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Week 14 PPR Rankings
Saquon Barkley photo 14. Saquon Barkley RB - (at PHI)
His 4.4 yards per carry last week was his highest since Week 2, which is a step in the right direction, though we've already talked countless times about what he needs to be a fantasy superstar. Long runs. The Eagles have allowed just eight runs of 20-plus yards this season, so while it's not likely, it's not impossible. When playing DFS, the Eagles are a team I actively try to avoid playing running backs against, outside of tournaments. They're better than average in every stat that matters to running backs, including the miniscule 3.60 yards per carry and 5.49 yards per target. Running backs have totaled just 69.1 rushing yards per game against them, and that's as a team. There has been just one starting running back who's totaled more than 43 yards against them, and that was Ezekiel Elliott, which was also a divisional game. These teams know each other pretty well at this point. In two games against the Eagles last year (they were still very good), Barkley totaled 13/130/1 in the first meeting and then 13/101/1 in the next one, so big runs were clearly a part of his games. He also caught 20 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown in those two games combined, because well, Manning checks down. It's a good thing for Barkley that he's back under center. You plug Barkley in as a low-end RB1 and hope he breaks those long runs, because outside of those, he's just a mediocre RB2.
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Sterling Shepard photo 65. Sterling Shepard WR - (at PHI)
With Golden Tate on the shelf, it moved Shepard into the slot for 80-plus percent of his routes last week, which was the tougher matchup against the Packers. His touchdown came on one of the seven routes he ran on the perimeter. It was actually the first perimeter touchdown of his career. The matchup against the Eagles is also better on the perimeter, which makes us hopeful that Tate returns by Monday night. Shepard has seen nine targets in each of the two games that he and Tate have played together, so there's enough targets to go around. He'll line up across from both Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, but mostly the latter. Mills has been an extremely hit-or-miss cornerback in his time, and he is coming off two of the worst games of his career. In those games, he's allowed 11-of-16 passing for 203 yards and three touchdowns. The matchup is not one to worry about with Shepard who's seen at least seven targets in every game. He should be considered a stable WR3 this week.
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Darius Slayton photo 84. Darius Slayton WR - (at PHI)
With both Evan Engram and Golden Tate out of the lineup, it allowed Slayton to see nine targets against the Packers last week. It seems we may get both back this week, which would surely hamper our trust in Slayton. He's clearly carved out a bigger role in the offense, as he's seen 30 targets over the last three weeks, but with other important pieces in and out of the lineup has clearly influenced that. The Eagles are a team to attack on the perimeter, though. The combination of Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills haven't been what you'd describe as "good" in coverage this year, allowing a combined 98.2 QB Rating in their coverage. Each of the eight wide receivers who've totaled 100-plus yards against them have been primary perimeter options. The big wildcard here is not knowing who will play. If both Tate and Engram play, he's the No. 5 option in the passing game. If they're both out, he's the No. 3 option. With this game not being played until Monday night, it's best to err on the side of caution and consider him a low-end WR4/high-end WR5 who would be upgraded if Tate/Engram were out.
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Golden Tate photo 125. Golden Tate WR - (at PHI)
We aren't likely going to have clarity on his status until later in the week, but for now, we'll expect him to play. There's only been two games that Tate and Shepard have been on the field together, and it would appear Shepard is higher on the pecking order, as he's out-targeted Tate 18-13 in those games. Tate would also have the tougher matchup this week, as Avonte Maddox has arguably been the best of the Eagles starters. We're now 13 weeks into the season and the Eagles haven't allowed a slot-heavy receiver more than 53 yards, which includes Julian Edelman, Cole Beasley, Mohamed Sanu (with the Falcons), Tyler Lockett, Jamison Crowder, Randall Cobb, and Anthony Miller. There are some good names on that list, and it's not like the Eagles don't know Tate's strengths and weaknesses. Tate should be considered a high-end WR4 against the Eagles rather than the stable WR3 he's been.
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Evan Engram photo 159. Evan Engram TE - (at PHI)
If you own Engram and want to play him this week, you should be grabbing Smith as insurance with this game being on Monday night. It's not a great matchup to target, however. There have been just three tight ends who've scored double-digit PPR points against the Eagles this year, and each of them totaled seven-plus targets, something that'd be difficult to rely on if everyone is healthy. Smith has seen six and eight targets over the last two weeks, but you can't forget that Tate missed last week's game, the one he saw eight targets in. There are many variables in the projection of these two, but the worst-case scenario would be that Engram plays in a limited role. That's a real possibility that's the case while coming off a multi-week injury. Knowing the Eagles have allowed the ninth-fewest points to the position, you should probably use that as your excuse to avoid the situation all together. If Engram plays, he's a risky low-end TE1.
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Kaden Smith photo 174. Kaden Smith TE - (at PHI)
Cody Latimer photo 207. Cody Latimer WR - (at PHI)
Wayne Gallman photo 243. Wayne Gallman RB - (at PHI)
Elijhaa Penny photo 259. Elijhaa Penny RB - (at PHI)
Javorius Allen photo 290. Javorius Allen RB - (at PHI)
Scott Simonson photo 303. Scott Simonson TE - (at PHI)
Cody Core photo 321. Cody Core WR - (at PHI)
Rhett Ellison photo 334. Rhett Ellison TE - (at PHI)
Da'Mari Scott photo 379. Da'Mari Scott WR - (at PHI)
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7Aaron Jones (GB)RB
8Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
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17Mike Evans (TB)WR
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19Miles Sanders (PHI)RB
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21Chris Carson (SEA)RB
22Chris Godwin (TB)WR
23Phillip Lindsay (DEN)RB
24D.J. Moore (CAR)WR
25Julian Edelman (NE)WR
26Cooper Kupp (LAR)WR
27Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
28Stefon Diggs (MIN)WR
29Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)WR
30Devonta Freeman (ATL)RB
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4J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
5Trevor Story (COL)SS
6Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
7Cody Bellinger (LAD)1B,CF
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9Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
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13Gerrit Cole (FA)SP
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15Javier Baez (CHC)2B,3B
16Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
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18Juan Soto (WSH)LF
19Anthony Rendon (FA)3B
20Bryce Harper (PHI)CF,RF
21Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
22Xander Bogaerts (BOS)SS
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25Manny Machado (SD)3B,SS
26Anthony Rizzo (CHC)1B
27Kris Bryant (CHC)3B,RF
28Whit Merrifield (KC)1B,2B
29George Springer (HOU)CF,RF
30Paul Goldschmidt (STL)1B
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16Jimmy Butler (MIA)SG,SF
17Kemba Walker (BOS)PG
18Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
19Kyrie Irving (BKN)PG,SG
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
26Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C
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