New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Preview 11/17/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The Super Bowl LII rematch is happening this week, but it may not be the thriller that we saw two years ago. The Patriots are one of the most complete teams in the NFL and will pose a huge challenge for the Eagles. Though the Eagles are coming off of two straight wins against decent teams, the Patriots are a much more difficult opponent. The spread for this game is 3.5 points in favor of the Patriots. This could be a close game, but the Patriots have the edge coming into the game. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles matchup page.
Date: Sunday, November 17th, 2019
Time: 4:25 ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
New England Patriots: S Patrick Chung (Q) – Heel/Chest, TE Matt LaCosse (Q) – Knee, DT Danny Shelton (Q) – Ankle, DE John Simon (Q) – Elbow, RB Damien Harris (Q) – Hamstring, WR Gunner Olszewski (Q) – Ankle/Hamstring, S Nate Ebner (Q) – Ankle/Back
Philadelphia Eagles: LB Nigel Bradham (O) – Ankle, WR Alshon Jeffery (O) – Ankle, RB Darren Sproles (O) – Quadricep, RB Jordan Howard (Q) – Shoulder
New England Patriots Analysis
The Patriots passing game should feast against the Eagles secondary this week. The Patriots receivers are some of the best route runners in the league, and will tear apart this Eagles defense that ranks 25th in fantasy points allowed to receivers. Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu are definite starts this week. Last game, Edelman and Sanu each played 100% of snaps. Edelman had 10 receptions for 89 yards and Sanu had 10 receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. Tom Brady likes throwing to them, and he will likely be able to do that against this Eagles secondary. Phillip Dorsett played 99% of snaps last week, but he was far less productive than his fellow receivers. He only had 4 targets for 2 receptions and 13 yards. This week, he could be much more productive. As a deep threat receiver, he could easily stretch the field against this defense that has allowed many big plays this season.
The running game for the Patriots will not be very productive against the Eagles defense this week, as they rank 8th in fantasy points allowed to running backs. Last game, Sony Michel was not very productive, getting only 4 carries for 18 yards. James White played the most snaps out of the Patriots backfield and was the most productive running back last week. He should be a good start for this week, as he will get plenty of receptions out of the backfield. Also, Rex Burkhead has returned to action for the Patriots and is getting an increasing number of snaps each game. Last game, he played 36% of snaps and was more productive than Sony Michel. He is a good free agent addition in fantasy leagues, as he should produce at a high level in the coming weeks.
New England Patriots Depth Chart
Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
The Eagles will be without Alshon Jeffery this week, which definitely hurts the Eagles chances at winning this game. More importantly, it will make it harder for the Eagles to move the ball down the field and generate fantasy points. Jeffery has been the top wide receiver for the Eagles, so other receivers on the team may have a chance at more playing time. However, it will be hard for those receivers to do well, especially considering that the Patriots have locked down receivers with lockdown man coverage. This also means that Zach Ertz should get many more targets in the passing game. Against the Bears in week 9, Ertz had 9 receptions for 103 yards and 1 touchdown. With Jeffery out, Ertz should see another productive game this week.
In the past two weeks, Jordan Howard has performed well, averaging 16.7 PPR points in those games. However, he has not been a full participant in practice all week long and is listed as questionable for this game. If Miles Sanders starts for the Eagles this week, he could have a pretty good game. He would not have to split carries with Howard and has a decent matchup against the Patriots defense. Last week, the Patriots allowed 115 rushing yards to Mark Ingram. The week before that, they allowed 131 rushing yards to Nick Chubb. The Patriots have shown that they cannot stop the run game in good offenses yet, so the starting running back for the Eagles should have a great game this week.
Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Mohamed Sanu is a Bargain
Julian Edelman (DK: $7,500, FD: $7,400) and Mohamed Sanu (DK: $5,100, FD: $5,800) are great starts against the Eagles secondary this week. Sanu is definitely the better option though because of his extremely low salary. They should put up similar statlines, so definitely go with the cheaper Sanu over Edelman. Tom Brady (DK: $6,400, FD: $7,800) is also a great start this week because the Eagles rank 22nd in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks, and his salary is relatively low. Lastly, the Eagles starting running back–whether it is Jordan Howard (DK: $4,700, FD: $6,100) or Miles Sanders (DK: $4,100, FD: $5,600)–should have a great game. It will be important to monitor Jordan Howard’s injury status coming into this game. If he plays, start Howard. If he does not play, start Sanders. They are decent options for this week, as running backs have torn apart the Patriots defense in their last two games.