Category Archives: Eagles

LeSean McCoy Fantasy: Impact if Bills RB Is Traded to Eagles

If interested in a fun storyline, look no further than the potential return of running back LeSean McCoy to the Philadelphia Eagles. In what has been a brutally frustrating season for fantasy football owners when it comes to McCoy, there’s no question that a trade could be big news.
As Josh Reed of WTVB revealed, the Eagles have called the Buffalo Bills about a potential trade after the team lost starting running back Jay Ajayi to a torn ACL.
McCoy simply can’t seem to get things going this year, and even in his best game (last week), he totaled just 85 yards on 24 carries (3.5 yards per attempt) and caught two passes. A large part of this is due to the fact that the Bills offense is just bad this year, and while rookie quarterback Josh Allen has flashed some upside, it’s still been tough sledding.
So for fantasy owners who are holding McCoy and hoping he can break out, the best chances of that happening may be with a deal that sends him back to where his career started.

LeSean McCoy’s Fantasy Value if Traded to Eagles
There’s certainly no guarantee this trade happens, but the Bills could opt to rebuild in some capacity by moving McCoy and the remainder of his contract. The 30-year-old back has one full season after 2018 on the five-year, $40 million deal he signed, per Spotrac.
But unfortunately, McCoy landing with the Eagles doesn’t instantly make him a fantasy stud once again. Things are quite a bit different in Philly than when he was last there. Ajayi was expected to be the team’s workhorse back but saw his workload scattered a bit over the first three games he played (not including Week 3, due to injury).
Ajayi didn’t see more than 15 carries in a game this season, even when he was posting solid numbers. While McCoy may see a consistent 12-14 touches if traded, the potential cause for concern could come down to how Doug Pederson hands out snaps.
Although Ajayi dealt with some bumps and bruises and missed a handful of opportunities over the first few weeks, Pederson’s lack of commitment to a runner was frustrating. In Week 1, Ajayi found the end zone twice, yet received just 40 percent of the offensive snaps, the same number as Darren Sproles, per Football Outsiders. The Eagles coach now seems locked on keeping Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement involved.

How to Approach Possible LeSean McCoy Trade
McCoy certainly has upside for fantasy football owners if dealt, but we just don’t know how much to expect. His outlook with the Eagles would be better than what he currently is facing in Buffalo, so if you’re able to swing a trade for McCoy without breaking the bank, it’s not a bad idea.
There’s a good chance that at this point, McCoy’s owner in your fantasy league has found a replacement for him. So if he’s just sitting on a bench somewhere, and that team has a need for a wide receiver or a position you have depth at, offer up a player who’s flashed some upside. Most fantasy owners are frustrated currently with McCoy, so it makes sense to try to take advantage of that.
READ NEXT: Steelers’ Updated Odds of Trading RB Le’Veon Bell Before Trade Deadline

WATCH: Frustrated Odell Beckham Jr. Goes to Locker Room While Giants on Field

There was no ignoring the frustration on New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.’s face shortly ahead of halftime in Week 6. And that frustration took center stage when the talented yet outspoken receiver stormed back to the team’s locker room with time left on the clock.
Not only that, but as ESPN’s Jordan Schultz revealed, he did so with the Giants offense still out there.

Odell looks THRILLED
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) October 12, 2018

Ugly Start to Week 6 for Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
In short, it was a horrible first half for both Beckham and the Giants offense as a whole. The team trailed 24-6 heading into the half, and while Beckham had just two catches for 12 yards, it was no reason for him to leave early.
It’s unknown if something was going on, but Beckham didn’t seem to be with a trainer while walking back. The talented wideout didn’t emerge from the locker room at first with his teammates, but later came out and took a seat on the bench.
We’ll keep you updated as additional information on the situation with Beckham is revealed.
READ NEXT: Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. Calls Out Team After Poor Start

Eagles vs. Giants Pick: Best Bets for Week 6 NFL Game

IIt’s a primetime NFC East matchup on Thursday Night Football in Week 6, with the Philadelphia Eagles squaring off with the New York Giants. While there are quite a few ways to bet any NFL game, I’m going to break down the best available options for this matchup.
These bets may include taking one team with the spread, teasing the line with the total, prop bets or anything else that jumps out. In the end, it’s all about just finding the best possible options. Some of these options may only be offered on specific sites, so I’ll be sure to clarify where each option can be found.
Let’s dive into the action by starting with the quarterback matchup.
*Note: All bets are offered on Intertops, with multiple options on other sites as well.

Eli Manning +10.5 Passing Yards (-130) vs. Carson Wentz
There’s no question about the fact that Carson Wentz is the better quarterback at this point in his career. But the simple fact is, Eli Manning has had his way against the Philadelphia Eagles over the past four games. According to StatMuse, Manning has averaged 353.3 yards per game over that span while throwing 11 touchdown passes in that span.
Tack on the fact that the Eagles struggle against quarterbacks, allowing 1,462 yards and eight touchdowns to this point, plus the Giants at home on primetime, and I love this spot. Wentz could very well have a good game, but Manning has so many weapons at his disposal and could easily out-pass Wentz.

Sterling Shepard -4.5 Receiving Yards (-125) vs. Alshon Jeffery
Sterling Shepard is not only coming on currently, but he draws a very beatable matchup here. On the season, Philly has allowed 84 catches for 1,064 yards and seven touchdowns to opposing wideouts, and that bodes well for both Shepard and teammate Odell Beckham Jr. Thursday.
Going even beyond that, the numbers Shepard has posted against the Eagles over the past four games are downright scary. He’s averaged 95.8 yards per game while catching 28 passes and four touchdowns, per StatMuse. This means he’s averaging seven catches, over 95 yards and one touchdown per game against his Week 6 opponent.
On the opposite side, Alshon Jeffery gets a matchup with a Giants secondary who’s been exceptional against wide receivers this year. They’ve given up just 659 yards and two touchdowns to the position, and there’s no reason to believe that will change this week. Although Jeffery is a No. 1 wideout and Shepard is No. 2, it’s completely irrelevant in this spot.

Carson Wentz Over 18.5 Rushing Yards (-115)
Carson Wentz hasn’t taken off and run often this year, but he did total five attempts for 26 yards last game against the Minnesota Vikings. If the opportunities are there, the Eagles quarterback has no problem taking them, as we saw him run 64 times for 299 yards last season.
Although the Giants defense has been solid against quarterbacks, they’ve allowed both the most rushing attempts and yards to the position, and it’s not all that close. Throughout the season, the G-Men have given up 32 attempts for 179 yards – an average of 35.8 per game. I don’t expect Wentz to run for 40-plus yards, but seeing him top 20-25 is more than possible.

Eagles vs. Giants Combined Total Sacks Over 4.5 (-120)
This is an incredibly low number, almost to the point that it’s a little concerning. Not only are the Giants getting Olivier Vernon back from injury, but both the Eagles and Giants rank near the top of the league in sacks allowed. Philadelphia has given up 17 sacks while the Giants have seen Manning brought down 16 times.
While the Giants have been terrible when it comes to generating a pass-rush, totaling just six sacks, the return of Vernon will help with that quite a bit. As for the Eagles, they’ve totaled two or more sacks in four of five games, including tallying four in Week 1.
I’m assuming this number is low due to the Giants’ poor pass-rush, but if there was a spot for them to break through and rack up 2-3, this is it.

Odell Beckham Jr. Longest Reception Over 28.5 Yards (+100)
I spoke above about the struggles of the Eagles secondary against wide receivers, and there’s no reason to think one of the NFL’s best wideouts won’t exploit that.
This season, Philadelphia has allowed a reception of at least 29 yards in every game, and a few featured more than one. Beckham is explosive in every sense of the word and he’s capable of turning a screen pass or slant into a house call.
The reason this number is so low is due to the fact that we haven’t seen the 25-year-old have one of his monster 60-yard touchdowns yet this season, but that doesn’t mean it’s not coming. Plus, the thought of Beckham on primetime in front of a home crowd only adds to my personal belief that he’s in for a big game.
Game Bet (Extra): Tease Giants to +7.5 And Over 39
I’m not loving the game bet, but I tacked it on as an additional option. The weather is iffy in New York but I still believe we’ll see points here. The Giants offense matches up well in this spot with the Eagles and these two teams have seen the over hit in seven of their last 10 matchups, per OddsShark.
Personally, I can see the Giants winning this game and was tempted to take them on the moneyline, so I don’t blame you for going that route. But in order to play it somewhat safer, the teaser just makes sense in this spot.
READ NEXT: DraftKings Week 6 Showdown: Eagles vs. Giants Top Optimal Lineups