Well, the Philadelphia Eagles are certainly… How should I say this?
With the departure of Andy Reid and the arrival of Chip Kelly, the Eagles’ offense could be in store for a bit of a change in 2013, a change that will be appealing to those who invest their lives in Fantasy Football. They may be a headache to own, but the Eagles have some fantasy relevance, and are up next in my Fantasy 32 series.
Call me crazy, but, assuming he enters Week 1 with the starting job, I think Michael Vick is a strong candidate for a bounce back 2013 campaign. He gets a head coach that desires fast quarterbacks and will implement of ton of read option, he is (hopefully) getting close to 100 percent healthy and he gets some protection up front, as Jason Peters is back and the team drafted offensive tackle Lane Johnson back in April. Remember, this is a guy who absolutely tore the fantasy world apart back in 2010, throwing for 3,018 yards, 21 touchdowns, while also rushing for another 676 and nine scores. Of course, that was a few years ago, and Vick is now 33-years old with some injuries slowing him down a bit. Still, this might actually benefit fantasy owners who want to wait on a quarterback. You can grab Vick extremely cheap, but obviously there is risk. I’d proceed with caution, but I personally believe Vick bounces back this upcoming season.
Last season was a complete disaster for the Eagles All-Pro back, LeSean McCoy. Heading into Week 10, he wasn’t being used nearly as much as an elite runner should, and then, of course, he went down with a concussion. McCoy finished the season with a miserable 840 rushing yards and two touchdowns and just 54 catches with three scores. Many believed that the insertion of rookie quarterback Nick Foles would actually benefit McCoy’s fantasy value, but Andy Reid just let the rookie sling the ball all over the place. Now with Kelly at the helm, you can bet your bottom dollar that McCoy will be the centerpiece of this offense, as he should. Here’s a significant little nugget. Last season, when McCoy was given the ball 20 or more times, the team was 3-0. I’m pretty sure Kelly, a coach known for loving to run the ball, understands his team will have the best chance to win when McCoy is involved. During his first four seasons at Oregon, Kelly’s clubs ranked inside the top six in rushing. I’m excited to watch McCoy thrive under Kelly this season.
Umm, pass? Okay, all joking aside, I do kind of, sort of think Jeremy Maclin could be solid this season. A speedy wideout in a speed oriented offensive gameplan, Maclin shows signs of potential as a low-end number two fantasy receiver. In my eyes, he has always been the Eagles best and most pure receiver and should see a healthy portion of targets. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, perhaps Maclin puts it all together in attempts of earning some big bucks. Meanwhile, DeSean Jackson won’t be on many fantasy radars this year. Being the Eagles likely number one receiver on the depth chart, Jackson doesn’t have the skill or smarts to be a true one. He is more of a speedy, sneaky slot guy who you look to get the ball to on screen plays. Jackson is averaging just 3.9 catches per game throughout his career and has seen his touchdown and yardage totals decrease the past three seasons. If I can help it, I’m avoiding this receiving corp in regards to fantasy.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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