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5 things you have to know about Eagles: Chip Kelly on the hot seat as Philly comes to town 12.01.15 at 3:58 pm ET
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Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is under fire.  (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is under fire. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Five things you have to know about the Eagles, who visit Foxboro Sunday for a date with the Patriots.

1. Head coach Chip Kelly is feeling the heat.

It’s been tough sledding the last month-plus for Kelly, who has seen his team lose four of their last five, with the last three defeats by a combined score of 110-50 against three teams that won’t come anywhere near the playoffs. (If it weren’t for the free-falling Cowboys, the 4-7 Eagles would be basement-dwellers in the pathetic NFC East.) As a result, it’s easy to see why the coach is under fire. Even after buying himself some goodwill with back-to-back 10-6 seasons in his first two years at the helm in Philly, the mess that the 2015 season has become for him and his team have people calling for his removal. Part of that is that after winning control of personnel decisions in the offseason and adding the likes of Sam Bradford, Kiko Alonso, Byron Maxwell and Miles Austin, the majority of his additions have had bad years. As a result, it’s not premature to say that, starting with this weekend against the Patriots, Kelly begins a five-game stretch where he could very well be coaching for his job.

2. No one is sure what the Eagles are going to do at quarterback right now.

The Philadelphia quarterback situation is up in the air: there’s a school of thought that after suffering a concussion and a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder earlier in the year against the Dolphins, Sam Bradford (64 percent completion rate, 2,297 passing yards, 11 TDs, 10 INTs, passer rating of 82.4) has rehabbed enough to a point where he would return to the starting lineup against the Patriots. (Early reports out of Philly seem to indicate that Bradford will be a go against New England.) Bradford hasn’t been a Pro Bowler, but there was some improvement shown over the course of the season until the injury against Miami. With Bradford on the sidelines, backup Mark Sanchez (65 percent completion rate, 616 passing yards, 4 TDs, 4 INTs, passer rating of 80.7) has struggled mightily, turning the ball over five times and throwing only four touchdowns. Whoever has been the quarterback hasn’t gotten much help from the ground game: DeMarco Murray (155 carries, 545 rushing yards, 4 TDs, 3.5 yards per carry) has been underwhelming at best for the Eagles in his first season in Philly. Meanwhile, Ryan Matthews (75 carries, 427 rushing yards, 5 TDs, 5.7 YPC) and third-down back Darren Sproles (47 carries, 168 rushing yards, 1 TD, 3.6 YPC) offer some support out of the backfield.

3. On paper, they appear to have a deep passing game.

It’s debatable who has the capability to get the ball to them, but the fact that the Eagles have six guys with 20 or more catches is worth noting. It’s a group led by wide receiver Jordan Matthews (58 catches, 89 targets, 625 yards, 3 TDs), but it’s a collection that also gets a ton of help from backs and tight ends. Murray (39 catches, 295 receiving yards, 1 TD) and Sproles (36 catches, 58 targets, 258 receiving yards, 1 TD) have proven to be effective at times out of the backfield, while tight ends Zach Ertz (38 catches, 62 targets, 394 receiving yards) and Brent Celek (20 catches, 27 targets, 294 receiving yards, 3 TDs) are also part of a nice package of pass catchers.

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Fantasy Football: Week 11 starts, sits 11.20.15 at 11:59 am ET
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Welcome to the starts and sits for Week 11. As always, I have tried to find some matchups that have some intrigue and that are not terribly obvious. If you need a second opinion on a player not listed in this space, head over to my site, Rotobahn, and check out my full Week 11 lineup rankings.

As always, I will be here Sunday at 11 a.m. for our weekly chat. Bring your lineup questions and I’ll do my best to help. And don’t forget to tune in to the Fantasy Football Hour this Sunday at 8 a.m. when Jimmy Hackett and I will discuss the trending Week 11 topics and crucial game day information.

QUARTERBACKS

Start

Derek Carr, Raiders at Lions

Carr has been good in road games lately, and this is a plus matchup against a team that played over its head in Week 10 at Green Bay. A letdown is coming, and Carr will do to the Lions what Aaron Rodgers and company did not. He’s a QB1 option in all leagues.

Mark Sanchez, Eagles vs. Buccaneers

You throw to beat the Bucs, and I suspect that Sanchez will get plenty of chances this week. He’s been productive in the past for Chip Kelly’s team, at least from a statistical perspective. Sanchez can start for you this week if you need him.

Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Broncos

It’s not a good matchup at all, but Cutler is playable in big leagues if you are in need because he is spreading the ball around very well. Denver will have Aqib Talib back from suspension. That said, the Broncos still will be without DeMarcus Ware. The Bears are not likely to post the numbers we’ve seen in recent weeks, but Cutler is a viable play, because he is playing about as well as any quarterback out there right now.

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Fantasy Football: Week 16 starts, sits 12.19.14 at 9:15 am ET
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It’s bowl week for most fantasy footballers, and we’re back with a fresh batch of starts and sits for your perusal. I’ve posted three starts for the four major positions and a player to avoid for each as well. As always, for information on players not listed in this article, I encourage you to check out my full lineup rankings at Rotobahn.

Don’t forget to tune in Sunday morning for another episode of the Fantasy Football Hour with my co-host Jim Hackett. If you have last-minute lineup concerns, you should check out my Sunday chat. It takes place right here at WEEI.com and it runs from 11 a.m. to noon.

If you want to keep track of all our fantasy football content, both here and at Rotobahn, follow me on Twitter. I send out links to all fresh articles and chats as well.

QUARTERBACK

Start

Mark Sanchez, Eagles at Washington

The top nine quarterbacks are pretty well locked in by my math. After that, I see Sanchez as a good option because he has a nice matchup and because of the weapons around him.

Russell Wilson, Seahawks at Cardinals

He’s a big-game player, and he’ll make enough plays to give you QB1 output. The Cardinals are not fully loaded on either side of the ball right now, so stick with Wilson unless you have a higher-ranked option.

Eli Manning, Giants at Rams

The emergence of Odell Beckham has changed Manning’s fortunes for the better. He’s a viable quarterback this week in all leagues if you are in need. The Rams are tough, but I expect low-end QB1 output, so start him if you have the need.

Sit

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers vs. Chargers

There’s just too much going wrong in San Francisco to try him this week. The Harbaugh situation has gone from bad to worse, and it’s showing up on the field. You can do better on the average waiver wire. Check the Week 16 rankings for options.

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Fantasy Football: Week 16 waiver wire 12.16.14 at 10:15 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 16 waiver wire! I think congratulations are in order for most of you. If you are still playing this time of year, you are either in a bowl game, or at worst a semifinal game. That’€™s obviously outstanding news, but it also represents a logistical change as far as free agency is concerned. For one, you are now competing against a single team for pickups, so you are very likely to get a top option and you also have no need for long-term depth as only this week matters. Lastly, and most importantly, you probably have a team filled with studs — that’€™s why you are still alive. Having a great squad can lead to over confidence, so don’t fall into that trap. You need to be proactive this week whether you need players or not. Remember, any player you do not add is there for your opponent. So, if you are all set with your starting lineup, you should scout your opponent and isolate their biggest need and go after the free agent who best fills that need. Be proactive and leave no stone unturned.

I will be posting my usual expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn this afternoon. It’€™s free, so head on over if you play in a deep format or are looking for some defensive teams to stream in Week 16.

As always, the ownership percentages are listed for each player. These rates of ownership are based on Yahoo! leagues, which tend to be smaller and more representative of the 10-team leagues most of us play in. Obviously, these numbers are mostly for perspective. What really matters is which players are available in your particular league, and you’€™ll need to do the legwork on that.

To keep pace with all WEEI and Rotobahn fantasy football content, including Sunday chats and The Fantasy Football Hour with my co-host Jim Hackett, follow me on Twitter.

QUARTERBACK

Mark Sanchez, Eagles — 55 percent

He’€™s a good bet to bounce back against Washington, who are very beatable through the air. Sanchez is not a desirable play, but he’€™s probably the best thing you can pluck off of the average waiver wire for Week 16.

Eli Manning, Giants — 61 percent

He’€™s the best guy out there on a lot of waiver wires, but he has a tough matchup at St. Louis this week. The good news is the Giants seem to have rallied around head coach Tom Coughlin and their exciting rookie receiver Odell Beckham. Manning will get you serviceable stats, but the Rams should take the big game off the table.

Kyle Orton, Bills –€” 13 percent

They have a good road matchup and they are riding high after their stunning win over the Packers in Buffalo last week. This is a road matchup, but it’€™s at Oakland and that should provide Orton with ample point-scoring opportunity. He’€™s a good pickup if you are in a jam.

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Fantasy Football: Week 15 starts, sits 12.12.14 at 10:38 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 15 starts and sits! It’s high-stakes fantasy football in all leagues this week. A loss means a spot in the consolation round next weekend while a win earns you a trip to the bowl game … unless you play in a league that uses Week 17 (bad idea) for its big game. I’ve done my best to find some good talent that is not too obvious or obscure. I mean, if you have an elite quarterback, you don’t need me to tell you to start him. If you are looking for advice on players not listed in this space, you can check out my full lineup rankings over at Rotobahn. They are comprehensive and they are free of cost or obligation.

Don’t forget to tune in Sunday morning for another episode of the Fantasy Football Hour with my co-host Jim Hackett. If you have last-minute lineup concerns, you should check out my Sunday chat. It takes place right here at WEEI.com and it runs from 11 a.m. to noon.

If you want to keep track of all our fantasy football content, both here and at Rotobahn, follow me on Twitter. I send out links to all fresh articles and chats as well.

QUARTERBACK

Start

Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Saints

He’s got QB1 upside in all formats, but he’s always a potential adventure, and I am sure some of the Cutler owners out there are concerned about the loss of Brandon Marshall. It’s certainly not a positive, but the Bears have enough depth at the skill positions to weather the storm. I expect new starter Marquess Wilson to perform well, and Cutler still has Alshon Jefferey, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte to work with. The Bears’ starter can help you. He’s my 11th-ranked QB this week.

Mark Sanchez, Eagles vs. Cowboys

I am sure that last week scared some people off of Sanchez as a fantasy option. Even by my own math, there are about 12 options that I would rather use, but if Sanchez is your highest-ranked option, you need not worry too much. He’s more than capable of posting QB1-caliber numbers this week at home against Dallas. Collectively, the Eagles receivers are more talented than the Cowboys defensive backs.

Eli Manning, Giants vs. Washington

He’s not a lock for a great performance, but he’s a viable play this week, and Odell Beckham gives him a weapon potent enough to score from any spot on the gridiron. Manning can help you this week if you need a quarterback in any league. You throw to beat Washington, and I suspect that is what the Giants will do … throw a lot and win.

Johnny Manziel, Browns vs. Bengals

If you are looking for a lock starter, then Manziel can’t help you. Guys making their first NFL start will always be a bit unpredictable, but there is a place for Manziel in a lot of lineups. I know I will have him active in a few leagues this weekend on teams where I have been streaming my quarterback all season long. To me, Manziel and his foot-point potential offer a higher floor and ceiling than most of the other streaming options such as Ryan Fitzpatrick, Joe Flacco or Kyle Orton. He should be good for decent numbers and has plenty of upside because he can score for you as a runner or a passer. It’s Johnny Football time, and he’s playable if you need him.

Sit

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins at Patriots

New England is a tough matchup for Tannehill on paper. It goes something like this: The Patriots are outstanding at funneling the underneath routes to the middle of the field, which should limit the Dolphins in terms of moving the chains. The deep game is limited by Tannehill himself, as his deep-ball accuracy has been exceedingly poor. I’m not touching the Dolphins passing game this weekend if I can avoid it.

Andy Dalton, Bengals at Browns

He’s a one-trick pony right now going up against a deep defense that can handle Dalton’s single trick (A.J. Green) while slowing down the running game. Dalton will need to play well above average to post good numbers here, and I am not betting on that in such a crucial situation.

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Fantasy Football: Week 15 waiver wire 12.09.14 at 9:44 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 15 waiver wire! As I said last week, if you are reading this then congratulations are in order. Almost all fantasy leagues are now in the playoff stage and most are having their semifinal round this week. With the stakes so high and with waiver wire competition reduced considerably, our focus has officially changed. Depth is no longer a high priority. It’s time to focus on players who can move the needle. This week is all about your starting lineup, and perhaps your competition’€™s lineup. What we want to do is to add the players we need and also clear out any options that could give our Week 15 opponents an advantage. So, if you have no need at running back and your opponent does, you might want to add a player like Jonathan Stewart anyway, just to keep him away from your competition. It’€™s time to get in that frame of mind. Every point counts!

I will be posting my usual expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn this afternoon. It’€™s free, so head on over if you play in a deep format or are looking for some defensive teams to stream in Week 15.

As always, the ownership percentages are listed for each player. These rates of ownership are based on Yahoo! leagues, which tend to be smaller and more representative of the 10-team leagues most of us play in. Obviously, these numbers are mostly for perspective. What really matters is which players are available in your particular league, and you’€™ll need to do the legwork on that.

To keep pace with all WEEI and Rotobahn fantasy football content, including Sunday chats and The Fantasy Football Hour with my co-host Jim Hackett, follow me on Twitter.

QUARTERBACK

Eli Manning, Giants — 58 percent

Manning can’€™t take you all the way home, but he can help you this week with a home matchup against a Washington team in total disarray. Expect good overall results and a whole lot of Manning to Odell Beckham. Just be ready to start another option if you advance to Week 16 because I am not liking the Giants matchup at St. Louis next week.

Johnny Manziel, Browns — 22 percent

The timing for those streaming their quarterbacks could not be better. Manziel is a potential big game performer in Week 15, but he is also a wildcard with no track record. Personally, as a guy with a few “streaming”€ teams in the semifinals, I am looking at starting Manziel this week over the likes of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sean Hill and Josh McCown. Obviously, this recommendation hinges upon Manziel officially being named the starter, and I expect that to happen later on today — well in advance of tonight’€™s waiver bidding.

Mark Sanchez and Nick Foles, Eagles — 53 and 28 percent respectively

If you are in need of a good Week 16 matchup, this could be a place to look and you can consider adding both players. Personally, I doubt that Philadelphia will push Foles back under center unless Sanchez implodes, but that is pure speculation. Just keep in mind that the Eagles quarterback will have value in Week 16 with a home game against Washington. You can add one or both preemptively, or just get ready to pounce next week depending on your roster limits and logistics.

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Fantasy Football: Week 14 waiver wire 12.02.14 at 10:23 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 14 waiver wire! If you are here reading this then congratulations are probably in order. The playoffs start in most leagues this week, which means it’€™s win-or-go-home time. Rather than list every player worthy of consideration as I do on most weeks, I’€™m more focused on players who can actually move the needle for you. This is because after the thinning of the herd, we are dealing mostly with strong rosters. These are the options that even good teams should consider.

For those of you in really deep leagues or who just happen to have a hurting roster that snuck into the playoffs, I will be posting my usual expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn this afternoon. It’€™s free, so head on over if you want more options.

As always, the ownership percentages are listed for each player. These rates of ownership are based on Yahoo! leagues, which tend to be smaller and more representative of the 10-team leagues most of us play in. Obviously, these numbers are mostly for perspective. What really matters is which players are available in your particular league, and you’€™ll need to do the legwork on that.

To keep pace with all WEEI and Rotobahn fantasy football content, including Sunday chats and The Fantasy Football Hour with my co-host Jim Hackett, follow me on Twitter.

QUARTERBACK

Mark Sanchez, Eagles — 53 percent

He’€™s got a tough home matchup this week against Seattle, but he closes things out with Dallas and Washington, so he has value if you are streaming your quarterback position, or if you are mixing and matching. The ex-Jet is posting solid numbers as an Eagle and is a good pickup in any league.

Johnny Manziel, Browns — 12 percent

This one is still a bit speculative, but I expect head coach Mike Pettine to make the switch to Manziel this week. Without starting center Alex Mack, the offense is in need of a spark. The Browns host the Colts this week and have no more bad matchups on their schedule. As with Sanchez, Manziel can be an asset if you are streaming or playing matchups at quarterback.

Colt McCoy, Washington — 6 percent

He may be able to help you in bigger formats. McCoy is performing well in head coach Jay Gruden’€™s offense. He’€™s playable this week against the visiting Rams, but is more appealing in Weeks 15 and 16 against the Giants and Eagles.

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