Fantasy football projections, Week 17: Eagles vs. Cowboys featuring Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and Dez Bryant

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We break down the Week 17 matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys.

The Week 17 contest between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys is going to decide the playoff fate of both teams. We've got all the fantasy projections for you courtesy of numberFire.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles will count on Nick Foles to pick apart the Cowboys' pass defense. Fantasy owners must start him. The Cowboys have been subpar defensively all year and Foles got some consideration for the Pro Bowl. If he puts up even mediocre numbers on Sunday, the Eagles should walk out of Dallas with a win.

Even if Foles struggles this week, he'll have the always reliable LeSean McCoy to carry the load on the ground. McCoy lit up the Chicago Bears last week for 133 yards on 18 carries while scoring two touchdowns. If he and Foles start off well, the Eagles could be well ahead going into the second half.

Dallas Cowboys

It has been an up and down year for the Cowboys all around, but things just got a heck of a lot worse. Star quarterback Tony Romo (herniated disc) had season-ending surgery earlier in the week. That leaves Kyle Orton to start this week, with Jon Kitna coming out of retirement to act as his backup. Orton completed three passes in limited action against the Bears back in Week 14, and given his lack of playing time in the last few years, it is expected to be a tough week.

If he is able to pull off a the upset, Orton will likely have to connect with Dez Bryant. Bryant found the end zone in each of the last four games and had 15 receptions in the last two contests. The Eagles secondary has issues, but the downgrade at quarterback might hurt his production.

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