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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: 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

Listen Now!

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: Nick Foles goes for 81 and 1TD in Week 2 preseason game; Ertz pulls in 1TD.

Eagles QB Nick Foles completed 8-of-10 passes for 81 yards and 1TD (to Zach Ertz) in his Week 2 preseason outing against the Patriots. Rookie WR Jordan Matthews pulled in a team-high nine receptions for 104 yards; Ertz had two receptions for 26 yards to go along with his 1TD. Tom Brady was efficient despite an INT, as he completed 8-of-10 passes for 81 yards and a TD (pulled in by Kenbrell Thompkins.

SMITTY: Nick Foles has great rapport with Zac Ertz — Both are on our breakout list heading into 2014. Read more about that here. Tom Brady is very undervalued heading into 2014, as he has 6th-round redraft ADP right now – That’s crazy-good value!

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: Riley Cooper in a walking boot.

According to, Eagles WR Riley Cooper is in a walking boot; the receiver injured his foot over the weekend according to other reports.

SMITTY: While this is never a good thing, this doesn’t mean Riley Cooper is any kind of jeopardy of missing regular-season action. We will keep you posted, though. I love Cooper this season — If healthy, he could pull in 1,000 yards and 8+ scores, which would make him a crafty fantasy WR3 in 2014. Looking for Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?

NEWS: Nick Foles has good but not great camp?

According to, Eagles QB Nick Foles has had a “good” but “not great” camp so far.

SMITTY: The writer then goes on to say that he thinks Nick Foles will have a strong season. Look, if you ask me, the writing is on the wall with this one. The guy had 2INTs in 11 games last year, which is now the NFL all-time record (2INTs with 25TD passes or more thrown)… and, he was playing in a high-octane, fast-moving offense, it’s not like he wasn’t constantly going up against risky play calling… he then tied the all-time NFL record of 7TDs in one game, and if you extrapolate his 11 games last year across 16-games, he would have thrown for 4,200 yards, tossed 39TDs, rushed for 300+ yards and 4TDs… oh, and he was the 2014 Pro Bowl MVP. Use any negative news floating around about Foles to your advantage; he already has a ridiculous 6.04-6.08 ADP in both dynasty and redraft, but use any info you can to get him as cheap as possible. Or, maybe you can use info like this to get him from an owner who has been refusing to trade him (in dynasty/keeper). If you want to spit up your morning coffee, take a sip as you read our 2014 Bold Prediction for Nick Foles.

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!

NEWS: Jeremy Maclin feels faster?

According to, Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin had this to say on his knee (acl): “In some ways, I feel faster,” Maclin said. “In some ways I feel more fresh, more physically strong. I just think you put so much hard work into your rehab process that that’s kind of what happens. You get that leg back. You build that leg back stronger. So like I said, I’m really looking forward to this year.”

SMITTY: While Jeremy Maclin is no lock to stay healthy, he enters 2014 as Nick Foles’ No. 1 wide receiver. Even missing handfuls of games over the last three season, Maclin is averaging 67 receptions, 893 yards and 7.3TDs per year over the last three years. If relatively healthy, 70-80 receptions for 1,000-1,100 yards and 10 scores is not out of the question for Maclin, which puts him on the “bounce-back” map. Nick Foles essentially played Weeks 5-16 last season, and if his numbers were extrapolated over 16 games, he would have finished with 4,000+ yards, 37TDs and 2.9INTs…. being Foles’ No. 1 receiver all by itself gives Maclin monster upside heading into 2014! Also, don’t sleep on Riley Cooper heading into your August drafts! For projections on all these players, launch our 2014 fantasy football cheat sheets!