clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Fantasy Football: Best and worst Philadelphia Eagles picks for NFL Week 3

New, comments

These are the Eagles players you should pick or avoid for NFL Week 3.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

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. As you're well aware, the Eagles play the Washington Redskins this week and Philadelphia enters the game as home favorites. Washington enters this game as the number one ranked defense in terms of yards allowed: only 234.5 per game. The Redskins have only allowed 27 points in two games so far. On the other hand, the Eagles are both first in yards gained and points scored. Something's gotta give.

QB: For the second straight week, I find myself saying that Nick Foles needs to play better. In the meantime, he's still throwing for a lot of yards. Foles is the 8th most expensive quarterback this week. What's concerning is that the Washington pass rush looks good and the Eagles are still missing some key starters on the offensive line. I'm not sure this is the week Foles will start to look better if he's going to have to deal with pressure in his face. I'd lean towards avoiding Foles this week.

RB: Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy is the 4th most expensive overall player and the 1st most expensive running back. While he hasn't looked bad by any means, he hasn't had a big game yet. Perhaps that could happen this week because McCoy has often run all over Washington in the past. In two 2013 meetings with Washington, McCoy rushed for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns on 51 attempts (5.12 YPC). He also caught 5 passes for 78 receiving yards. One concern here is that Philadelphia's offensive line hasn't looked strong when it comes to run-blocking.

Darren Sproles, who has been dynamite for the Eagles so far, is probably still undervalued at his price. He's slightly less expensive than Matt Asiata, Trent Richardson, Donald Brown, and Stevan Ridley. He's also the exact price of 49ers rookie rusher Carlos Hyde. Definitely give Sproles a look.

WR: Eagles wide receivers have been in a slump. I'd tend to stay away from them unless you really think they're going to rebound all of the sudden. Jeremy Maclin remains the top option. I'd recommend staying away from Riley Cooper. Jordan Matthews could be worth the inexpensive risk.

TE: Zach Ertz continues to be a stud. He's also still undervalued as the 12th most expensive tight end. Pick him up and rejoice. Brent Celek is really cheap but I'd avoid him.

K: Cody Parkey missed the first field goal of his career against Indianapolis on the road. It was only from 38 yards out and it was in a dome, which is concerning. Parkey redeemed himself when he came up clutch to kick the game winner (twice, after being iced by the Colts on the first attempt). I'd look at other options first before deciding on Parkey.

DEF: Philadelphia's defense will be tested against a Washington offense that features a number of talented skill players. What's bad for the Eagles is that starting inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks won't play. I'd avoid the defense this week.

Editor's Note: SB Nation's partner FanDuel is hosting a $350,000 Fantasy Football Contest for Week 3's NFL games. It's only $10 to join and first place wins $30,000. Starts Sunday, September 21st at 1pm ET. Here's the link. FYI: These are just my opinions and FanDuel gave me money to play.