The Philadelphia Eagles had three quarterbacks on their roster entering the 2013 season. Only one of them was fantasy relevant and it wasn’t the veteran signed to a one-year, $10 million deal.
Michael Vick began the season as the Eagles starting quarterback. Throughout the first five games, Vick threw for 1,185 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Things were looking good, but it didn’t take long for Vick to find himself in the trainer’s room, and eventually on the bench.
Nick Foles came in sporadically during the first few games. It wasn’t until Week 6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that fantasy owners and Eagles fans saw what Foles was all about. He threw for 296 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Foles three touchdowns prior to this game. He was banged up the following week and then missed Week 8. When Foles came back, however, he was on fire.
In the final eight games of the regular season, Foles threw for 2,269 yards, 21 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He also rushed for three more scores. Foles tied an NFL record (with Peyton Manning) with seven touchdowns in a single game. Foles completed this feat in Week 9 against the Oakland Raiders. He threw 20 straight touchdowns before getting intercepted.
As a result of Foles’ excellent play, DeSean Jackson and, more surprisingly, Riley Cooper were both fantasy superstars. The two receivers finished in the top-22 in fantasy points. LeSean McCoy ended 2013 as the second-best running back. Brent Celek and Zach Ertz were also sleeper tight ends in bigger leagues.
Things are only looking up for Foles as Vick isn’t expected to return to Philadelphia. With Matt Barkely the only other quarterback currently on the roster, Foles job as the starter is safe.
In addition to all of the options Foles and the Eagles had in 2013, the team will be getting back another fantasy superstar, Jeremy Maclin. Maclin missed all of the 2013 season with a torn ACL. Maclin and the Eagles agreed to a one-year deal.
Foles finished the 2013 season as the 11-best quarterback in fantasy, one point behind Tony Romo and two behind Colin Kaepernick. With all of the options at Foles’ disposal, fantasy experts have him ranked in the top 10. Matthew Berry currently ranked Foles as the sixth-best quarterback to draft next season.
While it would be hard to pass on guys like Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford for Foles, don’t be surprised if Foles finishes in the top five when the 2014 season is over.