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Eagles News: Writer has questionable reasoning for pegging Zach Ertz as a fantasy football bust

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/9/18.

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Fantasy Football 2018 Busts: Will Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt Meet Expectations? - Sports Illustrated
Zach Ertz’s ADP is less than a full round lower than Travis Kelce’s, which suggests that many fantasy owners view him as a solid consolation prize to the Chiefs tight end. Let’s be clear: Ertz is not the weapon that Kelce is, and he doesn’t have as large or bankable a role in Philadelphia’s offense as his counterpart does in Kansas City’s. To be fair, Ertz was excellent last year, especially before Carson Wentz tore his ACL, and he deserves to shoot up draft boards this season. Still, the Eagles found incredible success in their everyman approach, with no one player serving as a true go-to guy in the offense. It’s hard to imagine that will change much, if at all, this season, with Allen Robinson, Demaryius Thomas, Sony Michel, Ronald Jones and Marvin Jones, among others headlining the Philadelphia offense. Are we even sure he’s a better fantasy player than Jimmy Graham, who could be a touchdown machine in Green Bay? I’m not. The price is simply too high.

[BLG Note: Wow, when did the Eagles acquire Robinson, Thomas, Michel, Jones, and Jones?]

Best and worst Eagles offseason storylines - BGN
John and James go over the best and worst story lines heading into training camp. What was the best/worst move this offseason? Whose hype are you buying into? PLUS we dive into the BGN Radio mailbag and share our story about our bad takes on Carson Wentz when the Eagles decided to go up and get him in the 2016 NFL Draft and a lot more!

A look at recent quarterbacks who got injured before the season, and how their teams reacted - PhillyVoice
The Teddy Bridgewater perfect storm is unlikely to hit twice. We went back five years and took a look at quarterbacks who suffered serious injuries during the preseason, and how their teams adapted. By my count, there were seven such scenarios over the last five years. Only two traded for quarterbacks in response to losing their starters.

Five Long Shot Candidates To Consider -
A lot has been said about De’Vante Bausby after a strong spring playing mostly at the nickel cornerback position. He looked terrific in there. Bausby is already 25 years old, has played a bit with Chicago (he was also with Kansas City) and he’s on the move here. We’ll see in the summer. But there is no doubt that Bausby, who spent last season on the Eagles’ practice squad, is in the mix. The competition level is strong at cornerback, and Bausby is right there. At 6-2, 190 pounds, Bausby has the length and the size to make a roster run. If he plays in the summer like he did in the spring, it’s going to be a very tough call for the Eagles at cornerback.

Is Carson Wentz a good fantasy bet? - ESPN
Given his own ability, the ability of those around him and the fact that he’s operating in Doug Pederson’s adaptive offense, which will be custom-fit to account for where Wentz is physically, it’s hard to imagine him not producing even if he’s not 100 percent himself for part of the season. You can ease concern about injury by handcuffing him in fantasy with backup Nick Foles, who proved quite capable of manning the controls en route to a Super Bowl MVP performance. There’s some risk, sure, but Wentz is a guy I’d bet on, not against, whether we’re talking fantasy or otherwise.

Jay Ajayi says he’s a due a win in London at the third attempt - SkySports
“Yeah, there’s going to be a great atmosphere this year,” Ajayi said at a fan signing in London. This will be my third time coming to Wembley. I’ve lost the last two, so I’m due for a win. It’s time. I think it will be a special time and obviously, we are playing against a great team in the Jags. That’s kind of London’s team and here, I think the atmosphere will be special.”

6 best defensive lines Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to face during 2018 regular season - PennLive
Aaron Donald might be one of the top five players in the entire NFL, and he had 11.0 sacks and five forced fumbles as an interior lineman. The Rams paired him with Ndamukong Suh, who recorded his fewest sacks since 2011 but is still a disruptive force when hitting on all cylinders. Michael Brockers and Ethan Westbrooks were solid last season.

For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn’t Bring Much of a Break - The MMQB
5. There’s been plenty of rhetoric from the president of the United States directed toward the NFL, including his scolding of players getting involved in politics. Consider some of the tangible results when they do. Devin McCourty lobbied for reform in Massachusetts’ juvenile system, co-writing an op-ed in the Boston Globe with Robert and Jonathan Kraft; in April, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a bill raising the minimum age for criminal responsibility from seven to 12. In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf signed the Clean State bill into law in June, allowing for people with non-violent criminal records who have not re-offended after 10 years to have their records sealed. Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long and Torrey Smith lobbied in its support and pushed for the final bill to go to a vote before the summer recess. And in Louisiana, Demario Davis and Benjamin Watson wrote a letter endorsing legislation to restore voting rights to those with past felony convictions who have been out of prison for five years. It was signed into law in May.

Cowboys 2018 over/under: 1,750 rushing yards for Ezekiel Elliott - Blogging The Boys
[BLG Note: Wtf]

4 reasons the NFL can’t have an NBA-style super team - SB Nation
There are two recent NFL super teams that come to mind. The “dream team” in Philadelphia where the Eagles signed free agents Jason Babin, Nnamdi Asomugha, Cullen Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Johnnie Lee Higgins, Ronald Brown, Donald Lee, and Steve Smith. And don’t forget Vince Young, who coined the term “dream team.” Guess how that turned out? That team didn’t win and was quickly dismantled.


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