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Fantasy Football Week 15 Preview: Bengals at Eagles

Contributed by: gladys louise tyler
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2012 2:40 PM


Foles Congratulations! You have made your fantasy football playoffs. Now is not the time to try something new. 

That being said, Thursday Night Football gives you the Philadelphia Eagles against the slipping Cincinnati Bengals. 

Do you have a play here?

Quarterbacks

Okay last week Nick Foles was the No. 2 fantasy quarterback. He threw for 381 yards with two passing touchdowns and one running touchdown.

Steady big boy, those stats were against one of the weakest passing defenses in the league. Don't get me wrong, Foles looked good. But who are you going to sit? 

If you are in the playoffs, your quarterback got you there. If you have traveled to the playoffs on the back of Robert Griffin III, don't jump off now. Yes, he may be a little banged up. Yes, he screamed "like a man" when injured. But this is RGIII against the Cleveland Browns.

His dad said he will play. Keep an eye on what Mike Shanahan says. If RGIII is playing you are playing him. 

Flirt all you want with Foles, you are taking RGIII to the playoff finals. 

Now Andy Dalton is a whole different story. He seems to be losing his touch. Last week against the Dallas Cowboys he threw for 206 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked five times. In his last two games he has been picked off three times. 

The match-up suggests a good night for Dalton. Except for the fact that Thursday night games have not been kind to visiting teams.  

This truly depends on your options. Look closely at the other quarterback options. Russell Wilson will be in Buffalo going against the Bills. Andrew Luck will be going against an angry Texans squad. So look at your match-ups, your fantasy future depends on it.

Running Backs

Play BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The Eagles are generous to opposing running backs. They have not kept a running game under 100 yards for nine straight games. Last week Doug Martin had 128 yards and one touchdown.

Bryce Brown is the end of the season waiver wire sensation. However, last week he had six yards on 12 carries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Steady boy, the Buccaneers have one of the league's best run defenses. 

You depended on Brown. It is safe to put him in your flex position. Elite running backs are a hard find this year. Play Brown. 

Wide Receivers

A.J. Green had a horrible outing last week against the Cowboys. Not only did he drop a touchdown pass, but he also inexplicably dropped a sure thing for first down. He ended the day with three catches for 44 yards.

However, Green leads the league in receiving touchdowns with 10. This week he will go against a wobbly Nnamdi Asomugha. Nothing spells relief for wide receivers this year like Asomugha.  Asomugha has allowed 594 yards and four touchdowns. 

Last week Vincent Jackson went for over 100 yards and a touchdown against Asomugha. 

Boingy....boingy....boing, that is the sound of Green having a bounce-back week. 

A sneaky sleeper if you are so inclined may be Andrew Hawkins. Last week against the Cowboys, when Green was undependable, Hawkins stepped up. Hawkins scored the lone touchdown. He saw the targets when all else was lost.

If you feel the need to play an Eagles' wide receiver, Jason Avant will be your man. In his last two games, Avant has 11 catches for 212 yards. Foles likes him. That doesn't mean you have to.

Tight Ends

Talking tight ends makes my girl parts sad. 

Bengals' tight end Jermaine Gresham is as good as any. He has five touchdowns for the season.  That is respectable. 

The Eagles are going to start Clay Harbor because Brent Celek is concussed. It will be Harbor's first NFL start.

Play smart and good luck!

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And find out if the Eagles collapse is monumental.

 

 



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