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Fantasy Football 2013: Chiefs at Eagles Week 3 Preview

Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)

Thursday, September 19, 8:25 PM (ET)

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Week 3 in the NFL opens up on Thursday, and it looks like we’ve got a pretty good game shaping up for that evening. The Kansas City Chiefs will be heading to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles, and even though it’s early, this one could have some divisional ramifications down the road. The Chiefs (2-0) impressed--and surprised--in Week 2 by eking out a big win over the Cowboys. Meanwhile, the Eagles (1-1) fell to .500 with a close loss against the Chargers.
There will be plenty of noteworthy fantasy contributors on the field during this one, so let’s take a closer look at how the on-field play will translate to your starting lineup.

Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Vick posted some big-time stats in Week 2, though they ultimately didn’t amount to a win. He went 24-of-37 for a career-high 428 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That alone would have been enough for fantasy owners, but he also added 23 yards and another TD on the ground. Vick has been spectacular in Chip Kelly’s new high-octane offense, and after an off-season full of questions, he’s endeared himself well enough for a low-end fantasy start on Thursday.

Fantasy Football 2013: Chiefs at Eagles Week 3 Preview

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Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: Though he was the source of some scrutiny in the off-season, Smith has added a pair of solid statistical outings (and, more importantly, a pair of wins) to his résumé thus far. He tossed a 21-for-36 line against Dallas, resulting in 223 yards and a pair of scores. Better yet, he added another 57 yards on the ground. We’re not quite ready to say that Smith is a No. 1 option in fantasy, but in two-QB leagues he’s certainly a consideration.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Philaelphia Eagles: McCoy has a pair of monster games under his belt, and if that proves to be a trend, he’ll be a fantasy beast by season’s end. In Week 2 he did most of his damage through the air, posting 114 yards on five grabs. Compare that to his relatively tame 11 carries for 53 yards and you’ll see how versatile McCoy is. He’s an obvious must-start as a No. 1 rusher in fantasy for this and every other week.

Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Speaking of obvious must-start No. 1 rushers, the Chiefs have one of their own in Charles. He posted a nice game himself in Week 2, tallying 16 carries for 55 yards, as well as eight grabs for 48 yards and a score through the air. Charles was fighting off a quad injury last week that landed him on the injury report for the Cowboys game, so that’ll be something to monitor as we get close to this one.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Jackson had another monster outing against San Diego, so he’s very much in fantasy owners’ good graces right now. He posted nine receptions for 193 yards and a score, which is (unbelievably) an improvement over his 104-yard, one-TD effort in Week 1. Expect Jackson to be the figurehead of the passing game once again on Thursday, and keep him cemented in your lineup.

Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Leading the Kansas City receiving attack is Bowe, who had a pretty good line in his team’s Week 2 win. He came up with four receptions, turning them into 56 yards and a score, which was encouraging after his relatively tame 30-yard effort in Week 1. We’re expecting some more scoring in this one, so Bowe is an obvious option for your lineup this week.

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