The Philadelphia Eagles will head into Paul Brown Stadium Sunday to take on the reeling Cincinnati Bengals and the main benefactor for your Fantasy Football team may be Wendell Smallwood. If you don’t have him on your team, best hit that wire now and pick him up.
The Eagles still have something to play for as they have an outside shot of making the playoffs. But in order to do so they must win out and that begins this Sunday. With Ryan Mathews still dealing with a sprained MCL, it looks like Smallwood may get is second career start against the 28th ranked run defense in the NFL.[embedit snippet=”2″]
Darren Sproles is still active and will get his snaps but Doug Pederson wants to see if the rookie Smallwood can carry the load. Call this another audition game. Last week against the Green Bay Packers, the game got out of hand early as the Eagles were forced to play catch up which cut into the Eagles ground attack.
This week should provide a favorable matchup with a Bengals team that has trouble moving the ball on offense and stopping it on defense. If Carson Wentz can get in a groove early and the Eagles can get on the scoreboard quick that will give Pederson all the incentive to slow the game down with a grind it out style. The last three weeks, Wendell has run the ball 35 times, while sharing duties with Sproles.
Smallwood is fast and with the Bengals giving up an average or 120 yards per game on the ground you can expect Pederson to hit the defense with every formation possible to help gain his young RB some confidence.
Start or Sit Wendell Smallwood in week 13? Yes, he is a must start.