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Fantasy Projections: Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles made a number of substantial changes to both their offensive and defensive personnel this off-season. Welcoming a new quarterback running back, the Eagles’ offense provides a number of prolific opportunities for fantasy football players. Coming over from free agency, Demarco Murray—the NFLs leading rusher last season—is sure to have a huge year functioning within Chip Kelly’s powerhouse offense. While Murray rushed for over 1800 yards and 13 touchdowns on 392 attempts last year, he will most likely see his rushing attempts decrease to around 300—the number of attempts LeSean McCoy received the last two season under Kelly’s offense. The decrease in touches will certainly effect Murray’s fantasy production; however, he still expects to be an offensive force for any fantasy owner.

In a major trade this off-season, the Eagles sent starting quarterback Nick Foles to the St. Louis Rams for former first round pick Sam Bradford. Bradford who has shown flashes of brilliance over his four-year career has missed a substantial amount of time the last few seasons due to injury. If he is able to avoid injury, Bradford could ascend to the top of the league statistically. Coming off a shortened season that saw him throw 14 touchdowns in 7 games, Bradford should thrive in Chip Kelly’s offense if he can stay healthy. He could be a steal for opportunistic fantasy owners early on in league drafts.

The Eagles also added Nelson Agholor through the NFL draft this April. Selected with the 20th pick, Agoholar is expected to help replace Jeremy Macclin after his departure in free agency to the Kansas City Chiefs. Jordan Mathews, the second year wide receiver out of Vanderbilt, is also expected to see a significant increase in playing time this next year. Emerging as Bradford’s primary target, Matthews should improve on 2014 statistics—872 yards and 8 touchdowns. Any fantasy owner looking to pick-up a steal in their draft should target Matthews, who is currently flying under the radar.

On the defensive side, the Eagles have two defensive stalwarts in Connor Barwin and Vinny Curry—expect each player to average over 10 sacks on the season. In addition to a stout defensive line, Malcolm Jenkins and Bradley Fletcher provide star power for Philadelphia’s secondary. Combining for over 35 pass deflections, both players should produce significant fantasy numbers for owners in 2015. Although the Eagles sport a solid line and secondary, there remain only a few quality options at linebacker for fantasy owners. Recently acquired Kiko Alonso—who missed all of 2014 with an injury—could return to his 2013 dominant form and easily lead the team in tackles. If Alonso fails to stay healthy, Linebacker Mychal Kendrick’s could develop into the teams best defensive option and leading tackler. While the Eagles do not sport a dominant defense, they do have a number of interesting players that could produce significant fantasy numbers this season.

GRFF Staff

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