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Report: Eagles RB D’Andre Swift not expected to play in Week 18 vs. Giants due to illness

The Eagles top running back isn’t expected to play in Week 18 as the team hopes to still win the NFC East division.

D’Andre Swift of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Philadelphia Eagles RB D’Andre Swift isn’t expected to play in Week 18 vs. the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon due to an illness. Swift entered Week 18 as questionable to play. The Eagles sit at 11-5 with an outside chance to win the NFC East division title.

If the Eagles defeat the Giants and the Dallas Cowboys lose to the Washington Commanders, Philadelphia would win the division and get the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs. If the Cowboys win, the Eagles will be the No. 5 seed and face the NFC South division winner on the road in the Wild Card round next week. Both the Eagles and Cowboys play in the 4 p.m. ET afternoon window on Sunday, so expect both teams to go out trying to win, not resting players.

With Swift sidelined, the Eagles should use Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott in the backfield. We also might even see veteran back Rashaad Penny on the active roster for Week 18. In Week 17, the Eagles played Swift and Gainwell primarily. Gainwell actually had more offensive snaps than Swift. Expect Gainwell to lead the backfield while Scott mixes in with some touches.

If you’re playing NFL DFS on DraftKings, Gainwell ($4,800) makes for an interesting value option at running back. You’ve got about an hour until lock at 1 p.m. and pivoting onto Gainwell could be a decent option in tournaments. A lot of lineups could be on 49ers RB Jordan Mason ($4,600), who is expected to get a lot of run with Christian McCaffrey resting.

Also, don’t forget what Scott has done to the Giants in his career. Last season, Scott had three TDs and two were against the Giants. He also scored against New York in the postseason last year. Scott is $4,300 and an even further pivot off the chalk at this price point on DK, though he carries much more risk as a purely narrative play.