Eagles Fantasy Football Preview: Week 11


Multiple important players in the Philadelphia Eagles‘ offense were injured in the game against the Dolphins, leaving some doubt over the status of their offense going forward. Here is a preview of the important players moving forward:

QB Sam Bradford

Week 10 performance: 236 passing yards, TD (13 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 11 projection: 0 fantasy points

This was just another average day from Bradford, although it was cut short when he suffered a sprained AC joint in his shoulder and a concussion. This was first announced to keep him out for at least this week, and it might keep him out on the Thanksgiving game as well since it’s a shorter week. However, now reports are coming out that he hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday despite it being confirmed that he separated his shoulder. Either way, if you owned him, it’s safe to drop him since I doubt anyone will be scrambling to pick him up, as he’s not particularly valuable in fantasy even when healthy. He has exceed 20 fantasy points just once this year.

QB Mark Sanchez

Week 10 performance: 156 passing yards, INT (4 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 11 projection: 13.3 fantasy points

Sanchez relieved Bradford in the second half against the Dolphins and was his typical self. He threw a pick in the end zone and was generally below average at playing quarterback. He’s a serviceable backup, but with the struggles that the offense has had, it’s going to be even more difficult to get multiple full quality games from him. The Eagles have the Buccaneers in Week 11, so not a particularly difficult matchup, but I still wouldn’t trust him for fantasy. He’s still a turnover machine.

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RB DeMarco Murray

Week 10 performance: 61 rushing yards, 58 receiving yards (11 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 11 projection: 12.6 fantasy points

Murray was OK against the Dolphins, going over 100 total yards. But, he was held without a touchdown and was stopped to only around three yards per carry on the ground, a poor performance considering the way the Miami run defense has been recently. It was his lowest rushing total since Week 4, and he has only rushed for over 100 yards once this season. Still, he has been valuable as a pass catcher and will remain an RB2 against Tampa Bay.

RB Ryan Mathews

Week 10 performance: 18 rushing yards, TD, 22 receiving yards (9 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 11 projection: 4.6 fantasy points

Mathews was even more ineffective on the ground, averaging barely over two yards per carry. He did manage a rushing touchdown to save his fantasy day, but then he got hurt and suffered a concussion. He is currently questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bucs, but either way he’s never more than a flex option with Murray healthy. He is still going through the NFL concussion protocol.

WR Jordan Matthews

Week 10 performance: 3 catches, 21 receiving yards (2 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 11 projection: 8.2 fantasy points

Matthews had a great game against Dallas, but fell back into limbo against the Dolphins with just two fantasy points. It was his second lowest fantasy output of the season despite the fact that Brent Grimes was a late scratch for the Dolphins, who’s the team’s best corner. With Bradford out, I wouldn’t trust Matthews as more than a WR3 going forward.

WR Nelson Agholor

Week 10 performance: 3 catches, 32 receiving yards (3 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 11 projection: 4 fantasy points

Agholor finally returned to the field and had a typical day for him, totaling just three fantasy points. He did catch the same amount of passes as Matthews which was interesting, but as with what I said above, having Sanchez as the quarterback isn’t going to help the value of any Eagles receiver. Agholor still isn’t worth owning, although it was encouraging to see him play again.

TE Zach Ertz

Week 10 performance: 7 catches, 68 receiving yards (6 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 11 projection: 6.9 fantasy points

Ertz actually had his season high in both catches and receiving yards against the Dolphins as the tight ends did some serious work. However, he came away with just six fantasy points after not scoring a touchdown again. Until Ertz can prove that he can actually score, he’s never going to score more than four to six points per week.

TE Brent Celek

Week 10 performance: 4 catches, 134 receiving yards (13 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 11 projection: 0.4 fantasy points

Celek came out of nowhere and had a pair of long receptions to put him over 100 yards in the game. He more than doubled his season total in yards with this performance, but that’s not saying much considering he was under 100 yards on the season. Despite this breakout game, he likely won’t be a safe play for the rest of the season.

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K Caleb Sturgis

Week 10 performance: 1/2 FG, 2/2 XP (4 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 11 projection: 8 fantasy points

Sturgis missed an easy field goal early on in the game against his former team, which was one of a number of opportunities that would’ve given the Eagles the lead in the game. It was his worst game since his first one with the Eagles. Most kickers have a bad game once in a while, and I think I chalk this one up in that category. He can still be trusted as a low-end starting kicker in fantasy, although I expect that the Eagles will be in fewer scoring opportunities with Bradford out.

Eagles D/ST

Week 10 performance: 20 points allowed, 4 sacks, safety (8 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 11 projection: 7.7 fantasy points

The Eagles kept the Dolphins to just 20 points in the game, adding four sacks and a safety. It was a pretty solid game for the defense, and the same old nothing from the special teams. The defense has been carrying the Eagles D/ST this season after it was the other way around in 2014. This defense isn’t elite, but it’s doing a much better job than it did last year, keeping them as one of the top ones this season in fantasy. Continue to start them, especially against rookie Jameis Winston next week.

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