Ramses Barden: Giants WR Won't Repeat Fantasy Production vs. Eagles Secondary

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 20:  Ramses Barden #13 of the New York Giants stiff-arms Luke Kuechly #59 of the Carolina Panthers during play at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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New York Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden hauled in nine passes for 138 yards against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3, but the Philadelphia Eagles' secondary is a completely different animal.

To be blunt, the Panthers pass defense isn't very good. It's allowing nearly 244 yards per game through the air, and Barden's 6'6'' frame took advantage of that.

Philadelphia is allowing just over 170 passing yards per game. As a team, the Eagles have their flaws, but their secondary has been stellar so far this season.

Barden will struggle to get off the line against Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Nnamdi Asomugha and Brandon Boykin. His 6'6'' frame gives him an absurd advantage on jump balls and in the red zone, but he doesn't have the speed to counter the Eagles' elite cover corners.

According to ESPN, Barden is owned in 8.6 percent of standard-scoring leagues. Before last week's performance, he was owned in 0.4 percent of those leagues. One game should not alter your strategy in regards to the Giants wideout, especially not this game.

The Giants will try and move Barden all over the field, looking for favorable matchups. He creates mismatches because of his size, but he's more suited for a complementary role.

New York has the second-best passing attack in the league. It's not like they can't throw the ball downfield, although a lot of those yards came against Tampa Bay and the Panthers.

Finding a true barometer of this team is tough, and their NFC East rival Philadelphia may be just that. It's their first major test since their loss to Dallas in Week 1, and winning is going to be difficult.

The Eagles have battled turnover issues this season, making their wins ugly, but this team is incredibly skilled. When it comes to "island" corners, Philadelphia is stacked.

Barden was excellent last week, and his height makes him a tantalizing project. But don't get carried away if you own him in fantasy land. Nicks' absence leaves the Eagles with one less star player to game-plan for, making Barden a likely focal point of their defense.

He's not ready for that.