Foles joins elite company: So, check this out and tell me how many of you thought you’d be saying this about Nick Foles just 48 hours ago: he joined Hall-of-Famers Sid Luckman, George Blanda and Y. A. Tittle, very likely future Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning, Joe Kapp and Adrian Burk as the seventh player in NFL history to throw seven TD passes in one game. Know how many TD passes Foles had in his career before yesterday? Just 12 — far and away the lowest by any of those QBs prior to their respective seven-TD-pass games. And here’s what really irked me yesterday: Foles was the first of those seven QBs to throw all seven of his touchdown passes within the game’s first THREE quarters. He could have not just broken the record, but shattered it had Chip Kelly left him in (I’m a little surprised Kelly, of all coaches, let his foot off th gas). Last thing on Foles — he’s the first of those seven players who didn’t even set a team record with his seven touchdown passes; he merely tied the Eagles’ single-game record originally set by Burk in 1954.
What does all this mean for his fantasy prospects? My guess is he’ll never do it again. But I’m curious to see how he plays against a Packers secondary coming off a short week.
Open Case: Andre Johnson owners just hit the jackpot. I mentioned to you in this space that I liked Case Keenum’s game since he came from a pass-happy system in college and could therefore in theory be comfortable making whatever throw you asked of him. But he’s going to be a hot waiver wire commodity since he seems to look to throw the ball deep before short. Surprisingly, not all QBs do that :::cough, Brandon Weeden:::. But Keenum has averaged over 10 yards per passing attempt in each of his last two starts. And he’s just now showing signs of being comfortable in the offense, having gotten in consistent reps with the first team. Believe me, you could do a lot worse than him if you’re QB shopping.
Hilton checkout time? The Colts will reportedly keep T.Y. Hilton on punt return duty despite being the WR1 in the offense. This move makes me want to sell Hilton high if I have the ability. Pulling full-time offensive duty as well as taking punt returns increases his time on the field and therefore his injury risk level. I have a hard time seeing HIlton making it through the season healthy, and it would be a stomach punch to see him carted off the field right before your fantasy playoffs get underway. If you are thin at WR, then you have no choice but to roll the dice and hope for the best. Proceed with caution here.