2012 Team Outlook: Philadelphia
RB Dion Lewis, NE - Fantasy Handcuff
The 5-foot-7 sparkplug remains LeSean McCoy's backup, though the starter's three-down ability makes it tough for anyone else to receive playing time. Diminutive size could limit touches if ever thrust into starting lineup, but Lewis produced in college, runs with purpose and averaged 4.4 ypc on 23 attempts last season. Draft as McCoy handcuff in later rounds of deep leagues unless offseason arrest proves truly problematic.
WR DeSean Jackson, WAS - Solid/Safe Pick
Jackson's home run receiving style often leads to all or nothing fantasy numbers. The nothing's - or at least the mediocre's - outweighed the all's last season. His stats dropped - yards and scores for the second straight campaign – with no 100-yard receiving games after Week 4. Explosiveness remains and perhaps Jackson's new contract upgrades his motivation and focus.
WR Jeremy Maclin, KC - Solid/Safe Pick
Entered 2011 battling a mystery illness. Ended the season leading the Eagles in receptions. Missed three games or likely would have topped 1,000 yards for the first time as a pro. The safer of the Philly starting receivers and yet his skill set pops. Entering camp healthy should boost Maclin's numbers. Strong second fantasy receiver.
WR Riley Cooper, PHI - Deep-league Only
Update (11-4): Clearly Riley Cooper and Nick Foles have an on-field connection. In the three games started by Foles, Cooper has 15 receptions for 347 yards and four touchdowns. In the other six games, 10-106-1. Seeing as Foles isn't going away barring injury, Cooper is a strong add in most fantasy formats as a WR3.
Profile - This just in: broken collarbone's are not a good thing. How long Cooper is out, unclear, maybe a few weeks, maybe the season. Bummer, since last year he took advantage of a three-game starting gig during the second half of the season by tallying 13 receptions for 240 yards and a touchdown. Offers capable hands and a red zone inviting 6-foot-3 target. Cooper will not receive many looks as a backup, but is worth adding in deep leagues should another starting opportunity pop up. Well, assuming he's actually around.
WR Jason Avant, KC - Deep-league Only
The steady option within the Eagles receiving corps, Avant set career-highs with 52 receptions for 679 yards. The spot starter will have a couple of strong weeks. Guessing when is the issue. That and finding the end zone only once last season. Look elsewhere for upside, but role should increase following Riley Cooper's injury.
WR Marvin McNutt, --- - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
With DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin manning the start receiver spots and veteran Jason Avant the primary backup, there is not much room for a sleeper candidate to emerge. However, with Riley Cooper's collarbone injury, the door opened just a crack for the speedy McNutt. The sixth-round pick went for 2,861 yards during his days at Iowa and at 6-foot-3 has the size to be the Eagles red zone threat. Probably not draftable in anything but the deepest of leagues, but there's something about this kid that's worth watching.