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Fantasy Football: 5 Reasons To Draft Jeremy Maclin in 2014

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Draft Jeremy Maclin

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The Philadelphia Eagles have made big moves at the end of February with the signings of Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. Now that Maclin's future is secure for another year with the Eagles, fantasy football players must decide if he is he worth drafting in 2014.

Even though Maclin has only had four-full seasons with Philadelphia, it seems like he has been around the NFL as long as Tony Gonzalez. He had a successful rookie campaign in 2009 with 762 receiving yards, four touchdowns and one game with 100 or more receiving yards. DeSean Jackson received most of the attention that year with 1,167 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, and fantasy owners were worried that Jackson would continue to cut into the fantasy production of Maclin in future seasons.

Even with the threat of Jackson, Maclin still produced several strong seasons for fantasy owners. Between 2010 to 2012, Maclin caught 22 touchdowns, had eight games with 100 or more receiving yards and accumulated 2,680 receiving yards. In 2010, he finished as a top-20 wide receiver, and Maclin will look to continue another solid year in 2014.

With Chip Kelly running the offense and Michael Vick most likely playing quarterback in another city, fantasy players will be wary of the type of rapport that Nick Foles and Maclin will have. Foles was a big fan of Riley Cooper in 2014, and Zach Ertz also emerged as a prominent target.

The involvement of LeSean McCoy also may scare people away from drafting Maclin. McCoy was the most vital part of the Eagles offense with 1,607 rushing yards and 539 receiving yards, and he will continue to be heavily involved in Kelly's plans.

While the new offense and injury history of Maclin may be concerning, fantasy players should not have any fear in drafting Maclin.

Here are five reasons to draft Jeremy Maclin in fantasy football in 2014.

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5. Defenses Will Focus On LeSean McCoy

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If a defense wants to stop the Philadelphia Eagles, then LeSean McCoy needs to be shut down. When defenses key in on McCoy, it will force Foles to try and win games through the air. Maclin has the ability to score a touchdown anytime he touches the ball, and he should find plenty of work this upcoming fantasy season.

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4. Designed Plays

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Chip Kelly is known for having extensive plans, and he probably still designed plays for Maclin even after he became injured. To make sure Maclin is worth the recent investment of the Eagles, Kelly will run plays to have him involved in the offense early and often.

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3. Trade Value

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Fantasy football is all about perceived value. If DeSean Jackson has a few slow weeks and Maclin is looking like a superstar, make a trade to panicked owners. The same concept applies for owners who placed a high value on Riley Cooper. Use Maclin as an insurance policy against other fantasy players.

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2. Cheap Pick

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One of the best values in fantasy football can be found in drafting players returning from an injury. Most of the attention will be on McCoy and Jackson in the 2014 draft, so that will allow you to draft Maclin for next to nothing. In a 12-person league, you can probably still pick up Maclin in the 10th round. He is low risk and high reward.

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1. Proven Ability

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You can't rely on Maclin to be your top receiver because of his injury history, but he can, however, be an excellent second wide receiver or flex player on your team. Maclin has extreme value because he doesn't need to solely rely on touchdowns to score fantasy points, and he has had solid seasons each year that he has played.