Jeremy Maclin missed portions of practice for the Philadelphia Eagles last week, but went on to start the game against the Baltimore Ravens. While he did record one catch for a touchdown, Maclin left the game afterward after he aggravated his hip injury.
His hip pointer limited practice for Maclin this week, as it did last week. He was able to show up a bit late and get some work in yesterday, but it appears as if Maclin may miss Friday’s practice altogether. Generally speaking, players who miss practice on Friday do not start the game on Sunday.
But Maclin is a little different. he is oft injured and on the injury report for the Eagles, but he can play through some pain. He may very well still suit up for Philadelphia when they take on the Arizona Cardinals.
But does that mean that Maclin should be in fantasy football owners’ starting lineups this week?
Through the first two games, Maclin has 8 catches for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns. Those are very respectable numbers thus far, but considering he was able to record just one catch last week before leaving the game, it hardly makes Maclin a must start this week. Especially when you take two other factors into consideration.
The Eagles and Cardinals play at 4:25 PM. That means that you better have other late starts on your roster who you could play in case Maclin is inactive. Late starts make fantasy football decisions much more difficult.
Second, this Cardinals defense is not bad at all. Look at what they did to the New England Patriots for the first three and a half quarters last week. They more or less shut them down completely. With Patrick Peterson and William Gay, the coverage is strong.
The Eagles did well last week with Michael Vick looking more to Desean Jackson and Brent Celek when Maclin exited the game. At 2-0, they may be in no hurry to rush Maclin back to action if he is not completely ready.
Maclin is likely to be listed as questionable, at best, but could very well be a game time decision. That is never easy for fantasy owners. While Maclin could play – and even go off against Arizona – it may be safer to sit him on your bench this week. Even if he does start the game, it hardly guarantees that he will be able to finish or play enough snaps to put up enough points to really help your team.