Eagles Fantasy Football Preview: Week 13


The Philadelphia Eagles have been falling apart recently, as has any semblance of fantasy football value among their players. Here’s a bleak Eagles fantasy football preview Week 13 game against the Patriots:

QB Sam Bradford

Week 12 Performance: DNP (0 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 13 Projection: 13.6 fantasy points

Bradford is expected to practice at least in a limited fashion for the whole week leading up to the game against the Patriots, but it’s still not official whether or not he’ll end up starting. If he’s healthy, which it seems like he finally is, I would expect him to be the starter. As I’ve said with almost every week, though, he doesn’t hold enough value to be worth owning anyway.

QB Mark Sanchez

Week 12 Performance: 199 passing yards, 2 TDs, 1 fumble (13 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 13 Projection: 0 fantasy points

The health of Bradford fully determines if Sanchez will even be on the field on Sunday against the Patriots. But just like Bradford, he doesn’t hold enough value to be worth owning anyway. He’s had 13 points in each of the last two weeks, nothing historically bad, but nothing to turn heads either. He’s a backup for a reason.

RB DeMarco Murray

Week 12 Performance: 30 rushing yards (3 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 13 Projection: 9.8 fantasy points

How Murray managed to screw up a matchup against the Lions’ run defense is beyond me. Even with how bad he’s been in some games, I didn’t expect this to happen. He turned in his worst fantasy performance of the whole season (yes, even worse than the game he ran for nine and two yards) despite being projected to score more points than any running back in the league. With how bad the Eagles’ offense has looked recently, there’s no reason for you to trust Murray moving forward unless as a desperate flex play until he shows something different than he has been the whole season.

RB Ryan Mathews

Week 12 Performance: DNP (0 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 13 Projection: 0 fantasy points

After missing the past two weeks due to a concussion, it looks like he might miss a third after not yet being cleared in the NFL concussion protocol. He was, however, present at practice on Tuesday, but obviously not participating in anything. He has been the most efficient Eagles running back in general this season, but as with the rest of his career, injuries have derailed that. Don’t expect him to play on Sunday, and even if he does, don’t start him.

WR Jordan Matthews

Week 12 Performance: 3 catches, 60 receiving yards, TD (12 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 13 Projection: 7.7 fantasy points

If you decided to start Matthews last week, you were rewarded by his 24-yard garbage time touchdown that accounted for two-thirds of his fantasy points. It was his third highest fantasy output and third touchdown of the season. The Eagles offense has been so bad recently that even the top options are hard to justify starting unless you have no other options. He’s a boom or bust WR3 against the Patriots.

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WR Josh Huff

Week 12 Performance: 1 catch, 11 receiving yards (1 fantasy point)
ESPN Week 13 Projection: 1.8 fantasy points

Huff’s day was cut short after suffering a head injury at some point during the game against the Lions. It’s been unclear if he had a concussion, but it looks like he’s on track to play on Sunday. He hasn’t done much this season to warrant owning him in hopes of actually starting him and getting success without serious luck.

TE Zach Ertz

Week 12 Performance: DNP (0 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 13 Projection: 5.5 fantasy points

Ertz is the third player on this list to have not played last week. The Eagles didn’t seem to miss him though, as he is still without a touchdown and better than six points in a week this whole season. He was limited in practice on Tuesday, although that doesn’t give a whole lot of indication as to whether he’ll play on Sunday. When healthy, he’s nothing more than a TE2.

TE Brent Celek

Week 12 Performance: 2 catches, 10 receiving yards, TD (7 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 13 Projection: 1.5 fantasy points

Celek turned in his third straight good fantasy performance, scoring a touchdown early on in the Eagles’ loss to the Lions. He didn’t have as many catches as he did in the previous two weeks, but he has obviously been one of Sanchez’s favorite targets. If I were the Eagles, I would consider keeping Celek as one of these main targets regardless of the starting quarterback and the health of Ertz. He has been one of the few bright spots on the offense in the past three weeks.

K Caleb Sturgis

Week 12 Performance: 0/1 FG, 2/2 XP (1 fantasy point)
ESPN Week 13 Projection: 7.5 fantasy points

Sturgis had a stretch of four straight good games before becoming nearly worthless as a starting kicker once the Eagles’ offense died. It’s so difficult to trust a kicker that doesn’t get many chances to kick extra points and field goals regardless of how accurate he is. Add to that the fact that he’s missed field goals in two of the last three games and you get a kicker not worth owning. Say goodbye to him on your team if you still have him, I’m sure there’s someone better out there.

Eagles D/ST

Week 12 Performance: 45 points allowed, 2 sacks (-4 fantasy points)
ESPN Week 13 Projection: 2.3 fantasy points

The Eagles were a top option on defense in fantasy football until their recent demise, combining for -10 points over the past two weeks. It can’t even be blamed on the offense’s inability to stay on the field, as the defense has been giving up points like it’s at the top of its job description. They’ve now had back-to-back games allowing 45 points. Regardless of their projection or where they’re ranked overall this season, they can’t be trusted unless they turn things around, especially against the Patriots.

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