Nick Foles may have thrown an interception in the Philadelphia Eagles' preseason contest with the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, but he was in midseason form for the rest of the game.
The NFL had his final stats on the day, which should make fantasy owners happy:
Foles’ performance in the preseason isn’t the only reason he is a viable fantasy option. Last year he threw for 2,891 yards and 27 touchdowns (and only two interceptions) in only 13 games. He also boasted the league’s best passer rating at 119.2.
Foles put up those video game-like numbers in his first season under head coach Chip Kelly while battling Michael Vick for playing time. He has a year of experience in the high-octane Philadelphia attack under his belt now and a whole new set of weapons.
Jeremy Maclin returns from injury, and new draftee Jordan Matthews, who set SEC records for career catches and receiving yards, should stretch the field. What’s more, Riley Cooper and LeSean McCoy are back, and they combined for more than 1,300 receiving yards a year ago.
Philadelphia will put up major points with all those receiving options and Foles at the helm. Fantasy owners should be even more encouraged by the fact that the Eagles use a no-huddle look often, which only increases the number of plays and subsequent yardage.
Foles talked about expectations heading into the season, via Phil Sheridan of ESPN.com:
I know this year, people are going to recognize and realize that we did that, and they’re going to be even more ready. I don't even think about it. I'm really hard on myself when it comes to practicing. I hate making an INT or a bad throw or something. I just learn to play the next play, so when it comes to the pressure or whatever it was that I did last year, I just know that I've got to continue to work, and work smart and work hard to give me an opportunity to play at a high level this coming season. I know I say it over and over again, but all those throws that happened last year, the TDs, whatever, it does absolutely nothing. In my mind, I want to do even better.
Fantasy owners would love it if he does even better.