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NFL Fantasy Football: Week 8 best and worst picks

These are the Eagles players you should pick or avoid for NFL Week 8.

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SB Nation has partnered with FanDuel, which is a daily and one-week fantasy game. It's like your regular fantasy football leagues in that you pick players to represent your team and they put up points based on their stats. Where it's different is that you're not drafting the players. You're starting with a given amount of money and purchasing the players based on their prices. It's like playing fantasy but with a salary cap and you can win money each week. It's pretty cool.

So now that you're interested in checking it out, I'm here to guide you with who you should/shouldn't pick to be in your fantasy lineup as far as Philadelphia Eagles players are concerned. The Eagles are scheduled to play the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday this week. It's a huge game between two of the better teams in the NFC.

QB: Nick Foles is the 8th most expensive quarterback. It's hard to have a lot of confidence in Foles given the way he's played this season but perhaps there's some post-bye week optimism to be had here. Foles looked like he may have been turning the corner before two awful interceptions thrown against the New York Giants in Week 6. Foles will have the opportunity to take on a Cardinals defense that is more vulnerable against the pass than it is the run. Foles is definitely worth consideration here.

RB: LeSean McCoy and the Eagles run game looked rejuvenated in Week 6. Now it's up to McCoy to prove he can perform against the NFL's toughest run defense. It's far from a safe bet McCoy will go off on this defense so it might be best to look for safer options. Avoid Eagles running back Darren Sproles, who is dealing with a knee injury and has been ruled questionable to play. Even if Sproles suits up, which might not happen, it remains to be seen how effective he will be. Chris Polk could be worth a flyer here. All he does is score touchdowns anyway (3 scores on 11 career attempts). He's an inexpensive option and he's a candidate to replace some of the Sproles' regular touches.

WR: Jeremy Maclin is getting a lot of respect. He's now the 6th most expensive wide receiver. He might be worth it if the Eagles are forced to air it out, as I mentioned earlier with Foles. I normally suggest avoiding Riley Cooper, but I wonder if he's becoming somewhat of a bargain potential. He has over 50 yards in two of his last three games and generally seems to be playing a little better recently. Cooper is priced lower than Eagles rookie slot receiver Jordan Matthews, who has been bumped up a little bit.

TE: Brent Celek continues to play the majority of tight end snaps because he's an outstanding blocker. He can't really be counted on in fantasy, however. The player who can be is Zach Ertz. The second year tight end's price has seemed to have dropped so now is the time to buy low, especially against an Arizona defense that is prone to giving up plays to opposing tight ends. Ertz did work against the Cardinals secondary when the two teams met in 2013.

K: Can't really go wrong with Cody Parkey unless you really think the Cardinals' defense will prevent Philadelphia from scoring.

DEF: The Eagles defense is coming off of a shutout performance over the Giants and is tied for the 7th most expensive defense.The Arizona offense generally isn't all that impressive so I think the Eagles defense could actually be worth a look here. Then again, the Cardinals take care of the ball; they've only committed 4 turnovers.


Editor's Note: SB Nation's partner FanDuel is hosting a $350,000 Fantasy Football Contest for Week 8's NFL games. It's only $10 to join and first place wins $30,000. Starts Sunday, October 26th at 1pm ET. Here's the link. FYI: These are just my opinions and FanDuel gave me money to play.

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