Eagles Fantasy News

Eagles concerned about RB Ryan Mathews' fumbles; not being demoted

Monday, October 24, 2016, 5:43pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Ryan Mathews has fumbled in the final minutes of two of the past three games, and though coach Doug Pederson is not demoting his leading running back, he acknowledged that Mathews’ fumbles are “definitely a concern.”

“We don't want to see it, especially in those situations – four-minute situations there at the end of the game,” Pederson said. “We've got to continue to either find out if he's tired, where he's at at the end of the game; if we need to put Wendell Smallwood or Darren Sproles in there – we'll find out more about that. But by no means am I down on Ryan at all. We just have to make sure that he understands that he can't obviously do that and put ourselves in a situation where we're giving the ball back to the opponent.”

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews leads Eagle RBs in carries and yards and TDs but is also the only RB to fumble. This is already a committee situation. The story said it doesn't sound like he's going to get more carries, averaging about 11 per game, and that may go down if the team opts to give another RB late-game chances.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (leg) expected back for Week 8

Monday, October 24, 2016, 2:41pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

After missing the past three games due to a knee injury, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is expected to play Sunday night when the Dallas returns to action against the Philadelphia Eagles, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Bryant had hoped to play last week against the Green Bay Packers, but was held out in hopes of him being 100 percent. He suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his right leg on Sept. 25 against the Chicago Bears.

Fantasy Impact:

He was back in action at practice on Monday as the Cowboys returned from their bye week. Bryant had told reporters before the Cowboys bye week that he expected to return for the game against the Eagles.

Skins Beat: Team now has questions at RB

Monday, October 24, 2016, 2:40pm

CSN Mid-Atlantic - [Full Article]

A week ago the Redskins rushed for 230 yards against a strong Eagles defense. Matt Jones led the way, gaining 135 yards including 57 on a game-clinching long run in the last minutes of the game.

Now fast forward to today and there is widespread clamoring for Matt Jones to be benched, perhaps permanently. Having a hand in three fumbles, two of which were lost, will do that.

Related players: Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley

Fantasy Impact:

It's a dicey situation for Jones owners. Thompson isn't a carry-the-load kind of back and Kelly has looked good but doesn't have the experience. The author speculated Jones gets limited work this week with Thompson and Kelley splitting a bulk of the workload with about 10-12 carries each and Jones perhaps gets another chance to become the primary RB in the near future. It's a situation that needs to be monitored. As we said before, the Skins having any kind of split with their lack of running success at times doesn't make anyone a very solid fantasy option.

Eagles plan to use all four RBs in Week 7

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10:11am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

While it's not easy to rotate four backs in and out of the lineup, that's the game plan head coach Doug Pederson takes into the week.

"Yeah, I would,'' Pederson said Friday when asked if he would like to see all four backs get work. "It's kind of like the receivers. We're rotating a bunch of guys at that position, too.

"As I mentioned before, Ryan Mathews is the primary. [We are] utilizing Darren Sproles specifically in certain situations, third downs and any time we can give either Ryan a blow. Then Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner are both guys who can give us good energy and good burst when they're in there.

"Wendell is still that type of back that is still learning a little bit, you know. But at the same time we still want to be able to use all four guys if we can.''

Fantasy Impact:

The Eagles backfield hasn't made much sense most of the year. Mathews got over 20 carries against the Browns and Smallwood - after Mathews tweaked an ankle - got 17 carries and looked good against the Steelers. Mathews is supposed to be the safest fantasy play, but outside of his 22-carry game, and his two-carry game when he got hurt, he's only averaging about about 9-10 carries in the other three games.

Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:26pm

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 7. The full practice indicates that Diggs should be out there against the Eagles.

Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:26pm

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) took full practice reps again Friday. Matthews should be fine to play the Vikings.

Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:26pm

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion, out) missed practice again Friday and is out for Week 7. With Reed officially out, owners can stream Vernon Davis in a nice matchup with the Lions (#30 in TE aFPA). Davis turned four targets into 50 yards and a touchdown last week in a tough matchup against the Eagles.

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:10pm

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Diggs should be out there against the Eagles.

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:10pm

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Matthews should be fine to play the Vikings.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:41pm

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Matthews should be fine to play the Vikings.

Skins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) to see independent doctor Tuesday

Monday, October 17, 2016, 8:46pm

CSN Mid-Atlantic - [Full Article]

After missing Sunday's game against the Eagles and not practicing at all last week, HC Jay Gruden said simply, "Jordan Reed will see the independent doctor tomorrow," and added that he would have another update on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact:

The scary part for all parties is this marks at least Reed's sixth concussion, a dangerous number of head injuries at a time when more and more is being discovered about the trauma caused by repeated shots to the helmet. The NFL protocol requires Reed be cleared by an independent doctor before the team can consider a timeline for being back on the field, and until that happens, conversations around Reed are quite limited the story said.

Eagles WR Dorial Green-Beckham gets starter snaps

Monday, October 17, 2016, 3:15pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

No, Dorial Green-Beckham wasn't on the field when the Eagles took their first offensive snap on Sunday in Washington.

But he got a starter-like load of snaps.

Green-Beckham, who the Eagles acquired during training camp and brought along slowly, played 42 of the Eagles' 52 offensive snaps (81 percent) on Sunday. During the first five weeks of the season he's gone from 32 percent to 46 to 49 to 52 and now 81.

Fantasy Impact:

While Jordan Matthews led the Eagles' receivers in snaps with 47, DGB and Nelson Agholor had 42 apiece. Who's the odd man out? Well, Josh Huff had just nine snaps, the story said. DGB seems to be coming along since the trade and the hope is it's only a matter a time before he puts up starter fantasy numbers. He's not real safe for lineups at this point, and while he had a long play called back, he only caught one ball for 23 yards. The Eagles only completed 11 passes in the game.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) says he'll play Week 8

Monday, October 17, 2016, 1:06pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant felt good enough to play on Sunday, but the team decided to sit him again. Next time up, Bryant says there’s no decision to make: He’s playing.

Bryant said after the Cowboys beat the Packers on Sunday that with Dallas heading into its bye week, he has absolutely no doubt that he’s playing the next game, against the Eagles in Week Eight.

“Don’t have to ask me anymore, I’m good,” Bryant told Jane Slater of NFL Network. “Playing against Philly.”

Fantasy Impact:

Bryant suffered a knee injury in Week 3 and has been out since then. The Cowboys have gone 3-0 without him, but they’d love to have him back at 100 percent down the stretch as they push for the playoffs. Who will be throwing him the ball is another question. We had a story on Saturday that said don't expect Tony Romo to return for Week 8, but possibly Week 9. However Dak Prescott has been impressive so the Cowboys have a tough decision to make at QB in the near future.

WR Golden Tate could see time in Lions backfield

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 5:40pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Lions have been experimenting with receiver Golden Tate playing running back. With pass-catching tailback Theo Riddick out this week due to an ankle injury, Tate could line up even more often in the backfield, as noted by Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.

Last Sunday against the Eagles, Tate had three carries for six yards. But with Riddick, the leading pass catcher among all NFL running backs, absent, Tate could run more pass routes from the backfield.

Fantasy Impact:

Dwayne Washington could be back and the team signed RB Justin Forsett this week as well, and also has Zach Zenner in the mix. From a fantasy standpoint, it's not a great situation if you're counting on the Lions cloudy backfield picture in Week 6, but it seems like Tate could be more involved which gives his value a little boost this week.

Redskins rule out TE Jordan Reed

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 5:28pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Not surprisingly, the Redskins on Saturday declared both tight end Jordan Reed and rookie safety Su’a Cravens out of Sunday’s game vs. the Eagles.

Both were downgraded after being listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.

Reed was diagnosed this week with his sixth concussion since his college playing days and could miss more time.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story noted, the Skins have two more games before their bye on Nov. 6. It's not out of the question Reed sits out until after the bye considering his concussion history. However, this is just speculation. Owners should have a backup plan in place in case he does miss multiple games.

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