Mark Sanchez Fantasy News

LeSean McCoy's teammates feel he's the same running back

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 12:42pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

The Eagles running game is become such a sensitive subject that LeSean McCoy stormed off the podium this past week when someone asked if he was the same player he used to be.

"Am I the same player? That's for you to figure out," McCoy said before leaving the podium. "That's crazy. Am I the same player? Yeah, I'm the same player.''

That assessment isn't showing up in the box score, but it was backed up by center Jason Kelce on Friday.

"I think LeSean is the same running back as he was last year," Kelce said on 94WIP. "I don’t think he’s changed one bit."

As to why McCoy's average per carry has dropped from 5.1 to 3.7, Kelce said the blame falls on the offensive line.

“Every running back is going to miss a few [holes],” Kelce said. “LeSean isn’t missing anymore [holes] than he did last year...I think the biggest thing is that we haven’t given him the amount of opportunities and the holes that he was given last year."

Fantasy Impact:

McCoy has been hounded by local media as to whether or not he's lost a step after a down season from 2013. He's also none-to-pleased to answer the question. Those who follow the team, for the most part, don't think McCoy has lost anything. The general feeling teams are trying to take away McCoy and make the Eagles beat them with the pass, something Nick Foles has struggled to do this season and Mark Sanchez wasn't great last week against Green Bay. Owners keep waiting for McCoy to bust out but that may not happen if defenses continue to play McCoy the way they apparently have.

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Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone, out) has been ruled out for Week 12. Mark Sanchez will continue to guide the Eagles’ offense with Foles sidelined. Sanchez has the second highest YPA (8.54) of all quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts. Aaron Rodgers leads the way with 8.78 YPA.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. Matthews now has 15-285-4 in 11 quarters with Mark Sanchez. That works out to 5.5-104-1.5 over a normal, four-quarter game.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone) was ruled out for Week 12. Mark Sanchez will continue to guide the Eagles’ offense with Foles sidelined. Sanchez has the second highest YPA (8.54) of all quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts. Aaron Rodgers leads the way with 8.78 YPA.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. Matthews now has 15-285-4 in 11 quarters with Mark Sanchez. That works out to 5.5-104-1.5 over a normal, four-quarter game.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone) was ruled out for Week 12. Mark Sanchez will continue to guide the Eagles’ offense with Foles sidelined. Sanchez has the second highest YPA (8.54) of all quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts. Aaron Rodgers leads the way with 8.78 YPA.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. Matthews now has 15-285-4 in 11 quarters with Mark Sanchez. That works out to 5.5-104-1.5 over a normal, four-quarter game.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone, out) has been ruled out for Week 11. Mark Sanchez will continue to start for the Eagles. He’s a QB2 in a not-so-great matchup against the Packers.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Eagles TE Brent Celek (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 11. Celek is worth a look in deep leagues given his apparent rapport with Mark Sanchez and the Eagles’ willingness to leave Zach Ertz on the sideline.

Eagles Beat: WR Jordan Matthews is 'just getting started'

Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:47am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Phil Sheridan on WR Jordan Matthews: Matthews is the prototype for what Kelly wants in his receivers: 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, good speed. This is why DeSean Jackson, for all his production, is not here anymore. Jackson simply can't block in the run game or on bubble screens to teammates. Matthews' size allows HC Chip Kelly to use him in a variety of ways, and the coach hasn't hesitated to expand the rookie's role. Remember, Kelly spent most of his career coaching 19-year-olds. So he doesn't shy away from playing rookies or second-year guys in the NFL. Also, Matthews seemed to play faster and with more confidence Monday night than we'd seen up until then. I think he's just getting started.

Fantasy Impact:

Matthews has shown a good rapport with QB Mark Sanchez that dates back to their time together on the second team in training camp. His snaps are consistently in the 60 to 70 percent range and he's outplaying starting WR Riley Cooper, whose snaps are down a bit in recent weeks. We believe there is a changing of the guard going on in Philadelphia, so Matthews should be owned in all leagues. He's a Sneaky Start in what should be a high scoring game against the Packers in Week 11.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone) was ruled out for Week 11. Mark Sanchez will continue to start for the Eagles. He’s a QB2 in a not-so-great matchup against the Packers.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm

Eagles TE Brent Celek (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Celek is worth a look in deep leagues given his apparent rapport with Mark Sanchez and the Eagles’ willingness to leave Zach Ertz on the sideline.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:52pm

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone) was ruled out for Week 11. Mark Sanchez will continue to start for the Eagles.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:52pm

Eagles TE Brent Celek (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. Celek is worth a look in deep leagues given his apparent rapport with Mark Sanchez and the Eagles’ willingness to leave Zach Ertz on the sideline.

Monday, November 10, 2014, 7:08pm

Eagles Inactives
Nick Foles QB
Taylor Hart DE
Dennis Kelly G
Jeff Maehl WR
Julian Vandervelde G
Jaylen Watkins CB
Earl Wolff SS

Fantasy Impact:

Foles is expected to miss the next six weeks, at least, with a broken collarbone. Mark Sanchez gets the start tonight and looked pretty good filling in last week against Houston. For what it's worth, he looked very good in the preseason as well. The Birds should go with a heavy dose of the run against the Panthers, but Sanchez is the starter for the foreseeable future and certainly has the potential to give owners similar fantasy production to what Foles has given this season.