...Just as Walter locked in +10 for Portland, I have been patiently waiting (praying) that the line would go down a half point...and it has: Start up three team eight point teaser with the Warriors -1.5. Not only do I save a point of victory from having to win by two points now, I also get off of the dreaded teaser tie, which constitutes a loss in higher point teasers at my house. Good luck to everyone tonight.
2010 Fantasy Football Rankings - Philadelphia Eagles:
Kevin Kolb, QB, Eagles. Bye: 8.
Kevin Kolb has started two games in his career. The first was pretty rocky, but he battled the eventual champion Saints and posted 391 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. The following week, he torched the abysmal Chiefs for 327 yards and two scores.
Kolb may be inexperienced, but he's very accurate and fits really well into Philadelphia's West Coast offense. Plus, he has three dynamic targets (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek) at his disposal. It's safe to draft Kolb as a QB1. I'll be pretty surprised if he has a poor season.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles. Bye: 8.
LeSean McCoy has been receiving glowing reports in minicamps thus far. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg praised him for being confident, teaching the younger players and looking "180-degrees different" compared to his rookie campaign.
With Brian Westbrook gone, McCoy will be the featured back. He'll likely receive 250-plus touches this season, which should translate into about 1,400 total yards and eight touchdowns.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 875 rushing yards. 55 catches. 440 receiving yards. 8 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 179. Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 234.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles. Bye: 8.
Kevin Kolb doesn't have the big arm or deep accuracy that Donovan McNabb possessed, so don't expect as many deep bombs. However, I don't think DeSean Jackson's numbers will decrease too much; Kolb's short and intermediate accuracy, as well as his quick decision-making makes him a better fit for Andy Reid's West Coast offense.
In Kolb's two starts last year, Jackson totaled 10 catches, 250 yards and two touchdowns. Granted, one was a blowout and the other was against the pathetic Chiefs, so those numbers are a bit bloated. Still, Jackson should be good for about 1,100-1,150 yards and 7-8 touchdowns.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 72 catches. 1,125 rec. yards. 125 rushing yards. 8 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 173.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 245.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles. Bye: 8.
Jeremy Maclin totaled 55 receptions, 762 yards and four touchdowns in his rookie campaign. He finished strong; in his final seven games, including a playoff loss to Dallas, Maclin grabbed 37 balls for 571 yards and two scores. Transpose that over a full 16-game slate, and you get 85 receptions, 1,305 yards and five touchdowns.
There is some risk with Maclin, however. Kevin Kolb has started only two games, and there's no telling how Kolb and Maclin will mesh. As I do every year, I'll watch every single NFL preseason game, so I'll be able to tell you how Philadelphia's new offense looks.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 68 catches. 1,010 yards. 6 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 137.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 205.
Jason Avant, WR, Eagles. Bye: 8.
Jason Avant is a very skilled slot receiver, but he's the No. 5 option for Kevin Kolb behind DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek and LeSean McCoy. Unless Jackson or Maclin suffers an injury, Avant will just be an average backup in PPR formats.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 44 catches. 590 yards. 2 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 71.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 115.
Brent Celek, TE, Eagles. Bye: 8.
Brent Celek is coming off an amazing fantasy season, catching 76 balls for 971 yards and eight touchdowns. Will Kevin Kolb limit his numbers? Absolutely not. Celek and Kolb are BFFs, and in the two games Kolb started, Celek had 16 receptions for 208 yards and a score. There shouldn't be any sort of drop-off.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 73 catches. 910 yards. 7 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 133.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 206.
David Akers, K, Eagles. Bye: 8.
David Akers was 32-of-37 in 2009, and 65-of-76 the past two seasons. He gets plenty of field goal and extra point opportunities in Philadelphia's great offense, so he's one of the top fantasy kickers.
Projected 2009 Fantasy Stats: 29-35 FG (1-3 from 50+; 9-11 from 40-49). 45 XP.
Projected 2009 Fantasy Points: 141.
Philadelphia Eagles. Bye: 8.
With the Eagles, you get Trent Cole's (and possibly Brandon Graham's) sacks, Asante Samuel's interceptions and DeSean Jackson's return touchdowns. You can't ask for more from a fantasy defense.