Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

Episode 16: First Aid (Week 3)

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George and Scott break down two games and give fantasy value out on both sides of the ball for each one. First, Eagles vs. Redskins. Second, Packers vs. Lions. They also hand out their weekly awards and preview tonight's game between the Chicago Bears and New York Jets.


Eagles vs. Redskins

A wild game that saw plenty of injuries and players getting ejected after a brawl broke out over a late hit on Eagles quarterback Nick Foles.


Nick Foles — 27 for 41, 325 yards, 3 touchdowns (32 fantasy points in standard leagues)

Analysis: This was a grown up game for Foles, who took several shots from the Redskins defensive line but kept getting back up. He shredded the Redskins' secondary, and could've thrown more had he not missed a few open players deep on occasion. But that's nitpicking. He's a QB1 going forward in this dynamic offense.

Kirk Cousins — 30 for 48, 427 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception (33 fantasy points)

Analysis: Cousins benefited from a weak Eagles' secondary, but this was the second-straight fantastic effort from him. He was decisive and his 50-yard bomb to DeSean Jackson proved he can chuck it if need be. He has a favorable matchup against the New York Giants on Thursday, and we know how Thursday games tend to favor the offense. He's a startable plug-and-play QB1.


LeSean McCoy — 19 carries for 22 yards, zero touchdowns (2 fantasy points)

Analysis: After an underrated game on Monday night, McCoy tossed up a dud in Week 3. Part of it was due to the Eagles' line, who was already down a few players coming in. That problem was compounded when arguably their best lineman Jason Peters was ejected after he intervened on behalf of Nick Foles after the quarterback was hit late after a play. But Washington's front four played well, and never allowed McCoy to get to the outside where he's most dangerous. Despite the performance, McCoy still had 19 carries, which means he'll still be the guy going forward. He'll break out at some point.

Alfred Morris — 23 carries for 77 yards, zero touchdowns (7 fantasy points)

Analysis: Morris was solid as ever, and would've had a touchdown had Roy Helu not sniped it at the 1-yard line. The Eagles defensive line played well enough to keep him from going off, but Morris has a favorable matchup against a Giants team that's giving up 30 points per game. He's a prime candidate for a big week.


Jeremy Maclin — 8 receptions for 154 yards, 1 touchdown (21 fantasy points)

Analysis: Maclin is red hot after scoring a touchdown for the third straight game. This is the Maclin fantasy owners have been waiting to see, and his 6-7th round ADP is looking like one of the best value picks this season. He's a WR2 this week against San Francisco

Jordan Matthews — 8 receptions for 59 yards, 2 touchdowns (17 fantasy points)

Analysis: Matthews had his breakout game against a weak Redskins' secondary. He's unlikely to repeat this performance on a consistent basis, especially against San Francisco in Week 3. But he'll still have moments where he plays well. If you're willing to deal with the inconsistency, he's worth a stash in deep leagues.

Pierre Garcon — 11 receptions for 138 yards, 1 touchdown (19 fantasy points)

Analysis: Garcon made some outstanding catches on some even better throws from Cousins. He led the team in targets with 16, and couldn't be held in check by the Eagles' secondary.

DeSean Jackson — 5 receptions for 117 yards, 1 touchdown (17 fantasy points)

Analysis: Jackson returned to Philly for the first time since he was cut back in the spring, and he clearly played with a chip on his shoulder. He celebrated his 81-yard touchdown emphatically, mocking the Eagles hand waving celebration after he burned safety Nate Allen and caught a 50-yard bomb from Cousins. It was his best game as a Redskin. The arrow is pointing up for Jackson as Cousins appears to have found his rhythm in the offense.





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George Banko

George Banko started talking about fantasy football shortly after graduating college. He started as an intern at before working as a staff writer for Fantasy Knuckleheads. He currently contributes to the Fantasy Hot Read podcast, which is available on itunes. He also educated himself on player evaluation and is a graduate of The Scouting Academy in 2015, which is an online course run by former NFL Scout Dan Hatman. He started Fantasy Football Helpers as a blog in 2011 and converted it to a full-scale website in 2014. Read more.

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