In what’s usually a highly anticipated game, the slumping Eagles and Cowboys will meet under the bright lights to battle for the top spot in the NFC East. Both defenses were torched last week, and if the Cowboys don’t figure something out, the Eagles could be in for a high-scoring day.
Carson Wentz, Quarterback (Week 6: Start, Result: QB9)
Wentz has looked excellent on just about all fronts this year. If this were Madden, however, Wentz would have a “luck” rating down in the 20s. He’s leading the league in dropped passes and has been stripped of at least two or three touchdowns because of them. Even with all of this, Wentz has been a low-end QB1. Treat him as a low-upside, high-floor QB1 this week.
Alshon Jeffery, Wide Receiver (Week 6: Start, Result: WR6)
Jeffery was targeted 12 times last week, and I’d sign my name on starting just about anyone in that position. Jeffery should remain a large part of the offensive game plan against the Cowboys.
DeSean Jackson, Wide Receiver (Week 6: Sit, Result: N/A - Injury)
Since getting us all excited in week 1, DJax has been a massive bummer for Eagles fans and fantasy players alike. His upside is limitless, but he’s not helping anyone from the bench.
Nelson Agholor, Wide Receiver (Week 6: Sit, Result: WR39)
Last week, Dallas Goedert seemed to replace Agholor as the WR3 in the game plan, although Agholor still did receive a healthy 7 targets. A deep threat in an offense that is in dire need of one, Agholor just has to have a big game one of these days, and it just might be this week against the defense that allowed this monstrosity:
With the DeSean news, the Eagles should make another call about Jets WR Robby Anderson. Word was they liked him more than Tate around this time last year. (graphics via @KlipDraw) pic.twitter.com/61PfPn35kP— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) October 19, 2019
If you need a WR3, there are worse options this week, but obviously be prepared to be disappointed; this is Nelson Agholor we’re talking about, after all.
Zach Ertz, Tight End (Week 6: Start, Result: TE14)
Although it felt like Dallas Goedert was the go-to tight end last week, Ertz still ended the day with 8 targets, although he dropped one of them and fumbled another. Ertz will likely again see the larger share of targets moving forward, however, and he’s the preferred Philly tight end to start this week.
Dallas Goedert, Tight End (Week 6: Sit, Result: TE12)
Dallas Goedert, Total Targets— Lee Sifford (@LeeSifford) October 19, 2019
Weeks 1-5 combined: 9
Week 6: 8
Goedert finally appears to be part of the offensive game plan, which is excellent news for those who have been stashing him since draft day. I wouldn’t expect eight targets a game from here on out, but the coaches are giving him a shot to make plays, and that’s what we’re hoping for. I’d keep him on the bench for now, but his coming days are bright.
Jordan Howard, Running Back (Week 6: Start, Result: RB44)
Over the last three weeks, Howard has been about two-thirds of the carries and half of the targets. Howard’s fantasy value is hugely dependent upon his usage, so the rise of Miles Sanders (see below) is something to keep an eye on. As long as Howard is getting 10+ carries a game, he should be in the starter conversation. Howard is a sure-go in standard leagues but is best left on the bench in your PPR leagues.
Verdict: START - Standard Leagues Only
Miles Sanders, Running Back (Week 6: Start, Result: RB10)
Sanders seems to be getting increasingly comfortable in this offense, which has resulted in less hate from Eagles fans. In fact, he’s gone from being called a “bust” to, well, take a look for yourself:
Miles Sanders: Elite deep threat— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 13, 2019
Miles Sanders WR1— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) October 13, 2019
Miles Sanders has the Eagles' four longest catches over the last four weeks.— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) October 13, 2019
The Eagles’ best receiver has been a rookie running back who caught 32 passes in college. It’d be rich if it’s a pass catcher out here spewing this.— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) October 17, 2019
Sanders is becoming one heck of a player that is bringing some grit to the offense. I think his work in the passing game has garnered him a top 24 PPR back, but conversely, I’d steer clear of him in non-PPR leagues for now except for maybe a dart throw in the FLEX spot.
Verdict: START - PPR Leagues Only
Darren Sproles, Running Back (Week 6: Sit, Result: Result: N/A - DNP)
Sproles did not take an offensive snap last week in Minnesota. Barring an injury to Sanders or Howard, Sproles is not fantasy relevant.
Jake Elliott, Kicker (Week 6: Sit, Result: K7)
Jake Elliott is one of just four kickers to remain perfect so far, but unfortunately for fantasy owners, his usage has been inconsistent. The Cowboys and the Eagles have both allowed a lot of points lately, so Elliott should get plenty of opportunities to put the ball through the uprights. Treat him as a mid-range starter this week.
Eagles Defense & Special Teams (Week 6: Sit, Result: DST23 )
If you started the Eagles DST last week, bless your sweet, naive heart. The defense is in a funk right now, and the offense isn’t doing them any favors. It’s best to avoid the Eagles this week against the Cowboys in primetime.
As always, this article is generally giving guidance to players in standard-sized, PPR leagues, but feel free to ask questions regarding your specific situation in the comments below or to tweet them my way (@LeeSifford).