As you rigorously prepare and research leading into each fantasy football season, you’ll always find some new/less familiar names near the top of the list. “Introducing” will be a series that features these lesser known players who are expected to begin the season in heavily featured roles for the very first time. Never shy away from players just because they’re yet to make a name for themselves … yet.



Jordan Matthews — WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Nobody took on a makeover this offseason like Chip Kelly’s Eagles. With an offense featuring a new QB, RB and pair of WRs, nothing is for certain. However, the best bet when it comes to Philly’s offense, is that Jordan Matthews will be the featured weapon in a rapid, pass-happy offense.

Matthews is coming off a strong rookie campaign that consisted of 67 grabs for 872 yards and eight touchdowns, while playing in all 16 games. The downside is that the man on the other side of all those receptions, Nick Foles, now resides in St. Louis.

Matthews’ 2015 fate will rest on the arm of Sam Bradford. The former No. 1 overall pick is obviously more than capable of helping Matthews along to a big season, but injuries are the major concern when it comes to Bradford.

However, if both he and Matthews can stay healthy, they have some major upside in this offense. Aside from a year of experience under his belt, the biggest fantasy boost Matthews could have received happened when Jeremy Maclin signed with the Chiefs in an attempt to save their shockingly horrific WR core.

Matthews, ready or not, is on target to step into the Eagles’ WR1 role now. The same position that Maclin was able to haul in 1,318 yards and 10 TDs from last season, even coming off a torn ACL.

Even Philly’s run game has the potential to benefit Matthews. LeSean McCoy was a workhorse for the Eagles last season, as was DeMarco Murray for the Cowboys. Now in Philly, Murray is going to assume Shady’s role, but he’s not longer running behind the best O-line in the league like he was in Dallas. Murray’s still injury prone, and if the feature piece of the whole offense has to miss any time, that means the Eagles could air it out even more during those games.

When it comes down to it, Matthews is in a very cushy fantasy situation for 2015 on paper. The most worrisome aspect is just the fact that Bradford tends not to hold up anymore — he’s played in seven games over the last two seasons combined. I don’t mind Mark Sanchez in the right offense, but I think Kelly has a plan for Bradford seeing he went out and sought after him.

Health is the key word here, but if the Eagles can hold onto it, Matthews is capable of reaching Maclin type numbers in 2015.

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Want to read more from the “Introducing” series? Find all the players covered below.

Carlos Hyde — RB, San Francisco 49ers

Brandin Cooks — WR, New Orleans Saints

Latavius Murray — RB, Oakland Raiders