NFC East Fantasy Focus: Philadelphia Eagles

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 | 0

The 2014 NFL fantasy football season will soon be upon us, and many leagues are holding their drafts this week. You simply can’t go into a draft without a well thought out plan (well, you can, but don’t plan on winning without a ton of luck).

With that said, TSM Plug is here to break the fantasy prospects of each NFL team by division. Yesterday we finished up the NFC North with the Minnesota Vikings. Today, we’re moving on to a division that is set to feature a ton of shootouts in the NFC East. All of the teams boast significant talent on the offensive side of the ball, but the same can’t be said for their defenses.

Let’s get started with the high-volume attack of head coach Chip Kelly and his Philadelphia Eagles.


At the top of the Eagle’s fantasy heap sits star running back Lesean McCoy. Long a fantasy fixture, “Shady” lead the NFL in rushing in 2014. He’s in the mix as many fantasy owners’ top overall pick in 2014, meaning that you’ll need to have one of the top two selections to draft him.

He’s poised for another huge season if he can stay healthy due to his high volume of carries and receptions out of the backfield. If you’re in a position to take McCoy, it’s kind of a no-brainer pick.


The Eagles got a breakout sensation in 2013 fantasy star quarterback Nick Foles, who threw an insane 27 touchdowns compared to only two interceptions. That’s a pace that no man can sustain, and Foles has thrown that many interceptions in limited action this preseason.

But given the sheer amount of plays he’ll be running under Kelly’s system and his arsenal of dangerous weapons, Foles should still produce at a high level. Defenses have had a summer to review his tendencies and adapt, but they won’t be able to stop him forever.

At his current Average Draft Position (ADP) of 65 in Yahoo standard leagues, Foles is a player to target if you choose to wait on selecting your quarterback.


The Eagles boast a solid if not spectacular receiving corps after cutting star Desean Jackson in the offseason. The team’s leading wide receiver will be Jeremy Maclin, who’s coming off a torn ACL. He tweaked the injury in last week’s preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, but came back soon.

Maclin is a big injury risk who is due for a ton of catches if he can stay on the field. At an ADP of 66, you may want to look for more consistent wideouts in your fantasy draft.

The potential is certainly there, but it may come with too much uncertainty.

The team also drafted 6’3” wide receiver Jordan Matthews in May, and he should turn into a great target once he learns the NFL game. He’s worth monitoring as the season progresses.

Second-year tight end Zach Ertz has earned the praise of his coaching staff and could be poised for a huge season. He’s fast and should see a lot more on-field time in 2014. At a low ADP of 102, Ertz is an excellent late round candidate to target at the position.

The Eagles defense is a bit suspect, and with Kelly calling so many plays, they’ll probably be on the field more than you’d like your defense to be. Playing in the offensive-minded NFC East, you can do better than the Eagles D/ST. Draft someone else who has a better chance of steamrolling the competition.

About the Author

Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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