Nick Foles: Eagles Backup QB Is a Great Waiver Wire Pickup for Fantasy Owners

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23:  Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Eagles 27-6. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick will start at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles in their Week 9 matchup against the New Orleans Saints (via Albert Breer of, but fantasy football owners should still add backup quarterback Nick Foles off their league's waiver wire.

Eagles coach Andy Reid announces Mike Vick remains the team's starting QB.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 31, 2012

Even though Vick hasn't lost his starting job yet, there's still a pretty good chance that Foles will see the field at some point this season.

Vick hasn't played a full season since 2006, and with the team struggling mightily, Foles could certainly take over the starting job in the near future.

The Eagles are 3-4 thanks to three straight losses, and if they don't defeat the New Orleans Saints on Monday night, the team could make several changes for its matchup versus the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10.

If the Eagles don't beat the 2-5 Saints, who are playing much better of late, it's certainly possible that Foles could start against the Cowboys.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid needs to do what's best for his team, and not only is Vick failing to win games, but he is also not taking care of the ball.

He has thrown nine touchdown passes this season, but also has eight interceptions and nine fumbles. Vick has thrown for 300 yards or more once in the last five games and has completed just 59 percent of his passes.

The Eagles offense has scored only 17.1 points per game with Vick at the helm, which is the third-lowest average in the NFL.

In the likely event that the Eagles fall further out of the playoff race in the next few weeks, the chances that Foles receives a lot more playing time will increase. The rookie from Arizona has impressive size at 6'6" and about 226 pounds, and has impressive arm strength.

Fantasy owners who play in leagues that start two quarterbacks each week should consider adding Foles to their teams from the waiver wire.

Foles has a bright future ahead of him and could potentially start for the Eagles next season, which also makes him valuable for people who play in keeper leagues.