The Philadelphia Eagles will be looking to hold on to first place in the NFC East, when they go on the road to play the Cleveland Browns. Philadelphia is coming off of a disappointing 27-17 road loss to the New York Giants at MetLife Field.
The Eagles looked lifeless on both sides of the ball as they couldn’t force Giants quarterback Daniel Jones into a mistake and could not create any big plays on offense. Quarterback Carson Wentz was 21-of-37 for 208 yards with no touchdown passes or interceptions. Philadelphia’s lone touchdowns came on the ground from RBs Boston Scott and Corey Clement.
As for the Browns, they pulled out a hard-fought 10-7 home win over the Houston Texans. Just like the Eagles, Cleveland’s lone touchdown came from their running back room as Nick Chubb ran for 126 yards on 19 carries in his return from injury. Kareem Hunt added 104 yards on 19 carries too.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 22
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Eagles: #29 Overall — #28 offense, #15 defense, #19 special teams
Browns: #21 Overall — #17 offense, #18 defense, #28 special teams
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Miles Sanders, RB, $6,900
In his first game back from injury, second-year running back Miles Sanders ran the ball when given the opportunity. Against the Giants, Sanders recorded 85 yards on 15 carrels, along with two receptions for 10 yards. It was the fifth-time this season, he had at least 80 rushing yards.
On Sunday, the Eagles will need Sanders to not only be effective on the ground, but also in the receiving game versus the Browns. This season, Cleveland’s defense has struggled through the air, allowing 264.6 yards per game. But they also sport a top-15 run defense, which is only giving up 106.8 yards a game. With Wentz struggling this season, Sanders is only consistent offensive player that is dependable as a weekly fantasy play.
Jalen Reagor, WR, $4,300
After missing a few games this season due to a thumb injury, rookie wideout Jalen Reagor is starting to garner more targets and make his presence known within the Eagles’ offense. Reagor was the team’s second-leading receiver behind tight end Richard Rodgers in Week 10 against the Giants. The rookie wide receiver had four receptions (seven targets) for 47 yards.
This was an uptick across the board from his Week 8 performance, where he had three receptions (six targets) for 16 yards. As previously mentioned, the Eagles’ offense will be taking on a Browns’ defense that has given up a lot of passing yards and fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. This season, Cleveland is allowing wide receivers to score 28 fantasy points per game. Reagor is a baseline WR3/FLEX heading into this pivotal matchup.
Austin Hooper, TE, $3,900
Throughout this season, the Browns have made it a point of emphasis to run the football. It is their bread and butter and a reason why they are currently three games above .500. However, we cannot forget that they still have viable fantasy options both at wide receiver and tight end. One player who could be due for a breakout game is tight end Austin Hooper.
As we all know, the Eagles’ defense has had trouble covering the other team’s tight end this season. We all remember the games that George Kittle and Tyler Higbee had against Philadelphia, which either keep their teams in it or lifted them to victory.
Now granted, Hooper isn’t on the level of Kittle, but he’s better than Higbee and could give the Eagles’ defense problems on Sunday. This season, the 26-year-old tight end only has 22 receptions for 205 yards and a touchdown. And he was only held to one reception (two targets) for 11 yards against the Texans in Week 10. Do not expect that to happen, especially with Jarvis Landry and the running game commanding a significant amount of attention.
Nick Chubb, RB, $7,000
Chubb had a tremendous performance in Week 10 against the Texans, after missing a month or so with a knee injury. The former Georgia Bulldog ran for a game-high 126 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. This week, he’ll be trying to reach the 100-yard mark for the fourth time this season against an exceptional Eagles’ run defense. Philadelphia has not allowed a single running back to reach the century mark this season. Chubb will be trying to break that streak and is still a top-10 RB play.