Fantasy football advice, Week 16: Who to start/sit for Eagles vs. Washington on Saturday
The Eagles definitely can’t afford any more losses.
A couple weeks ago the Philadelphia Eagles were 9-3, in first place in the NFC East and in good shape for the playoffs. As Week 16 dawns, they’ve lost two in a row, the Dallas Cowboys have taken over first place, and they’d miss the playoffs if the season ended now. They look to get back on the right track as the take on 3-11 Washington Saturday.
The Eagles will still be without quarterback Nick Foles, likely done for the rest of the regular season with his broken collarbone. The team is basically healthy otherwise, at least from a fantasy perspective. Washington, too, is largely healthy, with only Roy Helu Jr. — dealing with a toe injury — possibly out for the game.
Philadelphia will travel to Washington for Saturday’s game, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET. Here’s a look at the fantasy names to consider:
Start ‘em: He had three touchdowns vultured from him last week, ruining what should have been a decent fantasy day. Still, LeSean McCoy is the team’s clear No. 1 running back, and he’s not close to bench status. … Some matchups can make a star out of anyone, and “facing Washington’s pass defense” is one of them. Jeremy Maclin should be in for a big game. … Right after his worst game of the season, Cody Parkey came right back with a good one. He’s a top-flight kicker. … The Eagles’ defense against a rough Washington offense should do really well.
Start ‘em?: We all had high hopes for Mark Sanchez in fantasy when he took over the team’s starting role, but he hasn’t really lived up to it so far. Still, against Washington’s awful pass defense, he might have one more decent game in him. … Jordan Matthews‘ production has fallen off in a big way the last couple weeks. He’s a low-end flex, even in a nice matchup.
Start ‘em: That’s three straight games of single-digit fantasy numbers for Alfred Morris after a hot stretch. He’s fallen to a mid-to-low RB2, but he’s still someone you’re starting.
Start ‘em?: If he hadn’t lost that touchdown at the end of the first half Sunday, Robert Griffin III would have had a really good fantasy day in Week 15. He’s looking better, and is a super high-risk option, but there’s reward there. … In the last five weeks, DeSean Jackson has only had one really good game, but he’s still the best option Washington has in the passing game. He’s a fine flex option. … At this point, Jordan Reed’s downside seems far more significant than his upside. He’s usable only in the most desperate situations. … Kai Forbath has had some decent games, but he’s also had some complete no-shows. At kicker, he’s probably not worth the risk.
Sit ‘em: The only time since Week 7 Pierre Garcon has even approached usability is when Jackson was out a couple weeks ago. He’s off the table. … The Washington defense hasn’t reached double-digit fantasy points since Week 2.
Start in every league: LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Cody Parkey, Philadelphia defense, Alfred Morris
Start if you’re desperate: Mark Sanchez, Jordan Matthews, Robert Griffin III, DeSean Jackson, Jordan Reed, Kai Forbath
Bench: Darren Sproles, Chris Polk, Zach Ertz, Pierre Garcon, Washington defense