Which Eagles players should you target in fantasy this year
It’s that time of the year again. Fantasy football season is here and it’s time to build your winning team. Fresh off their Super Bowl victory the Eagles roster is ripe with talent that can help any fantasy team win. So which Eagles players should you target as the season approaches?
Players, you must have starting with Ertz
Zach Ertz is entering his sixth season all of which have been with the Eagles. This season should be his best one yet. With Wentz expected back for week one Ertz is a must have. The former Stanford Cardinal had a career-high eight touchdowns last season. Also in the last three seasons, he’s managed to produce at least 74 catches and 816 yards. Outside of Gronk Ertz is the best option. With an offense full of Weapons expect the Wentz to Ertz combo to develop into one of the games best.
Since 2015, Zach Ertz ranks third in yards from the slot among tight ends. pic.twitter.com/hghTev2C2u
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) August 7, 2018
Top wideout Alshon Jeffery
Jeffery battled through a torn rotator cuff to produce 57 catches, 789 yards, and nine touchdowns. While he did not record any 100-yard games and has not had a 1,000-yard receiving season since 2014 things are about to change. It will be almost impossible to double Jeffery with the amount of talent on the field. If fully healthy and with the potential to see a lot of one on one matchups things could favor the former South Carolina Alum. Look for the 6’3 receiver to record over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
Soon to be MVP Carson Wentz
In just 13 games last season Wentz threw the most touchdowns in Eagles history with 33. That’s 17 more than Wentz recorded in his rookie season and the former North Dakota State quarterback is only getting started. Through camp so far Wentz has showcased all the things that would have you feel confident he will be starting opening night against the Falcons.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 17, 2017
With a trio of targets in Ertz, Agholor, and Jeffery this could be the league’s top offense. Hungry to lead this team back to the Super Bowl Wentz could be even better this year. If he plays all 16 games Wentz easily has the potential to reach 40 plus touchdowns and over 4,000 yards.
Sleeper picks that could exceed potential
These Eagles players may not be locks but they can provide your team with production to help down the stretch. Nelson Agholor is one of those guys. Coming off the best year of his career Agholor will return as the team’s slot receiver.
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) December 18, 2017
After gaining his confidence the former USC Trojan put up 62 catches for 768 yards and eight touchdowns. While it remains to be seen if Agholor can maintain this output he could certainly be a mid-round target that might fly under the radar.
Rookie Dallas Goedert
Now I know Ertz is the guy but don’t sleep on Goedert. The rookie out of South Dakota State has impressed early and often throughout camp. The Eagles love to use two tight end sets and once this team reaches the red zone this is where Goedert is expected to shine.
GoJacksFB's Dallas Goedert makes an INCREDIBLE one-handed catch against Drake. pic.twitter.com/eWbwDNWQ0p
— Midco Sports Network (@MidcoSN) September 11, 2016
We will get our first taste of what Goedert can do against the Steelers on Thursday. While there may be better options available look for Goedert to provide touchdowns. However, if Ertz goes down Goedert will be your guy.
Speedster Mike Wallace
To put it plain and simple Wallace came to Philadelphia to play with Wentz. The 10-year vet signed after being released by the Baltimore Ravens. Despite the Ravens offense struggling for the majority of last year due to Joe Flacco Wallace was still effective. As a result, he still produced 52 catches for 748 yards and four touchdowns.
Just two years ago he was a 1,000-yard receiver. Wallace figures to start outside opposite of Jeffery. At 32 Wallace has something left in the tank and he could make a home with the world champs. If the Eagles can get similar production from Wallace this offense becomes near unstoppable.
Players to avoid
While there are many Eagles players you should target as odd as it sounds there are some you should avoid. The Eagles backfield is a confusing one to figure out. Jay Ajayi figures to be the lead back with Darren Sproles and Corey Clement backing him up. However, since coming over from Miami Ajayi has not received 20 or more carries in any game with the Eagles.
That may not change as Sproles figures to have a sizable role and Clement earned snaps as well. Last year LeGarrette Blount was the Eagles lead back but he was touchdown dependent. Look for the Eagles to just go with the hot hand. Avoid the Eagles backfield if you can until further notice.
Defense and Jake Elliott
Your defense and Kicker are normally the last picks you make. Both Elliott and The Eagles defense should provide top-five value. In his first season, Elliott converted 26 of 31 field goals and 39 of 42 on extra points. Don’t forget he also hit a 61 yarder.
Jake Elliott from 61 yards.. BALLGAMEpic.twitter.com/KHvfzhmmS2
— The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) September 24, 2017
The Eagles defense had one of its best seasons in recent memory. This past season they ranked fourth in total defense, number one in rush defense and fourth in takeaways. With one of the best defensive lines in the game and a growing secondary, this defense could be even better this year.
Good Luck with your fantasy drafts
These Eagles players should provide your team with the production needed to get to the top. Best of luck to everyone this fantasy season.
Featured image via Flickr/Dora Grande
All stats via NFL.com and Pro-Football-Reference.com