The NFL regular season might be 16 games long but the fantasy football season is more like 12.
With fantasy football in full swing after three weeks of matchups, it’s time to check in on your favorite fantasy relevant former Arizona Wildcats in the NFL (rookies).
QB Nick Foles (Philadelphia Eagles)
Foles has yet to attempt a pass in the regular season and already there’s a quarterback controversy brewing between him and starter Michael Vick.
Off to a 1-2 start, Vick has nine turnovers in just three games.
With his job possibly on the line, Eagles head coach Andy Reid is understandably reluctant to the keys over to a rookie opposed to Philadelphia’s 60 million dollar man, but he might be better off the way Vick has been playing as of late.
Foles showed Philly fans why Reid traded up to draft him, displaying his NFL-ready arm during the preseason to the tune of 553 yards and six scores, including bombs of 70 and 44 yards in his debut, all while completing over 65 percent of his passes in four games.
It might have been against second-stringers but right now it’s Vick who’s playing like a backup.
Another bad week or two from him and Foles may get his shot.
While some players in your league may take the wait and see approach on Foles as a starter, with all the Eagles weapons and as much as Reid likes to sling it around, 300 yards and a pair of scores each week isn’t out of the question for Foles.
WR Juron Criner (Oakland Raiders)
For the first time this season Criner is not listed on the injury report.
With wide outs Jacoby Ford already on IR, DHB still recovering from a helmet-to-helmet hit that landed him in the hospital over the weekend and tight end Brandon Myers still nursing a concussion of his own, Criner could be in line for significant play time.
The Raiders are averaging 42 passing attempts per game so there are plenty of opportunities to go around….especially down two of their best receivers and the team’s leading option at the moment in Myers.
Denarius Moore is quarterback Carson Palmer’s primary target and rookie Rod Streeter has been in the mix since the preseason but other than that…nothing.
Week one free agent pickup Derek Hagan is only other WR to get a look.
With the Raiders on bye next week and no production to date…Criner is far from an add, but he could be worth a watch list tabbing depending on his play in week four.
The Raiders have plenty of speed on the outside but Palmer needs a big body down the middle of the field and in the red zone.
Criner could be that guy…even when everyone is healthy.