Rotoworld’s Evan Silva recently posted his pre-draft projection of the top 150 fantasy football players for the 2019 NFL season. Here’s a closer look at the seven Philadelphia Eagles players who made the cut.
22. Zach Ertz (ADP: TE2) – Averaged 2.6 more PPR points per game w/ Wentz at QB over last 2 years.
Ertz was ranked 33rd in May 2018. His value has predictably gone up following the year where he broke the single-season tight end receptions record. The 28-year-old Ertz should continue to be a big part of Philly’s offense, especially since he’s the only player that Wentz targets on offense (just kidding). But seriously, though, Ertz is good and Wentz will still be targeting him a lot.
62. Alshon Jeffery (ADP: WR29) – Touchdown dependent; Alshon hasn’t cleared 850 yards since 2014.
It’s true that Wentz hasn’t always gotten the best out of Jeffery. However, the two had a solid connection going on early in 2018. Their first four games together last season: 25 receptions, 306 yards, four touchdowns. Then Jeffery had a quiet game while being covered by Jalen Ramsey in Week 8. Then the Eagles traded for Golden Tate and that messed with the offense as Jeffrey’s targets immediately took a hit. This offseason figures to be the first one where Wentz and Jeffery will fully practice together. Jeffery missed most of training camp in 2017 with what we didn’t know at the time was a torn rotator cuff. Then Jeffery missed the entire 2018 offseason while recovering from shoulder surgery. Wentz also missed most of the 2018 offseason, obviously. So, hopefully a full offseason together ends up making a difference for these guys. It sure can’t hurt.
71. Jordan Howard (ADP: RB36) – Won’t be Eagles bellcow but lofty TD upside in great environment.
It’ll be interesting to see if Howard’s declining efficiency will continue in Philly or if he’ll experience a career resurgence in that regard. There’s reason for optimism given that he’ll be playing behind a good Eagles offensive line. Howard’s pure volume numbers could take a hit, though, as Doug Pederson has often heavily rotated his running backs. Howard has averaged 16.6 carries per game in his career to this point but it could be more like 12ish in Philly.
109. Carson Wentz (ADP: QB11) – Ertz, Alshon, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor, Dallas Goedert.
That sure is a nice group of skill players for Wentz to work with in the passing attack. The feeling here is that some are way too down on Wentz following a 2018 campaign in which he actually improved in some regards. Having a full offseason to prepare for 2019 is going to be very good for him. Just you see.
112. DeSean Jackson (ADP: WR43) – Returns to Philly after leading NFL in yards per catch (18.9).
The Eagles have sorely lacked the deep speed that Jackson provides. His ability as a vertical threat should help Philly’s offense be more explosive in 2019. His presence should also open up things underneath with teams having to respect his penchant to get behind the last line of defense.
139. Dallas Goedert (ADP: TE15) – Beastly rookie year but target volume an ongoing concern.
Goedert is very good. As Silva notes, though, it’s unclear how much the Eagles can actually get him involved. One encouraging sign is that Pederson has been talking about how Philly’s coaching staff has been working on implementing more 12 personnel in 2019. Hopefully those aren’t just empty words because two tight ends worked very well for the Eagles last season. Having a full offseason to work on incorporating Goedert — as opposed to drafting him in late April last year — might make a difference. The presence of Ertz still caps his ceiling to some extent.
145. Nelson Agholor (ADP: WR65) – Secure slot role but Eagles have crowded pass-catcher corps.
It’s a huge season for Agholor as he’s playing for a new contract in 2020. His efficiency declined in 2018 so it’d be nice to see him bounce back to his 2017 form. Perhaps a healthier Wentz and the presence of Jackson will help him out.
Former Eagles players
70. Golden Tate (ADP: WR38) – Favorite to lead Giants in targets in RAC-based, quick-pass offense.
Tate’s going to post some strong volume numbers because Eli Manning is going to check down to him all season long as the Giants race out to a 6-10 record.
97. LeSean McCoy (ADP: RB38) – Declining RB likely to lose significant playing time to Frank Gore.
Two former Eagles legend up there in Buffalo.
98. Dion Lewis (ADP: RB44) – New Titans OC Arthur Smith sounds committed to featuring Henry.
The Eagles could sure use a Lewis-type back for their offense.
- The Eagles had five players in the top 150 last May and they were all in the top 98.
- Agholor took the biggest drop going from 81st last year to 145th this year.
- Philly is bound to add a pass-catching running back at some point this offseason, whether that’s in the 2019 NFL Draft or via trade. Duke Johnson?
- ESPN’s Mike Clay also recently put out some fantasy rankings by position. Here’s how the Eagles stacked up:
Jake Elliott: K12
Which Eagles players do you plan on drafting this year?