Eagles Fantasy News

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 3:03pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Redskins coach Jay Gruden has been impressed with the way quarterback Robert Griffin III has worked to rehab his injured ankle but a little over two weeks after the injury Gruden still doesn’t have a good idea of when Griffin might be able to play again.

“He’s doing a great job. For whatever injury he has, he’s probably going to recover quicker than the normal human being, faster than anyone, probably,” said Gruden. “So it won’t surprise me when he comes back, I’m sure he’ll be quicker than normal. He’s doing everything he can to get right but what that timetable is, I have no idea. Only his body will know and the trainers.”

Fantasy Impact:

Kirk Cousins will have a tough schedule ahead, starting this week with Seattle. After lighting up the Eagles, Cousins struggled last week against the Giants and may not be etched in stone as the team's starter when RGIII returns.

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Nick Foles says he feels good

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 3:00pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Playing behind a patch-work offensive line, Eagles QB Nick Foles has taken plenty of hits these past two weeks, and it is now a common occurrence for him to be seen stretching out his left shoulder between plays and on the sideline.

When asked on Tuesday if the shoulder was bothering him, or affecting his accuracy, Foles wouldn't go into detail on how much his shoulder was actually bothering him.

"You get hit a couple times, there is definitely some soreness," Foles said. "You are going to get hit, you are going to have soreness, but I feel good.

"It's a shield. It takes a beating. You gotta be able to put it up when someone is coming in, and you are delivering a ball. I can't throw a football very well with my left arm, but you have to have it to defend defenders and deliver the ball."

Fantasy Impact:

It hasn't helped Foles that RB LeSean McCoy has been non-existent the past two weeks. He's had to throw more and is taking a beating as a result. The good news is Lane Johnson, the team's RT, returned this week from suspension and will start, but could be rusty. Foles was clear that the soreness he is experiencing is "not at all" responsible for his decline in play, a decline that has been a steep one from last season.

Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis split work

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:39am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles was technically the starter and Knile Davis the reserve Monday night, but beyond that the lines were blurred. They both played a lot early in the game, a rotation the Chiefs haven't used since Davis joined the team as a third-round draft pick last year.

There was much to like about the results, with Davis rushing for 107 yards on 16 carries and Charles 92 yards on 18 carries. What may be more meaningful to the Chiefs than the stats was this: They got as much from Davis as they did Charles.

"We knew before the game started that I was going to get some reps and Knile was going to get some reps," Charles said. "Knile is starting to believe in himself. He's starting to feel comfortable, and I'm happy for him."

Fantasy Impact:

The two players complement each other. Both are fast and big-play threats. But Davis is bigger, more powerful and wears down a defense faster. Charles has the ability to make defenders miss. As the story said, it was really the first time Reid has used that type of rotation, and that even dates back to his days with the Eagles. It will be interesting to see how this plays out going forward because that matchup was a pretty good one and all the results were positive. Unfortunately for owners of both, there are some really tough matchups coming up, starting with the 49ers in Week 5, followed by the Bears, Chargers, Rams, Jets and Bills.

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3:14pm

Eagles Inactives
Matt Barkley QB
Kevin Graf T
Taylor Hart DE
Josh Huff WR
Jason Kelce C
Mychal Kendricks ILB
Jaylen Watkins CB

Jamaal Charles practices Saturday

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 2:50pm

Herbie Teope on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) on the practice field for third straight day during portion open to media.

Fantasy Impact:

Another reporter Tweeted that Andy Reid said Charles did "everything" in practice. Certainly good news, and right now he looks to be a go for Monday night against the Patriots. Reid traditionally rides his starter in games as long as they can play and that dates back to his time with the Eagles. Knile Davis could get some work but tradition points to Charles carrying the load in a great matchup. Owners should still have a backup plan in place just in case.

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 12:59pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

With Giants TE Larry Donnell quickly establishing himself as a legitimate receiving threat and WR Odell Beckham eyeing a return this week, WR Victor Cruz is going to have more open space than ever.

"I love it," Cruz said. "I love the opportunity; I got the ball twice from the backfield already. Just the chance to give me the ball and operate in some space, and do some good things in that area. It is just another way that coach (Ben) McAdoo has been able to give me the ball and be positive."

For Cruz, who currently leads the Giants in targets (32), receiving yards (299) and yards per reception (16.6), the development is obviously welcome. He will start seeing some of the same looks as he did in 2012, back when he wasn't the most important receiver for the defense to key on.

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants are trying to find different way to get Cruz the ball but especially free in space, and Cruz coming out of the backfield is the latest wrinkle. Perhaps this whole Giant offense is starting to find its way. The Giants have a couple of nice passing matchups in the next two weeks which will certainly help: Atlanta in Week 5 and then the Eagles in Week 6.

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11:26am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

In Thursday night’s debacle against the New York Giants, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins reverted to the turnover-prone form that he displayed in limited action during the first two seasons of his career.

Cousins posted a career-worst five turnovers (four interceptions, one fumble lost) while throwing for just one touchdown. In 11 game appearances since his rookie year in 2012 – six of them starts – Cousins has recorded 15 interceptions and three lost fumbles to go with 14 touchdown passes. He has thrown multiple interceptions in four of those games.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden called Cousins’ penchant for turning the ball over worrisome, but said the young quarterback was hardly the sole problem in Thursday’s game.

“It’s worrisome, [but] you have to take the game for what it is. We lost the game, he didn’t play very well, he threw four picks, we understand that, and a fumble, but he didn’t have a lot of help, either,” Gruden said. “There weren’t a lot of people – the defense didn’t help him out, the offensive line didn’t help him out, the receivers didn’t help him out. There’s a lot of other factors that we could have had better game, a better outing, if other people were helping more. It’s not just Kirk. Kirk, his mistakes are magnified obviously, but there are other guys who had mistakes that were equally important and devastating to the football game. We just have to continue to work to get better, and we will, but we’re not going to hold Kirk’s head under the water right now. We’re going to keep him composed and getting better, and he’s going to be fine next week.”

Fantasy Impact:

Cousins lit up the Eagles defense but coming into a short week had completely different results against an equally bad Giants defense. Things don't get much easier in terms of matchups outside of the Cowboys in Week 8 - the Skins will face four top-half defenses in terms of allowing fantasy points to QBs: Seahawks Week 5, Cardinals Week 6, Titans Week 7 and Vikings Week 9 leading up to the Week 10 bye.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

49ers RB Frank Gore (back, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Gore should be fine for a good matchup with the Eagles.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (quadricep, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 4. Crabtree has a nice matchup with the Eagles, so we’re expecting good production, especially with Vernon Davis iffy.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Eagles WR Josh Huff (shoulder, questionable) took full practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 4.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (oblique, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. The probable tag indicates that Matthews should be fine to face the 49ers. The Eagles may have trouble running on San Francisco, which could mean extra attempts in the passing game.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Eagles WR Brad Smith (groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Eagles TE James Casey (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

49ers RB Frank Gore (back) practiced fully Wednesday. Gore should be fine for a good matchup with the Eagles.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Eagles WR Josh Huff (shoulder) took full practice reps again Thursday.