Eagles wideout Jeremy Maclin lost for the season

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According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the Philadelphia Eagles have lost Jeremy Maclin for the entire 2013 season due to a torn ACL suffered during Saturday’s practice.

The Missouri product was entering a contract year and looking like a potential draft bargain in fantasy football leagues. Now he’s undraftable. DeSean Jackson figures to see a slight bump in value in Maclin’s absence, as he’ll become the unquestioned top option in the pass attack for new coach Chip Kelly. Still, I wouldn’t draft him as more this a No. 3 wideout in most fantasy formats.

Riley Cooper is likely to move into a starting role opposite Jackson and could now have some late-round appeal in deeper leagues. Also keep in mind that the Eagles have pass-catching tight ends Brent Celek and rookie Zach Ertz in the mix, though I wouldn’t expect either to see a massive bump in targets or overall fantasy appeal.

On the flip side, this could mean more receiving opportunities out of the backfield for LeSean McCoy, who is in a great position to rebound from what was a disappointing 2012 campaign. He’s a lock first-round pick in both standard and PPR leagues.

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!

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