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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Thanksgiving Week 13: Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles figure to get into a shootout with the Dallas Cowboys. We break down the fantasy implications.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have been a Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on offense since quarterback Mark Sanchez took over. They have two games with at least 43 points in the last three weeks with a disastrous game against the Green Bay Packers sandwiched in between.

This week, they’ll travel to Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. The short week isn’t a great sign for Sanchez, but the Cowboys haven’t been shutting down teams much these days.

This game has a sky-high 55.5 over/under, so there should be plenty of stats all around. What should fantasy owners expect from the Eagles players?

Mark Sanchez - As mentioned, the Eagles have really hit their strides on offense lately. Sanchez has still turned the ball over quite a bit with eight in his last four games, so there is always going to be some concern on that front. He’s still be a QB1 in that span, so at least he’s overshadowed those issues.

The Cowboys are starting to get lit up and have given up three passing TDs in three of their last six games. They also gave up 338 passing yards to Eli Manning last week.

Sanchez is a very risky player, but this game should be a shootout. He’s a risky, low-end QB1.

LeSean McCoy - You’re obviously starting him, but do you want to use him in a daily fantasy league?

Well, the Cowboys were actually an elite run defense earlier this season, but they have been much worse lately. In fact, they gave up five rushing touchdowns in their last four games and haven’t really faced any great rushing offenses in that span.

Shady could be the top scoring running back this week. He seems like a great bet for 120 yards and at least one score.

Darren Sproles - His touches have been erratic throughout the season and he’s highly dependent on the big play. Sproles hasn’t had any plays over 25 yards on offense since Week 5.

The high O/U is high, but the risk outweighs the reward here.

Jeremy Maclin - You’re obviously starting him here. He is coming in somewhat cold with just a 59-yard game against the Titans while many of his teammates exploded.

The Cowboys are the seventh-toughest matchup for receivers on the season, but those numbers have trended down. You probably saw what New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did. Plus, the Jaguars receivers put up 211 yards against the two weeks ago.

Considering the shootout factor, Maclin is a good bet for 100 yards and one score.

Jordan Matthews - Rookie receivers are getting a lot of buzz and Matthews deserves some press as well. He’s caught four TDs in the last four games with Sanchez as his quarterback while he’s caught 6.0 passes over his last three games.

He hasn’t scored less than 10 fantasy points in PPR leagues since the Eagles had a Week 7 bye, so that serves as a nice floor for him. Fantasy owners should expect around six catches for 70 yards and maybe a score.

Riley Cooper - He’s been a little quiet due to Matthews coming on, failing to score of put up more than 50 receiving yards in any of his previous three games.

Cooper did not score in either matchup against the Cowboys last season, so there are really very little positives here. He should be on your bench and is only a punt play at best in daily — not a very good one.

Zach Ertz, Brent Celek and James Casey - Well, Casey was the guy last week with a 14-yard TD catch. It was his second TD on the season on his three catches. Of course, you’re not starting him.

As for the others, the Cowboys are dead last against fantasy tight ends on the season. They have been a little better, but they’ve still given up three scores in their last five games. What’s more, they have allowed over 100 yards to tight ends a whopping four times.

Ertz has been more consistent on the course of the season with multiple catches in all but one game. The TDs haven’t been there, but there’s a good chance he scores. He’s a sneaky play in FanDuel and a TE8-12 this week.

There is just too much risk with Celek and he hasn’t done much at all besides his massive 116-yard game in Week 10.