2014 Team Outlook: Philadelphia Eagles
QB Nick Foles, PHI - Solid/Safe Pick
The Eagles have one of the better fantasy schedules for QBs (Weeks 1-16), with just three games against defenses that defended the pass well (SF - Week 4, CAR - Week 10, SEA - Week 14) and six favorable matchups. As an added bonus, the Eagles boast one of the best O-lines in the league with an elite left side of Pro Bowlers (Jason Peters and Evan Mathis). In his second NFL season, Foles had a major breakout year, finishing with a 27:2 TD-to-INT ratio in 10 starts. Don't pay for the 2013 production, as he averaged a mediocre 222 YPG and will have to deal with the loss of big-play WR DeSean Jackson (additions of Sproles and rookie Jordan Matthews could fill the void). Foles' current ADP (63.16) has him sitting at QB7, but he could be due for some regression in 2014 as the INT rate is sure to go up.
QB Mark Sanchez, CHI - Not Draft Worthy
The King of the Butt Fumble needed a change of scenery. He signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract to compete with Matt Barkley for the backup job in Philly. Sanchez should easily end the preseason as the Eagles' No. 2 QB. The former USC QB suffered a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined in 2013. The best of his prior four seasons was in 2011 when Sanchez averaged 217 YPG, with 26 TDs and 18 INTs.
RB LeSean McCoy, BUF - Stud (low risk)
ARGUABLY THE BEST BACK IN THE GAME: At just 26 years old, McCoy is a popular choice with the No. 1 pick in both dynasty leagues as well as redrafts. In 2013, he set career highs in carries (314) and rushing yards (1,607). He has also topped 50 catches in three of the past four seasons, but that could be in jeopardy with Darren Sproles on board. McCoy has missed six games over his first five seasons, which isn't a whole lot, and will benefit from running behind one of the best offensive lines in the game in Chip Kelly's run-focused offense. In 2013, under Kelly's tutelage, McCoy tallied 11 touchdowns and has 49 scores over five seasons. Although the Eagles will likely scale back his workload, another season with around 2,000 total yards is a distinct possibility as the bell-cow in the one of the game's most efficient offenses.
RB Darren Sproles, PHI - Quality Backup
STILL A PPR BEAST: The 31-year-old signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract after three seasons in New Orleans. He has averaged 77 catches for 660 yards during his time with the Saints and should see six to ten touches per game at minimum as the Eagles look to lighten Shady McCoy's workload. Sproles scored 21 TDs over the past three seasons, which seems attainable in an Eagles fast-break offense that averaged 28 PPG in 2013.
Editor's note: Sproles may be advancing in age and departing the Saints' pass-oriented cocoon is concerning; however, look for the Eagles to use him in creative ways. He has to be on your radar as a flex play in PPR formats.
RB Chris Polk, --- - Fantasy Handcuff
With Bryce Brown traded to Buffalo, the third-year back from Washington could see an uptick in touches, but not enough to make a significant fantasy impact barring an injury. He tallied just 11 carries for 98 yards in 2013 (impressive 8.9 YPC). Head coach Chip Kelly is a big fan of Polk's north-south running style and he's worth taking a flier on in deeper leagues as a McCoy handcuff.
WR Jeremy Maclin, BAL - Solid/Safe Pick
COMEBACK CANDIDATE: Maclin (26 years old) is returning from a torn ACL, which kept him out for the entire 2013 season. From 2010-2012, he averaged 67 catches for 893 yards (61 YPG) and will take over the Eagles' No. 1 wideout with DJax in Washington. His first 80 catch, 1,000-yard season is a real possibility. He remains an injury concern though, but an increased role in an up-tempo Eagles' offense is worth the risk. Maclin has 26 touchdowns over four seasons and should be considered a solid WR2, provided he doesn't suffer any setbacks in training camp.
Editor's note: We here at FFToolbox project Maclin to really outperform his ADP (69.68 or a mid- to late sixth-round pick). With our current WR projecction/ranking at No. 18, this places Maclin ahead of guys like DeSean Jackson, Victor Cruz and Percy Harvin.