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NFL Fantasy Football: Week 1 best and worst picks

These are the Eagles players you should pick or avoid for 2015 NFL Week 1.

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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 Atlanta Falcons this week.

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QB: Future MVP Sam Bradford is being way underrated here. There are 17 more quarterbacks expensive than him. There could be some fair concern that Bradford will be a little rusty in his first regular season game since 2013, but the potential reward outweighs the risk here. Atlanta's defense was awful last year and it's not like the improvements they've made will show instant results. The Eagles should be able to have success moving the ball and scoring points. Bradford is a bargain buy. Something tells me he won't be staying this cheap all season.

RB: Running back is a tricky spot. DeMarco Murray is tied for the seventh most expensive running back. While Murray is expected to get his fair share of touches, I would hold off on that one. I would wait to see how the Eagles are going to split up the carries moving forward first. With that said, Ryan Mathews is an intriguing option for a RB2 relative to his cost. Darren Sproles is also an interesting purchase before of his potential increased role as a slot receiver. The veteran might also get two or three carries.

WR: Jordan Matthews is the main target here. Somehow he's only the 27th most expensive receiver. That's an easy purchase. Philadelphia's second most expensive wide receiver is Nelson Agholor. The rookie might not be a full-time player so this is kind of a risky pick but it could be worth it. Interestingly enough, Miles Austin is the Eagles' third most expensive wide receiver. The veteran is ahead of Riley Cooper and Josh Huff.

TE: Brent Celek isn't typically a great fantasy option, and Zach Ertz is expected to be a game-time decision. Even if he plays, it's hard to expect a big performance. If you're willing to take a risk and go really cheap at tight end, maybe give Trey Burton a try.

K: Cody Parkey is apparently fine after missing the last two games in preseason.

DEF: Atlanta's passing attack will provide a challenge to Philadelphia's new-look secondary. The Falcons' offensive line is pretty bad, though, and the Eagles' front seven could take advantage of Atlanta in the trenches.


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