Back when the schedules were made at the beginning of the year, this one looked like it could play a huge role in determining fantasy football championships in leagues across America. And there's a very good chance that it still might. . .for whoever owns the most Eagles.
Yes, after the past couple of weeks, it's really, really hard to recommend any members of the Minnesota Vikings for fantasy purposes at this point. With the raw, untested rookie Joe Webb starting at quarterback, it takes down the value of players like Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, and Visanthe Shiancoe. Even Adrian Peterson is a bit of an iffy proposition. There's a solid chance that Peterson won't even play this evening, and if he does, he's going to be seeing a lot of eight and nine-man fronts from the Philadelphia defense, which will make for tough sledding for the NFL's best running back.
Don't even get me started on the Vikings' defense. . .after the listless efforts that they've put together the past couple weeks, I wouldn't recommend Minnesota as your fantasy defense if they were lining up this week against a Big Ten team.
In short, to put this the best way I can, if you're playing for a championship this week, play as many Eagles as you can. Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek. . .heck, go see if Ron Jaworski and Mike Quick are available on the waiver wire, too. The defense looks to be a pretty solid start, too, as they'll load up to stop whoever the Vikings are playing at running back this evening and blitz the heck out of Joe Webb, which means that there will likely be plenty of mistakes for them to feast on.