If Kevin Kolb can’t play this week, and Mike Vick starts, consider the Kolb in 2010 campaign over.
This week’s Eagles matchup against the Lions in Detroit will remind us of the old Falcons Vick even more than he did last week. That’s good news for Brent Celek.
Just like we did for last week’s projections, 2009 statistics factor in significantly but Week 1 provides added depth. Again, this is no perfect model. There are many improvements that could be made but we had relatively good accuracy with it last week despite the flaws. Translation: Use these at your own discretion but they should be pretty darn good.
The Eagles are projected to win 24-20, but it might not be that close with Vick in there and the Lions’ Matthew Stafford out.
The Lions are a good matchup for any team, so expect the Eagles’ likely candidates all to have at least flex value if Vick starts. Kolb is still a huge wild card, but he did dominate bad defenses in a couple games last season.
If Vick starts, look for Celek to reap the benefits. During Vick’s time in Atlanta Alge Crumpler was among the most coveted fantasy tight ends because he always led the team in catches and approached double-digit touchdowns. One thing to note, though: Vick never had receivers as talented as DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin when he was a Falcon.
The Eagles are also projected to have a solid running game. Vick is their best quarterback and running back, and he’ll have to scramble quite a bit against that aggressive defense. Don’t be surprised if Vick and LeSean McCoy rack up 60+ yards each.
The Lions could find themselves in trouble with Shaun Hill at the helm. Jahvid Best had a very disappointing Week 1. If he doesn’t bounce back this could be a long season for owners like me who waited on backs and relied on Best as a starter.
Tony Scheffler has a strong matchup against the Eagles, look for Hill to find him often.
Mike Vick, PHI: 22-34, 275 yards, 2 TD, 60 rush yards, fumble
Shaun Hill, DET: 20-35, 188, TD, INT, 10 rush yards
Jahvid Best, DET: 70 yards, TD, 2 catches, 20 receiving yards
LeSean McCoy, PHI: 60 yards, 4 catches, 40 yards
Mike Bell, PHI: 20 yards, TD
Maurice Morris: 10 yards
DeSean Jackson, PHI: 7-85, TD
Jeremy Maclin, PHI: 6-75
Calvin Johnson, DET: 6-70
Nate Burleson, DET: 4-30
Jason Avant, PHI: 2-15
Bryant Johnson, DET: 1-10
Brent Celek, PHI: 6-65, TD
Tony Scheffler, DET: 5-55, TD
David Akers, PHI: 2 FG, 2 XP
Jason Hanson, DET: FG, 2 XP
Lions: 3 sacks, fumble recovery
Eagles: 3 sacks, INT