Fantasy Football Projections: Philadelphia Eagles

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2016 gave us the introduction to Carson Wentz as he struggled through growing pains as a first-year starter, in 2017 he blossomed into an elite passer before getting hurt and watching from the sideline as Nick Foles led his team to a Super Bowl win. What does 2018 have in store? It will be easy to expect the world from Wentz after his early showing last season. His 33 TD in only 13 games was certainly elite fantasy production and the weapons at his disposal are largely intact. The league has yet to adjust to Wentz’s emergence but there will be a lot more tape on the youngster out there this year. Still, Wentz has all the tools to be an elite producer again. Draft him expecting Top 10 numbers and you may get even better than that.

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The Eagles backfield has a little more of a streamlined look with the departure of LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi stands to be the primary benefactor. Ajayi will get all of the early down work he can stomach and is likely to mix it up in the passing game some as well. He will be pushed by a pair of young backs in Corey Clement and Wendall Smallwood. Clement is a versatile piece who can contribute in the passing game as well as on early downs while Smallwood is a bit more of a grinder. Darren Sproles also lurks as a vulture in the background who could steal some 3rd down work so there will be many mouths to feed here. Ajayi’s role as the starter and his talent make him an RB2/3 while the rest of this group have little value outside of an injury opportunity.

Out wide, Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholar return as an effective one-two punch for Wentz. Agholar was a breakout performer for the Eagles in 2017 while Jeffery was somewhat inconsistent. Jeffery and Wentz struggled to get on the same page for the first part of the season before hooking up for 5 TD over the final five games before Wentz’s injury. Jeffery is a terrific big-play threat who still has elite upside and should be able to pick up where he left off with Wentz. Agholar should serve as a valuable possession man who moves the chains for this offense. Joining the duo will be veteran pass catcher Mike Williams and second-year receiver Mac Hollins. Both will see plenty of looks though their production will be inconsistent on a week to week basis. Draft Jeffery and Agholar as WR2 options.

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Zach Ertz returns as a top-tier fantasy tight end option after his breakout 2017. Ertz 74 catches, 824 yards, and 8 TD made him a Top 5 fantasy target last year and he should see more of the same in the upcoming season. The decision by the Eagles to invest a 2nd round pick in Dallas Goedert does cast some shadows on Ertz fantasy outlook but the Eagles utilized multiple tight ends frequently last year. Ertz is a Top 5 TE again for 2018.

2018 Projections:

NAME POSITION CMP ATT PASS YD PASS TD INT RU YD RU TD
Carson Wentz QB 372 600 4150 32 13 250 2

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Jay Ajayi RB 225 930 6 15 135 1
Corey Clement RB 105 475 3 30 335 2 1
Wendall Smallwood RB 65 250 1 10 85

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Alshon Jeffery WR 85 1125 8 1
Nelson Agholar WR 80 910 5
Mike Wallace WR 40 500 3
Mack Hollins WR 35 425 2
Zach Ertz TE 75 815 8
Dallas Goedert TE 25 240 2
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