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Fantasy Football 2014: 5 Philadelphia Eagles You Should Draft

Fantasy Football 2014: 5 Philadelphia Eagles You Should Draft

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The Philadelphia Eagles surprised a lot of teams with their new high-powered offense. The team took on a new look when Nick Foles replaced an injured Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy was a beast on the ground by winning the rushing title. The team averaged 417.2 yards per game, 40 yards behind the Broncos. The offense scored 27.6 points per game, fourth in the league. Entering the second year with Chip Kelly, the offense has multiple weapons.

TE Zach Ertz

Zach Ertz
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TE Zach Ertz

Zach Ertz
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The Eagles showed signs of developing a dangerous one-two punch at the tight end position. Veteran Brent Celek lost some playing time to rookie Zach Ertz. Celek finished 17th and Ertz finished 21st in fantasy among tight ends. Ertz played decent with 36 catches for 469 yards and four touchdowns. Ertz could play a lot more to fill in for the loss of DeSean Jackson. He should be drafted as a low-end TE1 in the later rounds.

WR Riley Cooper

Riley Cooper
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WR Riley Cooper

Riley Cooper
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With the loss of Jeremy Maclin to an ACL tear, Riley Cooper had a breakout season. He had 47 receptions for 835 yards and eight touchdowns, all career highs. Maclin is returning and Jackson is gone, making Cooper the No. 2 wide out. Cooper will not repeat his 2013 numbers, so make sure not to overrate or reach for him early. He's got a great rapport with Nick Foles, but is a WR3 in standard leagues.

WR Jeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin
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WR Jeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin
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Jeremy Maclin missed the whole 2013 season, but the Eagles brought him back on a one-year contract. He is entering a whole new situation with Head Coach Chip Kelly, quarterback Nick Foles and not playing opposite of Jackson. If his ACL is 100 percent, Maclin will be a top-20 receiver. He doesn't have the breakout speed of Jackson, but could easily finish with 80 catches, 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns.

QB Nick Foles

Nick Foles
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QB Nick Foles

Nick Foles
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Nick Foles took over for the injured Vick in Week 5 and began a streak that will live forever. He threw 20 touchdowns in a row before throwing his first interception. He ended as the 11th-best quarterback with 2,891 yards, 27 touchdowns and two interceptions. If he would have played all 16 games, he would have been the No. 3 fantasy quarterback. He should still play at a high level, but is currently outside the top 10.

RB LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy
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RB LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy
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This one is a no-brainer. LeSean McCoy won the rushing title after racking up 1,607 rushing yards. He also had 52 catches and 539 receiving yards. The Eagles traded for Darren Sproles, but he won't take away many carries. McCoy will eclipse 2,000 total yards and surpass double-digit touchdowns. McCoy is my No. 2 running back, behind Jamaal Charles. With that offense, McCoy may even be the No. 1 guy.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.