So week 1 is officially over and if you were a fantasy owner that relied heavily on the Eagles, you probably were somewhat disappointed. Only Jeremy Maclin and the Eagles D/ST outperformed their projections against the Cleveland Browns. DeSean Jackson was relatively quiet and Michael Vick ruined a good statistical outing with four interceptions. Since the Green Bay Packers are playing the Chicago Bears tonight, many owners are beginning to set their lineups today. Let's take a look at the Eagles fantasy players and how they matchup with their week 2 opponent, the Baltimore Ravens.
Quarterback Michael Vick: This is probably the toughest sit or start call of the week. The Ravens have a ferocious defense that held Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals in check last week. Vick still put up 15 fantasy points with his poor outing last week. This week the defense gets tougher, but expect Vick to have more of a rhythm with a game already under his belt. Jeremy Maclin is not expected to play, so Vick loses one of his main weapons. If you have a solid backup quarterback with a favorable matchup, play the backup. Consider Vick to be a low end #1 qb or a high end #2 qb this week.
Running Back LeSean Mccoy: Automatic start when healthy. Despite the tough Ravens defense, you drafted Mccoy to anchor your team, so put him out there no matter what when healthy.
Sleeper Running Back Bryce Brown: There are grumblings that Brown may be taking the #2 running back spot from Dion Lewis, keep an eye on the situation especially if Mccoy goes down. Brown is not worth a roster spot at this point, but could warrant a waiver pickup in the near future.
Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin: Maclin is battling a hip injury and sources indicate that he likely will not play this week. Coach Reid has said Maclin is still a game time decision, but stay away from the banged up receiver facing a good defense this week.
Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson: This could be a breakout game for the wide out D Jack. With Maclin likely sidelined, Jackson will find himself as the primary down field threat this week. Ed Reed will be ball hawking in the secondary, but Reed is getting old and Jackson can blow by him with his speed if Reed takes just one misstep. DeSean Jackson is a low end #2 receiver or strong flex play this week. Get him in your lineups this week if possible.
Tight End Brent Celek/Clay Harbor. Celek caught six balls, but no touchdowns last week. Harbor caught three and scored the game winning touchdown. Harbor appears to be closing the gap between himself and Celek. Vick likes throwing to both tight ends, so for the time being it is difficult to tell who will have the stronger game. Neither tight end is a legitimate fantasy starter at this point. Go with another option if available, but if you are stuck then start Celek. Just do not be expecting a big game.
Defense/Special Teams Eagles: The Ravens lit it up offensively against a tough Bengals defense last week. The Eagles defense will definitely have their hands full this week, but the defensive unit has looked good against the Browns and throughout the preseason. The defense did not allow a touchdown in week one against the Browns. The Ravens will score a touchdown or two, but the Eagles front four will put the pressure on Joe Flacco. The Eagles are not a top five starting fantasy defense this week, but they are still worthy of a start. The way they played in week one, do not be surprised if the Eagles end up being a top three fantasy defense this season.
Best of luck to all fantasy players. Make sure to check on Maclin's status prior to kickoff this Sunday at 1pm EST.
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