The Eagles' mess
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Questions regarding the Philadelphia Eagles' offense were already going to be tough to answer before the team arrived at training camp in July.

What kind of offense would first-year head coach Chip Kelly run? Who would be under center; Michael Vick, Nick Foles or even rookie Matt Barkley?

Then through the first week of training camp, the questions have only multiplied.

Starting wideout Jeremy Maclin (69-857-7) tore his right ACL which required season-ending surgery. He was never a fantasy superstar, but posted consistent WR2-worthy numbers over his first four seasons, averaging 863 yards and 6.5 TDs.

Next man up on the wide receiver depth chart was Riley Cooper.

Cooper is a tall, talented receiver, but his career in Philadelphia -- and maybe the NFL -- could be short-lived due to his recent racially insensitive remarks.

So, the Eagles' passing game is a complete unknown after DeSean Jackson, and Jackson has been up and down. He was a dynamic force in 2010, when he led the NFL in yards per reception (22.5), but was almost invisible in posting just 45 catches for 700 yards and two scores last season.

Kelly's college offenses heavily utilized his tight ends, and that could be the spot that fantasy owners will need to concentrate on. But even there, the Eagles have three tight ends - Brent Celek, James Casey and rookie Zach Ertz from Stanford -- who can contribute. Most likely they will each see just enough action that none will have enough fantasy value to start.

Which leaves us with the running game.

The Eagles have a multi-dimensional talent in LeSean McCoy. He's capable of being a top-five fantasy back, but the team also has a talented second-year man in Bryce Brown and added veteran Felix Jones to the roster this offseason. The potential division of the running back workload makes choosing McCoy a question as well. Will he see 321 touches as he did as a top-three running back in 2011, or will he have to share a significant portion of his work with his two teammates?

The biggest question fantasy owners need cleared up is under center. Will the new Kelly offense look like the Oregon Ducks' unit with a quarterback who can run (read Vick)? Or will it be more traditional, in which case Foles or Barkley might run it better.

We should start to get some answers in the first preseason game - at least to what type of offense Kelly will run. The remainder of the questions will have to wait until opening day.

Until then, selecting any Eagles player for your fantasy roster will be a high-risk venture.




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