The start of the NFL season marks a time for a celebrated pastime among football fans, fantasy football. And if you’re anything like me, you can’t help but pick as many players from your favorite team as possible. Every season, my team end up with at least five Eagles on my roster, which creates numerous problems come their bye week. But it makes it all so much more fun being able to deploy some of your favorite players against your friends or coworkers.
With that being said, not every Eagles player can be a star. Every season, there are always a couple of players who exceed expectations. While there are also others who turn out to be major letdowns. Today, we will take a look at three Eagles whom we can label as potential fantasy stars, as well as three who should probably be avoided.
Talk about consistency. Zach Ertz has been one of the leagues most prolific tight ends for multiple seasons now. But with the improvement of Carson Wentz last season, he quickly blossomed into a reliable red zone/third down option. This year, he should be right back on track with these antics. Ertz will get his fair share of targets, and with the ability to run after the catch, he will rack up many receiving yards, too. In regular leagues, Ertz will average somewhere around ten fantasy points a game. But where he really makes his money is in PPR (point per reception) leagues. With Ertz’s massive number of targets, he can easily average 15 points a week. This makes him a huge asset on any fantasy team, and probably the best Eagle in fantasy football.
Unless you’re in an IDP (individual defensive players) league, you know the importance of a strong defense. Quality defenses are a critical part of any good fantasy team; the base ten points defenses start with becoming very important when running backs and receivers fail to produce. But the thing that makes the Eagles’ unit so useful is the number of sacks and turnovers they can accumulate. The more sacks and turnovers a team gets, the more points they score. And as many fantasy match-ups come down to a point or two difference, every point matters.
As he was the Eagles’ 2015 first round selection, Nelson Agholor came in with high expectations. But as most fans know, things didn’t exactly pan out the way they were expected. The majority of fans started to write Agholor off as a bust, as his first two seasons as a professional were filled with drops and lackadaisical play. But with the help of Wentz last season, Agholor transformed into a match-up nightmare. As he was being used on many screens and deep routes. With this increased role came an increase in fantasy production. And this trend should stay the same. Agholor will continue to a mismatch throughout the season and should rack up his fair share of receiving yards and points. Although not a true WR1 or WR2, Agholor is a great flex player and a great pick in the later rounds.
I love Alshon Jeffery. He was a vital part of my seventh place (out of eight) fantasy team last year and put up a lot of points as a WR1. But over the off-season, reports emerged that Alshon had to get surgery for a torn rotator cuff he was playing with last season. So far, it has been confirmed that Jeffery will only miss the first two games of the season, but don’t expect him to bounce back right away. Jeffery will not be at one-hundred percent this season, which will hurt his fantasy production. He will not become completely useless, but slight regression is almost inevitable. At most, take Jeffery as a WR2 or flex.
“Jay Train” ranks among the top of the leagues running backs. However, this ranking is quite deceiving. For starters, this year’s running backs don’t have much depth. If you’re looking for a legitimate RB1, don’t wait, take one in the first or second round. If you do find yourself without a running back by rounds five or six, avoid taking Ajayi. The Eagles’ roster has tons of talent at running back, meaning Jay will be splitting carries amongst his peers. I suggest taking someone like Kenyan Drake or Mark Ingram, guys who will get more touches and, consequently, points.
What else can I say other than he’s old. The ageless wonder Darren Sproles has amazed fans throughout his career as a great athlete and player despite his short stature. But unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Last year was foreshadowing to this, as Sproles went down in week three with both a broken forearm and a torn ACL. The injuries may be a sign of his age getting to him. His time producing at a high level may sadly be coming to a close. Sproles will score points, don’t get me wrong, but from a fantasy perspective, he has very little worth. Sproles is mostly going to be a third-down/change of pace back. But he will most likely be splitting that time with Corey Clement. Avoid the risk, there are many safer options for you in the later rounds.