Posted: 7:03 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013
By James Brady
The Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos will face off in a Week 4 matchup on Sunday. Philadelphia picked up a win to start their season, besting the Washington Redskins, but have dropped their last two, most recently losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3. Denver, on the other hand, has looked very good, with the No. 1 passing offense in the NFL. They've scored at least 37 points in all three of their games thus far.
There are plenty of fantasy implications for this matchup. Both teams have multiple players who are among the best at their position, and with some projections from numberFire, we're going to talk about them. Up first, the Broncos:
Denver has the No. 1 passing offense in the NFL, with an average of 374.7 yards per game over the first three weeks. They've scored 49, 41 and 37 points in their games thus far, and there's one very big reason for that: quarterback Peyton Manning. He's just an amazing player, and is projected to score at least two touchdowns and throw for over 300 yards. Calling him a must-start is an understatement.
Running back Knowshon Moreno doesn't have that much fantasy value, but the wide receivers do. Almost all of them do at this point, given the way Manning spreads the ball around. Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas all could be productive in this one, especially against Philadelphia's No. 29 passing defense, which allows 323.0 yards per game on average.
If Philadelphia has one thing going for them in this matchup, it's the fact that Denver has an even worse pass defense, ranked No. 30 in the league. They've allowed 327.0 yards per game on average. This means that quarterback Michael Vick could be a solid fantasy option this week, alongside wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Unfortunately, fantasy owners of LeSean McCoy could be in for a rough day. McCoy is having an excellent season, with 395 yards to this point, but Denver has the top rushing defense in the NFL. The Broncos have allowed just 43.3 rushing yards per game despite playing against some pretty good backs. Still, the projections suggest McCoy could still be in for a decent day.