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QB: Sam Bradford is out due to a concussion and a separated shoulder. Starting in his place is Mark Sanchez. Sanchez is what he is at this stage in his career: a solid backup. He'll give the Eagles a chance to win games. He went 4-4 as the team's starter down the stretch last season. But he's also prone to turning the ball over and making mistakes. Maybe Sanchez will look better than Bradford has ... but I'd wait to see before betting on him. Keep in mind Sanchez doesn't have the benefit of the same offensive weapons (such as Jeremy Maclin) that he had last year.
RB: With Ryan Mathews out, the Eagles could look to give DeMarco Murray a lot of touches. The only concern is that the Eagles also play again on Thursday so the team might not want to use him too much with a short week coming up. Murray wasn't very effective last week against a Miami Dolphins run defense that ranked near the bottom of the league. This week he's going up against a Buccaneers defense that ranks as the No. 4 best run stopping unit as ranked by Football Outsiders. Darren Sproles and even Kenjon Barner might get some touches, but they're not really on the radar right now. You're best off not relying on any Eagles running back.
WR: Miles Austin and Riley Cooper are playing a lot despite being bad. Josh Huff is probable but doesn't appear to be 100% healthy after dealing with some back spasms in practice. Nelson Agholor might be healthier now that he's further removed from his ankle injury but he's still not reliable at all. The only pick here that makes sense is Jordan Matthews. It's no secret that Sanchez loves to throw inside the numbers. He especially loves throwing to Matthews. Sanchez targeted Matthews 50 times last season for 35 receptions, 559 yards (15.97 average), and six touchdowns. Definitely take JMatt this week.
TE: Buccaneers writers have noted that the middle of Tampa Bay's defense has been vulnerable. The Eagles could look to replicate the success they had with their tight ends against Miami's defense last week. Brent Celek had a huge game last week but he's not reliable enough to be a fantasy option. Zach Ertz is the guy worth considering. He's had two touchdowns this year called back due to penalties. He's due to score at some point, so why not this week?
K: Just when it looked like Caleb Sturgis was starting to be a reliable option, he missed a 32-yard chip shot last week. In fairness, Sturgis wasn't the only one to blame. Long snapper Jon Dorenbos gave him a bad snap to work with. With Dorenbos and Sturgis standing on shaky ground right now and the Eagles offense struggling to score anyway, it's best to look at other kicker options.
DEF: The Buccaneers' offense isn't exactly a juggernaut. Tampa Bay is averaging 16 points scored in their last three games. Meanwhile, Philadelphia's defense ranks No. 2 in the NFL. Definitely considering starting this unit.
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