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Fantasy Fodder: Eagles offense, Tebowing and more

The

Philadelphia Eagles

haven’t been the team we expected (I’m no longer using the ‘D’ word when talking about the Eagles, and you’re welcome). They are 3-5 at the midway point of the season, and their margin for error to make it into the playoffs is slim. But have the Eagles been dreamy from a fantasy perspective?

(Crap, I slipped up already.

Dream Team. Dream Team. Dream Team.

Now it’s finally out of my system.)

Michael Vick

was right there with

Aaron Rodgers

in preseason rankings in most

fantasy football

publications, and

ESPN

’s Matthew Berry said Vick should have been considered with the first overall pick. But the Michael Vick Experience has been rocky. Turnovers have hurt Vick, Vick owners and the real-life Eagles this season. He is still a must-start every week, but he has put up roughly as many points as

Eli Manning

and

Ben Roethlisberger

.

Vick’s so-so season has really hurt the stock of

DeSean Jackson

, who has 503 receiving yards but hasn’t been able to produce highlight-reel touchdowns this year.

Jeremy Maclin

ended up being a steal, though. With 606 receiving yards and four touchdowns, only nine wide receivers have totaled more fantasy points in 2011.

The biggest fantasy surprise, however, has been Eagles running back

LeSean McCoy

, who leads the

NFL

with 825 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. A Philly back leading the league in rushing? Is

Andy Reid

still coaching the Eagles? McCoy is extra valuable in

PPR

leagues with 28 catches for 184 yards.

So what’s it all mean? Stick with Vick if you own him, unless you own Aaron Rodgers, too. McCoy and Maclin are must-starts. And now is the time to trade for Jackson before he starts scoring 70-yard TDs again. The Eagles might not make the playoffs, but that offense will help your fantasy team get into the postseason.

Tebow mania:

Since it’s not often that I get a chance to put one in my own win column, allow me to remind you that I told you

Tim Tebow

would be a top-10 fantasy quarterback. You might not want him under center for your reality football team, but his point totals in his three starts are 21, 12 and 23 -- and he has yet to throw for more than 200 yards in a game. He is a volatile option, but you can certainly do worse at quarterback right now.

Fantasy penthouse:

Vincent Jackson

broke out of a slump with seven catches for 141 yards and three scores. Aaron Rodgers tossed four ho-hum touchdown passes. Former

Ravens

RB

Willis McGahee

ran for 163 yards and two TDs in a win over the

Raiders

.

Rob Gronkowski

had eight catches for 101 yards and a score.

Fantasy doghouse:

Matt Schaub

threw for just 119 yards and had an interception, but he redeemed himself slightly with a rushing TD.

Beanie Wells

rushed for 20 yards in a win over the

Rams

. DeSean Jackson had 26 total yards, but he lost a fumble.

Vernon Davis

had 41 receiving yards, but he, too, lost a fumble Sunday.

The wire:

1.

Roy Helu

is the

Redskins

’ top back at a moment, and he is definitely worth adding, especially in PPR leagues (he had 14 catches last week). … 2.

Michael Bush

(see below). … 3.

Laurent Robinson

is likely to start opposite of

Dez Bryant

with

Miles Austin

out with a hamstring injury. … 4.

Earl Bennett

returned to the field in Week 9, and

Jay Cutler

completed five passes to his former Vanderbilt teammate for 95 yards and a TD. … 5. You all know about

Steelers

wideout

Antonio Brown

.

Five guys I really like this week:

1. Michael Vick should bounce back in a big way against Arizona. … 2. The

Jets

should ground and pound with

Shonn Greene

against the

Patriots

. A touchdown would be a bonus. … 3.

Anquan Boldin

has averaged double-digit fantasy points in the past four games. He’ll keep it going. … 4. Mario Manning and

Victor Cruz

are both worth a start if

Hakeem Nicks

remains sidelined. … 5. Play

Greg Olsen

.

Reader question:

Loyal reader @bigphilMD on

Twitter

asks,

"Other than Michael Bush, is anyone else in the Raiders backfield worth picking up?"

Darren McFadden

has already been ruled out for Thursday night’s game -- don’t forget to set your lineups before Thursday -- and owners are scrambling to find a replacement. Some have picked up

Taiwan Jones

. Fullback

Marcel Reece

has six touchdowns in the past season and a half. But you’re right, Michael Bush is the only guy who is worth adding. Go ahead and start Bush this week if you got him.

Extra point:

Well, this is more of a plug really, but whatever. I’ve been participating in a Baltimore media fantasy football league that has been a lot of fun so far, mostly because I’m in second place. My 7-2 team, Bohs and Ayanbadejos, faces the undefeated Fans Fantasy, owned by Ken Zalis, this week. Check out the details of the league if you feel like virtually cheering on my fictional football team, if that’s possible (

).

Matt Vensel is a blogger and community coordinator for The Baltimore Sun. Send your fantasy questions and comments to

, @mattvensel on Twitter or leave them in the comments section below.

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