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Fantasy Football: Should You Be Starting Jeremy Maclin?

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles attempts to make a catch against  Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on October 7, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer INovember 9, 2012

I do believe that Jeremy Maclin is one of the most gifted receivers in the league, so it pains me to even consider not using him.

While a player like Larry Fitzgerald can overcome bad quarterback play and still deliver for fantasy owners, I'm not sure the same case can be made for Maclin.

So should he be in your starting lineup?

Michael Vick has been awful. He enters the week ranked 28th in passer rating. He has thrown nine interceptions and lost three fumbles.

I'm not going to hang it all on Mike, as his offensive line has been equally bad, but he at least shares some of the blame. Andy Reid and his hideous mustache are also on the hook for the mess in Philly.

Maclin has been held below 40 yards in five of seven games. In only three of the games did he score, so that is four games with fewer than four fantasy points in non-PPR leagues.

In one of the games he did score, he had just 23 yards, making it five of seven games with fewer than 8.4 fantasy points. That's not cutting it.

In the past two games Maclin is averaging 30.5 yards. That is totally unacceptable.

The Eagles face the Cowboys this week, which could prove to be another tough one. Then things should pick up.

Entering Week 10, there are two teams that have allowed 300-plus passing yards per game. Maclin gets three cracks at them as the Eagles take on Washington twice and Tampa Bay once.

The Eagles also face Dallas again, Carolina and Cincinnati.

I don't blame you if you pick and choose when to use Maclin, but with some juicy matchups— including Washington—in most league's fantasy championship, things should be looking up for Maclin owners.

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