Week 12
November 29, 2015

Philadelphia Eagles

NFC East

2015 Schedule

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Philadelphia Eagles - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Last year nine teams had three or more fantasy starters in the top 60 and it is likely that it’ll continue to be that way in 2014. This series: Dressed for Success, will look at NFL teams going into 2014 that have assembled the right players to be a treasure trove of fantasy studs. 

2013 was Chip Kelly’s first season as an NFL head coach, replacing long time head coach Andy Reid. From the very first game, the Eagles displayed a remarkably efficient offense that every fantasy owner should still be excited about owning players on the Eagles going into next season. While the Eagles didn’t run the most offensive plays in the NFL, the team tied with the Broncos for first in average yards per play with 6.3 yards per play. In fact, the number of offensive plays run is not a sure indicator of fantasy production; the Bills ran the third most plays in the NFL, but ranked 25th in total fantasy output.

Going into next season, I am really excited for Nick Foles, mildly excited about LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles, and cautiously optimistic about Riley Cooper, and Jeremy Maclin.

Nick Foles is the most intriguing sleeper pick for QB, because it’s hard to tell if he is really talented or just a product of Kelly’s system. The Eagles QBs combined for the third highest fantasy totals by QBs by team (Peyton Manning’s Broncos had 496.8; Drew Brees’ Saints had 437.5, and Vick and Foles’ Eagles had 415; the next best was Andy Dalton’s Bengals at 377.1). For fantasy purposes though, this abstract discussion of who created who probably doesn’t matter. If Foles is actually good, you might be getting the next Aaron Rodgers. In his 11 starts, he’s mustered 10 multi-TD games, with three TD runs. If he isn’t that good, you’ll be getting the benefit of him being part of an extremely efficient system, maybe channeling Matthew Stafford when his value was based on throwing the ball a ton. That is of course if Philadelphia doesn’t run him out of town first. (Read this story on how folks in Philly think Sanchez will fare).

The other knock that Foles has against him, following DeSean Jackson’s trade, is the lack of proven receivers on offense. Riley Cooper had a few amazing games in the middle of the season, but failed to break 75 yards after week 10. Jeremy Maclin is coming off an ACL surgery on a knee he previously had surgery on before has never had a 1000 yard season, but has had one double digit TD season. However, with QBs in fantasy football, the talent around you doesn’t have to be phenomenal; think of the NFL adage “some QBs make WRs better.” As long as Maclin and Cooper could stay healthy for most of the season, I expect Foles to resume playing at a high level. And worry not about Desean, we can be sure DeSean will be leaving some dirt at “the Linc” come next season. The skinny of it is probably this: not everyone throws for seven TDs in a game, even if it’s against the Raiders. You want a QB who can at least exploit a bad team.



With the unknown being so uncertain it’s hard to draft Foles early, but fortunately you probably won’t have to. The trend of waiting to draft a QB will probably continue into next season so you can safely pick him up in middle rounds after the PDA trinity of Peyton, Drew, and Aaron and running QBs have gone. Those in leagues that reward for big-plays should further consider bumping up Foles because the Eagles led the league in 20+ yard passes at 80, with the Broncos coming in second at 68.

The running game in Philadelphia is just as intriguing as the passing game. In 2013, LeSean and Bryce Brown combined for second most productive running game in terms of yardage. With Darren Sproles in the mix, its easily imaginable that this offense can produce two fantasy relevant RBs. In this up-tempo offense, it’ll be easy for Sproles to make separation with opposing linebackers, even if he’s lost a step or two with age. Lesean is still going in the first round and he’s a worthwhile RB to get in the first considering the Eagles tied for the second most running TDs in the league last year. Sproles however is going to slip in standard scoring, less so than PPR, but I wouldn’t let him go past 9th round in standard or 8th round in PPR.. He has more potential than whichever handcuff you are tempted to get at that point in the draft.

 I do like Zach Ertz’s potential to be a good TE in 2014. Ertz outgained Celek in yardage and catches during the season, but scored fewer TDs than Celek.  But if 2013 is any indication, I don’t see Ertz breaking into the top 5 of TEs because the targets between him and Celek seem to go back and forth from game to game. There are better TEs to be had unless you’re waiting till the double digit rounds of your draft to be picking a TE.

 You might have ethical dilemmas about drafting Riley Cooper, like when, I out of principle will not draft players who went to USC (in terms of degrees of socially detestable behavior, Riley Cooper’s Chesney induced comments and attending USC, pretty much the same). But really, Cooper does have some upside, not just as a PPR machine, but also in standard. Last season, Cooper flashed some long play-making abilities. In eight games, Cooper had at least one catch for over 20 yards, with four being over 40 yards. He can be a safe pick in either standard or PPR; I’d be comfortable taking a chance on him in the 7th round as a WR3. Believe in second chances; believe in Cooper; don’t let friends go to USC.

Maclin is a prototypical example of health risk versus reward players. If Danny Amendola taught us all anything last year, it’s that we should never be drafting injury prone receivers in the fourth round. Personally, Maclin hasn’t shown enough consistent production to go anywhere before the sixth; coupled with the injury history; I would only be willing to spend a 9th round pick at most to gamble on Maclin.

 The last stat I’ll share is Philadelphia’s turnover difference: +12 turnovers, fourth best in the league. The short and skinny is that teams that get the ball or maintain the ball more, can produce more fantasy stats. The Eagles are looking like a well put together team and can help your fantasy team look pretty... fly. The city of Philadelphia is ready for winners, and what is this about their being a jail in the stadium?




Washington Redskins - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview




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Philadelphia is known as the city of brotherly love, but you would not know it from the way opposing teams and fans are treated when they visit. The Eagles, and more accurately Philadelphia, and their fans have a rep as being the worst in the country. Whether or not that is true is debatable, but the fans of Philadelphia definitely have a checkered past. So much so in fact, that in 1998 the city of Philadelphia created the Eagles Court, which convened in the basement of the then home of the Eagles Veterans Stadium. The city of Philadelphia and their fans may deny their rep, but being the first city to have a courtroom in one of their stadiums leaves no doubt, so own up to it and be proud.

This history of violence started back in 1949. On August 21st, during a Phillies game, fans began to throw glass bottles onto the field. The fans were upset at call being made by the umpires in the game, and this was their retort. The crowd would not yield, and when they ignored pleas over the loudspeakers the game was forfeited. Umpire Lee Ballanfant was hit in the face with a bottle, and fellow umpire Al Barlick took a tomato to the back of the head. Ah, the days when people brought their own tomatoes to throw.

In the 1960’s, the Phillies first basemen was Dick Allen, who was African-American. The fans of the Phillies did not care for Allen and would routinely boo him. Allen became effected by this would write “letters in the dirt” with his spikes to show the fans his displeasure. The response was that fans would throw garbage, fruit and batteries at Allen. When he played first he would wear his batting helmet at first, and earned him the nickname “Crash”. Remember he played for the Phillies…only in Philadelphia.

One of the most famous incidents happened in 1968. The Eagles were in the midst of a losing season, and had the inside track to the first overall pick in 1969, where O.J. Simpson was waiting. The Eagles began to win games late in the season, and in the final home game there was a halftime ceremony where Santa Claus would come out and wave to the crowd. The crowd was already unruly, and the Santa had left the building. They scrambled and grabbed a fan from the stands, Frank Olivo, who was wearing a makeshift Santa outfit and had him go out. The fans began to boo him, and he was pelted with snowballs. He came back in 2003 to a Sixers game in a Santa suit and was once again booed, welcome back.

At an Eagles game in 1989, referred to as Bounty Bowl II, against the Dallas Cowboys fans once again displayed poor judgment and wasteful behavior. The stadium once again had snow that could not be removed, and instead was packed under the seats. The weather was warming up enough that the snow became perfect for packing and molding into ice balls. Fans began throwing these ice balls at Cowboys players, coaches, the referees, as well as the broadcasters…don’t want to discriminate now do we. Then fans began to pour beer on everyone going through the tunnel. The effect was the team banning beer sales for the final home game, as well as their NFC Wild Card game against the Rams. Ice Balls and wasting beer. There is a history of snowballs and the like, but wasting beer…really?

In 1997 during a Monday Night Football game against the San Francisco 49ers all hell broke loose. Just before the opening kickoff an all out brawl broke out, in the 500 level of Veterans Stadium, when five drunk fans attacked and thrashed Scott Reader, who suffered a shattered ankle as well as cigar burns. The reason he was assaulted was because his friend happened to be wearing a New York Giants jacket…heaven forbid. Reader recalled what a guard told him after the beating. ``The guard told me that he was sorry he couldn't help me, but there were five of them and only one of him,'' Reader said. This was only the beginning; the worst was yet to come.

The Eagles fell behind 24-6 at halftime, and Mayor Ed Rendell knew trouble could be brewing. He ordered additional security to a problem area in the upper levels where drinking and pot smoking ran rampant at every game. Unfortunately, things would get worse. The fans were no longer paying attention to the game, and there was a lot more action going on in the stands than on the field. The destructive behavior of that night culminated with a fan in upper level 500, Robert Sellers, firing a flare into a mob of fans on the lower 200 level. His response was that he got caught up in the chaos of the crowd. The night also included other mob activities: over 60 different fist fights, pick pocketing, car thefts, and stolen Eagles merchandise…you know classic Philadelphia behavior.

The result of this was the courts of Philadelphia taking action. Seamus McCaffery was a member of the Municipal Court in Philadelphia, and he spearheaded the development of the Eagles Court, with the support of members from the city council. Due to the history of violence at Veterans Stadium the city created an actual court located in the bowels of the stadium. McCaffery presided over this court, which was open for business during Eagles and Phillies home games. Fans would no longer have to wait to receive their punishment.

The fans of Philadelphia have continued to earn their ranking as the worst fans in the game, so by now it should just be something that is worn with a badge of honor or stupidity…what’s the difference. I am actually proud to announce that the Eagles Court is no longer in session at Lincoln Financial Field, as the effect of the court worked so well that it is no longer necessary, for now.

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In a play that has been named as the Miracle at the New Meadowlands DeSean Jackson made a play that had never been done before in NFL History, a walk off punt return touchdown but that was only half the story. With under 8 minutes to go in the fourth quarter the Eagles were trailing by 21 points to the rival Giants before they kicked it into overdrive. Eli Manning and the Giants dominated the game early with three touchdown passes before the half and a lead of 24-3 at the break. The Eagles would score in the third and trail 24-10 heading into the final quarter. The Giants would extend their lead to 31-10 with another Eli Manning strike with 8:17 left on the clock.

The rest of the game was all Eagles as Mike Vick would lead three unanswered touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. Vick would throw two touchdown passes and run one in to tie the game at 31 with 76 seconds left on the clock. The Giants would get the ball back with over a minute but their offense would falter and the punt team would be sent out with 14 seconds left and the dangerous DeSean Jackson waiting at the other end.  DeSean would fumble the kick upon first touch then scoop it up and burst through the Giants coverage team and getting a jaw dropping block by Jason Avant that would free Jackson up with a stroll towards, and along the endzone before finally breaking the plane with no time remaining. The win would propel the Eagles into the playoffs at the expense of the Giants and the game would be voted as one of the most memorable of all time.



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Ryan Mathews (concussion) is not practicing Monday


Pyro's take: Jeff McClane has reported via Twitter "Zach Ertz and Ryan Mathews still going through concussion protocol and aren't at practice. #Eagles"

On top of this, the Eagles have a Turkey-day game, more than possible that DeMarco Murray gets as many touches as the coaching staff calls for.

11/23/15, 10:43 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Zach Ertz evaluated for concussion


Pyro's take: Ertz walked off the field under his own power but the medical staff will have the last word on if he can return.

He had two catches for 12-yards.

11/22/15, 01:33 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Ryan Mathews fared well with the full time role, why not Murray


Pyro's take: In eight games sharing time with Ryan Mathews, DeMarco Murray has averaged 16 carries for 56.4 yards. Mathews appears likely to miss Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. Murray hasn’t played without Mathews this season. In Mathews’ lone game without Murray, he carried the ball 24 times for 108 yards. Murray may get that kind of work against the Bucs. -- Phil Sheridan

11/22/15, 03:43 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

No shot Sam Bradford plays on Sunday or Thursday


Pyro's take: Per NJ.com- According to a person familiar with the situation, there is "no way" Bradford suits up for the team's game Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Thanksgiving day matchup with the Detroit Lions.

11/19/15, 09:48 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nj.com

Jordan Matthews has not cleared concussion protocol


Pyro's take: Tim McManus has stated via Twitter "Bradford, Mathews still haven't cleared concussion protocol per Chip"

11/19/15, 03:03 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Sam Bradford has not cleared concussion protocol


Pyro's take: Tim McManus via Twitter mentioned "Bradford, Mathews still haven't cleared concussion protocol per Chip."

11/19/15, 03:02 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Sam Bradford (shoulder, concussion) is expected to miss Week 11, and quite possibly Week 12.


Pyro's take: With Bradford playing on Thanksgiving Thursday he will be hampered to be ready by then. Therefore, Sanchez could be under center the next two weeks. First against the Buccs and then Detroit.

Ian Rapoport mentioned via Twitter "Based on initial tests, #Eagles QB Sam Bradford expected to miss this Sunday & potentially Thursday, I’m told. Expect Mark Sanchez to start."

11/17/15, 02:58 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Bradford suffered Grade II AC Joint sprain


Pyro's take: Les Bowen mentioned via Twitter "OK, hearing now Grade II AC joint for Bradford. Non throwing shoulder, so might not be out long, depending on concussion."

He took a vicious hit by Cameron Wake which put him under and ruined his shoulder. Mark Sanchez moved the ball better down the field, but also made a bone-headed type interception at the goal line.

11/16/15, 02:14 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Update on the Bradford Week 10 Injury


Pyro's take: As of Sunday night, there is no official word on Bradford's shoulder. Chances are we will not hear anything until X-Rays and further examinations are held Monday. They did say Bradford indeed suffered a concussion, which comes with its own unique set of difficulties. If only that were the extent of his worries. His left shoulder was driven into the turf, and let me tell you neither Corey Haim nor Feldmen was doing the driving. The should injury looks to be of concern going forward. Marck Sanchez is the backup. Bradford finished 14 of 23 for 156 yards and 1 INT.

11/15/15, 06:32 PM CST by M O
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Chip Kelly says Nelson Agholor (high-ankle sprain) was held out of Sunday night's game as a precaution.


Pyro's take: The Philadelphia Eagles team site mentioned via Twitter "Coach Kelly: We're not going to put Nelson Agholor in harm's way. He practiced every day last week but I didn't want to rush him."

11/09/15, 04:48 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Zach Ertz played 67-of-78 snaps Week 6


Pyro's take: Zach Ertz led all skill players in snaps. He also has seen an increase over the last three weeks. He also led team in targets with seven. Ertz has emerged while the Eagles passing game has become dismantled.

10/21/15, 01:23 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Chip Kelly has no plans to bench Sam Bradford.


Pyro's take: Jeff McClane has reported via twitter "Chip Kelly on the #Eagles QB situation: "Sam's our quarterback. We have full confidence in Sam."

Well, ya, its not like he has an option between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Kelly's decision rests on either Bradford or Sanchize. Not too difficult of a decision here.

Bradford has shown an improved deep ball in recent weeks, but has as many interceptions as touchdowns (nine).

10/21/15, 12:28 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Nelson Agholor (ankle) is out


Pyro's take: Nelson Agholor will be out for tonights game. Josh Huff will start in his place.

10/19/15, 06:13 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Ryan Mathews (groin) is active for Monday night's game


Pyro's take: Mathews was questionable with the groin injury up to now.

10/19/15, 12:11 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Aggie Will Not Play in Week 6

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Pyro's take: Agholor will not play on Monday night against the Giants. Huff could be a pick up if you needs, or on the other side of the ball, if ODB is a no go, then you could grab Dwayne Harris.

10/18/15, 11:38 AM CDT by M O
Source: twitter.com

Ryan Matthews (groin) was limited at Friday's practice.


Pyro's take: According to Eagles reporter Zach Berman he stated via twitter "Add Ryan Mathews to the injury report. He was limited today with a groin injury."

The extra layoff day for Monday Night Football may give him all the rest he needs.

10/16/15, 11:55 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Josh Huff played just four snaps against Washington in week 4


Pyro's take: According to NJ.com Huff, despite being listed as probable with a hamstring injury, said his reduced playing time wasn't health-related.

He's simply been passed on the depth chart by Miles Austin behind Jordan Matthews, Riley Cooper, and Nelson Agholor. Huff was a "thing" in the preseason, but has done nothing in real games.

"I think he's doing a lot of things better than he did a year ago," Shurmur said. "He's been dealing with the injury a little bit as well. So, again, we're four games into it, so we'll have to see."

10/07/15, 03:36 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nj.com

Ertz TD Called Back Due to Illegal Formation

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Pyro's take: Ertz had a TD nulified due to an illegal formation.

10/04/15, 01:18 PM CDT by M O

DeMarco Murray at practice


Pyro's take: According to Philadelphia reporter Zach Berman via twitter "Mychal Kendricks and DeMarco Murray are practicing. Riley Cooper is not practicing"

OC Pat Schurmur will allow DeMarco Murray to go as far as he can, and as long as there are no set backs, look for Murray to get the start.

Ryan Mathews dominated the Jets defense, and with Murray's injury it will be interesting to see how much playing time DeMarco gets.

09/29/15, 03:15 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Parkey may have to park-it after tearing three groin muscles


Pyro's take: According to Jeff McLane via twitter "Cody Parkey said he tore all three muscles in his groin."


The good news he wont need surgery and should return

09/29/15, 02:30 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com


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