Evan Silva of Rotoworld recently put together his projections for the top 150 players in Fantasy Football for the 2014 season. This ties nicely into the FF projections that BGN released for various Eagles players last week. Here we take a look at the Eagles players who made Silva's Top 150.
1. LeSean McCoy -- Centerpiece of NFL's top rushing attack. 26 in July.
At number one overall is Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. This is a pick that shouldn't require too much thought. McCoy was the best running back in the league in 2013. The Eagles weren't afraid to run the ball and McCoy's numbers reflected that sentiment. At only 26, he's still yet to hit the peak of his career.
There seems to boom or bust potential with Maclin. On the positive side, he'll be playing as a starter in an offense where big numbers could come easy. On the downside, he's coming off an ACL injury and it remains to be seen how explosive he will be. Funny enough, Maclin ranks only spot behind Jackson (No. 57) on this list. Silva notes that Jackson's annual reception average was 55 before the 82 he recorded in Kelly's offense.
66. Nick Foles -- Is otherworldly '13 efficiency sustainable? Lost DeSean Jackson.
Many fantasy football participants were fortunate to pick up Foles off the scrap heap or have him stashed away as a backup on their team last season. This year it's clear that Foles is the starter and could put up some big numbers yet again due to playing in Kelly's offense. The concern with Foles, as Silva notes, is his sustainability. It's hard to think Foles' TD to INT ratio will be easily repeatable.
82. Zach Ertz -- Prime year-two breakout candidate with legit top-five TE1 potential.
As far as rookie tight end goes, Ertz had a really impressive 2013 campaign. With the benefit of a full offseason, Ertz could become even more of a weapon than he was last season. The downside with Ertz's value is that Celek is still expected to eat up a lot of snaps as the Eagles' primary in-line blocking tight end, which is important for a team so committed to the running game. Celek also still contributes as a pass catcher.
107. Darren Sproles -- Could flirt with flex value in PPR. Less attractive in standard.
Sproles is bound to catch a few passes each game out of the back field and in the slot. He could be dangerous on screen plays still.
142. Chris Polk -- Would be Chip Kelly's main carrier if LeSean McCoy went down.
Not a fun one to think about, but something to consider.
(Fun and meaningless fact, 2013 stats: Chris Polk: 11 attempts, 3 TD. Trent Richardson: 157 attempts, 3 TD.)
148. Jordan Matthews -- Lots of year-one opportunity in one of NFL's top offenses.
Matthews put up huge numbers in college while constantly being double-teamed. In Philadelphia he'll be the Eagles slot receiver. Expectations for rookie receivers should be tempered, especially when they're second round picks, but some people already think Matthews is an Offensive Rookie of the Year favorite.
149. Riley Cooper -- Jump-ball specialist lacks consistent weekly role in Eagles O.
Cooper and Foles seemed to share a special connection at times last year. As Silva notes, he doesn't offer consistent production, but is capable of some big performances in Kelly's offense.
Who will you be drafting?