NFL Sunday Night Football Fantasy Matchup: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Jeremy AlpertSenior Analyst IIDecember 12, 2010

Week 14 Sunday Night Matchup:  Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) at Dallas Cowboys (4-8)

Rankings based on top 16 QBs, 32 RBs, 48 WRs and 16 TEs

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Philadelphia Eagles (Eagles Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Dallas Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 28th - TDs Allowed 31st

Dallas Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game T-15th – TDs Allowed T-18th


Philadelphia Offensive Cast

Michael Vick (QB Week 14 Ranking: No. 1)

2010 Season: 171-of-268 – for 2,243 yards, 15 TDs || 74 carries for 467 yards, 6 TDs

Vick has actually been better on the road this year, and don’t worry about this game being against an inter-division rival as his BEST game of the year came against the Redskins in Washington.  The guy is a machine who can only be stopped by injury at this point.


LeSean McCoy (RB Week 14 Ranking: No. 11)

2010 Season: 168 carries for 823 yards, 7 TDs || 67 receptions for 534 yards, 2 TDs

McCoy has done it all this year as he’s currently fourth in RB fantasy points (basic scoring format), 15th in rushing yards, first in receiving yards for a RB, first in receptions for a RB, and tied for fifth in total TDs for running backs on the season. 

Dallas has been giving up points like it’s going out of style this year (31st in the NFL, 28.0/game), so you can bet that McCoy will at least get a 6-pointer this week.


Jeremy Maclin (WR Week 14 Ranking: No. 8)

2010 Season: 56 receptions for 820 yards, 8 TDs

So it’s become rather obvious that Vick enjoys throwing the ball just as much to Maclin as he does to DeSean Jackson, maybe even more so, but that’s not to say that they can’t BOTH be fantasy-relevant players this Sunday night.

Dallas’ defense is giving up a disgusting amount of points right now as opposing teams have averaged 28.0 points on the year against them and 32.1 in just the last seven games.  They also by far allow the most fantasy points in the league to wide receivers, so don’t hesitate to get Maclin in your lineup this weekend.


DeSean Jackson (WR Week 14 Ranking: No. 12)

2010 Season: 38 receptions for 762 yards, 5 TDs

Like I said with Maclin, there should be plenty of fantasy points to go around for everybody in this Eagles offense come Sunday night as the Cowboys have given up 28 points/game on the season and over 32 points/game over the last seven games.


Jason Avant (WR Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 42 receptions for 483 yards, 1 TD

Avant has his good and bad games with his best ones coming on the road, so against one of the worst pass Ds in the league in Dallas this Sunday night, he could put up some decent numbers.


Brent Celek (TE Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 30 receptions for 342 yards, 3 TDs

Even though Brent has two 50-yard games in a row now, it’s still hard to legitimize him starting for your fantasy team this week.  The one thing the Cowboys do well against the pass is defend tight ends, so try to look elsewhere this week if you can.


Dallas Cowboys (Cowboys Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Philadelphia Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 17th - TDs Allowed T-29th

Philadelphia Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 13th – TDs Allowed T-14th


Dallas Offensive Cast

Jon Kitna (QB Week 14 Ranking: No. 11)

2010 Season: 148-of-226 for 1,703 yards, 11 TDs

Kitna may not be the cream of the crop, but neither is Philly’s pass D.  Sure, Asante Samuel will make a difference if he plays as the Eagles have given up 1.7 passing TDs/game with him active (nine games) compared to 3.0 with him out (three games), but Kitna and the Cowboys will likely have to pass to keep up with Vick in this one. 

You also have to consider that a bunch of QBs are now having to deal with bad or snowy weather, something Kitna will not have to worry about down at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

If that isn’t enough, check this:  Kitna has played in seven games this year, with every other game going from his passing yards being in the hundreds to his yardage being up over 300.  Last game he threw for 167 yards…guess what’s coming next.


Felix Jones (RB Week 14 Ranking: No. 30)

2010 Season: 133 carries for 531 yards, 0 TDs || 40 receptions for 354 yards, 1 TD

Tashard Choice will get a shot to compete with Felix from here on out, but that doesn’t mean Jones will be forgotten.  He still has some big-play ability in him and should see around 15 touches in this game, so he’s not a terrible flex for your fantasy team at this point.


Tashard Choice (RB Week 14 Ranking: No. 21)

2010 Season: 33 carries for 138 yards, 2 TDs || 9 receptions for 45 yards, 0 TDs

With his performance last week, Choice earned himself an expanded role for the ‘Boys going forward, so says Jerry Jones and Coach Garrett.  Neither Marion Barber (still slightly injured) or Felix Jones were really getting the job done, so watch for Tashard to make another mark this weekend in what could be a high-scoring game against a beatable Philly D.


Marion Barber (RB Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 102 carries for 313 yards, 3 TDs || 11 receptions for 49 yards, 0 TDs

Barber has been ruled out again this weekend (calf).


Miles Austin (WR Week 14 Ranking: No. 16)

2010 Season: 56 receptions for 804 yards, 5 TDs

With Dez Bryant going down for the year, Austin becomes the sole WR1 on this team and will demand a ton of targets because of it.  Asante Samuel guarding him or not, Miles will get a good 12 to 15 targets in this game which has to amass to some pretty good fantasy stats in the end.


Roy E. Williams (WR Week 14 Ranking: No. 41)

2010 Season: 34 receptions for 501 yards, 5 TDs

With Dez Bryant going out for the season, Roy now becomes the WR2 in a Dallas offense that will still need to pass the ball a ton to win, so he might actually have some fantasy value yet for those owners who felt the need to hang onto him all these weeks.


Dez Bryant (WR Week 14 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 45 receptions for 561 yards, 6 TDs

Dez was put on IR this week, so drop him from your team immediately (unless you’re in a dynasty league, of course).


Jason Witten (TE Week 14 Ranking: No. 1)

2010 Season: 65 receptions for 702 yards, 4 TDs

Witten has put together a nice little second half of the season with Kitna as his QB, and now with Dez Bryant going down for the season, you can bet he’ll be depended on even more.  With the Philly D giving up the fourth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year, I feel a great game at home coming from Jason this Sunday night.