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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL MONDAY WRAPUP: EAGLES/PANTHERS

The Eagles and the Mark Sanchez era began in wildly successful fashion Monday night and Cam Newton continued to show how overrated he is as fantasy football Week 10 drew to a close.

Mark Sanchez:  20/37 for 332 yards with 2 TD.  Yeah I would say Sanchez seems a good fit for Chip Kelly's offense.  Those who had short memories and picked up Sanchez prior to the week were rewarded in a major way.  Sanchez looked poised and sharp with most of his throws.  He still forces things a bit but Sanchez could be an every week starter the rest of the way given his potent offense.

Cam Newton:  25/40 for 306 yards with 2 TD and 3 INT.  I don't want to hear about the two scores because they both came in extreme garbage time.  Yes they do count obviously but prior to that Newton was a complete abomination with three picks.  Saying he has no weapons is starting to get old as Kelvin Benjamin looks like a real player and Greg Olsen is having a career year.  Once again Newton goes down as one of the most overrated passers in fantasy football.

LeSean McCoy:  12 carries for 19 yards and 1 TD while catching 1 pass for -2 yards.  Other than the score, it was like McCoy was not even there.  Now averaging well under 4.0 yards per carry, McCoy's recent run of two 100-yards games in the last four is not looking as impressive.  We said in the beginning of the season that McCoy carried some risk due to the extreme amount of times he carried the ball last season and the effects look obvious.  Remember that in recent history guys like Larry Johnson, Eddie George, and Jamaal Anderson all had bad seasons the year after 300-plus touches.  We could be adding McCoy to this list.

Jordan Matthews:  7 catches fro 138 yards and 2 TD's.  Matthews was a monster in this one and it makes sense given the fact he worked a ton with Sanchez in training camp and in practice which developed a nice rapport between the two.  The 2014 second round pick has a terrific blend of size and speed and is a must add this week if he is still lurking on the waiver wire.

Jeremy Maclin:  3 catches for 38 yards.  A quiet game for Maclin but he had been so ridiculously productive over the last month that no quibbling here.  Was just Jordan Matthews' time to shine.

Brent Celek:  5 catches for 116 yards.  Well I guess we all had the wrong Eagles tight end in the summer as Zach Ertz caught only one ball for 17 yards.  Celek still has a lot of life left to his game and is not a bad add.

Greg Olsen:  6 catches for 119 yards.  Olsen was almost guaranteed to have his best season ever when you consider he was really the only proven receiver on the Panthers coming into the year.  He has responded with terrific top five tight end numbers and remains the top dog in the weak Panthers passing game.

Kelvin Benjamin:  3 catches for 70 yards and 2 TD.  Benjamin was a big TD producer at Florida State and he has carried that ability over to the NFL.  The raw catches are not impressive but Benjamin will only get better.  Now if only his QB can go along with the plan.

 

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