Can You Really Trust Nick Foles in Fantasy Football Playoffs?

By Tristen Challe
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Since his Week 9 performance, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has never looked back and has been rolling for his fantasy football owners. Now entering the fantasy playoffs, can you really trust Foles to lead your fantasy team through the playoffs?

Even with ex-starter Michael Vick healthy, the Eagles are sticking with Foles and it looks to be a fantastic decision. The team has a good shot at making the playoffs and the play from Foles has got them into a contender position.

Foles did throw his first interception last week against the Detroit Lions, but it was bound to happen sooner or later. The snowy, blustery conditions were no help to keeping the streak alive. Even with his first interception, Foles was still able to give his fantasy owners 19 points off of a 179-yard and one touchdown performance, which was significantly better than his in-game contender Matthew Stafford, who managed to give his owners five points.

While Foles’ owners may be a bit more skeptical on keeping him as their starting quarterback after Sunday’s output, you still can’t shy away from starting him, he’s an all-around phenomenal athlete and has weapons surrounding him on every down.

Foles has been one of the best and hottest fantasy quarterbacks in his last five games. He’s given his owners as many as 45 fantasy points and as low as 19 points. He’s thrown 14 touchdowns and one interception while adding to his point total by accumulating rushing yards and scores.

While Foles may not run the ball as much as Vick had done in the past, he’s still gaining respectable numbers on the ground. He’s rushed for two scores in the last five weeks and is almost a lock to gain at least 20 yards per game with his feet. With his running ability tied together with his stellar passing ability, Foles could be said to be the complete fantasy quarterback package. In his next two weeks, Foles may continue to bring his fantasy owners some massive numbers.

In many leagues that enter the NFL’s Week 15, it’s playoff time and Foles starts off your playoffs against a Minnesota Vikings defense. The matchup doesn’t get any better for Foles as the Vikings are last in the league against opposing fantasy quarterbacks and have allowed at least two passing scores in 10 of their 13 total games.

As far as championship week goes, Foles also finds himself in a tougher matchup against the Chicago Bears. The Bears have been known this year to be gouged on the ground but as of late, there is hope for Foles in the passing game. The Bears have allowed at least one passing score in their last four games, two of which while playing either most or all of the game facing a backup quarterback.

Foles is a lock as a starting quarterback for the first week of your playoffs and should aid you in entering championship week. For that championship week, Foles does have a tougher matchup, but he’s a much higher caliber quarterback for the Bears’ defense to handle than the past few that the team has faced. Don’t be afraid to start Foles on your team and see his numbers push your team to fantasy dominance. Use the Foles, Luke, use the Foles.

Tristen Challe is a Fantasy writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle or on Google

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