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So if 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. The Philadelphia Eagles are playing the New England Patriots this week.
QB: Sam Bradford is scheduled to start for the first time since leaving with an injury in Week 11. Bradford has been a full participant in practice all week despite dealing with a separated shoulder on his non-throwing arm. Bradford was making marginal progress before getting hurt, so maybe there's some hope for him here, but it's hard to have a lot of faith in him. In other words, don't play Bradford.
RB: Ryan Mathews is still out since he hasn't been cleared to return from concussion. That's a shame for the Eagles because Mathews is clearly their best rusher. DeMarco Murray looks slow out there. He isn't very inspiring running behind an Eagles offensive line that fails to block well. Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner will get some touches dues to Mathews' absence but neither are reliable fantasy options.
WR: Jordan Matthews is likely to get his fair share of targets due to virtually all of Philadelphia's outside receivers being invisible. Matthews has two touchdowns in garbage time this season, so even if this game gets ugly there's reason to believe he might provide some value late in the game. Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff, Riley Cooper, and Miles Austin are all non-options.
TE: It's hard to feel great about the Eagles' tight ends against a Patriots defense that allows the fourth least fantasy points to tight ends. The good news (?) for Philadelphia is that Zach Ertz will be back this week, so at least Bradford will have another weapon (?) to work with.
K: The Eagles aren't bound to score a lot of points in this one and Caleb Sturgis has gone back to not being very reliable at all. Go get a different kicker.
DEF: Philadelphia's defense has typically been their best fantasy asset all year. But that was before they allowed 45 points in two straight games. The Patriots are banged up, so it's possible Tom Brady won't go totally crazy on this unit ... but now watch him do exactly that. It's too hard to trust Bill Davis right now.
Summary: The Eagles are bad and don't play any of them in fantasy except maybe Jordan Matthews. Oh, and definitely play Brady and whatever Patriots skill players you can find.
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