Oct 6, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) scrambles against the New York Giants during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to yet another edition of the Fantasy Five, where we take a look at the best fantasy football players in every Buccaneers’ game. This week the Bucs take on the Eagles, which presents a tough situation for many fantasy owners.
The Eagles have a great offense which has scored plenty of points for those who drafted LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, or Michael Vick. But the Tampa Bay defense has yet to allow any team to really get out to a big lead or score a large amount of points.
So what should you do with such a seemingly bad matchup? I would advise you play it safe, but sometimes you just have to roll with your best players and hope for the best.
1. LeSean McCoy
McCoy is going to be involved in this game, and there’s really nothing the Bucs can do about it. The Eagles are going to hand and throw the ball to McCoy as often as they can, and in the high-tempo offense they run that will inevitably catch the Bucs off guard.
That said, McCoy is going to face a very tough run defense this week and he’s not a surefire success. There’s just no other good options for fantasy players this week.
2. Doug Martin
Martin is once again going to be held back by his quarterback and the offense the team runs, but there are really very few other good options this week. Martin may find his way to 70 yards and a touchdown, which is all you can ask considering the state of the Tampa Bay offense.
3. Nick Foles
Assuming he doesn’t attempt to test Darrelle Revis, Foles may find some success throwing against the Tampa Bay defense. He will likely have time to throw with the quick pace of the Philadelphia offense, and he does have a couple of decent options at receiver besides the likely well-covered DeSean Jackson.
4. Vincent Jackson
Someone has to catch the ball for the Buccaneers, and after a week to rest his ribs, it’s likely that Vincent Jackson will be a primary focal point of the Tampa Bay offense. Mike Glennon struggled to get the ball to Jackson in his first game, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.
5. Philadelphia Defense and Special Teams
At this point, nothing about the Tampa Bay offense should inspire you to think they’ll perform well against the Eagles. Philly should be able to sack Mike Glennon a few times, and may force a turnover or two, all while keeping the scoring relatively low. They’re a safe pick this week, even though they’re not the most talented bunch in the league.