LeSean McCoy went in the top-three of most fantasy football drafts prior to the 2012 season. DeSean Jackson was a fifth- or sixth-round pick.
If you drafted both, you probably had a rough year. (Full disclosure: I did, and I did.)
McCoy was again a first-round pick this summer, but was being picked in the middle or back-end of the first round in most drafts. Not so much in the Philadelphia area, where Eagles fans' imaginations ran wild at the possibilities of what he could do in Chip Kelly's offense. In most local drafts, McCoy was again a top-three or four pick.
Jackson was being drafted in the same range as the previous summer. Some thought the injury to Jeremy Maclin would help Jackson's value; others thought it would hurt his production because of double-coverage. Those two camps canceled out and Jackson again went in the fifth or sixth round.
If you took one or both this season, you're reaping the rewards. That's proven by CBS Sports, which revealed this week that those two Eagles are among the five-most commonly owned players on undefeated fantasy teams.
The top five players most frequently associated with 6-0 teams are McCoy and Jamaal Charles (the only two first-round fantasy picks in the top-12), Peyton Manning, Jimmy Graham and Jackson.
According to the data, 4.8 percent of Jackson owners are undefeated. It makes sense -- he's turned out to be a steal based on his average draft position (26th WR taken) and production (first among WRs).
In standard leagues, McCoy has racked up between 102-105 points over six weeks, for an average of over 17 points per game. Only Charles has been better.
Jackson and McCoy have benefitted from Kelly's high-octane offense that has produced the second most yards per game in the NFL, behind only the Broncos. It is unsurprising that many other winning fantasy players this year come from those Broncos.
Knowshon Moreno, who went very, very late in most leagues and undrafted in others, shows up right behind Jackson. Wes Welker and kicker Matt Prater are also in the top 12.
Others on the list are Jordy Nelson, Reggie Bush and the defenses of the Chiefs and Seahawks.
This further shows that fantasy success is all about steals and value. Nobody was talking about Moreno over the summer. The discussion was all about Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman. If you gambled on Moreno instead of taking a random receiver like Vincent Brown or Brian Hartline, you should feel like a genius. And those middle rounds -- when you choose Jackson over Mike Wallace or Peyton Manning over Cam Newton -- those make your year.
Jackson and McCoy were a bit off the radar entering the year because of injuries that ended their 2012 seasons. If they stay healthy the rest of 2013, though, they'll be very attractive choices next summer. McCoy will likely again go in the top-three, and Jackson could be a mid-second-round pick sandwiched around players like A.J. Green and Brandon Marshall.
The Associated Press contributed information to this report.