Nick Foles: Complete Fantasy Outlook for Eagles' Backup QB

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIOctober 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 30:  Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes during their preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on August 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick’s status as the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback is up in the air for the team’s Week 9 matchup against the historically bad New Orleans Saints defense.

The Saints' defense has allowed 474.7 yards per game, good enough for last in NFL history through a team’s first seven games. Based on those numbers, it would seem that Vick would have a field day, yet that field day could belong to rookie Nick Foles.

Vick said that “obviously” head coach Andy Reid was considering a change at the QB position after the team’s disappointing loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, according to ESPN.com.

After initially reporting the Eagles were ready to make a switch at the position on Sunday, Michael Fabiano of NFL.com reported on Monday that Eagles head coach Andy Reid wasn’t ready to commit to a change at QB.

Per @rapsheet, Eagles coach Andy Reid isn't ready to commit to making a quarterback change because he knows it's not the only problem...

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) October 29, 2012

If a change is indeed made, a matchup against the worst defense in the league would certainly give backup quarterback Nick Foles immediate fantasy football starting consideration.


Foles was heavily criticized coming out of college this past offseason for an unconventional and somewhat slow delivery. That pegged him as a sixth-round prospect according to NFLDraftScout.com.

Despite the knocks on him, Foles was a preseason stud for the Eagles. He got plenty of time with the starting unit due to a rib injury Vick suffered and a hand injury to backup Mike Kafka. He displayed a strong arm and an ability to get rid of the ball quickly and into the hands of the Eagles' weapons.

The learning curve was steep and he had little time to immerse himself in the offense, but he still excelled at a pretty high level throughout the preseason.

When the preseason was over, Foles was the third-ranked passer in the league, averaging 138.2 yards per game along with posting a 110.1 QB rating. He threw six touchdowns to just two interceptions as well.

Fantasy Outlook

If he does get the nod to start, Foles definitely has the ability to act as a Week 9 spot start in relief for Vick owners and for those searching for a bye-week fill-in. He'd be a great matchup play against the struggling Saints defense, and he could offer an edge to owners looking to replace Tom Brady, Alex Smith or Sam Bradford, who all have byes.

However, the long-term viability of a rookie quarterback with a bad offensive line may not be very good. After all, Foles likely won't fare much better than Vick if he doesn't have any protection or time to throw.

Be sure to monitor this situation closely and keep your eye on the waiver wire as soon as Reid makes a decision.

Mike Hoag Jr. is a B/R Breaking News Team writer and covers the NFL and the Cleveland Browns for the site. Follow him on Twitter for analysis and updates on the latest news and happenings in the sports world.


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