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Atlanta Falcons
Lincoln Financial Field | Sunday, October 26 | 1:00 p.m. EST (Fox)
Pick: Eagles 31, Falcons 20
Philadelphia Eagles
QBMatt Ryan
215 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Ryan is having a terrific rookie season and is a front-runner for the Rookie of the Year award. He is poised in the pocket, makes intelligent decisions and has a great rapport with standout WR Roddy White. He'll need to be on his game to fare well against a tough Eagles' pass defense which gives up only 187.8 yards a game. On paper, this is a very tough matchup but Ryan has beaten good defenses already so he's not the worst reach if you need to dig real deep in larger leagues this week.
RBMichael Turner
70 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Turner ranks seventh among RBs in standard scoring leagues as he's rushed for 597 yards in Atlanta's first six games. He's tough to sit but this is not a week to expect him to go off. Philadelphia gives up only 91.5 rushing yards a game so Turner will have to grind out every yard he can get. The good news is Atlanta will remain committed to him so he'll get plenty of carries. The volume of work will result in Turner being a solid RB2 this week.
RBJerious Norwood
3 rec, 15 rec yards, 10 rush yards
Norwood has lost what little fantasy luster he had early in the season. He's rushed for only 43 yards combined in his last two games and he hasn't scored since Week 1. Even as a flex play in PPR leagues, he doesn't offer much at this point. He isn't worth starting against this strong defense.
WRRoddy White
6 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD
White has become entrenched as one of the game's top young WRs. He has caught 35 passes and three TDs this season and he's averaging nearly 10 targets a game. It's clear Ryan looks to him often and the two have formed a standout duo. The Eagles will focus heavily on stopping him and their secondary is terrific, but White is a big-time talent who you start against anybody. He'll find a way to deliver again this week.
WRMichael Jenkins
2 rec, 20 yards
Jenkins is a starter in name only as he's one of the weaker No. 2 WRs in the game. He is a poor fantasy option every week but especially against this secondary.
TEBen Hartsock
1 rec, 5 yards
Hartsock is used primarily as a blocker by the Falcons. He has no fantasy value.
KJason Elam
2 PATs, 2 FGs
Elam is having a strong season with his new team. He has converted 16 of 17 FG attempts in the first six games and is a very reliable option in this improving offense. The Eagles will make it tough on Atlanta but look for the Falcons to move the ball and help Elam deliver another productive week for his fantasy owners.
1 sack
The Falcons have one of the worst defenses in the league. They give up 21.2 points per game and have major issues in the secondary. That's bad news going against Donovan McNabb. Look elsewhere for fantasy help this week.
QBDonovan McNabb
285 pass yards, 3 pass TD
Fresh off the bye, McNabb has his WRs healthy for the first time all season and will take aim at an Atlanta pass defense that gives up 231.7 yards a game. The Falcons won't slow him down and McNabb will deliver one of his best games of the season. He's an elite starting QB this week.
RBBrian Westbrook
5 rec, 55 rec yards, 1 rec TD, 85 rush yards, 1 rush TD
The Eagles believe Westbrook will be able to return from his ankle injury and that's great news for a team that needs to start building confidence for its playoff run. The Falcons give up 118 rushing yards a game so look for Westbrook to do plenty of damage this week as a runner and receiver. Make sure he's in the lineup on Sunday but if he starts as expected you know he should be in your starting lineup.
RBCorrell Buckhalter
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 15 rush yards
Buckhalter has done a great job filling in when Westbrook was out, but he'll go back to being the backup this week if Westbrook returns. He could get a few more carries than usual to ensure Westbrook isn't overworked but his fantasy value is pretty much non-existent with Westbrook healthy. Only start him if Westbrook's return is derailed this week.
WRKevin Curtis
5 rec, 65 yards, 1 TD
The Eagles expect to have Curtis make his season debut this week after missing the first six games with a sports hernia. Curtis is the team's top WR and his return will be huge for the passing game. Watch his practice work closely to make sure he doesn't suffer a setback, but if he's back in the starting lineup, he makes for a fine WR3 option this week.
WRDeSean Jackson
4 rec, 75 yards, 1 TD
Jackson's snaps will take a hit now that the team has a full complement of WRs for the first time all season. He'll likely rotate with Reggie Brown as the starter opposite Kevin Curtis, but his big-play potential ensures he'll remain very involved in the Eagles' passing game. The Falcons have major issues in the secondary so Jackson has a great chance to strike for a big play this week. He's a solid WR3 in all formats.
WRReggie Brown
3 rec, 35 yards
Brown is expected back in the lineup this week but he could be the No. 3 WR with Curtis healthy and Jackson playing so well. But he is talented and in this offense he has a chance each week to produce nicely because McNabb will spread the ball around. He comes with some risk but the potential is certainly there so if you need him as a WR4 this week, he's worth starting.
TEL.J. Smith
3 rec, 35 yards
Smith hasn't done much so far this season, catching only 10 passes in five games. The Eagles have too many other weapons for McNabb to lean upon so Smith is just a so-so starting option in larger leagues.
KDavid Akers
4 PATs, 1 FG
It's been a struggle for Akers so far this season as he's missed four of his first 17 FG attempts. Back at home and against a weak defense, he should get enough scoring chances to deliver quality production this week. So if you need him, he's worth a look despite his early season issues.
3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 Fumble
The Eagles will send the house at Ryan to test the rookie's resolve. Although Ryan has looked poised beyond his years, the Eagles' blitz-heavy approach will result in positive defensive production. Philly will likely be playing from the front and that will enable defensive coordinator Jim Johnson to turn the heat up even more. This defense is a strong fantasy play this week.
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