(11/17/14) The Eagles DST unit has been one of the best in the league this season, but they were no match for the Packers juggernaut that rolled over them in Week 11's 53-20 loss.
Coming off a 33-point Fantasy game, the Eagles had no answer for the Packers Sunday. They surrendered 32 points on offense while also allowing a punt return touchdown in the game. The Packers racked up 475 yards of total offense before quarterback Aaron Rodgers was lifted, and the Eagles came away from the game with just one sack and no turnovers forced.
The Eagles entered the game averaging 15.8 Fantasy points per game, and Sunday's was the first game in which they had failed to force a turnover. They will look to bounce back in Week 12 against the Titans.
Eagles lacking for big plays on defense
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/3/14) The Eagles defense held their own in Week 9's 31-21 win over the Texans, but a lack of big plays limited their Fantasy production.
The Texans had just 300 yards of total offense in the game and were held to just one score in the second half, but the usually reliable Eagles DST unit failed to contribute much. The Eagles forced just one turnover, though they did salvage their day somewhat with four sacks.
The Eagles DST unit had 20-plus points in each of their three games prior to the bye, but have yet to reach double digits in two games since. They will look to turn things around in Week 10 against the Panthers.
Eagles DST only average for once
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/27/14) Prior to a Week 7 bye, the Eagles DST piled up eight sacks against the Giants in Week 6. It had a combined six touchdowns in Weeks 3-5 and another in Week 1. It's been a must-start unit in Fantasy, and not because of where it ranks in terms of points and yards allowed.
So when it doesn't get a bunch of sacks or a touchdown, as was the case Week 8 at Arizona, it doesn't have much to fall back on. The Eagles allowed 24 points on 400 yards, going without a sack or an interception. Their only big play on the defensive side of the ball was a fumble recovery by Nate Allen late in the third quarter.
That doesn't mean you should give up on the Eagles DST in Fantasy. Clearly, it has plenty of big-play potential. But you'll want to play close attention to the matchups with it. It's a bit risky again Week 9 at Houston, but because the Texans have an occasionally mistake-prone quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick, you may just want to run it out there and hope for the best.
Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks expects to practice Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/20/14) Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks posted on his website Monday that he will return to practice Tuesday. Kendricks has missed the last four games due to a calf injury.
"I’ll be in practice this week pushing forward," Kendricks wrote, according to the Eagles' official website.
The Eagles were on a bye Week 7. They return to action Week 8 against the Cardinals.
Eagles DST just keeps getting better
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/14) After making a name for itself in Fantasy with an amazing seven touchdowns in its first five games, the Eagles DST dominated in a more traditional way in Week 6, shutting out the visiting Giants, a team that had scored 30-plus points in three consecutive games.
The Eagles allowed only 253 yards. They recorded eight sacks, including three by Connor Barwin and two by Vinny Curry, to join three teams in a tie for second in that category. Surprisingly, given how critical they were to their success in the early going, they had just one takeaway.
The touchdowns you could have just contributed to luck if you were the pessimistic sort, but a shutout, particularly against an offense of some standing, is impossible to ignore. The Eagles DST is looking like a must-start Fantasy unit. It's on bye in Week 7, but keep it in mind for Week 8 at Arizona.
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The Eagles DST could be a surprise unit if they play all year like they did to close the 2013 season. The Eagles scored double digits in Fantasy points in eight of their final 10 games. By comparison, the Eagles had just two games in double digits in their first six outings. They finished the year No. 18 in Fantasy points, so there's room to improve, and they had 19 interceptions, 37 sacks, 12 fumble recoveries, two safeties and two defensive touchdowns. You don't have to draft the Eagles as a No. 1 Fantasy option this year, but if they open the season playing like they did to end 2013 then add them off waivers, especially as a potential bye-week replacement.