Fantasy Breakdown Day Two: The Philadelphia Eagles
Welcome to day two of my Fantasy Breakdown Series.
Today I will be analyzing the ever infamous Philadelphia Eagles.
Good news Philly fans. . .
Your team is LOADED.
You've got something at every position.
You drafted well.
Donovan McNabb is healthy once again.
Your defensive coordinator proved he is tougher than the defense he perfected.
Things are actually looking up for once!
The Best Fantasy Quarterback in the League
There. I said it.
My biggest secret of this fantasy draft is out. . . Again!
Donovan McNabb will be the best fantasy quarterback this year.
You will get him late and he will finish this year in the top three, making him the best bang for your buck.
And it's gonna be the Big Bang if he stays healthy.
His arsenal features:
One of the best tackles in the league, one of the league's top five running backs, one of the most anticipated rookie running backs of the draft, and two bolters at wide receiver.
Donovan McNabb has never had a lineup this dangerous around him.
Get him in the late third or early fourth round and just smile.
30 Rock vs. The Young and the Restless
The mythical year 30.
The year where NFL running backs' bodies just can't take it anymore.
Brian Westbrook has found himself on the wrong side of this number, and while he's wearing 31 like it was 29, we know it can't last.
The body of a running back only has so much in it.
It can only take so much before it taps out.
To make matters worse, the Eagles spent a first-round pick on LeSean McCoy, the talented rookie from Pittsburgh many are calling a bigger version of Westbrook.
Brian Westbrook is still worth a first-round pick.
Just a much later one.
As for McCoy, grab him no earlier than the seventh round. He is Westbrook Injury Insurance.
The Usain Bolt All-Stars
Also known as Al Davis' Wet Dream Theater.
DeSean Jackson brought new life to the Eagles offense with an impressive rookie campaign.
His speed and quickness on both the deep ball and in the return game made for a dangerous player who saw the field nearly 60-70 percent of the game.
So what do the Eagles decide to do?
Bring in his clone.
Enter Jeremy Maclin.
The speedster from Missouri is both DeSean Jackson's athletic twin, and his talent polar opposite.
While Jackson's return abilities trump his receiving ones, Maclin's talent as a receiver helped lead Missouri to their best finish in years.
Both these men are perfect fits for the Eagles version of the West Coast Offense.
Both can turn short passes into long gains.
The twist the Eagles put on the West Coast system is using McNabb's cannon of an arm to incorporate the Nine Route, or "The Streak" for Madden players, into any and seemingly every play.
Having a Bolter on both sides of the field will do four things
A.Force a safety to cheat to one side of the field.
B.Force teams to open up the flats
C.Force teams into two safety deep defenses.
D.Force corners to give a five—to—seven—yard cushion
All of these options are bad ones for opposing defenses against the Eagles.
Option A leaves the middle of the field open. Option B leaves Westbrook open. Option C means the run game can prosper. And finally, Option D means slants and drags all the way down the field.
Invest in DeSean Jackson. Reach for him. Early.
Maclin will be a good late-round steal if your draft forgets about him.
The Best Madden Team Since Vick
The Holy Trinity for football fans.
Madden hasn't had a dominant team, leagues better than everyone else, since 2005 when Michael Vick and the Falcons were used by 95 percent of the top Madden players.
The Patriots were loaded in 2008, but for some reason they were just completely beatable by standard teams.
This Eagles team will be THE Madden team to beat. They have the formula.
Quarterback that can scramble and has a big arm, check.
Fast running backs that can catch and break tackles, check.
Fast wide receivers good at catching the deep ball, check.
Great offensive linemen, check.
Defense keen on blitzing, check.
Shutdown corner, check.
Start practicing now, boys.
There we have it.
The Philadelphia Eagles are prime for not only a Super Bowl run, but making fantasy football owners extremely joyous.
As an added extra, Philly fans will have nothing to complain about!
Until Santa Claus comes to the stadium again.
Fantasy Breakdown Day Three: The New York Football Giants.