Jeremy Maclin: Updated Fantasy Outlook with Nick Foles at QB

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2012

October 7, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) dives for the endzone but comes up short against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 16-14. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
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With the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback controversy between Michael Vick and Nick Foles coming to a screeching halt courtesy of Vick's concussion, players such as Jeremy Maclin suddenly have drastically different values for fantasy football owners everywhere. 

Maclin is considered the No. 2 receiver in Philadelphia behind the explosive DeSean Jackson, but that entire dynamic could shift if Vick misses time and Foles keeps that starting gig. 

With the entire dynamic of the Eagles offense being flipped on its head thanks to being forced to start a rookie quarterback, it's worth examining how Foles under center will impact Maclin.


Fantasy Outlook 

Maclin was a legit No. 2 or flex option in most fantasy leagues for owners everywhere with Vick at quarterback. It makes sense because defenses were typically trying to account for Jackson across from him and LeSean McCoy in the backfield. 

Entering Week 10, Maclin had racked up 28 catches for 356 yards and three scores, despite Vick battling injuries and always being on the run thanks to one of the NFL's worst offensive lines. 

It's hard to justify keeping Maclin as anything but a flex option at this point, unless the offensive line and head coach Andy Reid's play-calling improves. 


Fantasy Analysis 

With a rookie quarterback at the helm, one would think Maclin, who was already the second option on the offense, would see less balls thrown his way.

The exact opposite happened when Foles entered the game against Dallas. Maclin caught eight passes for 93 yards and a touchdown—the first touchdown pass of Foles' young career. 

What appeared to be happening was the Dallas defense also considers Jackson the priority rather than Maclin, which will benefit Maclin every time as he seeks the target with less coverage on him on each snap. 

Maclin is going to benefit from a rookie quarterback like Foles because he is still seeing less coverage than Jackson. Maclin's status essentially remains the same rather than dropping off a cliff like most wide receivers' stock would with a rookie under center.