I was talking to a friend who doesn’t play fantasy football and I told him I had completed three drafts in the past week. After he told me I have way too much free time – he asked if anyone selected Michael Vick. I explained that Vick was selected in every league. Then he asked about Riley Cooper. I let him know that Cooper is on a run-heavy team and he wouldn’t put up solid fantasy numbers, so he wasn’t drafted. He said that he wouldn’t select either because of Vick and Cooper’s off-the-field incidents. He said that he simply couldn’t root for those guys.
It got me thinking how the Eagles are perceived. I went and looked up Vick’s average draft position – he averaged the 113th player taken in my three leagues. Despite being a starting NFL receiver, Cooper went undrafted in all three. In comparison, Seattle’s Percy Harvin (who is out for at least the first six weeks of the season) was drafted in two leagues. Apparently Harvin’s hip injury is less of a red flag than Cooper’s baggage. If Jeremy Maclin would not have been injured does anyone think only one Eagles receiver would be drafted? I don’t.
So then I looked at other Eagles: LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson. McCoy averaged the ninth selection (I took him fifth, otherwise his average would have fallen to 11th), and Jackson’s average was 69th overall – and not a top 20 receiver.
So let me get this straight – in a 10-person league no Eagles players averages to be a top-tier starter?
McCoy is coming off a season where he rushed for only 840 yards and two touchdowns with 373 yards receiving and another three touchdowns – but that year followed a season where McCoy scored 20 touchdowns and amassed of 1,600 yards from scrimmage. Last year was just a down year and his talent says that wasn’t the real McCoy.
Jackson had his worst season last year – but over his five-year career he averages roughly 955 yards and 4.6 touchdowns. Those numbers were playing with Maclin. His stats should improve with Maclin out.
Granted, this is a small sample size – but it is a bit telling that people overall might think less of the Eagles because of the despicable acts of two players. You might be able to use this to your advantage and acquire an Eagle for less than what they are truly worth.
What do you think? Where were Eagles taken in your draft? Do you refuse to take players in fantasy because of their actions off the field? I am interested in what you have to say. I don’t have problems taking players who will help me win – am I in the minority?
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