The Eagles can’t lose to the lowly Giants, can they? Everyone is writing off New York after two weeks, but history suggests something different. NFC East battles do not focus on stats or potential. They are games full of attitude and aggression, with the intent of leaving everything on the field. In the past, the showdowns between these two familiar foes have ended with last minute field goals and punt returns. Unfortunately, David Akers and DeSean Jackson aren’t here and the visions of Tom Coughlin’s disgust are now a fixture back in Jacksonville. Lucky for us, we still have Alshon Jeffery and Darren Sproles to light up the board.
I still predict this contest to be a rather low-scoring game. But, even in a low-scoring game, there’s still room for outstanding fantasy performances. Here’s my report!
Trending Up (Last week: 2/3):
• Darren Sproles
I am keeping him here as I was extremely close with his production estimates in Week 2. He is the best RB on the team and showed is still has the ability to play at a high level. He received 14 touches last and this week I think he gets bumped up to the 17 range. He will feed off the home crowd and turn a least one play into a big gain.
Projection: 11 rushes for 46 yds., 6 rec., 75 yards
• LeGarrette Blount
I know he didn’t receive one carry last week, but Doug Pederson has Andy Reid tendencies and when he hears whispers, he usually answers the call. I feel he will come out running the rock this week and Blount will wind up with a few easy scores.
Projection: 18 rushes, 78 yards, 2 TD
• Alshon Jeffery
This connection finally looks to be sharp. Last week was the beginning and this week the home fans will see it unfold. Eli Apple gets more penalties than Jason Peters and Janoris Jenkins looks to be out. Jenkins specializes in dealing with big, physical receivers. Without him, Wentz will look to feast.
Projection: 10 rec., 105 yards, 1 TD
Trending Down (Last week: 1/2):
• Nelson Agholor
After his Week 1 breakout, it looks like Agholor is playing 4th behind Jeffery, Ertz and Smith. He has the ability to make plays in the zone, but will not do enough as a fantasy play in Week 3.
Projection: 3 rec., 36 yds
• Zach Ertz
I know I said last week his spot on the upward report could be permanent, but I have a hunch this games will be different. I am looking at a running attack that will see Ertz stay back to block more than running routes. This could keep his production down and make him a liability this week.
Projection: 5 rec., 56 yds
Insider Trading Tip:
Mack Hollins was my pick in Week 1 and I am leaning towards his way once again. The Giants have shown the inability to cover the middle of the field, which is where Hollins excels. He has a knack for finding space in the soft zone and strong enough to get away from arm tackles. He feeds off of excitement and looks to bring his own to the Linc in Week 3.
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