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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 Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football this week.
QB: Nick Foles is out and Mark Sanchez is in. Sanchez is the 23rd most expensive quarterback. For perspective, Foles is usually around the 10th most expensive quarterback. Considering I don't expect a big drop off in performance from Foles to Sanchez, the 27-year-old veteran seems to be priced at a bargain. There is certainly risk involved with Sanchez but he could be a good steal at his current price. I have a hard time imagining you'll be able to exploit this price in future weeks so take advantage while you can. Sanchez should be able to succeed against a less-than-stellar Panthers defense.
RB: LeSean McCoy is tied for the seventh most expensive running back. The Eagles will likely look to rely on the run game due to their newly-healthy offensive line and the fact that Foles is out. The Panthers own the NFL's 26th-ranked run defense so definitely give McCoy a look. With that said, McCoy will likely split some time with Darren Sproles, who is always worth some consideration, and the emerging Chris Polk.
WR: Somehow Jeremy Maclin is only the fourth most expensive receiver. What's up with that? The guy is red hot right now. Taking Maclin is an easy pick. Riley Cooper and Josh Huff should be avoided for now but keep an eye on the latter moving forward. Jordan Matthews could be a very interesting bargain buy due to his relationship with the team's new quarterback. Matthews was Sanchez's favorite target in the summer by a large margin. That connection showed up again during the Eagles' Week 9 win. Not to mention that Matthews, a 22-year old rookie, might be getting more comfortable as the season progresses.
TE: Zach Ertz has dropped down to 17th due to his low usage. The second-year tight end is struggling to maximize his playing time due to the blocking prowess of veteran starter Brent Celek. Perhaps the Eagles can afford to use Celek less with the return of their healthy offensive line. There's no questioning Ertz's talent but his lack of playing time makes him a tough pick.
K: Cody Parkey is legit. It's easy to see Philadelphia putting up a lot of points on this Carolina team so definitely take the rookie kicker.
DEF: The Panthers offense isn't anything that the Eagles defense can't handle. The loss of DeMeco Ryans is far from ideal but this unit should still be solid. There might be better picks out there but I don't think this would be a bad selection.
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