When Chip Kelly made it official this past offseason that he would be the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, most assumed things would get interesting. Boy, did they ever.
After beginning the season with a 33-27 victory in D.C., led by a lightning-quick offense that had good ol’ ESPN buzzing for days, the Eagles opened up their home schedule against the Chargers in week two. San Diego pulled out a 33-30 win, but things were looking up in Philly. The team looked rejuvenated under the guidance of the enigmatic Kelly, who – despite the fact that he made more than his fair share of rookie head coaching mistakes – appeared to have a firm grasp on how to facilitate an effective NFL offensive gameplan.
Garnering even more excitement amongst Philly fans and fantasy football owners alike was the apparent re-emergence of Michael Vick as one of the game’s most spectacular playmakers. Through the season’s first two weeks, the former Public Enemy #1 had posted 700+ total yards, six total touchdowns, and one turnover.
Since the impressive start, however, it’s been a bit of a bumpy ride. Following the San Diego loss, Philly then dropped two straight to two other members of the AFC West in Kansas City and Denver. Vick began looking less like his 2010 self and more like his 2012 self.
Then, during the second quarter of the team’s next contest against the now 0-6 Giants, Vick went down with a hamstring injury. In entered the first member of our “stock rising” list, and the rest could very well be history.
Foles stepped in for the injured Vick and led the Eagles to a 36-21 victory, while tossing for just under 200 yards and two TD’s. With Vick still sidelined, Foles got the starting nod last week and guided his squad to yet another win, this time coming against another winless opponent in the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Despite the lackluster competition, it’s hard to ignore the second-year QB’s production. Over the past two weeks, the former Arizona Wildcat has compiled a 67.8 % completion percentage while passing for nearly 500 yards and scoring 6 total TD’s, all without turning the ball over.
Foles is in no way, shape, or form a running quarterback, which obviously diminishes his fantasy value in comparison to that of Michael Vick. However, the man is playing superb right now, surrounded by offensive weapons, and facing off against a team that scored 48 points two weeks ago…and lost.
Vick’s playing status is still in the air, but his likely return to the playing field would come next week. If Foles is able to post another monster performance this Sunday, though, I would fully expect a QB controversy in Philly.
We all know that Jacksonville stinks. I can smell ‘em all the way up here in Ohio. But let’s give credit to one Jaguar whose on-field performance does not create a foul odor that would rival that of Brian Fantana’s cologne (Anchorman 2 will hit the big screen in just two months, folks). That one Jaguar is Justin Blackmon, who is easily serving as Jacksonville’s most talented offensive weapon for the second year in a row.
In his first game back from a four-game suspension, the second-year wideout exploded back onto the fantasy scene with a 5-catch/136-yard/1 TD performance. Those who didn’t take notice and kept him on the bench missed out severely, as he made an even bigger splash the following week to the tune of a 14-catch, 190-yard performance. 20 targets were sent his way by quarterback Chad Henne, whose play behind center serves as a much more promising sign for the Jags’ top wideout’s fantasy potential than that of the currently injured Blaine Gabbert.
Bad QB’s can go a long way in limiting a talented receiver’s fantasy potential. For Blackmon’s sake then, let’s hope to see more of Henne and less of Gabbert moving forward.
Come on, Jacksonville. Why can’t it just be Tebow time already?
The Green Bay Packers have a running back on their team who is worth a weekly start on your fantasy squad. Read that again. Then laugh. Then read it again. Then go make sure Eddie Lacy is starting on your fantasy squad.
If he isn’t, well then I’m sure he is on someone else’s. While he hasn’t exactly reached RB 1 status quite yet, he may very well be on his way. Since returning from a concussion that kept him out for nearly two full games, Lacy has quickly regained the confidence of fantasy owners by rushing for 219 yards in two weeks. More importantly, the Packers ‘back has received a healthy 23 carries in back-to-back weeks.
With Green Bay’s receiving corps suddenly in shambles amidst the recent injuries of James Jones (listed as questionable for Sunday’s game) and Randall Cobb (likely out for the remainder of the fantasy football season), it would be wise to expect a similar – if not increased – workload for Lacy this week against the Browns. The TD’s will surely come, so I wouldn’t worry too much about him only having reached the endzone once this season.
Because I couldn’t resist, here’s a random NFL poll: