Nick Foles' Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook Heading into Week 7
With Vick sidelined with an injury suffered the week prior, Foles took snaps from under center against Tampa Bay and exploded for 296 yards and three touchdowns. The Arizona product threw no interceptions and also scored a rushing touchdown to boot.
While much of Foles' fantasy value hinges on the quarterback decision of head coach Chip Kelly, there will be no decision this week since Vick is simply not healthy enough to give it a go against Dallas, per Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Spoke to Michael Vick short while ago. Said it's very unlikely he plays Sun. So unless there's a drastic change Nick Foles will start again.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 15, 2013
Regardless of Vick's health, there's a solid argument for Foles being the starting quarterback in Philadelphia. When Vick went down in Week 5 against the New York Giants, Foles stepped in and had a strong second half with 197 yards and two touchdowns.
As noted by McLane, that prompted Kelly to hint at Foles having a serious shot of keeping the starting gig with a strong performance against Tampa Bay—which he certainly did:
Chip Kelly again did not rule out chance that Nick Foles could win job if he starts and plays well on Sunday.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 7, 2013
Keep in mind Foles' numbers last week came against a Buccaneers defense that ranks in the top 20 against the pass thanks to big names like Darrelle Revis.
Why he is only owned in 28 percent of standard CBS leagues is quite the confusing matter.
The reviews for Foles through a game and a half this season are nothing short of ecstatic. Perhaps the most important came from the league itself, as his start versus Tampa Bay earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors:
#Eagles QB Nick Foles has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the win over Tampa Bay— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) October 16, 2013
Not only that, but as NFL's Director of NFC Football Communications Randall Liu illustrates, Foles is only the eighth quarterback in NFL history to put together the type of rare performance he had against Tampa Bay:
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller even went as far as to suggest during Foles' epic performance that he should be the starter for the rest of the year:
Even Bleacher Report's Sigmund Bloom got in on the action and detailed why Foles' performance was so stellar against a very good Buccaneers defense:
Nick Foles has 4 TDs today vs TB D. TB D had allowed 5 offensive TDs in four games coming into today.— Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom) October 13, 2013
In the confines of Kelly's offense, there's something to be said for Vick's rushing ability. He adds another element to the offense and has over 300 yards and two scores in that regard. But Foles can clearly be effective as well when the offense is tailored around his skill set—which translates to quality fantasy production.
By the time Foles takes the field Sunday against Dallas, he should be owned in over 80 percent of standard leagues. Not only has he proven to be an effective starter, but he also has a good shot at keeping the job and orchestrates one of the NFL's high-octane attacks.
It's not a stretch for Foles to be in the starting lineup over the majority of the NFL's quarterbacks in Week 7, either.
Foles has a date with a Dallas defense that allows 308.2 passing yards per game and an average of 24.39 fantasy points to quarterbacks—good for best in the fake football world.
Heading into Week 7, Foles is one of the best quarterback plays the NFL has to offer. Better yet, his long-term stock is equally encouraging. Grab Foles while he is available.
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