To say the Eagles have a lot of question marks on the offensive side of the ball might be putting it lightly. The perennial underachieving and injury-prone Sam Bradford is a lame duck starter. Philadelphia's running back situation is very sketchy. The wide receiver corps features youth that hasn't lived up to potential. The offensive line is one of the oldest units in the league and features a 34-year-old starting left tackle with a degenerative condition. On top of all of this, rookie head coach Doug Pederson is largely untested as a play-caller. It's easy to have reservations.
It's no surprise, then, to see Eagles players not getting a lot of love in NFL fantasy football rankings. Here's how the Birds stack up in rankings put together by Patrick Daughtery of Rotoworld.
29 out of 32) Sam Bradford — Crumbles under pressure, both on the field and off of it.
Bradford is definitely not a hot commodity in fantasy. It's a safe bet that he'll open the 2016 season as Philadelphia's starter, but he won't be on a very long leash. It's only a matter of time before Carson Wentz takes over. Even if Bradford is somehow playing above expectation, it's not exactly like he has an awesome cast around him. Speaking of which ...
25 out of 50) Ryan Mathews — Questionable fit for new offense. Missed 13 games past two years.
There isn't much to say about Mathews that hasn't already been said. He has talent but he's injury-prone. He turns 29 this season. Taking a chance on him could pay off if he stays healthy because the Eagles won't be shy to run the ball. Kansas City ranked among teams with the highest percentage of run plays during Pederson's tenure as offensive coordinator.
Wendell Smallwood received an honorable mention at this spot. Keep an eye on the rookie.
33 out of 75) Jordan Matthews — Has 16 touchdowns through 32 NFL games.
61 out of 75) Nelson Agholor — Truly dreadful as a rookie. Should benefit from calmer situation.
68 out of 75) Rueben Randle — Finally at his proper price point.
Matthews is a favorite target of Bradford's since the quarterback likes to work the middle of the field and often throw short. His production might decrease given the absence of Chip Kelly's tempo offense. He might not have the opportunity to post the same kind of volume stats. Still, he's the best receiver on the team.
Agholor's future is murky. He really struggled as a rookie. He also struggled in spring practices this year so it's hard to be encouraged.
There's no guarantee Randle starts. He might split playing time with Josh Huff.
6. Zach Ertz — Only five tight ends had more catches in 2015, just six had more yards.
Bradford also loves to target Ertz. The 25-year-old tight end flashed dominance at the end of last season. He might have been better earlier in the season if he didn't enter the year with a groin injury. Some will roll their eyes when they hear Ertz is poised for a breakout year, but he should at least be one of the Eagles' most valuable fantasy football players this season.