Jeremy Maclin and King Dunlap out for Cardinals game
The battle of the birds just became even more unpredictable. The 2-0 Cardinals are about to faceoff against a 2-0 Eagles team now without key members to their offensive line and receiving corps. Not only is Philadelphia trying to figure out how to fix their problem at center with Jason Kelce’s needing season-ending knee surgery, but they will also be without left tackle King Dunlap.
Jason Kelce was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday after he had surgery to repair a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee. He will require six to 12 months recovery time. Dunlap injured his hamstring in last Sunday’s win over Baltimore while Jeremy Maclin was hurt in the season opener and aggravated his injury throwing a block against the Ravens. Some fear Maclin was on track to recover but suffered a setback.
Fantasy Impact: DeSean Jackson owners seem excited about the possibility of added targets being thrown his way with Jeremy Maclin out, but I have a hard time seeing D-Jack succeeding on Sunday. The Cardinals will likely send massive amounts of pressure at Vick and the replacement-filled offensive line, while using double coverage on the speedy wide-out throughout much of the game. With DeSean Jackson being a deep threat target it’s unlikely Vick will have the time to get him the ball for a big play. Even if Vick finds time in the pocket, Arizona will have safety help over top. Players like Brent Celek and LeSean McCoy could benefit more from the loss of possession WR Jeremy Maclin.
Super Deep Sleeper: WR Damaris Johnson will step in for Maclin and does have decent wheels. He could do enough to help the Eagles succeed in 3rd and long situations.
Overall Result: Boost in Brent Celek and McCoy’s production