NFC EAST 2016 PREVIEW
September 7th, 2016
Hold on to your seats folks, this offensive is going to be pretty good, and the Eagles as team aren’t going to be all the way bad. They are far from a dumpster fire, and have several playmakers at every position. They are deep at every position as well, from QB to the O-line. The other three teams in this division are getting a ton of pub, but the Eagles can compete with all of them. Don’t be surprised when pull off multiple upsets.
The Eagles defense has some playmakers as well, and much like the offense they won’t be half bad either. They are packed with experience, and brought in Leodis McKelvin to sure up the secondary. Conor Barwin is the Mayor of the defense and this team will be exciting to watch simply because they are going to be in a bunch of close games.
With DeMarco Murray shipped out, Ryan Matthews has the backfield all to himself. Matthews was once really productive, and showed glimpses last season. He comes in healthy and should be primed to produce. Darren Sproles makes for a serviceable RB2 with exceptional pass catching ability as well.
How good is Nelson Agholor? It’s possible the free world will find out this season. Agholor has a place at the table lined up opposite Jordan Matthews and has a decent QB throwing him the ball. The Eagles should be tossing the ball all over the field all season, so keep an eye on the 2nd year receiver.
Sam Bradford is going to have some monster games, and is a great DFS play or will make for great value in a two QB league. Darren Sproles is a sneaky PPR league only play at the end of your draft, and Dorial Green-Beckham is not a sleeper, save yourself the trouble and stay away. You’ve been warned.
7-9 seems like a reasonable record for a team with a first year head coach and potential QB controversy if Bradford doesn’t perform. 6-10 is possible, but the Eagles have players and should be able to challenge in most matchups this season. Don’t sleep them and don’t bet against them, they’ll cover most weeks.