Heading into the 2013-2014 season, the Philadelphia Eagles, headlined by Chip Kelly and his exciting offense, are projected to have a dynamite offense that will put up big numbers on the field and big numbers for your fantasy team. Though the Eagles offense is projected to put up huge numbers, there are a lot of unknowns, especially in Week 1, that are a cause for concern for fantasy owners as they set their lineups because nobody really knows what to expect from Chip Kelly.
With all of this being said, lets get into how the Eagles players will fare, fantasy wise, Monday Night versus the Washington Redskins.
Michael Vick: Michael Vick played superb in the first two preseason games, but he struggled a bit during the third game because the Jaguars blitz Vick a lot and his habits of old reappeared. At this point, I see Vick as a backup quarterback because of the unknown of Chip Kelly’s offense and we don’t know how he will play when the games become meaningful.
Projection: 22/33 for 235 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT and 40 yards rushing.
LeSean McCoy: I know I’ve said multiple times that “we don’t really know what Chip Kelly’s offense will look like”, but the one of the things we know is that he will feed McCoy the rock. McCoy is in for a BIG year and I expect a big game out of the gates from McCoy.
Projection: 23 carries for 125 yards, 1 TD and 30 yards receiving.
DeSean Jackson: DeSean has had two disappointing seasons in a row, but I believe that DeSean Jackson will breakout this year on the field and in fantasy because Chip Kelly will look to get him the ball in space. At this moment, because of the unknowns and a more run-heavy offense, I would suggest that one uses DeSean Jackson as a flex receiver for Week 1.
Projection: 4 catches for 63 yards and 1 TD
Brent Celek: On the depth chart, Brent Celek is listed as the Eagles starting tight end, but Chip Kelly will utilize all three of his talented tight ends making Celek’s numbers very hard to project because any of the three tight ends (Celek, Ertz, and Casey) could have a breakout game. Right now, and potentially for the whole season, I view Celek as a backup tight end because he will put up inconsistent numbers from week to week, making it difficult to judge when he’ll have a good week.
Projection: 3 catches 35 yards
Eagles Defense: The Eagles defensive outlook isn’t good and I would say you’re in trouble if they’re your starting defense this week. Eagles run defense is sub par at best and same goes for their secondary. The Eagles project to have one of the worst defenses in the league and for this week, I would recommend you drop them and find another defense to start.
Projection: 31 points allowed and 1 turnover
Alex Henery: Alex Henery is establishing himself as one of the better kickers in football and a weapon for the Eagles coaching staff. Though Henery doesn’t have the strongest leg, he is deadly accurate and will be a very good kicker to have on your fantasy football team.
Projection: 2/2 FGs and 3/3 XP.