Jalen Hurts has looked electric since taking over as the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback and is set to make his third career start in an NFC East matchup against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 16. Can Philly keep its playoff hopes alive and rise from last in the division?
Hurts threw for three touchdowns and ran for a score against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15 and accounted for 401 yards of total offense. Dallas has struggled defensively this season and only the Detroit Lions have given up more points. The Eagles don't have a go-to weapon out wide or in the backfield but their rookie quarterback could give Dallas a tough time like he did the last two teams he played.
The Cowboys surprisingly upset the San Francisco 49ers last weekend and put up 41 points without Ezekiel Elliott in the fold. Tony Pollard acted as Dallas’s workhorse out of the backfield and ran for two scores, but that’ll be difficult to replicate against Philadelphia. Andy Dalton’s receiving corps could be potent against an Eagles secondary that’s forked up more than 290 passing yards in three straight games.
Date: Sunday, Dec. 27
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Eagles: #26 Overall — #28 offense, #15 defense, #25 special teams
Cowboys: #24 Overall — #23 offense, #24 defense, #8 special teams
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Jalen Hurts, QB, $7,000
Hurts’ price has seen a massive spike from last week’s mark of $5,900 for good reason. He’s improved with each start and will be facing one of the NFL’s worst defenses in Week 16. His 338 passing yards against the Cardinals prove that he can do more than run. No other Eagles player has a ceiling close to Hurts’.
Miles Sanders, RB, $7,000
The Cowboys have given up more rushing yards than any team and Sanders’ involvement has been on the rise since Hurts took over as the starter. Sanders has taken part in more than 8- percent of the Eagles’ snaps in two straight games. The only other time he’s reached that mark was Week 5.
Amari Cooper, WR, $5,700
Cooper was a rare dud in Week 15 and failed to reach double-digits in DKFP for just the third time this season but can bounce back in this favorable matchup. He was targeted a season-low three times on Sunday but that won’t be the case against a team that’s not capable of knocking off WR1s.
CeeDee Lamb, WR, $5,300
Lamb has looked like the Cowboys’ second-best receiver for most of the year and led all Dallas wideouts with 85 receiving yards against San Francisco. He’s healthier than Michael Gallup (hip) heading into Week 16 and has been more consistent.