The 2020 NFL season outlook might be uncertain but that doesn’t mean our fantasy football league drafts have to be. Everyone can at least prepare like the upcoming campaign is actually going to be played.
With that in mind, allow me to recommend the Top 100 fantasy football rankings from our friends over at Fake Teams! You’ll notice that five Philadelphia Eagles players made the final cut.
MILES SANDERS (7th overall, RB6)
We loved Sanders last season and we love him even more now. Sidekicked by a lesser, mirror image of himself in Boston Scott, Sanders is set for 18+ touches per week. The dual threat playmaker should pummel opposing defenses: Sharp Football’s Strength of Schedule metrics have Philly facing the 9th-softest slate of run defense and 10th-softest slate of pass defenses*.
We previously wrote about how Sanders is poised to be the Eagles’ most heavily featured running back since the Doug Pederson era began in 2016. The Penn State product really shined down the stretch in 2019 as a 21-year-old rookie. There’s every reason to think he will only continue to succeed this year. Sanders is going to be a big producer for your fantasy team. Star in the making.
ZACH ERTZ (52nd overall, TE4)
Ertz will likely lose a few more targets to Dallas Goedert and the dearth of deep threats that now populate Philly’s roster. However, his proven rapport with Carson Wentz and Sharp Football excitingly projecting the Eagles to face the NFL’s 9th-softest slate of 2020 pass defenses* keeps Ertz locked-in as one of the tight end top dogs.
Ertz has seen an average of 127 targets per season since Wentz became the Eagles’ starting quarterback in 2016. So, yeah, kind of a safe bet to get a lot of looks in the passing game. One might suggest that Ertz’s efficiency might improve with the Eagles adding more speed to their offense. The deep threats should — in theory, at least — open up the underneath passing game for Ertz.
DESEAN JACKSON (62nd overall, WR32)
We saw one game with Carson Wentz throwing to DeSean Jackson last year and it was gorgeous. If we can get any decent number of games out of D-Jax this year, he has a Will Fuller-like ceiling. The Eagles getting the 10th-softest passing game schedule, per Sharp Football* boosts this already high stock.
Jackson’s durability is an obvious concern. He turns 34 in December, he’s coming off a significant 2019 injury, and he’s missed an average of over five games over his past five seasons. Jackson is also probably one off-field misstep away from getting jettisoned after the whole quoting Hitler debacle.
But, hey, if Jackson can manage to stay available, he could be in store for a really big year. The veteran speedster is easily the most proven option from the current wide receiver corps. Wentz had a great connection with Jackson last offseason and that translated into some big Week 1 success (10 targets, nine receptions, 150 yards, two touchdowns). I think Jackson might actually be undervalued, though there’s significant risk involved here.
BOSTON SCOTT (76th overall, RB31)
Scott’s proficient dual threat back, giving Eagles coaches the ability to spell workhorse Miles Sanders without altering the offensive scheme. 8 touches per game is possible and he becomes a fringe RB1/2 should Sanders get hurt.
Don’t get me wrong, I really like Juice Lord. I think he can have success in a Darren Sproles role. But I’d be careful about drafting Scott.
The Eagles have been connected to veteran free agent running backs like LeSean McCoy and Devonta Freeman, who are still currently available. It’s also not impossible they look to add someone like, say, Royce Freeman through a low-cost trade. The Eagles adding another back could hurt Scott’s value as a ball carrier.
Even if the Eagles don’t add another back, I don’t think they’re going to be trusting Scott with an RB1 workload should something happen to Sanders. I’d expect a much heavier rotation in that scenario.
Scott’s pass-catching ability gives him added value in PPR formats but I’d just be cautious about where you draft him.
JALEN REAGOR (82nd overall, WR42)
Even if DeSean Jackson has a mostly healthy 2019, Reagor should eat against Sharp Football’s 10th-softest slate of pass defenses*. Wentz flashed major downfield talent when D-Jax was on the field for one game last year. It’ll be a smoke show in Philly this season.
Expectations must be kept in check considering that Reagor is a 21-year-old rookie who’s missed out on having a normal NFL offseason. But there is also reason to be excited about his potential. He theoretically provides the deep threat ability the Eagles sorely lacked when Jackson went down last year. Reagor also had success with contested catches in college, perhaps leading the Eagles to believe he can play the X role. He did recently say the team is having him focus in on that spot in addition to the Z role, thus indicating he could potentially be a Day 1 starter. Marquise Goodwin opting out of the 2020 season further eliminates a roadblock to Reagor’s playing time. Betting on Reagor doesn’t come without risk. It’s quite possible he struggles to provide much fantasy value early on. But maybe he’ll turn out to have a great connection with Wentz. There’s upside to this gamble.
And that’s your five, meaning Wentz missed out on yet another (but obviously much different) top 100 list. Fake Teams has at least seven other quarterbacks ahead of the Eagles’ starter.