Vikings vs. Eagles Fantasy Breakdown: The Game Your League May Depend On
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Opponent Defensive Ranks
Philadelphia Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 21st - TDs Allowed 30th
Philadelphia Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 11th – TDs Allowed T-14th
Minnesota Offensive Cast
Brett Favre (QB Week 16 Ranking: Not ranked)
2010 Season: 217/358 – for 2,509 yards and 11 TDs
Favre was never able to pass his concussion test and will be deactivated for tonight's game.
Joe Webb (QB Week 16 Ranking: Not ranked)
2010 Season: 17/31 – for 137 yards and no TDs
Looks like Webb will be getting another shot to make an impression on national TV this evening. With the Eagles likely to stack the box against the inexperienced rookie, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Vikings break out a little bit of trickery in an effort to use Webb's best asset; his legs. If he can break containment, he'll see a lot of one-on-one situations in the secondary and could have a chance to produce.
That's not quite the 'If' you want to be taking a chance on in your fantasy Super Bowl, however.
Adrian Peterson (RB Week 16 Ranking: No. 10)
2010 Season: 247 carries for 1,149 yards and 11 TDs || 33 receptions for 332 yards and one TD
Purple Jesus sat out last game to rest up his various leg ailments, a move that seems to have paid off as it looks like he’ll be starting in the backfield tonight. He’s a warrior in the truest sense of the word and I can’t see him doing anything but giving it his all no matter where the Vikings are in the standings. The Eagles rush D is pretty good and will likely focus their D on him, but he should still be able to rattle off some nice fantasy numbers as he's used to this sort of attention.
Toby Gerhart (RB Week 16 Ranking: No. 40)
2010 Season: 77 carries for 304 yards and one TD || 20 receptions for 161 yards and no TDs
Gerhart ran real well against the Bears last weekend in place of Peterson, but with AP back, he’s not going to be worth all that much. He’ll likely get a good 10 carries or so to spell AP as the Vikings won’t want to risk overloading their injured back of the future, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility to see some decent stats.
Sidney Rice (WR Week 16 Ranking: No. 45)
2010 Season: 16 receptions for 264 yards and two TDs
Rice is a superior talent, but so is Asante Samuel. If Samuel sticks with Sidney all game long, your best hope at production is if Webb tosses up a jump-ball or two in the end zone so Rice can use his 6’4” height to snag it. Otherwise, he’s a long-shot for good numbers in this one.
Percy Harvin (WR Week 16 Ranking: No. 27)
2010 Season: 56 receptions for 699 yards and five TDs || 14 carries for 105 yards and one TD
Harvin is the kind of talent that doesn’t need a superior QB under center for him to produce. All he needs is the ball in his hands and some space to make things happen.
The Eagles can be beaten through the air, especially by a team’s second receiver, so if the Vikings can get Webb outside the box or give him a little protection, Harvin should be just fine. I also expect at least a few runs/reverses to come his way as well.
Bernard Berrian (WR Week 16 Ranking: Not ranked)
2010 Season: 24 receptions for 220 yards and no TDs
Berrian can’t seriously be on anyone’s team at this point, can he?
Greg Camarillo (WR Week 16 Ranking: Not ranked)
2010 Season: 19 receptions for 227 yards and one TD
Camarillo has basically taken Berrian’s place as the third receiver in this offense… not that it matters.
Visanthe Shiancoe (TE Week 16 Ranking: No. 9)
2010 Season: 42 receptions for 485 yards and two TDs
The Eagles are the worst team in the NFL at defending tight ends, so Shiancoe has a legitimate shot to produce tonight. Webb got him the most catches he’s had all year last game, so at least you know he’s looking his way.
Opponent Defensive Ranks
Minnesota Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 10th - TDs Allowed T-22nd
Minnesota Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game Eighth – TDs Allowed T-Eighth
Philadelphia Offensive Cast
Michael Vick (QB Week 16 Ranking: No. 1)
2010 Season: 208/329 – for 2,755 yards and 20 TDs || 92 carries for 613 yards and eight TDs
The guy is simply beyond containment, not to mention description or comprehension. He has the same amount of 100-yard rushing games this year as Ray Rice and the entire NY Jets backfield while also leading the Eagles in rushing touchdowns. Vick has all that plus one of the best arms in the game?! My lord!
It doesn’t matter who he plays anymore. He’s simply the surest bet there is in the world of fantasy football. Expect a beauty of a game, especially with the Eagles needing this win to stay in contention for a first-round bye.
LeSean McCoy (RB Week 16 Ranking: No. 13)
2010 Season: 194 carries for 1,036 yards and seven TDs || 74 receptions for 551 yards and two TDs
McCoy has a variety of skills that he uses throughout a game and all he needs are enough touches to make them work for you. If he gets 20 touches in this one, which he should, you can expect LeSean to pull through with some decent fantasy stats for your team.
DeSean Jackson (WR Week 16 Ranking: No. 3)
2010 Season: 45 receptions for 1,024 yards and six TDs || 15 carries for 104 yards and one TD
DeSean is a lot like Vick in that you never know what he’ll do next. He can score from anywhere on the field, whether it be a run, catch or punt return, and there’s always the possibility of getting all three!
The Vikings defense has been beaten pretty bad lately, like Bears speedster Johnny Knox did last game with a 67-yard TD. DeSean is even faster than that, so expect The Green Blur to take part in keeping up the trend.
Jeremy Maclin (WR Week 16 Ranking: No. 16)
2010 Season: 64 receptions for 890 yards and 10 TDs
Maclin has had his ups and downs this season, with last week’s two-TD performance being one of the better ones. His receiving skills are actually better than Jackson’s, and it seems Vick knows it. If you have him as your WR2 this week, be confident those type of stats will come your way with the potential of receiving WR1 numbers.
Jason Avant (WR Week 16 Ranking: Not ranked)
2010 Season: 48 receptions for 536 yards and one TD
Avant has had his good and bad games this year with his best ones coming on the road, so I hope you're not depending on him for much tonight.
Brent Celek (TE Week 16 Ranking: No. 20)
2010 Season: 32 receptions for 414 yards and four TDs
Celek pulled through with his second TD in the past four weeks last Sunday, but the occurrence has been far from the norm this year. The Vikings are actually one of the better teams in the league in defending tight ends, so don’t look for too much more than a couple receptions for minimal yardage.
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