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Drafting Eagles early could be risky in fantasy football

Al Bello

Chip Kelly is an offensive guru but he is also an equal-opportunity scorer, which is why he may not make a ton of friends in the fantasy football business. While he will definitely find creative ways to use Andy Reid's holdovers as well as his new recruits, the ball is likely to be shared by ALL the skills players. That means that when it comes to racking up the fantasy points, the Eagles playmakers may not be your best bet.

Despite crafting plans to score at every angle, with the way Kelly is projected to use speed, there will likely be a serious need for rotation. Wide receivers like DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, who could be starting skill players in fantasy, may have their touches greatly decreased from the Reid Era. It has already been established that former 1st round-worthy running back, LeSean McCoy, will share the load with Bryce Brown and starting tight end Brent Celek will split touches with a rotation of talent that includes Zach Ertz and James Casey. Also, quarterback likely will not be settled until after several thousands of fantasy drafts are already complete, so taking a shot at Mike Vick in the first 5-6 rounds could be like playing Russian Roulette with your lineup.

With all that said, the team is likely to put up points, which is why grabbing backups like Brown and Arrelious Benn may prove beneficial to your fantasy team's bench. Also, with a nose for the endzone as a team, kicker Alex Henery may be a premium pickup for your roster. Depending on the type of league you are in, the stakes could be too high to gamble on unknowns, and that is really what Kelly is offering right now, just five weeks away from training camp.

How do you think Kelly's offense and philosophies will impact the Eagles players' fantasy production?

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