Nick Foles and fantasy subterfuge
- Updated: December 10, 2012
Did you watch the Philly-Tampa Bay game today? It was a rough game to watch if you were an Eagles fan. Hell, it was just a rough game to watch. The magic that running back Bryce Brown had been weaving in the previous two weeks just wasn’t in the cards against a Bucs defense that has proven strong versus the run. Foles looked rough and slow. It was a long day. Yet somehow at the end of the day the Eagles squeaked away with a win. It was momentous for the Eagles as it ended their nightmare losing streak (longest since 1968). But, there was more going on here. Something far more foul. Something that also happened is that Nick Foles likely fleeced a ton of fantasy football players in their fantasy playoffs.
Chances are Foles didn’t get started in too many leagues. Going into Week 14 he was only owned in 3.9% of ESPN Fantasy Football leagues and was started in 1.4%. It being the first round of fantasy playoffs for most leagues means he probably wasn’t around or needed anyway for playoff participants. But, what if some poor playoff contender is going into their round 2 Week 15 fantasy playoff matchup needing a QB. Foles may have fooled everyone.
If you’re looking at the fantasy points line for Foles it’s impressive. You can’t ignore 31.9 fantasy points. That was more than every other QB in Week 14 except Cam Newton, and Cam had a HUGE day against the Atlanta Falcons. Foles put up impressive real game numbers, too. He was 32 of 51 for 381 yards and 2 TDs, and he also rushed for 27 yards and scored a rushing TD. However, the underlying truth is that Foles looked slow, inaccurate and indecisive. Somehow the Eagles won. Somehow Foles put up some numbers. But, if you’re looking for a QB going into Week 15 for the love of god don’t get fooled by Foles’ Week 14 fantasy score. If you’ve had him on your bench, don’t get fooled into starting him. He’ll trick some folks and that’s unfortunate. Don’t expect 31.9 in Week 15 against the Bengals. In fact, don’t expect half of that number.
Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...