Week 7 fantasy pickups include Nick Foles, Joseph Randle, Keenan Allen

Nick-Foles-EaglesA number of fairly significant injuries across the NFL in Week 6 should lead to a fairly hot waiver wire in fantasy football leagues heading into Week 7. With offensive approaches becoming more clear, we are now able to tell which sleepers are for real and which ones will likely turn out to be duds. We’re hoping the players on our Week 7 fantasy pickups list turn out to be studs.

Nick Foles, QB, Eagles: Michael Vick missed Philadelphia’s Week 6 game with a hamstring injury, and as many expected Nick Foles filled in admirably. Foles and Vick split most of the first-team reps throughout training camp, so Foles is plenty familiar with Chip Kelly’s offense. He doesn’t have the running ability that Vick has, but he can compensate for that with his superior passing ability. Foles threw for a combined 497 yards and five touchdowns against the Giants and Buccaneers over the past two weeks. More importantly, he has not thrown an interception. He has a good chance to put up solid fantasy numbers in Chip Kelly’s video-game offense. He should make for a great bye week filler if nothing else.

Joseph Randle, RB, Cowboys: Surprise, surprise — Demarco Murray has gone down with an injury. He could miss several weeks with a sprained MCL, and backup running back Phillip Tanner is also injured. As a result, Randle is in line to handle most of the work for the foreseeable future. The rookie out of Oklahoma State ran for just 17 yards on 11 carries Sunday night, but he should make for a viable flex play from a pure volume standpoint. The Cowboys move the ball. Any running back that receives most of the carries in an offense that moves the ball is worth rostering.

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DeSean Jackson: Michael Vick will ‘probably’ be Philadelphia Eagles starter

Michael-Vick-NFL-top-100-list-jokeOne thing Chip Kelly has already had success with at the NFL level is keeping everyone in the dark about who the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback will be come Week 1. There have been a few stray reports about the ongoing competition between Michael Vick and Nick Foles, but we have yet to hear anything concrete.

Despite the uncertainty, DeSean Jackson has his own prediction.

“In my opinion, honestly, I don’t want to be put on the spot, I know y’all gonna do me like that, but Michael Vick’s got a lot of confidence in himself,” Jackson told ESPN earlier this week (via PhillyMag.com). “He’s been there, going on 12 years in the NFL, I think he’ll get the job.

“Nick Foles is a great, great talent coming in from Arizona, actually a Pac-12 guy. He has the hype, he has the skills as well too. Going into camp, I think Michael Vick will probably be the starter, but we still don’t know. I think Chip Kelly’s gonna keep everybody honest and keep everybody open.”

That’s exactly what Kelly has done to this point, but a recent report indicated Foles may have the edge over Vick. It should be noted that even Jackson has had to speak to Kelly this offseason to clarify his role with the team, so the former Oregon coach has a lot of people guessing.

As we mentioned before, Vick may really have to outplay Foles to win the job. Vick carries a much bigger cap hit than Foles ($7 million) if he makes the 53-man roster. Plus, Kelly could be looking to start fresh as he begins his NFL coaching career. With the way it has gone so far, we’ll probably have to wait until preseason begins to get our answer.

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Nick Foles believed to have edge over Michael Vick for Eagles starting job

Nick-Foles-EaglesWhen most of us think about the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles, we think about the exciting possibilities that exist with Michael Vick running Chip Kelly’s offense. Second-year quarterback Nick Foles may have something to say about that by the time training camp comes to a close.

According to CSNPhilly.com Eagles insider Geoff Mosher, Foles has a better chance to earn the starting quarterback job this summer than Vick. Before the NFL Draft, Mosher said he felt Vick was in line to win the job. Now that Philly has drafted Matt Barkley, the landscape has changed.

You could make the argument that drafting Barkley proves Kelly is not necessarily looking for a mobile quarterback to run his offense. Vick and Foles have been splitting all of the reps in practice almost right down the middle, but Vick is much older and more expensive. Even with his restructured deal, the 33-year-old will be owed more than $7 million if he makes the Eagles’ roster.

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Foles and Barkley, on the other hand, are signed to much more team-friendly contracts. As Mosher mentioned, new NFL coaches tend to like building their programs around young players as opposed to veterans. Even if Vick and Foles are dead even in their offseason competition, Kelly might lean toward naming Foles the starter, keeping Barkley as the backup and releasing Vick.

If Kelly feels he can do as much with Foles as he can with Vick, Philadelphia’s salary cap situation gain a lot of flexibility.

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Michael Vick doesn’t like sharing first-team reps with Nick Foles

Michael-Vick-NFL-top-100-list-jokeChip Kelly has made it clear that he will be holding an open competition for the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback position all summer, and that may be starting to weigh on Michael Vick. According to Rob Edwards of the South Jersey Times, Vick took the majority of the first-team snaps on Thursday at the last day of mini-camp. But he wants to earn all of them.

“It’s tough (not taking all first-team snaps),” Vick said. “I have continued to be a professional and put feelings and emotions to the side. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t (tough). I have to deal with it and keep dealing with it until I see otherwise.

“(Coach Kelly and I) haven’t talked about it yet. Coach knows exactly what he’s doing and we don’t question him, we just listen.”

Foles is probably already a better passer than Vick at this stage in his career. He has reportedly been impressive with some throws during practice while Vick has struggled a bit, but common sense would tell you Vick is a better fit for Kelly’s offense.

If Kelly intends to incorporate anything similar to what he was running at Oregon, he needs a mobile quarterback. The advantage there obviously goes to Vick, though Chip would be dumb to not make him earn it. Foles also has an advantage in age, which Vick knows.

“I feel good with where I’m at,” he said. “I have to continue to progress and keep drinking my youth juice.”

My guess is Vick wins the starting job unless he completely bombs at training camp. Despite what this former Eagles quarterback thinks, Kelly is probably going to run a spread offense that will benefit from having a quarterback who can run. That’s not to say Vick won’t make him change his mind by Week 6.