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RB Chris Polk - Philadelphia Eagles

5-11, 215Born: 12-16-1989College: WashingtonDrafted: ---

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Nolan Carroll was taken off kick returns, and with Josh Huff injured Chris Polk was given an opportunity. With a strong initial performance he may have latched onto the kick return job now.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Polk is finally back from a hamstring issue that has taken most of his 2014 to date, but he appears to be the back to own if LeSean McCoy were to go down - at least for now. Darren Sproles will be back soon, but Polk is still better-suited for a lot of the bread and butter carries in the Eagles offense. He's probably the handcuff for McCoy owners.

Week 9: at Houston Texans

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. LeSean McCoy has gained momentum over the past three games, with 67/313/0 rushing and 9/24/0 receiving, and currently sits at 18th among all fantasy running backs with 138/505/1 rushing and 20/88/0 receiving this season. He's compiled ~60% of his rushing yardage for the first half of the season over the past three games. Meanwhile, Darren Sproles (knee injury) missed Week 8 and has handled 13/90/1 rushing with four targets but zero receptions over the past three games. McCoy hasn't found paydirt much this year, but he is looking more like the featured back fantasy owners thought they were drafting in the first round back in August (25.3 touches on the football on average over the past three games). Sproles did practice on Tuesday, October 28, by the way. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News as the weekend approaches to find out if he is going to suit up for this weekend's game. The Houston rush D is ranked 12th in the NFL averaging 108.2 yards allowed per game, with a meager four rushing scores handed over to date. Tennessee was stuffed for 13/36/0 rushing last week in Zach Mettenberger's debut; Pittsburgh was held to 26/75/0 rushing two games ago. The defensive front has become stalwart during October, friends. McCoy (and possibly Sproles) have drawn a tough assignment this week, friends.

Recent Stats and Projections

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5 vs STL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 at ARI 3 13 0 1 1 1 0 0
9 at HOU PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 0 * * *
9 at HOU PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 8 vs ARI (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Polk's first carry was for a modest 4 yards but he did show some patience and followed his offensive line to gain positive yards. On Polk's next touch it came on a 1 yard screen pass as he was hit immediately and had very little room to run and it was more or less just a dump off pass on a 3rd and very long with 23 yards to go. Polk had two important runs that came back to back on the Cardinals 11 yard line. The first was for 6 yards and the next was for 3 yards and he was stopped just short of the endzone.

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Latest News

Eagles | Chris Polk could see bigger role (Sat Oct 25, 12:34 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk (hamstring) could see a bigger role in the offense in Week 8 against the Arizona Cardinals if RB Darren Sproles (knee) is unable to play. Sproles is questionable for the game, while Polk is listed as probable.

Our View: Polk was arguably the best receiving back in his draft class when he came out of college in 2012. We love his natural skill set, but he's had trouble staying healthy as a pro. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Friday, Oct. 24, that the team would use Polk in the same ways they've used Sproles this season.
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Eagles | Friday injury report (Fri Oct 24, 12:11 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles WR Brad Smith (groin) has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Arizona Cardinals. C Jason Kelce (hernia) and LB Mychal Kendricks (calf) are questionable, while RB Chris Polk (hamstring), LB DeMeco Ryans (groin) and CB Jaylen Watkins (wrist) are probable. Smith did not practice Friday, Oct. 24, while the others all practiced in full.

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Eagles | Thursday practice report for Week 8 (Thu Oct 23, 02:35 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles C Jason Kelce (hernia), LB Mychal Kendricks (calf) and G Evan Mathis (knee) all were limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23. RB Chris Polk (hamstring), LB DeMeco Ryans (groin) and CB Jaylen Watkins (wrist) all fully practiced.

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Eagles | Wednesday practice report (Wed Oct 22, 02:26 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles WR Brad Smith (groin) has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Arizona Cardinals. C Jason Kelce (hernia), LB Mychal Kendricks (calf) and OG Evan Mathis (knee) were limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. RB Chris Polk (hamstring) and LB DeMeco Ryans (groin) practiced in full.

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Schedule

9@ Houston Texans
10vs Carolina Panthers
11@ Green Bay Packers
12vs Tennessee Titans
13@ Dallas Cowboys
14vs Seattle Seahawks
15vs Dallas Cowboys
16@ Washington Redskins
17@ New York Giants