Nick Foles: Fantasy Owners Should Take a Chance on Eagles Rookie in Week 11

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 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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Put in a waiver-wire claim for Nick Foles if you haven't already, because the rookie is going to put up solid numbers this week with the legitimate possibility of a big-time fantasy day.

With Michael Vick not expected to play due to a concussion, it'll be the Eagles' third-round pick in the 2012 draft out of the University of Arizona who makes his first career NFL start, per's Ian Rappaport:

Andy Reid says Vick is "our quarterback." But says he's confident "Nick (Foles) will do a nice job. Excited to see him play."

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 12, 2012

Foles replaced Vick in the second quarter against Dallas and finished the game, completing 22-of-32 passes for 219 yards with one touchdown, one interception and a lost fumble.

Considering that the Cowboys have one of the best pass defenses in football, what Foles accomplished in his first taste of regular-season NFL action is pretty impressive.

In Week 11, Foles will be going up against a Washington Redskins defense that ranks 30th against the pass, allowing more than 300 passing yards per game, and a group that—without Brian Orakpo—has no semblance of a pass rush.

With a full week of practice with DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and the first unit as well as having plays that aren't geared towards Michael Vick's dual-threat ability to work with, Foles could put together one of the most impressive fantasy games we've seen from a rookie in quite some time.

I've already put in my waiver-wire claim in the biggest league I play in, and should I land Foles, I'm starting him over Matt Schaub. You should consider doing the same if you're one of the many fantasy owners who doesn't have one of the elite quarterbacks to rely upon this week.