2012 Fantasy Value of Key Philadelphia Eagles Players

Fantasy KnuckleheadsContributor IJuly 6, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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In 2011, the Eagles were one of the busiest teams in free agency and trading, signing new blood like Nnamdi Asomugha and trading old faces like Kevin Kolb. Despite the moves and the term “Dream Team,” the Eagles couldn’t live up to that moniker, finishing at .500 and failing to make the playoffs.

But you fantasy football nerds aren't concerned with the teams win/loss ration, so let's look at their fantasy football value. 

Jeremy Maclin (WR2)

Maclin was in a slump last year, dealing with an inflammatory virus. Fast forward to 2012, Maclin is looking great and the Eagles anticipate this season to be "huge" for the fourth-year WR.

Maclin is ranked around the 20th fantasy receiver. But if he performs the way the Eagles are expecting him to, he should exceed those rankings.

DeSean Jackson (WR2)

There is no doubt in my mind that DeSean Jackson has the skills to be a top-10 fantasy football WR, but history has shown us that consistency isn't his strong suit. Right now Jackson is being drafted as a WR3, but if you're in a league that awards fantasy points for return yardage, Jackson could pan out as a really good value.

With a new contract in his sights, Jackson should surpass his ADP.

Dion Lewis (Low Pick Handcuff)

It’s hard to gauge who's going to be McCoy’s backup, but they could end up being a fantasy sleeper. The Eagles have Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk, all three could wind up being the No. 2.

Lewis seems to have the edge because of his familiarity with the offense after his 2011 rookie season. According to Adam Caplan, the Eagles would have to go with a RBBC if McCoy couldn’t play.

For those of you drafting in the next couple weeks, I’d draft Lewis as DeSean McCoy’s handcuff.

Michael Vick

This will be the first season Vick will have had a full offseason to work with the ones. If he can finish the season healthy, Vick should complete the year as a top-5 fantasy quarterback.

So when Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford are off the board, don't think twice about drafting Vick as your starter. I would however, as with any QB that likes to run the ball, have a backup QB sitting on my bench.

LeSean McCoy (RB1)

McCoy kept my fantasy football team afloat last year. McCoy’s receiving stats dropped from 2010 (78/592) to 2011 (48/315), but his rushing stats improved (1080 to 1309). Andy Reid said he would like to limit McCoy’s touches.

But the talent behind him isn't proven, and I expect McCoy to touch the ball just as much this year, maybe even find more receptions. This year I expect around 1,800+ total yards and 12-14 total TD.

In PPR leagues, his value goes up with the news that the Eagles will line up McCoy at receiver.  When all is said and done, McCoy is the one player I think could beat out Arian Foster as the top fantasy RB.

Who do you think is a fantasy football sleeper on the Eagles depth chart? WR Riley Cooper? TE Clay Harbor?