Because of an odd streak of futility that the Washington Redskins are working through against rookie quarterbacks, Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller Nick Foles might have a nice game on Sunday. Washington has inexplicably lost eight straight against NFL rookies under center, but the losses were not all against rookies making their first career start.
Foles may have some growing pains in relief of Michael Vick.
He finished with a respectable stat line against the Dallas Cowboys last week in his first taste of NFL regular season action: 22-of-32 passing for 219 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Foles also fumbled the ball against the Cowboys.
If Washington’s defense was a big-time fantasy unit heading into Week 11, there would be little reason to shy away from it just because of their rookie quarterback streak.
But it isn’t.
Washington’s D/ST should still be avoided on Sunday. Foles has enough playmakers around him to get things done on offense and limit the Redskins D/ST from being a fantasy-relevant unit. Washington has not held an opponent under 21 points all season.
Jeremy Maclin caught eight passes for 93 yards and a touchdown—all from Foles—against Dallas in Week 10. He should be safe to use for fantasy football purposes in Week 11 and may be a better fantasy option than DeSean Jackson against Washington.
With a rookie under center, LeSean McCoy may finally get a heavy workload. He got 28 carries against Washington in Washington last year, gaining 126 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 13 yards.
Playing tight end Brent Celek is risky. On one hand, he could be a safety valve for Foles in his first start. On the other, he could find himself blocking more often than not to help out an offensive line that has had tremendous trouble protecting its quarterback.
Santana Moss has scored three touchdowns in the last two games he finished (he left Week 9 against the Carolina Panthers with a concussion). He only caught seven passes in those two games, making him a high-risk/high-reward fantasy option in Week 11.
The rest of Washington’s pass-catchers have been inconsistent or unproductive in fantasy. They should be left on fantasy benches and/or waiver wires.
Running back Alfred Morris hasn’t scored a touchdown in three weeks, while the Eagles have allowed two rushing touchdowns to opposing RBs all season. That doesn’t bode well for Morris’ touchdown prospects in Week 11, but fantasy backfields have gained over 100 rushing yards against Philadelphia in each of the last five weeks.
Morris dominates the carries for Washington. He should be worth a start on Sunday.
That RGIII guy is pretty good, too—he’s a must-start.
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