Fantasy football owners should take note that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is a probable starter Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, thereby offering a viable alternative for a roster spot.
Foles, a former Arizona Wildcats quarterback, made fantasy football owners look like geniuses, if those owners had him active against Tampa Bay last week. His impressive performance against the Buccaneers in place of the injured Michael Vick (hamstring) has generated a quarterback controversy with the Eagles.
The early prognosis is Foles, in his second year in the NFL, will start against visiting Dallas Sunday while Vick continues to nurse his hamstring. Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly was non-committal about his starter during Monday's press conference, leaving the door open for Foles to take over.
Foles torched a decent Tampa Bay defense with Darrelle Revis in Philadelphia's 31-20 victory. He showed deft touches on his passes, completing 22 of 31 for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Foles also had a rushing touchdown to cap off a performance that should have fantasy football owners taking note.
Kelly reportedly did not talk with Vick at the Eagles' practice facility Monday. He praised Foles' performance against Tampa Bay.
"I thought Nick did a really nice job," Kelly told reporters during Monday's press conference (via NJ.com). "I'm really, really happy with how he performed in our offense. He did a good job of taking what the defense gave us. There were a lot of times where he got us out of some bad plays and got him into some good ones with the decisions he made. So we were really happy."
Entering last week's game, the Bucs' defense was solid. They allowed the 13th fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks, third fewest points to wide receivers and fewest points to running backs (via Rant Sports).
In the Yahoo! leagues, Foles went from being owned by 11 percent of the fantasy football owners before the Tampa Bay game to 15 percent presently.
Vick suited up against Tampa Bay, which means he could have played as a backup to Foles, but he told reporters afterward that he has a long road back (via Yahoo.com) in his recovery. That comment further emphasizes the likelihood that Foles will start Sunday.
Fantasy football owners should salivate at the prospect that if Foles starts, he will go against a Dallas secondary that has surrendered the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.
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