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Eagles coach Chip Kelly will not rest starters against Bears on Sunday

Anwar S. Richardson
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Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly is concerned about your fantasy football team.

Okay, Kelly really is not. But if your squad is fortunate enough to still be alive in the playoffs, there is good news.

Kelly said he does not intend to rest his starters against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. It seems odd to be talking about resting starters in Week 16, but there is a reason why this subject is relevant.

Philadelphia leads Dallas by one game in the NFC East with two games to play. The two teams will meet on the final day of the regular season.

On Sunday, Dallas will play against Washington at 1 p.m. ET, while Philadelphia will face Chicago at 8:30 p.m. ET. If the Cowboys beat the Redskins, then the Eagles-Bears outcome does not totally hinder Philadelphia's ability to win the NFC East.

If Dallas beats Washington on Sunday, the Week 17 game between the Cowboys and Eagles will be for the NFC East title and automatic playoff berth.

Kelly told reporters on Monday he intends to play his starters, regardless of the outcome between Dallas and Washington on Sunday.

“We've got to play,” Kelly said (via CSNPhilly.com). “We’re not in a situation where we’ve got to rest anybody. We’ve got to play and get back on the winning track. We've got to be ready to play winning football.”

Kelly is accurate.

His team was 3-5 at one point before winning five consecutive games. Kelly’s squad cannot afford to ease up at the finish line. While benching starters for a Week 17 showdown has some merit, there is something to be said about maintaining momentum heading into a playoff-like game.

Anyone who owns an Eagles player in fantasy football is hoping that is the case.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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