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NEWS: LeSean McCoy thumb x-rays negative; injury not considered serious.

According to numerous reports, x-rays on the thumb of Eagles RB LeSean McCoy came back negative; the injury is not considered to be serious.

SMITTY: This is great news, but if you plan on investing in LeSean McCoy this year, be certain to handcuff him to Darren Sproles, as that offense is so explosive, Sproles would play well if forced to take on a significant workload. McCoy, despite some very minor toe and thumb issues, remains locked into our top 2RBs heading into 2014, as seen here via our Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections.

NEWS: Jeremy Maclin already back in the game after briefly leaving with a knee injury.

Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is already back on the field after suffering what looked like a severe knee injury. LeSean McCoy headed to the locker room for x-rays on his thumb.

SMITTY: Great news, as it appears Maclin just hyperextended the knee. Look for him to rest it a bit after this one. For those clinging to Maclin’s health when trying to predict how this Eagles’ passing attack does in 2014, it would survive without Maclin. While the team is clearly better off with the guy on the field, keep in mind that this passing attack has two 50-60 reception rushers in LeSean McCoy (thumb/toe) and Darren Sproles, and Zach Ertz and Riley Cooper are severely-underrated possession types. Jordan Matthews is a rookie, so I fully expect inconsistency, and maybe even a slow start, but he has huge upside if the offense ever needs to turn to him in place of Maclin. Nick Foles is in for a huge 2014, and if you want to see some crazy-bold predictions, just view Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections. We will keep you updated on LeSean McCoy’s thumb! Hopefully it’s minor.

NEWS: LeSean McCoy leaves preseason game with a thumb injury; Maclin suffers knee injury.

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy left Thursday’s preseason contest with a thumb injury; he has headed to the locker room for x-rays. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin suffered a knee injury in the contest (looking like an ACL).

SMITTY: We will keep you posted on LeSean McCoy, but clearly not great news. Hopefully this ends up being minor, but it’s a reminder that Darren Sproles is a must-own for all McCoy owners in 2014. As for Jeremy Maclin, the guy just can’t stay healthy. He has a grip of upside, but this looked bad, like a torn ACL. We will keep you posted on this one as well, but give Zach Ertz, Jordan Matthews and Riley Cooper a knee-jerk bump on your rankings for the time being.

NEWS: LeSean McCoy toe issue blown out of proportion?

According to, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (toe) is fine. When a reporter asked Chip Kelly about McCoy’s injury, Kelly wise-cracked, “I don’t think he’ll ever play again.” After some laughs, Kelly responded: “No, he’s fine,” Kelly added. “He practiced full [Monday]. He’s fine. It’s not as big of an issue as I think anybody has made it out to be.”

SMITTY: This is exactly what Russ Bliss and I discussed below in last night’s fantasy football radio show, where we discuss this topic and also breakouts and sleepers. Take a listen below:

The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 8/19/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: Sleepers, Draft Strategies

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NEWS: LeSean McCoy dealing with turf toe?

According to csnphilly, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy is dealing with a toe issue.

SMITTY: McCoy said that the toe was really bothering him, but he had x-rays and an MRI and everything appears fine. He was able to finish practice today. We aren’t too concerned at this point, but let’s keep an eye on the guy I have ranked No. 1 overall heading into 2014. Darren Sproles is a must-own for all McCoy owners heading into 2014.

NEWS: LeSean McCoy looks better than ever?

According to ESPN, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy “looks better than ever” right now in camp.

SMITTY: That Philly offense is just flat-out exciting. The two Nick Foles interceptions during his last preseason contest concern me zero. In fact, they just get me more excited that he will have more doubters entering August drafts, this way he can be snagged even later than his 6th-round ADP, which is highway robbery already. I’m not expecting another 2INT season out of Foles, in fact 10INTs is fine by me given how fast-paced that Chip Kelly offense is — 40TDs is in the cards for Foles this year, and he remains one of my biggest 2014 draft day steals. As for LeSean McCoy, as long as he’s handcuffed to Darren Sproles (and if in larger leagues, Chris Polk as well), he is by far my No. 1-ranked player right now (in all formats). McCoy has 1,800-2,000 total yard potential, and could punch in over 10 scores, all while pulling in 50+ receptions. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings? Also, checkout the bump I just gave McCoy on the full-season projections!

NEWS: LeSean McCoy wants 2,000 yards this season.

According to ProFootballTalk, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy wants to hit 2,000 yards in 2014. “This is THE YEAR!!!!,” McCoy tweeted. “My potential is #2000yards. Will I reach it? Stepping up my training and signs point to yes.”

SMITTY: In Chip Kelly’s offense, it’s not that hard to imagine. LeSean McCoy is my No. 1RB heading into all August drafts, dynasty or redraft. Some might suggest that Darren Sproles will take away from McCoy’s stat line, but I think it just makes that offense more dangerous and harder to stop, which puts McCoy in better situations. Check out where LeSean McCoy falls on our Week 1 Power Rankings.

NEWS: LeSean McCoy will not see lightened workload?

According to’s Sheil Kapadia, the Eagles won’t likely lightened the workload of RB LeSean McCoy in 2014. Kapadia writes this as an explanation: “In the Eagles’ final four regular season games, he piled up 519 yards and averaged 6.3 YPC. In the fourth quarters of games, he led the NFL with 441 yards and averaged 6.0 YPC, according to STATS, Inc. In other words, there were no signs that his production took a hit because of the heavy workload.”

SMITTY: Keep in mind that this is one writer’s thinking, but LeSean McCoy is just 26, and he only has one season with over 273 regular-season carries — McCoy is my No. 1 overall pick in all formats heading into August. Just be certain to handcuff the stud to Darren Sproles, who is flex-worthy all on his own, as he pulled in 71 passes last season (a year most called his downfall). Check out our 2014 fantasy football cheat sheets!

NEWS: Jordan Matthews a future star; PHI offense to explode in 2014?

According to ESPN’s Phil Sheridan, Eagles second-round rookie WR Jordan Matthews “had people at organized team activities comparing his physique to that of Terrell Owens and could be a star in the future.” The article also talks about second-year TE Zach Ertz taking “that key second-season leap in production and reliability.”

SMITTY: Jordan Matthews has received nothing but amazing reviews this off-season, and the thing is, he is being shoved into the most potent situation possible. That Eagles offense, led by rising star Nick Foles, is going to give Matthews more opportunities than he can handle, so we might see the rookie receiver mature rather quickly. Some might suggest that the loss of DeSean Jackson could slow down Chip Kelly’s high-powered offense, but with the additions of Matthews and Darren Sproles, who still managed to pull in 71 passes last year, I don’t see how this offense even stutter-steps in 2014. In fact, I think Nick Foles gets better… LeSean McCoy should pull in at least 50 passes this upcoming season… Riley Cooper is coming off an 8TD season and should improve to become a 1,000 yard receiver in 2014… Zach Ertz could make a big step in the direction of a low-end TE1… and while most refuse to count on Jeremy Maclin, there is no denying his talent or his opportunity (should he stay healthy). This offense is loaded with weapons! Buckle-up, Philly fans! For exact projections on all these guys, checkout our Draft Analyzer now!

WR Jeremy Maclin practicing “without restrictions”?

According to, Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin is practicing “without restrictions” and has no limitations thus far. “He’s been cleared to do everything and has not missed anything,” coach Chip Kelly said.

SMITTY: While the casual fantasy football owner might see the loss of DeSean Jackson as devastating for Nick Foles and that Eagles’ passing attack, that offense is loaded with talent. In fact, I could argue that Philly is as deep as any team in the NFL in terms of players that can pull in passes. LeSean McCoy has averaged 54 receptions per season during his entire NFL career and had a career-best (by far) 10.4 yards-per-catch in 2013. Riley Cooper is coming off a season where he pulled in 47 balls for 835 yards and 8TDs, numbers he could crush in 2014 given that his role will likely expand with the departure of D-Jax. Jordan Matthews is receiving nothing but rave reviews so far this off-season, and many, including myself, expect a breakout campaign for Zach Ertz, at big target who could tower over last year’s stat line of 36/469/4TDs. Then you have Darren Sproles, who most people have written off, yet he still pulled in 71 receptions for 604 yards last year in New Orleans… 71! How is a runner that pulled in 71 passes last year being written off as he enters a Chip Kelly offense? So, back to Maclin… is he the for sure answer when it comes to replacing D-Jax? No, but I wouldn’t rule it out. He is an injury risk, sure, but he could be a 1,000-yard receiver, no question (if he stays healthy). The combination of Maclin, Sproles and Mathews will certainly fill the void left by Jackson, and all these Eagle players are on their way to huge 2014 fantasy football seasons. How huge? Check it out using your league’s very own scoring:
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