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Need A Defense

By Travis Pulver - 5 years ago in Daily Fantasy, NFL News

Need A Defense? Take A Look At The Philadelphia Eagles!

One of the harder choices to make when setting a daily fantasy roster is picking which defense/special teams unit to go with. Next to kickers, they typically don’t score much. But if you choose the right one your final score can get a pretty nice boost from an unexpected source. The trick is picking one that has a good chance to score a good number of points.

This week, one of the best options available may be the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fly, Eagles, Fly!

With Sean Lee out for the foreseeable future, there is a very good chance the Eagles will have as much success running the ball as the Atlanta Falcons did last week (34 attempts for 132 yards). That will make for longer drives that will tire the Dallas defense out making it even easier for one of the best offenses in the NFL to score.

But what does this mean for the Eagles defense?

This means the Cowboys are going to get behind early and need to throw to stay in the game. That means the Eagles defensive front can go nuts rushing Dak Prescott without having to worry about the run game.

Prior to last week’s disastrous game, the Cowboys had been doing a great job of protecting Prescott. But with Tyron Smith out of the lineup, they allowed eight sacks. Prescott also ended up fumbling twice.

If the Cowboys can’t protect Prescott, they can’t pass. That much was evident against the Falcons and the Eagles have a much better defensive front. If they can’t pass, they can’t score.

Whether the Eagles win or lose doesn’t matter to daily fantasy players. But no one is going to be sad they started a defense that held their opponent to seven points, forced two fumbles, and sacked the quarterback six times.

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There’s just one problem.

There is a chance that Tyron Smith will return to the lineup. If he does, rushing the passer will become a whole lot tougher. Where Chaz Green struggled, Smith will not—as long as he remains healthy enough to stay in the game.

Keep an eye on Smith’s status this week. If he plays, chances are the Eagles defense will not be a bad option. But there will probably be better ones. However, if he doesn’t play, make the Eagles your defense this week.

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