2014 Fantasy Football Team Previews- Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly proved to be the real deal as he led Philadelphia to a 10-6 record in his rookie season as head coach. They improved by six games from the previous season while showing explosiveness on offense. The Eagles were sixth in the league in total yards while scoring the fourth most points. In 2013, they were 29th in the league in points scored. After a slow start over the first eight games (3-5), Nick Foles started to click when he threw for 406 yards and 7 TD’s in week nine against the Raiders. Philadelphia went on to win seven of their last eight games to clinch a playoff berth. Pat Shurmur returns for his second season as the offensive coordinator. He helped the Eagles have the best rushing attack in the league (160.4 YPG), which led to 5.1 yards per carry and 19 rushing TD’s. Philadelphia had 19 runs of 20 yards or more, plus 5 runs of 40 yards or more. They averaged 31.2 rushing attempts per game. Philly also finished ninth in the league in passing yards per game (256.9). They averaged a league high 8.7 yards per pass attempt with 32 TD’s and only 9 Int’s. The only negative was the 46 sacks allowed by their offensive line. Billy Davis didn’t have as much success as a defensive coordinator in his first season. The Eagles had success stopping the run as they only allowed 3.8 yards per rush, tied for fourth in the NFL. This resulted in the 10th lowest amount of rushing yards allowed (1,688) in the league. The team’s only weakness last season was in pass coverage. Philadelphia allowed the most passing yards per game (289.8) in the league, but this only resulted in 25 passing TD’s as they played better pass defense in the red zone. The Eagles had 37 sacks and 19 Int’s.

Position Breakdown

*Running Backs

LeSean McCoy (RB) – McCoy had a sensational season with the Eagles in 2013. He set career highs in rushing attempts (314), rushing yards (1,607) and combined yards (2146), which led to him being the sixth highest scoring running back in PPR leagues. His only weakness was his lower than expected touchdowns (11). Last year he averaged 22.9 touches per game and finished with eight 100 yard rushing games, including three with 150+ yards. He averaged a solid 5.1 yards per carry and an electric 10.4 yards per catch. He had 10 games with four catches or more. Last year Philadelphia had over 500 rushing attempts, which was the fourth best opportunity in the league. LeSean has an elite opportunity in one of the best developing offenses in the league. Darren Sproles will most likely cut into some of his passing opportunities and possibly a few carries. In 2013, Bryce Brown had 75 rushes and only eight receptions. I expect McCoy‘s touches to decline by 10 % at the minimum this season, but I also expect his touchdown production to make a step forward. He has the best all-around opportunity in the league, which gives him an excellent chance at being the #1 pick overall. I have a feeling he scores 20+ touchdowns this season with 2,000 combined yards.

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