Nick Foles Fantasy News

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 2:54pm

South Florida Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Bill Lazor, the former Eagles QB coach, seems intent on making a faster pace to the offense happen as the new OC in Miami. Lazor, in his first job as an offensive coordinator, is tasked with taking an offense that was No. 26 in scoring last season (19.8 ppg) and turning it into a weapon.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is his main instrument. Lazor, who made Eagles quarterback Nick Foles one of the league’s most productive passers last seasons, knows what he wants to see from the position.

“At the quarterback spot it’s a couple of things – No. 1, it’s accuracy, No. 2 it’s decision-making, and then I think after that you’ve got to have a certain level of toughness.”

Fantasy Impact:

Lazor likely learned a hot from Eagles HC Chip Kelly and will put his own flavor on the Dolphins offense, too. But one thing the Eagles were know for last season was faster play calling and running a lot of plays and that's something Lazor wants to see. Tannehill is ranked 20th among our QBs, which makes him low-end QB2 in just about any format. Tannehill was actually #12 QB through the first 15 weeks last season before he began to struggle. If Lazor can keep Tannehill going, he has the potential to be a borderline QB1.

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Monday, July 28, 2014, 8:44am

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Since his return to practice back in April, Jeremy Maclin has professed that he is a "stronger" version of his former self. "You can just base it off certain things that you do in the weight room, on the football field," he said. "And also mentally stronger. When I talk about stronger I mean everything that goes into it."

In the four mostly healthy seasons that preceded his lost one, Maclin provided the kind of consistency and dependability Kelly has preached since the day he arrived. Maclin also fills nicely some of the leadership void created by Jason Avant's departure, an ideal veteran for rookies Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff to model their work ethic around.

Still, it is hard to tell if Maclin is physically stronger than he was before that gruesome injury.

It is also hard to believe that he is mentally stronger. This is a man, after all, who was abandoned by his father at 9 and raised by the little league football coach. This is also a man whose undisclosed illness in 2011 forced him to miss a chunk of training camp and led to wide speculation about cancer and his career ending, a man whose ACL tear last August was the second to that knee in his career and, coming at the onset of his final contract season, led to even more speculation about the end of his career.

Fantasy Impact:

Maclin is poised to fill a big role on the field too now that DeSean Jackson is out of the picture. Maclin isn't Jackson in terms of speed, but the Birds feel Maclin will still fill in nicely opposite of Riley Cooper. While QB Nick Foles is one of our top-rated at the position, Eagles WRs are further down our list. Maclin comes in at 36th, but his ADP of the 7th round is considerably lower than those ranked around him, so owners are banking on a productive season.

Monday, July 14, 2014, 5:28pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Coming out of a spring that saw Eagles rookie Jordan Matthews earn rave reviews as the team's top pass-catcher, expectations around Philly's second-round pick continue to climb. "You guys are seeing the same things we are," Eagles receivers coach Bob Bicknell told NJ.com. "He's looked very good so far." Coach Chip Kelly wasted no time after the draft talking up Matthews as a candidate to man the slot alongside Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. With DeSean Jackson out the door, the rookie is in good position to make an impact for a wideout group that Bicknell called a "little different this year" in terms of on-field skills.

Fantasy Impact:
An NFL scout added to the article by saying, "I think Matthews is really going to help them. That was a good pick. He could step right in and contribute for them. Can he start? Possibly, that depends on the other guys." It looks like Matthews could at least be the slot WR between Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. There are a lot of question marks around the team's WRs and only Maclin cracks our top-35, coming in at 31. But all three could certainly offer some mid-to-late round fantasy value with Nick Foles at QB.

Jaws: Eagles will need to tweak the offense

Friday, July 11, 2014, 11:40am

Philly Mag - [Full Article]

ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski has some concerns about Eagles HC Chip Kelly's offense and QB Nick Foles heading into 2014. For one, the quarterback and the scheme will not sneak up on anyone this year. "I will guarantee you this: every pass that he threw last year was studied and watched by 30 personnel guys with the three teams in this division.They studied Nick Foles to every possible nuance: Where is his foot when he is coming out from under center? Does his heel come up a split second before the snap? Does he flick his hand to get into position before the ball is snapped? They will study every nuance of his game on coaches tape, on television to hear his voice inflection, to see where he turns. Is the ball snapped when his head is looking downfield rather than left to right? All these things, they will have broken his game down. Nick has to make that adjustment. Now that teams have adjusted to him, does he adjust to what they do? "It's the same thing with the system: the familiarity with the system for the Eagles is great but now all the teams are studying that system. What does Chip do? Does he take this offense to the next level? Jaws believes Kelly only utilized about half of his playbook last year, and can use more now that the players and assistants are better versed in the scheme. With DeSean Jackson off the roster, the former Eagles signal-caller believes that the style of attack will be altered. "It was a vertical passing game. It was an explosive offense, big plays down the field...I think what [Kelly's] going to do instead of the vertical passing game, which was so effective last year, I think he tweaks it a little bit. I think it's going to be more of a horizontal game, sideline to sideline. Spread it that 160 feet on sideline to the other. Work in between the linebackers, maybe a safety will roll down, there's space in there. The offense might not be as explosive but it can be more efficient with that style of offense."

Fantasy Impact:
Both concerns (opponents studying the system and the loss of D-Jax) are valid, but Kelly seems ahead of the game scheme-wise, and the offense will compensate for the loss of Jackson by leaning on other playmakers. Darren Sproles, Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff are new arrivals, and the emergence of Zach Ertz should not be overlooked. We believe that Foles has top 5 potential in 2014.

Monday, July 7, 2014, 8:25am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

The Lions Matthew Stafford had a down year in 2013, in part to drops. But some of those struggles were the result of the quarterback's inconsistent mechanics and occasionally questionable decision-making. With a coaching staff dedicated to refining Stafford's technique, and an improved arsenal of weapons, it would be stunning if the Lions' franchise quarterback didn't take a step forward with his accuracy this season, while dropping his interception rate.

Fantasy Impact:
Stafford's mechanics have often come under fire and we've seen mixed results throughout his career. Still, the weapons around him are tempting enough to take a chance on Stafford as your fantasy QB this season, especially if you're set on not taking one of the Big 3 early in drafts. We rank Stafford 5th on our list, and he is among that second tier of QBs along with Nick Foles and Andrew Luck.

McCoy: Nick Foles 'playing lights-out' in camp

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10:48am

PhillyMag.com - [Full Article]

Eagles RB LeSean McCoy on QB Nick Foles: "Nick, he wants to play, he wants to get better," McCoy said, via CSNPhilly.com. "He’s playing lights-out even in camp, but he still wants to be at a higher level. He’s at that peak where people know him like, ‘Man, this Foles, is he that good?’ Because you see the stats, you see the numbers. I think this is the year he blows ‘em out like, ‘Yeah, I’m Nick Foles. I’m Philadelphia’s quarterback. I’m the guy.’ And this is the year he blows it away."

Fantasy Impact:
Foles posted the #3 PPG in 2013 and in 11 starts (including the playoffs) he averaged 23.1 FP, which was second only to Peyton Manning. DeSean Jackson is gone, but the return of Jeremy Maclin, the arrival of Darren Sproles and Jordan Matthews and the likely emergence of Zach Ertz should offset that loss. The only other question mark is his limited body of work. Sometimes quarterbacks take a step back in their second year as a starter — it’s also Chip Kelly’s second year as head coach — though Foles played at such a high level that even with a step back, he should still be a solid QB1.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 11:27pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Geoff Mosher on Nick Foles's newfound arm strength: "Nick Foles had some zip on his fastball. He made a few throws that spiraled tighter than I’m accustomed to seeing from him. On one deep pass in team drills, he fired a laser to Maclin down the right side despite tight coverage from Bradley Fletcher. Maclin almost came up with the catch, but the ball bounced off his fingertips as he nearly sprawled. Earlier, Foles found Maclin down the left seam in a zone between Connor Barwin and Nate Allen. Just real good placement."

Fantasy Impact:
This is the second report we've seen lauding Foles's arm strength. He posted the #3 PPG in 2013 and in 11 starts (including the playoffs) he averaged 23.1 FP, which was second only to Peyton Manning. DeSean Jackson is gone, but the return of Jeremy Maclin, the arrival of Darren Sproles and Jordan Matthews and the likely emergence of Zach Ertz should offset that loss. The only other question mark is his limited body of work. Sometimes quarterbacks take a step back in their second year as a starter — it’s also Chip Kelly’s second year as head coach — though Foles played at such a high level that even with a step back, he should still be a solid QB1.

Nick Foles's arm 'appears to have gotten stronger'

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 5:36pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

On several occasions Wednesday, Eagles QB Nick Foles attempted to stretch the field with deep throws both in seven-on-seven drills and full team 11-on-11. One missed connection though was on a 50-yard pass over the middle that was just out of the reach of a diving Jeremy Maclin. Among the other positives from Foles' impressive showing this spring is that his arm appears to have gotten stronger during the off-season.

Fantasy Impact:
Nick Foles posted the #3 PPG in 2013 and in 11 starts (including the playoffs) he averaged 23.1 FP, which was second only to Peyton Manning. DeSean Jackson is gone, but the return of Jeremy Maclin, the arrival of Darren Sproles and Jordan Matthews and the likely emergence of Zach Ertz should offset that loss. The only other question mark is his limited body of work. Sometimes quarterbacks take a step back in their second year as a starter — it’s also Chip Kelly’s second year as head coach — though Foles played at such a high level that even with a step back, he should still be a solid QB1.

Nick Foles rekindling chemistry with Jeremy Maclin

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 10:01am

Philadelphia Eagles - [Full Article]

Lost in the disappointment of the 2012 Eagles season was the fact that Nick Foles and Jeremy Maclin established excellent chemistry in short order. In fact, in the seven games that Foles played, Maclin caught 37 passes for 479 yards and three touchdowns, including the last-second game-winner against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Extrapolated over an entire season’s worth of games, Maclin’s stats with Foles totaled 85 catches for 1,095 yards and seven touchdowns. Also consider that those numbers came during the worst season for the franchise in 15 years. Now, think about Foles and Maclin rekindling their on-field chemistry in Chip Kelly’s prolific offensive machine that set a host of franchise records in its first season. For the first time in three seasons, Foles and Maclin will have the chance to begin the season together as starters – and healthy. Maclin says he feels 100 percent healthy, and Foles’ face lights up with excitement when he talks about his top target. "He looks great,” Foles said of Maclin. "I can’t tell a difference at all. He’s a guy who’s going to give it his all every day. Coming out of breaks and everything, going downfield, I think he’s looked great. Obviously he’s working every day to get better, but he’s the same Jeremy and that Jeremy is a guy who wants to get better every day, no matter what. That’s a big injury, any time you hurt your knee, and he’s done everything that he can to get back on the field, so it’s exciting to have him back out there and healthy, and we just have to keep him that way.”

Fantasy Impact:
Maclin was the #13 WR in 2010, #31 in 2011 and #27 in 2012 before tearing his ACL last summer. The Eagles don't throw as much under Kelly as they did under Andy Reid, but Maclin has the talent and opportunity -- DeSean Jackson is gone -- to be a fantasy starter in 2014, provided his knee is good to go.

Riley Cooper much better with Nick Foles under center

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:43pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

Once Michael Vick went down in October and Nick Foles stepped in the starting role, Eagles WR Riley Cooper excelled. In 10 games, he made 39 catches for 742 yards and seven TDs. He also pulled in six catches for 68 yards and a TD in the Birds' playoff loss to the Saints. "He tracks the ball extremely well, especially the ones a long way away from the line of scrimmage," OC Pat Shurmur said. "And he's got size. So he has the ability to go up and over a defender and make a contested catch, which gives him an advantage in some situations."

Fantasy Impact:
With Jeremy Maclin out for the season, Cooper had a good year, finishing #24 in standard formats and #31 in PPR. For a five-game stretch from Week 6 to Week 10, Cooper was the #2 receiver in fantasy football, but he definitely faded down the stretch, posting #54 WR numbers the rest of the way. He'll have to hold of rookie WR Jordan Matthews, who has been the talk of camp.

Kelly: Nick Foles has a 'great command' of the offense

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:21pm

Philadelphia Eagles - [Full Article]

When asked how Eagles QB Nick Foles as improved, HC Chip Kelly had this to say: "Just a better command and an understanding of what's going on. You know, lining guys up. Coaches were lining everybody up last year. But now Nick has really got a great command of what we are doing offensively to kind of and you can just see it. "There's a lot more confidence in how he's playing and now it's just a matter of refining the little things for him, footwork, hand offs, carrying off fakes. Not the minor details; they are really major details, but he's not worried with where he's going with the ball. It's just how is he going to do that; how can he manipulate the safety, but he's still going to throw the ball to his left."

Fantasy Impact:
Nick Foles posted the #3 PPG in 2013 and in 11 starts (including the playoffs) he averaged 23.1 FP, which was second only to Peyton Manning. DeSean Jackson is gone, but the return of Jeremy Maclin, the arrival of Darren Sproles and Jordan Matthews and the likely emergence of Zach Ertz should offset that loss. The only other question mark is his limited body of work. Sometimes quarterbacks take a step back in their second year as a starter — it’s also Chip Kelly’s second year as head coach — though Foles played at such a high level that even with a step back, he should still be a solid QB1.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 8:09pm

Dave Spadaro, Eagles - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Dave Spadaro on the team's offense: "Not talking about depth chart or who is playing where, and instead I focus on the offense as a whole when practice is open for reporters and the unit looks tight. Very fast. Quarterback Nick Foles has a great command of the scheme and where to go with the football and the presence of Darren Sproles adds an entirely new dimension. What changes will fans see in the offense? Well, just guessing here, but the formations are going to largely be the same, but there are going to be more variables in the pass routes and the options. Foles has really looked sharp, and he remains as unflappable a young man as I've seen in these halls for many, many years."

Monday, June 9, 2014, 6:51pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

WR Jordan Matthews has been very impressive during Eagles' offseason workouts so far, despite the fact he is still running with the second team on offense. The rookie receiver had a number of nice catches on Monday afternoon, including one over two defenders in the middle of the field. Although Matthews has not taken many snaps with Foles and the first-team offense, the quarterback said after practice that he likes what he sees from the new rookie. "I think he is a great addition to this team," Nick Foles said. "I think he is doing a great job and buying into what Chip (Kelly) wants us to do here."

Fantasy Impact:
Matthews will likely see snaps in the slot this season. The Eagles are going to spread the ball around, so he doesn't have a ton of upside unless there's an injury ahead of him on the depth chart.

Beat: Nick Foles looks 'sharp' and 'confident'

Monday, June 9, 2014, 6:41pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane's practice observations: "Nick Foles continued to look sharp. He wasn’t nearly as consistent as he was during the first two open practices – he tossed two interceptions during 11 on 11 drills – but he just seems much more confident running the offense than he did a year ago this time. Again a disclaimer: It’s only the spring and the players are running around in shorts without making much contact. But it’s a better scenario than, say, Foles looking as unremarkable as Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley have. Most of his passes have been on target. And when he’s had to go through his reads you can visually see him checking from one receiver to another before finding the open guy and (usually) hitting him downfield."

Fantasy Impact:
Nick Foles posted the #3 PPG in 2013 and in 11 starts (including the playoffs) he averaged 23.1 FP, which was second only to Peyton Manning. DeSean Jackson is gone, but the return of Jeremy Maclin, the arrival of Darren Sproles and Jordan Matthews and the likely emergence of Zach Ertz should offset that loss. The only other question mark is his limited body of work. Sometimes quarterbacks take a step back in their second year as a starter — it’s also Chip Kelly’s second year as head coach — though Foles played at such a high level that even with a step back, he should still be a solid QB1.

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 5:08pm

Sun Sentinel - [Full Article]

"He wants to play fast," Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill said of new OC Bill Lazor, who is widely credited for the emergence of Nick Foles, who led the league in passer rating and set an NFL record for touchdown-to-interception ratio (27:2). "I think that's his biggest point at this time is just getting to the line, playing fast, putting pressure on the defense. We're going to huddle. We're going to take our time in that standpoint, but once we break we want to put pressure on the defense."

Fantasy Impact:
If Lazor is half as successful as Chip Kelly was in his first year calling plays in the NFL, then the Dolphins will have several fantasy relevant players on the roster. Tannehill, Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Charles Clay and Knowshon Moreno are players to monitor this summer.