In Chip we trust! The Eagles’ new offense produced some fantasy stars last season, and might do more of the same in 2014.
Bye week: 7
Quarterback – Nick Foles
Finished 11th among quarterbacks in FOXSports.com fantasy scoring, but played approximately 11 games; over a full season, Foles’ fantasy numbers would have ranked second behind Peyton Manning’s … Foles posted a ridiculous 27:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio, and added three rushing TDs … Amazingly, Foles racked up the fantasy points while averaging just 28 pass attempts per start … That last number is what should make you hesitate about drafting Foles as a top-five QB – the offense helps to make him look great, but can he repeat such gaudy numbers with such limited volume?
Ranked second among running backs (behind Jamaal Charles) in FOXSports.com fantasy scoring … Led backs with 1,607 rushing yards, was seventh with 539 receiving yards, and tied for 13th with 52 receptions … McCoy will be 26 in July, and there’s no reason why he canât have another big season - even with Darren Sproles on his team … Looks like the consensus No. 2 overall fantasy pick.
Running Back – Darren Sproles
Ranked 35th among running backs in FOXSports.com fantasy scoring … Ran just 53 times during his final season with the Saints, but caught 71 passes (fourth among RBs) for 604 yards (third) … Obviously, Sproles is a much better play in a PPR league – where he could be an RB2 – than in a standard format … Look for Sproles to move around a lot, with Kelly trying to exploit mismatches.
Running Back – Chris Polk
Handcuff only, though let’s see how he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.
Wide Receiver – Jeremy Maclin
Didn’t play in 2013 due to a torn ACL … If healthy, could surpass his 2012 production (69-857-7) … We should know more when training camp starts, but Maclin looks like a WR3.
Wide Receiver – Riley Cooper
Ranked 22nd among wideouts in FOXSports.com fantasy scoring … Caught 47 passes for 835 yards and eight touchdowns … Cooper was much more productive once Foles started playing, but his not-so-great reception total led to some inconsistency … Analyst consensus rankings have him in WR4 range.
Ranked 20th among tight ends in FOXSports.com fantasy scoring … Caught 36 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns … Ertz is expected to take over as the Eagles’ top receiving tight end, but with Brent Celek still on the roster, Foles will likely continue to spread the ball around … Being drafted as a low-end TE1.
Rookie – Jordan Matthews (WR)
Drafted by the Eagles in the second round out of Vanderbilt … Caught 112 passes for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 … Looks to be the Eagles’ starting slot receiver, and is bigger than the usual suspects in that role (6’3", 212 pounds) … Could find a spot on your fantasy bench, but again, there’s only one ball here and a lot of mouths to feed … Interesting sleeper.
Placekicker – Alex Henery
Ranked 18th among kickers in FOXSports.com fantasy scoring … Was tied for 21st with 28 field-goal attempts, converting 23, and kicked 45 PATs … In an offense that could be even more potent this season, Henery is a worthwhile option as your fantasy PK.
Team Defense (DST) – This unit ranked 15th in FOXSports.com fantasy scoring … Their best category was a T-8 in interceptions … Began to allow fewer points - and score more fantasy points – as the 2013 season progressed … Probably not a top-12 option this season, but can be viewed as a sleeper.