Overrated and Underrated Philadelphia Eagles Players Heading Into Fantasy Drafts
The arrival of Chip Kelly could mean incredible and revolutionary things for the Philadelphia Eagles’ run offense, but the quarterback position could — with Michael Vick quite ironically — hold the most conclusive fantasy-value evidence heading into 2013.
(The following analysis is based on FantasyPros aggregate average draft position drawn from major websites. The first number in parenthesis is ADP overall in a non-PPR redraft format; the second is ADP by position. I am not saying these players will be terrible or amazing, just that I see them significantly outperforming or underperforming their fantasy value at the current ADP.)
Underrated: Michael Vick (111, 14), Zach Ertz (267, 41)
After two consecutive years of inconsistency in both decision-making and accuracy, it seemed the pro game had passed Vick by. His arm-strength and speed were quite absurd for a quarterback yet turnovers and an inability to sustain a healthy passing game always crippled this unit eventually. Now Vick finds the perfect scheme with Kelly and it’s now or never. Ertz is a player I’ve been finding more and more intriguing on natural ability, and his usage makes him even more worth a flyer IMO. Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palazzolo broke it down on Twitter: “Eagles rookie TE Zach Ertz snap breakdown through two preseason games, 42 total snaps: 15 TE, 23 slot, 2 RB, 2 WR.
Overrated: DeSean Jackson (67, 26), Eagles Team Defense (237, 23)
The Eagles possess a ton of talented young players in the front-seven like Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry but there are plenty of valid questions as to how the personnel fits for a switch to 3-4. There’s been major moves in the secondary but I’m not convinced it will be any better, and would not give this unit a bench spot on my fantasy roster. The heavy run emphasis and creative use of tight-ends devalues the wide receivers in this offense, relegating him bottom-end WR3.
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