Nick Foles: Updated Fantasy Outlook After Michael Vick Injury

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to make a pass against the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 11, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles have had a quarterback controversy brewing between Michael Vick and Nick Foles for quite some time now, and that uncertainty has been hurting fantasy owners in the same manner. 

The controversy ended Sunday when the Eagles took on the Dallas Cowboys, as Vick was knocked out of the game with a concussion and Foles was promptly inserted as the starter, according to SportsCenter via Twitter. 

Michael Vick has headed to the locker room with a possible concussion.Nick Foles in for @eagles.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 11, 2012

Eagles fans have been asking for a Foles appearance for quite some time now, as Vick has had a variety of issues behind a porous offensive line. Fantasy owners have suffered along with Vick, but is there a shred of hope with Foles now potentially taking things over in Philadelphia? 

Let's find out. 


Fantasy Outlook 

As far as Foles goes as a legitimate starting fantasy quarterback, there are a variety of factors working against him at this point. 

For one, he's a rookie that was selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft to be groomed on the bench to one day take over as the starter. For the Eagles coaching staff, that day likely wasn't in his rookie season, so potential fantasy owners need to keep that in mind. 

It takes time for any rookie to adapt to the NFL, and the same goes for Foles. He has some great weapons around him in DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin, but his horrendous offensive line could make it difficult for him to put up a lot of points for owners. 


Fantasy Analysis 

If Foles remains the starter for at least the next few weeks in Philadelphia, he actually has some favorable matchups given his coaching staff and offensive line can actually place him in a position to succeed. 

In Week 11, the Eagles take on the NFC East rival Washington Redskins and their horrible secondary. The Washington defense gives up 301 yards through the air per contest, good for the No. 31 rank in the league. 

After that, the Eagles take on the lowly Carolina Panthers and then once again square off with the Dallas Cowboys. 

The above opponents are some that Foles can excel against if the coaching staff actually run the ball. While Foles is a rookie, even he should be able to succeed with the variety of elite weapons surrounding him. 

Foles isn't a fantasy starter unless you are in a pinch thanks to his rookie status and the awful offensive line, but keep an eye on him as the season goes on in Philadelphia. He could end up being a surprise in the upcoming weeks with favorable matchups, so it couldn't hurt to stash him on your bench.