Fantasy Football: Jeremy Maclin's injury ramifications

      July 29, 2013 @ 17:21:19 PDT


The Philadelphia Eagles took a huge hit Saturday in only their third training camp practice when Jeremy Maclin suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He'll miss the entire 2013 season.

What a way to start off training camp in Chip Kelly's first season as head coach. Not good.

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy
The real McCoy

This will severely limit the Iggles' chances of competing in the NFC East this year. Their wide receiver depth isn't great and will now be put to the test behind DeSean Jackson. Jason Avant, Arrelious Benn and Riley Cooper will compete for the No. 2 and 3 slots, but they'll only be useful as WR5s or weak flex options in deeper leagues.

D-Jax's value probably takes a hit, as well. Opposing defenses will try to take him out of the picture now that they won't have Maclin to worry about on the opposite side of the field. Jackson has something to prove, but there's no telling how he'll adapt to Kelly's complicated and up-tempo offensive scheme with Maclin to take some of the pressure off of him. I'll probably try to stay away from him this year.

The tight ends could see more looks as a result, but a possible target mess between Brent Celek, Zach Ertz and Clay Harbor dilutes any fantasy production that'll be had there. No thanks.

About the only offensive Eagle I want this year is LeSean McCoy. He should be selected at the tail end of the first round, and he's much more appealing in point-per-reception leagues. Former head coach Andy Reid loved using McCoy as the focal point of the O, and I have a feeling he'll be just as heavily involved in Kelly's scheme, too.

We still don't know if Michael Vick or Nick Foles will be the starting quarterback. I like Vick's chances and think he's the best fit for what Kelly is looking to accomplish, but you never know. I also liked Vick as a potential steal as a backup QB this year, but that was before Maclin suffered that serious injury.

I probably won't be taking a chance on Vick now, either, since there are plenty of other signal callers that pique my interest as reliable backups over Vick. The injury-prone tag isn't going away until he makes it through a full season.

The bottom line here: There isn't much to like or target for fantasy purposes in Philly. Whatever faint value the complementary pieces of this offense not named McCoy had died with Maclin.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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