Even though starters will play sparingly, the Jets and Eagles should provide plenty of entertainment when they meet for their preseason finale Thursday night. One of the biggest storylines heading this offseason was on how the new-look Eagles would fare under second-year head coach Chip Kelly. Stalwarts such as DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy have been traded since Kelly took over, and there is little doubt that he has molded the Eagles to his liking.
So far, the results have even electrifying.
Philadelphia has scored a combined 115 points in three preseason games, and thrashed the Packers 39-26 last week. Sam Bradford completed 10 of 11 passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.
I know why it’s fun to think about Bradford. His ability has always been tantalizing, and if any offense can make a previously disappointing quarterback successful it’s the Eagles. The downside, though, is zero games played; we never know when Bradford’s next injury will arise. Also, somewhat famously, Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow have combined to be three of the worst quarterbacks in the league in recent years.
So if you’re drafting Bradford, you’re taking an oft-injured, under-performing quarterback. Maybe the Eagles’ O-line can keep him safe, and maybe the Eagles’ game plan can make him successful. It’s in the realm of possibility. But betting your season on it seems dodgy.
Every year, Fitzpatrick will have a handful of games in which he’s a strong fantasy contributor. They won’t be like his six-touchdown game last season in Houston, but whenever he is installed as the Jets’ starter (and he will be), he’ll have flashes of brilliance, and that could be of real fantasy value.