Nick Foles: Eagles QB Is Poor Waiver-Wire Option for Playoff Push

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 26:  Greg Hardy #76 of the Carolina Panthers sacks  Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 26, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Playing quarterback, or any position, for the Philadelphia Eagles wouldn't be fun right now, and it's not going to end well for Nick Foles.

Foles has very little to work with from a fantasy football perspective. Even if he did have time to throw in the pocket—which he probably won't—Philadelphia's skill players have been ravaged by injuries.

According to reporter Chris McPherson, DeSean Jackson has been placed on injured reserve with fractured ribs. The report also mentions that Pro Bowl tackle Jason Peters will not be activated this season and that LeSean McCoy hasn't progressed past Stage 1 of his post-concussion tests.

That leaves Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and Riley Cooper to catch passes. Brent Celek, and others, will be around as well, but you get the point.

It's not an encouraging bunch, making Marc Sessler of's announcement that Foles will start Sunday night versus the Dallas Cowboys almost irrelevant in the fantasy world.

Foles took care of the football in Monday night's loss to the Carolina Panthers, but he still didn't do much. Avoiding turnovers is great in real life, and in fantasy to a point, but it doesn't matter if you don't throw touchdowns. He completed over 75 percent of his passes for 119 measly yards in the end.

Philadelphia should be avoided at all costs. Foles has a big arm, but he doesn't have time to use it. The Eagles' offensive line is awful, and it won't get any better with Michael Vick's mobility gone from the equation.

Foles will be a sitting duck. Dallas has one of the league's best secondaries, and its pass rush is also dangerous. That doesn't bode well for the rookie signal-caller.

The rest of this season's games probably won't be much better for him either. You can't point to bad defenses for optimism, but the Eagles are as bad as anyone right now in that department. It's a bad situation to develop a rookie in, but Andy Reid doesn't have much of a choice.

It's important to have a couple of options when the fantasy football playoffs come around, but Foles would be a poor pickup. He's not ready to lead a good team, let alone a team in Philadelphia's current situation.

Save yourself a roster spot and look elsewhere.