2010 Philadelphia Eagles Fantasy Football Outlook
When you go from a starting backfield that consists of Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook, to Kevin Kolb and LeSean McCoy, there is certainly reason to worry if you're an Eagles fan.
However, Kolb and McCoy both performed well in spot duty last season, and the Eagles' offense did not miss a beat with them in starting positions.
Although Andy Reid may take a more conservative approach to play-calling early in the season with a new quarterback, the Eagles will still look to spread the ball all around the field.
It may take a few weeks for the Eagles' offense to get fully on track in 2010, but they have all of the tools in place to have another explosive season.
Here are the fantasy projections for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010.
Starter: Kevin Kolb
Backup: Mike Vick
Kevin Kolb enters 2010 as the Eagles starting quarterback. After sitting behind Donovan McNabb to begin his career in Philadelphia, Kolb finally gets a chance to showcase his skills.
In two starts last year, Kolb threw for 718 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.
I do not expect Kolb to average greater than 300 yards per game again this season, but he has plenty of weapons around him to succeed.
The wide receiving core of Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Jason Avant will certainly help Kolb get acclimated to the starting position.
If Kolb can avoid that mistakes that made him struggle in his start versus the Saints last season (three interceptions), Eagles fans should be able to forget about the loss of Donovan McNabb very quickly.
Andy Reid showed late last season that Mike Vick can still be a dangerous threat on the field both with his legs and his arm. If Kolb struggles early, Vick may see the field more than what most expect this season.
Kolb Projection: 3650 yards, 24 TDs, 16 INTs
Vick Projection: 130 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, 2 TDs
Starter: LeSean McCoy
Backup: Mike Bell
LeSean McCoy will begin his second year in the NFL as the starting running back for the Eagles.
Many analysts have compared to McCoy to his predecessor in the Eagles backfield, Brian Westbrook. McCoy's numbers last year certainly provided a solid backing for these comparisons.
McCoy rushed 637 yards and four touchdowns, but he also grabbed 40 receptions for a total of 308 yards.
With the departure of Brian Westbrook in the offseason, look for McCoy's numbers to increase in 2010. One thing that will prevent McCoy from becoming a true fantasy superstar this year is the addition of Mike Bell to the Eagles' backfield.
Bell will most likely become the main ball carrier in goal-line situations, and that will hurt McCoy's total touchdown number.
Don't expect much else from Bell, but if McCoy stumbles due to injury, he has shown during his time with the Saints that he can do an adequate job for fantasy owners.
McCoy Projection: 930 rushing yards, 400 receiving yards, 10 total TDs
Bell Projection: 595 rushing yards, 7 TDs
1. DeSean Jackson
2. Jeremy Maclin
3. Jason Avant
As good as these Eagles receivers are, their production this year will hinge on the play-making abilities of Kevin Kolb.
Since no one really knows how Kolb will perform in a 16-week season, temper your enthusiasm in reaching for one of these guys.
However, DeSean Jackson's numbers with Kolb at the helm in two starts would prove that the Eagles' trip of receivers may actually see an increase in production in 2010.
Jackson brought in 10 catches for 250 yards and two touchdowns last year in Kolb's two starts. Overall, the speedster from Cal finished with 1,167 yards and nine touchdowns. Jackson should benefit from the continued emergence of fellow teammates Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant.
Maclin had an impressive campaign during his rookie season last year. In 11 games, Maclin hauled in 55 receptions for 762 yards and four touchdowns. Maclin should only see an increased role in Andy Reid's passing attack in 2010.
Jason Avant will man the third receiving spot for the Eagles in 2010. As a fifth-year receiver, fantasy owners should not be expecting a tremendous increase in Avant's numbers unless Jackson or Maclin fall to injury.
Jackson Projection: 70 catches, 1,100 yards, 8 TDs
Maclin Projection: 63 catches, 800 yards, 7 TDs
Avant Projection: 49 catches, 520 yards, 3 TDs
Starter: Brent Celek
Backup: Cornelius Ingram
If there is going to be one man to benefit from Kevin Kolb becoming the starting quarterback, it will be Brent Celek.
In Kolb's two starts last year, Celek caught eight passes for 104 yards in each contest. He added a touchdown in Kolb's second start.
2009 was a career year for Celek, and 2010 should even be better as he becomes the safety blanket for the new starting quarterback.
Celek had just under 1,000 yards last year to go along with eight touchdowns and 76 receptions.
Because of Celek's ability, do not expect much from his backup, Cornelious Ingram.
Celek Projection: 70 catches, 800 yards, 6 TDs
David Akers will once again be the starting placekicker for the Eagles this year. He returned to the Pro Bowl in 2009 after finishing second in the league in points scored.
Akers also led the NFL in field goal attempts while making 86.5 percent of his tries. That conversion percentage was his best since 2002.
Fantasy owners should consider the impact that age and a new quarterback may have on Akers. He may not get as many opportunities this year, and his strength on kicks from long distance may begin to decrease as well.
Projection: 26 FGM, 32FGA , 37/38 PAT
The Eagles' defense was strong in 2009, and it should only be stronger in 2010.
With the additions of Darryl Tapp and Brandon Graham, the Eagles' defensive line, anchored by defensive end Trent Cole, could see an increase in their sack total of 44 from last year.
Ernie Sims should also make an immediate impact in the Eagles' back seven, which will also welcome back Stewart Bradley from injury.
I don't expect this defense to intercept 25 passes once again this year, but they should be considered one of the top defenses in 2010.
Projection: 45 sacks, 12 fumbles recovered, 18 interceptions