Jeremy Maclin: Predicting Eagles WR's Fantasy Output vs. Giants

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs down field against the Green Bay Packers during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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After injuring his hip in the Philadelphia Eagles' Week 2 win, star wide receiver Jeremy Maclin returned to practice and has been listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, according to NFL insider Adam Caplan.

With a tough loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3 without Maclin, the Eagles will lean on their young receiver heavily Sunday night if they want to send their division rivals home with a loss of their own.

As much as the team's focus will be on Maclin staying healthy and not re-aggravating his injury, Philadelphia needs their star quarterback Michael Vick to stop turning the ball over.

If the Eagles protect the football, Maclin is in line for a huge game against an abysmal New York secondary.


Fantasy Stat Line

As much as the Eagles fans have been following Maclin’s injury updates closely over the past few weeks, fantasy owners care just as much about the ailing wideout’s health.

The young receiver has become a gem in fantasy leagues everywhere because of his prowess in the redzone and the Eagles' commitment to feeding the ball to him when they reach that area.

With a tough Giants’ defensive front seven that knows how to get after Vick and an offensive line that has been leaking like a sieve, Philadelphia will depend heavily on the quick pass Sunday night.

Maclin has the size and strength to overpower the mediocre group of cornerbacks New York boasts, and Vick must take advantage of his mismatch to keep himself out of trouble.

The faster the ball is out of Vick's hand instead of being destroyed by Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul, the better Maclin’s numbers will be.

Philadelphia’s new gameplan will have Maclin catching a few short passes early, but he will eventually break something for a long gain like he always does.

The focus on attacking Big Blue’s porous secondary will open all Eagles' receivers to huge statistical days, but Maclin will walk away with the juiciest fantasy stat line.


Final Word: Eight receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown.


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