Week 15 Fantasy Football Breakdown: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Jeremy Alpert@@pyroman1acSenior Analyst IIDecember 19, 2010

Week 15 Match-up:  Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) at New York Giants (9-4)

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

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Philadelphia Eagles (Eagles Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

New York Giants Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game Second - TDs Allowed T-Sixth

New York Giants Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game Fifth – TDs Allowed T-10th


Philadelphia Offensive Cast

Michael Vick (QB Week 15 Ranking: No. 5)

2010 Season: 187/294 – for 2,513 yards and 17 TDs || 82 carries for 483 yards and seven TDs

Putting Vick this low in the rankings rubs my fantasy soul a bit wrong, but the fact is, the Giants held Vick pretty well in their last game, so it’s tough to expect the magic he’s put forth in every other game this season.  That said, Vick normally does better on the road and doesn’t seem to have a problem going up against division foes, so please don’t think about scratching him this week against a very tough New York Giants defense.

LeSean McCoy (RB Week 15 Ranking: No. 14)

2010 Season: 184 carries for 972 yards and seven TDs || 70 receptions for 538 yards and two TDs

I can’t say McCoy has been a complete surprise, but the numbers he’s putting up are pretty amazing.  Last game against the Giants he had 140 total yards (111 rushing) with a TD, and though it will be tough to repeat those stats against a powerful defense like New York has, you can be sure he’ll get around 20 touches to do it, a number that pretty much assures him of some nice fantasy points.

DeSean Jackson (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 11)

2010 Season: 42 receptions for 972 yards and six TDs

DeSean had himself quite a game last week against the Cowboys weak-ass defense, but it won’t come as easily this Sunday playing a top-five Giants defense.  He’ll get his chances to shine, and he might come away with another great performance, but it’s hardly a game where you can expect WR1 numbers from The Green Blur.

Jeremy Maclin (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 23)

2010 Season: 57 receptions for 831 yards and eight TDs

Maclin has had his ups and downs this season, with last week’s one-catch, 11-yard performance being his worst on the year.  However, one of his best games of 2010 came against these same Giants about a month ago when he put up 120 yards on nine catches.  A repeat of those numbers would make fantasy owners very happy.

Jason Avant (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 45 receptions for 501 yards and one TD

Avant has his good and bad games with his best ones coming on the road, but don’t even think about playing him against this ass-kicking Giants defense.

Brent Celek (TE Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 30 receptions for 342 yards and three TDs

Celek was completely shut down in their first meeting, and I don’t expect much more in this one.


New York Giants (Giants Schedule)

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Philadelphia Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 17th - TDs Allowed 30th

Philadelphia Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 11th – TDs Allowed T-15th


New York Giants Offensive Cast

Eli Manning (QB Week 15 Ranking: No. 9)

2010 Season: 282/438 – for 3,169 yards and 24 TDs

Eli had his prayers answered last weekend with Hakeem Nicks coming back, though he also might have lost Steve Smith and Mario Manningham in the process.  Not to worry, because not only is Nicks twice as good as the next two guys on the team, but it looks like Derek Hagan is actually pretty good as well.  The Eagles give up a TON of passing TDs, so a couple of touchdowns and some decent yardage for Manning looks to be a good bet.

Ahmad Bradshaw (RB Week 15 Ranking: No. 17)

2010 Season: 230 carries for 1,116 yards and eight TDs || 38 receptions for 251 yards and no TDs

All 5’9”, 198 pounds of the Little Engine that Could has been nothing short of a fantasy dream for owners this year.  Though his fumbling problem demoted him to “second-string” a few weeks ago, he’s still getting more touches than Jacobs and seems to be making the most of them.  He’ll be a solid RB2 for you this week.

Brandon Jacobs (RB Week 15 Ranking: No. 20)

2010 Season: 114 carries for 693 yards and eight TDs || Seven receptions for 59 yards and no TDs

Jacobs has been running downhill like a man possessed lately and now averages 6.1 yards/carry to go along with his eight TDs.  Bradshaw is still getting more touches than him each game, but the Juggernaut is making the most of every carry he gets.  It’s tough to depend on a guy who hasn’t had more than 14 touches in any single game this season, but you might have to ride his latest streak of two straight games with over 100 yards and a TD.

Hakeem Nicks (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 5)

2010 Season: 69 receptions for 896 yards and nine TDs

Nicks came back looking like he never left last weekend and won’t have a whole hell of a lot around him to compete for targets with this Sunday.  Steve Smith is gone for the year due to knee surgery, Mario Manningham is hobbled by a hip flexor, and Derek Hagan is, well, Derek Hagan.  Expect Nicks to put up nice WR1 numbers this week.

Steve Smith II (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 48 receptions for 529 yards and three TDs

Smitty is gone for the year, so drop him from your team and maybe take a chance on picking up Hagan.

Mario Manningham (WR Week 15 Ranking: Not ranked)

2010 Season: 44 receptions for 598 yards and five TDs

I have Hagan ranked over Manningham this week because 1) Manningham is banged up, and 2) Eli doesn’t like his game.  He might put up some decent numbers, but there’s no guarantee he actually makes it through the game with his hip flexor problem.

Derek Hagan (WR Week 15 Ranking: No. 38)

2010 Season: 13 receptions for 106 yards and one TD

Hagan is clearly nothing special, but with Steve Smith out for the year and Manningham hobbled, he could be the beneficiary of the Eagles sliding their D towards Nicks this game.  However, don’t play him unless you absolutely have to.

Kevin Boss (TE Week 15 Ranking: No. 5)

2010 Season: 30 receptions for 443 yards and four TDs

The Eagles give up the second most fantasy points in the league to opposing tight ends, so even though Boss is nothing special, he might be worth a shot if you’re looking at a bummer of a TE situation this weekend.



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