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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Team Talk: Philadelphia Eagles

Adam Filadelfo is back to break down the new-look Philadelphia Eagles in our Team Talk series.  Please follow Adam on Twitter: @Frostt24.

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The fans of Philadelphia are almost as hardcore about their football team as fantasy owners are about their teams. Both fantasy and Eagles fans probably haven't been to happy with the birds the last couple of seasons. This year could be a renewed passion in both Philadelphia and fantasy football when talking about the Eagles.

Michael Vick
- Since being named starting quarterback, fantasy owners seemed to have quickly forgotten about the injuries and struggles that plagued Vick throughout his career. He still shouldn't be drafted as your starting quarterback regardless of the system he's now in. He's fools gold. Vick always tends to hold onto the football longer than he should and with this faster tempo offense from Chip Kelly will end up throwing more interceptions. He could help owners out until he gets hurt so if you do plan on taking a chance on Vick, enjoy the ride while it lasts.

DeSean Jackson - Jackson is known primarily for his big play ability and kick/punt returns. He tends to be a boom or bust fantasy player. I think this season could produce more boom than bust. DeSean Jackson's big time playmaking ability should fit right in with Chip Kelly's high tempo offense. This no huddle offense should provide plenty of opportunities for big downfield plays, something Jackson is quite suited for. He has receiver one potential this year and should reward his fantasy owners with a monster season.

Riley Cooper - Despite the off field issues Cooper had, he could be a decent fantasy option for owners very late in your draft. With Jackson being the deep threat and defenses not having time to regroup between snaps, Cooper can be a nice surprise. This new look Eagles offense can produce a lot of points in a short amount of time and Cooper can find himself having a good fantasy season because of it.

Brent Celek - Chip Kelly came out and said Celek would be a major part of the Eagles offense. He wasn't going to be used as a blocking tight end. This has to say a lot about Celek's fantasy value. Those words can easily translate to tight end one value. If you play in a PPR format, Celek should be targeted as a starting tight end because in this offense, sky is the limit.

LeSean McCoy - While it's far fetched to think Shady can have a season reminiscent of two years ago, he could very well have a very nice fantasy season. The Eagles will look to run the ball a lot and that will be a big boost to McCoy's numbers. He did slow down a lot toward the end of last season so there should be a cause for concern. Especially running a quick tempo offense. He still has to be considered a running back one and can be trusted as your top back.

Bryce Brown - Brown could have fantasy value even with Shady in there. There will be little time  between snaps, so McCoy could need a breather giving playing time to Bryce. Just remember Brown has had issues holding onto the football and his fumbling could lose owners points and lose him playing time. He's a nice late round flier but the majority of the playing time will still belong to LeSean McCoy.