Fantasy Football 2013: Philadelphia Eagles’ Offense Is Heavenly For Fantasy

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For months, fans of football (as well as the fantasy variety) have been anxiously anticipating the debut of the high-octane Chip Kelly offense in the NFL. Fantasy owners were salivating at the thought of what guys like LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick could do in this offense, and on Monday night, folks got a pretty good idea of how exciting this unit can be.

Volume is something that is very crucial to fantasy success. It’s common sense, right? The more a player gets the football, the higher the chance of producing strong fantasy numbers. However, when you take that volume and combine it with talent, sparks will fly. Sure enough, sparks were very evident in Washington on Monday night, as that Philadelphia Eagles offense made it’s awaited debut.

Trust me, folks. It was worth the wait.

The Eagles offense ran 77 plays, and 53 of them came in the first half alone. From a fantasy perspective, that’s just awesome. McCoy touched the ball 32 total times for 189 yards and a score, as he showcased his elite elusiveness. One of the main reasons he eclipsed 30 carries is because the Eagles were running the clock for the majority of the fourth quarter, but still, the high amount of plays that Philadelphia looks to be running will strongly benefit McCoy’s fantasy outlook. He is the ideal fit for the type of offense Kelly is looking to run, and considering he was a true workhorse on Monday night, I think we know how strongly Kelly feels towards his star running back. If McCoy can physically withstand the heavy workload he is likely going to see, there isn’t a doubt in my mind that he can finish as the number one running back in fantasy football this year. That volume plus talent formula holds true.

RB touches under Chip Kelly

Year

Player

Carries

Receptions

2012 Kenjon Barner 248 20
2011 LaMichael James 247 17
2010 LaMichael James 294 17
2009 LaMichael James 230 17

 

As for the quarterback, I have yet to give up on Michael Vick, and after watching last night’s performance, I don’t plan on doing so anytime soon. Vick looked awesome, throwing for 203 yards and two scores, while rushing nine times for 54 yards and another touchdown. He looked very comfortable in this fast-paced offense, and his velocity looked as good as in year’s past. There is no question that in this offense, Vick has top-10 upside among quarterbacks, but of course, there is some injury risk, especially when running so many plays. A few of Vick’s runs were designed read-option plays, including his touchdown run, while others were just Vick taking off. I think Kelly truly wants to use Vick as a running option alongside McCoy, and if his track record in college is any indication, he will.

QB rushes under Chip Kelly

Year

Player

Carries

2012 Marcus Mariota 106
2011 Darron Thomas 56
2010 Darron Thomas 93
2009 Jeremiah Masoli 121

 

Of course, it’s hard to believe that Vick, who’s had trouble staying on the field lately, will see that many carries, but it’s something to monitor throughout the year. We know that Kelly isn’t afraid, that’s for sure, and despite taking some flack, Vick is a tough guy. I would always keep a backup quarterback rostered if you own Vick, but if this Eagles offense continues to tire out opposing defenses, Vick will be a top-10 quarterback once again, barring injury, of course,

Whether or not defense begin to pick up on this offense is still uncertain, but on thing is very clear.

This offense excites me.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

 


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