3/22/2015: I pumped up Jeremy Maclin in a major way last off-season, but in all fairness, I pumped up Nick Foles and that Eagles passing attack as well, which included LeSean McCoy. While that Eagles offense surprised in both good and bad ways last year, Maclin sure showed up, pulling in 85 balls for 1,300+ and 10TDs… and while… Read Spotlight
3/10/2015: According to reports, the Eagles are trading Nick Foles and draft picks to the Rams in exchange for quarterback Sam Bradford. This is quite shocking, as Bradford hasn’t been able to stay healthy for some time now, and Foles still has all kinds of upside. Now, is St. Louis the best landing spot for Foles? Of course not, but things change quickly in this league, and in 1-2 years we could be looking at… Read Spotlight
SMITTY: Wow, things just keep getting worse as far as 2014 injuries go… Nick Foles suffered a broken collarbone in Week 9, and while the early guess is that he will miss 4-6 weeks, we need to wait on test results to know for sure how much time he will miss. Mark Sanchez is a solid grab in 2QB leagues, and even in larger 1QB leagues. He is now commanding a very potent offense, so there is certainly some low-end QB1-type appeal during certain match-ups, and all those receivers from Jeremy Maclin to Jordan Matthews won’t lose much value if any, as that offense can be potent with either passer in there. LeSean McCoy is actually a decent buy-low if owners start freaking out about Foles getting hurt. Also, while I wouldn’t sell Jeremy Maclin at even fair market value, selling ‘high’ isn’t a bad idea, and that has nothing to do with Foles going down. Only sell if you are truly selling high, as he can still be a top 10WR down the stretch… selling players like Maclin on the ‘high’ doesn’t mean you don’t believe in them… you should only make such a move if it helps your line-up and you’re killing it on your side of the trade.
Lamar Miller suffered what appears to be a ‘stinger’, but we need to await MRI results on this one before we call his injury minor. Miller doesn’t seem worried, if that helps some fantasy owners rest easy.
As for Arian Foster, the news isn’t near as good, at least not initially. He suffered what looks like a pretty serious groin injury, and he fell down on his own during Week 9, which is never a good sign. Some sources are calling it a ‘soft tissue’ injury, and other sources sound pretty worried about his immediate availability. The good news here is that the Texans have a bye during this upcoming Week 10, so that gives Foster some extra rest. If Foster misses time after Week 10, Alfred Blue would likely see starter carries, which makes him a must-own if things head in that direction. We will keep you posted on all of this, and other news, all week long. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts
Watch/listen to Fantasy Football Starters’ CEO (Jeff) talk Week 8 on the “Sam Acho Show” that is always live on AZCentral.com. Jeff attacks topic like Start/Bench as well as Buy-Low/Sell-High.
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SMITTY: Do I worry about Nick Foles being an elite talent? Absolutely not. Do I worry about him getting injured behind a beat-up Philly offensive line? Yes. That said, anyone freaking out and jumping ship on Nick Foles needs to look at the facts. Depending on your scoring, Foles was the 4th-ranked fantasy football QB heading into Week 3, and he accomplished all that with some strange starts to Weeks 1 and 2, and in Week 3, that Eagles offense didn’t even touch the field once in the first quarter due to the flow of game and a Philly DST score. To put this into an even clearer perspective, Foles, again depending on your scoring format, was roughly 4-10 points off Peyton Manning, who through three weeks of play was roughly 2-3 overall for QBs in almost all leagues. Does Philly need to make some changes and secure up their offensive line? Yes, no question, but they should have RT Lane Johnson back for Week 5 against the Rams, and you can bet that Chip Kelly will be getting LeSean McCoy more involved in his offense moving forward. Some might be jumping ship on McCoy, and I wouldn’t blame anyone for selling high if that were even possible (which it likely is not)… but, selling low is a big mistake, as you just won’t likely get anything near what you deserve if you put him on your trade block. Keep the faith, as McCoy would still be a top 5RB if drafting for Weeks 5-16. Well, that’s how I see it. Could that change after another 2-3 bad weeks? Of course, but that still doesn’t mean selling low is smart management right now. Testing the trade waters isn’t unwise, but pulling the trigger on a bad deal isn’t going to change things for you if McCoy has been holding your back thus far. To put McCoy’s season into perspective, he had a solid first two weeks of the season, totaling 100 yards in each contest, and he scored in that Week 2 game. Those are not bad numbers, folks, not at all. His Weeks 3 and 4 were awful, as he ran 19 times for 22 yards (with no receiving stats) in Week 3, and he ran 10 times for just 17 yards (with no receiving stats) in Week 4. Those are pathetic stat lines for a top 2 overall pick. But, those first two games, where he averaged over 100 total yards and 0.5TDs, those games should be factored into your thinking here if you are a semi-panicked McCoy owner… Our Week 5 Buy-Low Candidates will be out Tuesday, so sign up for Smart Alerts to ensure you get that list emailed right to you!
SMITTY: Great news considering McCoy gave us all a concussion scare in Week 3. McCoy is on our Buy-Low List heading into Week 4… find out why!
SMITTY: It looks like Davis has a real shot at playing Week 4 against the Eagles. This will be an afternoon game, so hopefully we know his status prior to the morning set of games (and how will you find out? Smart Alerts!). For now, check out where we have Vernon Davis and all those Eagles offensive players Ranked on our Week 4 Power Rankings. This game could be a shootout, and look for Nick Foles to carry his Week 3 momentum into Week 4. Also, expect LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles to bounce-back in Week 4.
It’s only Week 3, and no one should be giving up on big-name studs just yet, even if they are disappointing. We’re only two weeks in, folks! Two weeks! That said, others might be panicking, so and that you should be taking advantage of if the price is right. Here are a few great buy-lows heading into Weeks 3-16.
Demaryius Thomas | WR Broncos
You may or may not land Demaryius Thomas via trade on a discount. Try, though, as 4/48/0TDs and 5/62/1TD seem to be stat lines that are freaking his owners out. If you watched Week 2, you know he should have had another touchdown. His targets are fine. DT is playing just fine. Try landing this top 5 fantasy football wide receiver from owners that are panicking!
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Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ third radio show of the 2014 fantasy football season! Russ has been doing fantasy radio for over 20 years with his famous “The Red Zone” program, which airs on NBCSports Radio (1060am). Smitty is slotted to join Russ almost every Tuesday night, and below is the third show of the year. Take a listen!
The Red Zone With Russ Bliss
Topics: Tim Wright, Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill, Zac Stacy, Andre Ellington, Montee Ball, Tony Romo, Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, Demaryius Thomas, AJ Green, Calvin Johnson, Eddie Lacy, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Giovani Bernard, Marshawn Lynch, Dez Bryant, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and more
Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is already back on the field after suffering what looked like a severe knee injury. LeSean McCoy headed to the locker room for x-rays on his thumb.
SMITTY: Great news, as it appears Maclin just hyperextended the knee. Look for him to rest it a bit after this one. For those clinging to Maclin’s health when trying to predict how this Eagles’ passing attack does in 2014, it would survive without Maclin. While the team is clearly better off with the guy on the field, keep in mind that this passing attack has two 50-60 reception rushers in LeSean McCoy (thumb/toe) and Darren Sproles, and Zach Ertz and Riley Cooper are severely-underrated possession types. Jordan Matthews is a rookie, so I fully expect inconsistency, and maybe even a slow start, but he has huge upside if the offense ever needs to turn to him in place of Maclin. Nick Foles is in for a huge 2014, and if you want to see some crazy-bold predictions, just view Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections. We will keep you updated on LeSean McCoy’s thumb! Hopefully it’s minor.