Monday Night Football Preview
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Week 1 featured a double-header on Monday night that had two completely different games. The first game was a close shoot-out while the other was a blowout. Week 2 features only one Monday night game, but one that has plenty of fantasy implications as the Philadelphia Eagles travel to the Chicago Bears. The Eagles look to improve to 2-0, while the Bears are looking for their first win of 2016.
The Eagles proved that they have some valuable fantasy assets on the offensive side. In matchups against poor defenses, there are many weapons on this offense that fantasy owners can look to.
Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz only played a handful of snaps in the preseason but showed that he is ready to take over the job. He had a strong outing in Week 1, throwing for 278 yards and two touchdowns. While it was against the Browns, Wentz proved in his debut that he can a valuable streamer given the right matchup. He finds himself in another favorable matchup as the Bears just gave up 16.6 fantasy points to Brock Osweiler.
Questions were surrounding Eagles running back Ryan Mathews during fantasy drafts. The questions were never about his ability, as he averaged over five yards per carry in 2015, but about his durability. He has only played a full year one time in his six-year career. However, if he is healthy, he is a good bet to put up solid fantasy points. He rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown against the Browns. It won’t come as a surprise if he puts up similar numbers. Pass-catching running back Darren Sproles always has a safe floor due to his activity in the passing game. He is a valuable asset, especially in PPR formats.
At wide receiver, Jordan Matthews was a high-targeted option for Wentz and it likely will not change. He should have success against the poor secondary of the Bears. Matthews has a lot of upside in this game. Nelson Agholor is a boom-or-bust candidate that has the possibility to catch 50 yards and a touchdown, but he’s just too unproven to be placed in a lineup unless you are in a deep league.
Eagles’ tight end Zach Ertz was ruled out for the game, so Brent Celek looks to take over the majority of the snaps at the position. He still does not hold much fantasy relevance.
The Bears have a couple of fantasy assets and for the most part, they played well against the stout Texans’ defense.
Jay Cutler has his moments but does not hold much fantasy value, even as a streamer, until he proves he can get it going. He only had 216 passing yards and one touchdown while also throwing for one interception. The Eagles do not have a great pass defense so expect similar numbers on Monday night.
Running back Jeremy Langford played well against the Texans and if there were any questions about a committee, he played over 95 percent of snaps. He had 57 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. While the yards per carry clip leaves much to be desired, he played solid against a tough run defense and should have a much easier go of things on Monday night against the Eagles.
At wide receiver, Alshon Jeffery has the chance to be the WR1 against a weak Eagles pass defense. He is an absolute mismatch each week, and there is no doubt that he has the chance to be the top performing wide receiver for Week 2. Kevin White has had his troubles in the preseason, and they have shown in the regular season. If there is a game for him to get on track, it is this one. Eddie Royal saw a good amount of targets, but they are too inconsistent to predict.
Tight end Zach Miller was a highly touted flier going into drafts, but he left fantasy owners hanging in Week 1 as he caught three passes for 14 yards. He looks to bounce back against the Eagles and fantasy owners may become worried if he does not start producing soon.