Thursday Night Fantasy Football Week 13: Texans vs. Eagles
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The Houston Texans' defense will be going from one extreme to the other.
They faced (and succeeded against) Rusty Smith and the woeful Tennessee Titan offense last week. But they will now head to Philadelphia on a three-day rest to face the prolific Eagles' attack.
Michael Vick against the league's 32nd-ranked defense? We could have a fantasy football smorgasbord on our hands, ladies and gentlemen.
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Matt Schaub (Houston Texans) vs. Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles)
While Schaub appears to have emerged from his fantasy slump over the past three weeks, I can think of no legitimate reason to sit Michael Vick this week.
Houston's defense is quite comparable to that of the Redskins. We saw what Vick did to them just a few weeks ago.
I'm not insane enough to predict that kind of fantasy explosion. But there isn't anything not to love about the matchup with the Texans.
Schaub may be able to put up some decent numbers. But if you're deciding between the two, you must start Michael Vick.
Arian Foster (Texans) vs. LeSean McCoy (Eagles)
The Texans were able to bottle up Chris Johnson last week (five yards rushing on just seven carries).
But McCoy is sure to be more involved than was CJ2k.
McCoy doesn't rack up carries, but his involvement in the passing game makes him a very solid week-to-week fantasy player.
However, you aren't sitting Arian Foster at this point, regardless of matchup.
The Eagles haven't been a particularly stingy defense, so there shouldn't be any hesitation in starting Foster at all.
Foster leads the league in rushing (1,147 yards) and rushing touchdowns (12). What more do you want from your fantasy back?
Oh, and he also leads all running backs in receiving yards with 453 on 48 receptions. Case closed.
You can feel comfortable with both players. But if you have to pick one, it has to be Foster.
Andre Johnson (Texans) vs. DeSean Jackson/Jeremy Maclin (Eagles)
For the first time since Week 3, Johnson wasn't listed on the Texans' injury report with his nagging ankle injury.
Much has been made of Jackson's post-game dispute with Andy Reid after the loss to the Bears. However, his role in Philly's offense isn't expected to be any different tonight.
Maclin has emerged as a very viable fantasy option with Vick in the fold this season. Obviously, his matchup with the Texans defensive backs is quite favorable.
Despite the matchup in Philly's favor, you still start Andre "The Champ" Johnson over the other two.
Eagles corner Asante Samuel has been nursing a knee injury. If he's out of the lineup again, Johnson's night gets even better.
I'd rank them Johnson, Jackson and Maclin.
Joel Dreessen (Texans) vs. Brent Celek (Eagles)
Dreessen has filled in for the oft-injured Owen Daniels admirably thus far.
He's scored in two straight games and has been seeing plenty of looks inside the red zone from Matt Schaub. The Eagles rank fifth-worst in the league in limiting opposing fantasy tight ends, so there's some upside here.
Celek has been MIA with Vick in the lineup for the most part this season. However, he did break through a bit with three catches for 50 yards with a score last week against the Bears.
The Texans are worst in the league in defending opposing tight ends, so he could enjoy another decent night here.
This one is essentially a toss-up, so feel comfortable starting either Dreessen or Celek.
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