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NFL Fantasy Football: Week 9 best and worst picks

These are the Eagles players you should pick or avoid for NFL Week 9.

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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 Houston Texans on Sunday this week.

QB: Nick Foles is the seventh most expensive quarterback. I advocated taking him last week and that would have been an excellent decision had it not been for two terrible turnovers. Instead, it was just a merely good suggestion. With Foles going through struggles and not taking care of the ball, there are probably better, more cost-effective options out there. But even with the turnovers, the Eagles are still moving the ball so Foles could be in play.

RB: LeSean McCoy is the seventh most expensive running back. Look for the Eagles to lean on the run a little more often due to Foles' struggles. McCoy should benefit from the return of starting center Jason Kelce, who can open up room for him in the running game and make second-level blocks. Veteran running back Darren Sproles is also returning from injury this week. Sproles was a full participant in practice this week after being a game-time decision last week so he shouldn't be too limited.

WR: Jeremy Maclin is now the fifth most expensive receiver after having a monster game last week. There's no reason to believe Maclin won't continue to stay hot since he's clearly Foles' favorite receiver. Meanwhile, Riley Cooper has been better in recent weeks. He's averaging nearly fives catches a game in his last five appearances and he's went over 54 yards in three of those contests. His 88 yards in Week 8 was a season high. Cooper isn't a safe bet but he's a little undervalued right now. Jordan Matthews continues to be a worth a look but it's hard to count on the rookie. Josh Huff has gotten some looks on offense but not enough to be a fantasy option.

TE: Brent Celek doesn't make much sense as a receiving option and he was actually limited in practice this week due to a back injury. Celek is probable to play but it's hard not to wonder if there will be in an increase in playing time for Zach Ertz. The second-year tight end is the 11th most expensive tight end. Ertz caught a season-high five receptions last week. Keep him on your radar.

K: Cody Parkey continues to prove he's worth the money. Last week he hit a 54-yarder.

DEF: Outside of two big plays against Arizona, the Philadelphia defense has looked pretty decent in recent weeks. The Eagles need to find a way to cut down on those x-plays but it won't always be easy due to a lackluster secondary. Starting safety Nate Allen has been ruled questionable on the team's starting injury report, but inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks should return to his starting role.

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Editor's Note: SB Nation's partner FanDuel is hosting a $3,000,000 Fantasy Football Contest for Week 9's NFL games. It's only $25 to join and first place wins $500,000. Starts Sunday, November 2nd at 1pm ET. Here's the link. FYI: These are just my opinions and FanDuel gave me money to play.

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