quarterback.
Week 5 Performance: 1 catch, 5 yards (o fantasy points)
ESPN Week 6 Projection: 0 fantasy points
At this point, Agholor is projected to finish with a bagel in the stat column because of an injury he suffered last weekend. He has been tremendously disappointing for being a first round pick, surpassing double digit yards just twice in five games. Even if he plays against the Giants, he’s not worth starting or even owning.
TE Zach Ertz
Week 5 Performance: 5 catches, 60 yards (6 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 6 Projection: 5.9 fantasy points
After making excuses week after week for why Ertz hasn’t been producing in the stat column, he finally put up at least a solid week, totaling 60 receiving yards against the Saints. He’s a low-end TE1 against the Giants and will remain in that category until he can prove some level of consistency.
TE Brent Celek
Week 5 Performance: 3 catches, 44 yards, TD (10 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 6 Projection: 1.6 fantasy points
This is Celek’s second straight week with a touchdown, so is he worth owning? I only mention him here because that’s two more touchdowns that supposed starter Ertz has all year. Celek still is only averaging one catch per game this year, so it’d be hard to trust him unless you’re absolutely desperate and feeling lucky.
Week 5 Performance: 3/3 XP, 4/4 FG (16 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 6 Projection: 8.1 fantasy points
Somehow, Sturgis was able to redeem himself after a poor first game in an Eagles jersey to be the number one kicker in fantasy football last week. He nailed all seven of his kicks (four of which were field goals), which gives both the Eagles and fantasy football players some assurance for the future. Go ahead and sign him if you need a kicker, but it might be a bit safer to see if that week was just a fluke.
Week 5 Performance: 17 PA, 1 INT, 3 FR, 5 sacks (13 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 6 Projection: 6.3 fantasy points
The Eagles defense was dominant against the Saints, in large part thanks to Fletcher Cox. He finished with two forced fumbles and three sacks, the first player to do that in the NFL in a long time. The Saints scored seven of their points in garbage time, meaning the Eagles essentially stopped them to just 10. The Giants could be a tough test next week with how Eli Manning is playing, but they’re probably still worth a start in most leagues.
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