(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.
Eagles LB DeMeco Ryans hoping to play Week 6
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/14) Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans (groin) returned to practice Thursday in a limited capacity. He said he moved fine and is hoping to play Week 6 against the Giants, per The Philadelphia Inquirer.
DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks sit out Eagles practice Wednesday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/8/14) Eagles linebackers DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricksdid not practice on Wednesday, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Kendricks is nursing a calf injury that will likely keep him sidelined through the bye week. Ryans is still hopeful of playing Week 6 against the Giants.
"If there's one guy I wouldn't count out of anything, it would be DeMeco," head coach Chip Kelly said. "But we'll see how he progresses during the week."
Opportunistic Eagles still rolling
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/5/14) The Eagles were gashed by the Rams offense in Week 5, but made up for it with some big plays in a 34-28 win Sunday.
The Eagles DST unit scored twice in the game, once on a blocked punt in the first quarter and later on a fumble recovery in the end zone. That made up for a subpar performance otherwise, as they were tagged for four touchdowns and surrendered 466 yards of total offense. The Eagles lived on big plays, adding four sacks and three turnovers in the win.
The Eagles are allowing 26.4 points per game, but have racked up 15.4 Fantasy points per game, thanks to a litany of defensive and special teams scores. They take on the Giants in Week 6.
Brandon Boykin active for Week 5 vs. Rams
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/5/14) Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin (hamstring) is active for Sunday's Week 5 game against the Rams.
Boykin suffered the injury in Week 4 and was limited in practice this week. The nickel cornerback should fill his regular role Sunday, allowing safety Malcolm Jenkins to remain at safety instead of filling the cornerback role in nickel situations.
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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.