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CAR at ATL *NE at BUF *SD at KC *WAS at TB
*CIN at JAC *NO at GB *SEA at STL *CHI at DAL (MON)
*Updated *MIA at ARI *NYG at PHI *SF at NYJ Bye: IND, PIT

Prediction: NYG 23, PHI 24 (Line: PHI by 2)

Players to Watch: Ahmad Bradshaw, Brent Celek

Players Updated: Jeremy Maclin, Ahmad Bradshaw, Hakeem Nicks, Ramses Barden

This is a game where you can throw out records. The Giants won 29-16 in Philly last and then lost 10-17 at home. That was their only win in the last five trips to Philadelphia. The Eagles have won seven of the last eight times they met. For whatever reason, the Eagles matchup well with the Giants who are looking better as long as they stay in the NFC South. Flip a coin here.

New York Giants
Homefield: Meadowlands Stadium
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 DAL 17-24 10 @CIN -----
2 TB 41-34 11 BYE -----
3 @CAR 36-7 12 GB -----
4 @PHI ----- 13 @WAS -----
5 CLE ----- 14 NO -----
6 @SF ----- 15 @ATL -----
7 WAS ----- 16 @BAL -----
8 @DAL ----- 17 PHI -----
9 PIT ----- ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
NYG @ PHI Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning 260,2
WR Victor Cruz 7-90,1

Pregame Notes: The Giants are 2-1 but Eli Manning has only posted one big game - his 510 yard effort in the comeback win over the visiting Buccaneers. Otherwise he has just one score per week and only moderate passing yardage. Hakeem Nicks sat out last week because of his foot but plans on playing this week even if he only practices once. In his place Ramses Barden had a career best nine catches for 138 yards versus the Panthers. Nothing is ever so motivating as watching your backup look great.

Martellus Bennett remains the newest weapon that has caught a touchdown in every game and turns in around five catches for 70 yards in recent weeks. Bennett is supplying a needed and valuable additional outlet for Manning beyond the wide receivers. The Giants don't throw to the backs much so Bennett fills that shorter, over the middle role. So far he's been one of the best fantasy tight ends and a must start each week.

Ahmad Bradshaw has been cleared to practice after missing last week with a neck injury. Until he has a week of full practices and looks strong, you have to assume that Andre Brown remains in the rotation if not remains the primary back. Brown has shown power unlike anything that Bradshaw can provide even when healthy and as the only "big" back on the roster, should remain mostly on the field no matter what is done with Bradshaw and David Wilson. The problem of course is that we cannot know how much work Bradshaw gets and how much is taken away from Brown. Figuring that Wilson still gets a few token touches as well means those two nice games by Brown may end up his best of the season.

Domenik Hixon has been cleared to practice after suffering a minor concussion.

The Eagles have a top ten defense in almost every category and will be back at home. This is a game where previous performances are less indicative because the two teams know each other so well. The one main carryover that should be reliable is that Nnamdi Asomugha will cover Nicks who he handled last season when Nicks was healthy.

Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 7 12 2 9 1 13
Preventing Fantasy Points PHI 3 9 6 5 26 32

QB Eli Manning, NYG @BUF 0000028021 ***
The Bills have allowed multiple touchdown tosses and at least 243 passing yards in every game this season. It's not like the Giants will have any success running the ball, and Eli's thrown for 279 and 2 or better each of the past two games, so expect another solid fantasy showing here.
RB Rashad Jennings, NYG @BUF 3002200000 ***
The Bills haven't allowed a back to top 50 rushing yards on the season, and surrendered only one touchdown to the position, so Jennings' upside is extremely limited.
RB Shane Vereen, NYG @BUF 2004300000 **
As the Giants' pass-catching back Vereen has upside this week because they'll likely struggle to run against the Bills, and because he has the potential for a 6-98 receiving game like Dion Lewis dropped on the Bills a couple weeks back.
WR Odell Beckham, NYG @BUF 0071102000 ***
The Bills have surrendered multiple TDs to wideouts in each of the past two games; each totaled at least 97 yards in the process as well. Sounds like a baseline for Beckham, who even with the possible return of Victor Cruz this week constitutes the vast majority of Big Blue's passing game.
WR Rueben Randle, NYG @BUF 006800000 ***
Randle is coming off a big game against the Redskins, but with Victor Cruz potentially back in the mix and Odell Beckham Jr. still the lead dog it's tough to expect a repeat performance.
TE Larry Donnell, NYG @BUF 004300000 ***
Donnell is still sharing the workload with Daniel Fells, and the Bills have mostly stifled any tight end not named Gronk. Neither of those bode well for his fantasy prospects.
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K Josh Brown, NYG @BUF 1022 ***
Brown quietly leads the league in kicker points, though a date with a tough Bills defense threatens to dampen his spirits and his productivity.

Philadelphia Eagles
Homefield: Lincoln Financial Field
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @CLE 17-16 10 DAL -----
2 BAL 24-23 11 @WAS -----
3 @ARI 6-27 12 CAR -----
4 NYG ----- 13 @DAL -----
5 @PIT ----- 14 @TB -----
6 DET ----- 15 CIN -----
7 BYE ----- 16 WAS -----
8 ATL ----- 17 @NYG -----
9 @NO ----- ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
PHI vs NYG Rush Catch Pass
QB Sam Bradford 190
QB Mark Sanchez 210,1
RB Ryan Mathews 60 6-50,1
RB DeMarco Murray 70,1 3-20
RB Darren Sproles 10 6-50,1
WR Miles Austin 5-80
TE Brent Celek 6-80,1

Pregame Notes: The Eagles finally found a way to not win by just one point. Instead they were waxed in Arizona where all the same problem with Vick still existed. He finally did not throw any interceptions but held the ball too long and coughed up two fumbles - one of which was returned for a 93-yard touchdown by the Cardinals defense. Vick only managed 217 passing yards there after at least throwing for over 310 yards in the first two games. In fantasy terms, Vick has been a disappointment with never more than 34 rushing yards in a game to help counteract those turnovers. He scored in his one home game so far though.

LeSean McCoy was only used for 13 runs (70 yards) last week and HC Andy Reid admitted that he should have run McCoy more. After 25+ touches in the first two games, he was only given 16 touches in Arizona and that should prove to be a low spot in the season. McCoy should be relied on more ongoing since the offense has long revolved around what he does.

Jeremy Maclin was out because of his hip last week but is expected to return. His presence helps balance the passing game which will be very important against the Giants. DeSean Jackson was held to only 43 yards on three catches versus the Cardinals in part because the defense really focuses on him with Maclin out. Jason Avant cannot seem to break 40 yards in a game whether he is the replacement starter or just the #3 called in occasionally.

Brent Celek left his monster 157 yard game at home against the Ravens to only come up with 36 yards on two catches in Arizona. For what it may be worth, his only big game was at home this year and the Giants just watched Greg Olsen go nuts with 98 yards last week.

This game could turn on more Vick turnovers but the Giants are not getting as good a pass rush as last season and have only six sacks on the season. The rushing defense has been decent but McCoy brings in their first real dual threat back. So far the weakness of the Giants remains in their secondary which could help Vick from making more mistakes. In the last ten games, the Eagles are 7-0 when Maclin plays and 0-3 when they do not.

Gaining Fantasy Points PHI 9 24 16 7 28 17
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 19 10 26 8 5 17

QB Sam Bradford, PHI @WAS 0000020010 ***
Bradford's been ordinary through three starts as an Eagle, with just one TD toss in each, and neither Mother Nature nor an underrated Redskins defense are poised to do him any favors.
RB Ryan Mathews, PHI @WAS 3003200000 ***
Mathews stepped up in the absence of DeMarco Murray last week, dropping 128 combo yards and a touchdown on a good Jets defense. That likely earns him a larger share of the touches going forward, especially with Murray scuffling as well as hurting. The Redskins haven't surrendered much to opposing backs, so it'll be a shrinking pie; split two ways there's a shot at fantasy relevancy for Mathews, but if Murray is active they're all bench fodder.
RB Darren Sproles, PHI @WAS 1005200000 ***
Sproles remains a threat in the passing game, but the Skins aren't giving up much in that regard and there are three Eagles vying for a slice of a small running back pie so you likely have better fantasy options at your disposal.
RB DeMarco Murray, PHI @WAS 2002100000 *
Murray's been hurt, and he's been lousy. Last week he was overshadowed by Ryan Mathews, and who knows what role he'll return to if and when he comes back. Keep him on the fantasy back burner for the time being.

Update: Murray is officially listed as questionable, but seeing as Ryan Mathews worked out so well for the Eagles last week there's no reason to rush DeMarco back to the lineup, is there?
WR Jordan Matthews, PHI @WAS 006701000 ***
The Skins have allowed a WR TD each week, and Matthews is the most likely Eagle to come away with it this week. But between Chip Kelly's system, a tough Redskins D and the potential of hurricane weather you'll want to check other available options first.
WR Nelson Agholor, PHI @WAS 003300000 ***
Agholor's targets are on the uptick, but it's a tough matchup and he hasn't proven anything yet so best let him chill on the fantasy bench--at least until the hurricane blows over.
TE Zach Ertz, PHI @WAS 004400000 ***
The Skins haven't allowed much to opposing tight ends, and Ertz hasn't done much either. So a reprise of his 15-catch, 115-yard lambasting of the Redskins last December seems unlikely.
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K Caleb Sturgis, PHI @WAS 3311 ***
Surges takes over for the injured Cody Parkey--maybe right as the Philly offense is starting to live up to preseason billing?

CAR at ATL *NE at BUF *SD at KC *WAS at TB
*CIN at JAC *NO at GB *SEA at STL *CHI at DAL (MON)
*Updated *MIA at ARI *NYG at PHI *SF at NYJ Bye: IND, PIT

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