Fantasy Football 2012: Breaking Down the Philadelphia Eagles

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<p> Fantasy Football 2012: Breaking Down the Philadelphia Eagles</p>

What can the Philadelphia Eagles do for you this fantasy season? Check out Athlon Sports' team report as we break down the rookies, veteran players to watch and avoid, fantasy playoff schedule and more to help you get ready for the 2012 season.

Inside the Locker Room
with Phil Sheridan, Philadelphia Inquirer

Who should be the first Eagles wide receiver on fantasy draft boards?
The safer pick is Jeremy Maclin, who is a more consistent, productive receiver on a weekly basis. The no-guts, no-glory pick is DeSean Jackson. He remains capable of scoring every time he gets the ball. The question is whether he responds to his new contract with all-in commitment, and the gut feeling here is that he will.

Should owners have any concerns about LeSean McCoy holding up for another 300-plus touches?
Running backs are always a concern in terms of durability. It’s a high-attrition position. The mitigating factor with McCoy is that the Eagles’ offense is built upon getting him the ball in space. He is not grinding it out between the tackles; he’s catching screens and taking tosses designed to get him in the open field.

Which Michael Vick will we see in ’12?
The answer to this question will make or break the Eagles. There are two major concerns for those drafting Vick: his durability and his knack for turning the ball over. That makes him a big risk with potential high reward for fantasy owners.

Which rookie defender has more value, Mychal Kendricks or Vinny Curry?
Tough to know exactly how a team will deploy rookies, but there is one very clear indicator. The Eagles’ entire defense is predicated on their defensive line getting pressure. D-linemen had 44 sacks for the Eagles in 2011. Linebackers had just five all year. It is a reach to assume that Kendricks, an undersized linebacker, will generate more sacks and turnovers than Curry, who will likely be part of the rotation at end.

Athlon's Best Bets

Sleeper: Dion Lewis, RB
Deep-Sleeper: Bryce Brown, RB
Overvalued: Michael Vick, QB
Top Rookie: Fletcher Cox, DT
Bounce-Back: DeSean Jackson, WR
Top IDP: Jason Babin, DE

2012 Draft Class

1. Fletcher Cox DT 6/4 298 Mississippi State
2. Mychal Kendricks LB 5/11 239 California
2. Vinny Curry DE 6/3 266 Marshall
3. Nick Foles QB 6/6 243 Arizona
4. Brandon Boykin CB 5/9 182 Georgia
5. Dennis Kelly T 6/8 321 Purdue
6. Marvin McNutt WR 6/3 216 Iowa
6. Brandon Washington G 6/3 320 Miami (Fla.)
7. Bryce Brown RB 6/1 223 Kansas State

Fantasy Impact: With Michael Vick’s penchant for injuries, the Eagles need to have a quality backup. Nick Foles will serve as the No. 3 quarterback this year, and if he develops as expected, he could be Philadelphia’s quarterback of the future. Marvin McNutt had a productive career at Iowa but will be fighting for time as the No. 4 or No. 5 receiver.

Fantasy Playoff Run: Weeks 14-16 (at TB, CIN, WAS)

Tampa Bay drafted defensive players with four of its first five picks to try and fix a defense that allowed a league-worst 30.9 points per game. Cincinnati was 14th-best against QBs and WRs and 10th-best against RBs. Michael Vick vs. RGIII will make for an interesting championship week. Tampa Bay and two games at home are not a bad trio of games for Philly.

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