Fantasy Football Recap: Minnesota Vikings vs Philadelphia Eagles
It look a bit longer than many owners would have liked, but the fantasy points arrived in the Metrodome.
A week after being blanketed with inches on inches of snow, the Eagles traveled to Minnesota to play in the warm and cozy confines of a stadium. Fantasy fireworks were expected, and after a bit of a slow start, they came in a hurry.
Oh, hey, Matt Cassel.
With both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart out for this game, I recommended Cassel for those in daily leagues or very deep formats. I figured the Vikings would be trailing, which would force Cassel to throw the ball a ton against a very weak pass defense. Well, I can assure you I didn’t expect this. Cassel threw for a whopping 382 yards (his most since 2010) and two scores, while also rushing for a touchdown. Apparently he thought he was still in New England, but yes, the Eagles secondary is that bad, folks. If you rolled the dice on him in daily leagues, you are most likely going shopping.
After you search Matt Asiata on Google, I’ll let you know that I wanted no part of him today. The third-string running back got the start today, and if it weren’t for three (count ‘em) fluky one-yard touchdowns, he wouldn’t be talked about whatsoever. But what about the receivers? I mean, apparently, the Eagles secondary is rejuvenation medicine for veterans, as Greg Jennings hauled in a ridiculous 11 balls for 163 yards and a score. We haven’t seen Jennings post those kind of numbers since he was catching balls from Aaron Rodgers. Also, one of my starts of the week, Cordarrelle Patterson, had a relatively quiet game considering the matchup, but salvaged his fantasy outing with a late five-yard score. He’s a top-five dynasty investment, and don’t you forget it.
It may not have been pretty, but Nick Foles continues to serve as a top-10 fantasy signal caller. The Eagles offense got off to a very slow start, but Foles and the passing game got it going, as he finished with 428 passing yards (take that, Cassel), three passing touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for more yards than LeSean McCoy (sickening, isn’t it?) on the day. The monster day was Foles’ third outing with at least 30 fantasy points. Considering it appears that the Eagles don’t want to give McCoy the football on a consistent basis, Foles should be a strong fantasy starter for those heading to the championship next week. Speaking of McCoy, against a horrid run defense, the All-Pro running back carried the ball just eight times for 38 yards. He did catch five passes for 68 yards, but all in all, an upsetting performance from McCoy.
Hey, at least DeSean Jackson went bonkers, catching 10 balls for 195 yards and a touchdown. Many had him pegged as a top-10 guy this week, myself included, and he didn’t disappoint, doing everything he should do against an atrocious secondary like the Vikings. Meanwhile, Riley Cooper was pretty disappointing, just four balls for 29 yards. When he doesn’t find the end zone, he fails to produce much on the stat sheets.
Oh, and the Eagles D/ST was a massive disappointment.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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