We have moved onto the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles in our team previews.
The Eagles really surprised a lot of people last year. They had come off two 7-9 seasons and did not have the feel of a team who was poised to take a leap into much more than average.
However, they were dominant last season, finishing 13-3. Despite their regular season success come playoff time there were a lot of doubts they could turn that into a Super Bowl berth with having lost Carson Wentz to a torn ACL in Week 14. Unexpected hero, Nick Foles stepped up though and we know how the story concluded.
Can they repeat this year? Let's dive in.
2018 Fantasy Football Philadelphia Eagles Preview
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On mid-range passes in 2017, Carson Wentz was the 👑 pic.twitter.com/6nKVwbitjs
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 19, 2018
- Carson Wentz
- Nick Foles
Losing your MVP quarterback in Week 14 to a torn ACL not only puts the current season in doubt, but the start of next season too. This is what the Eagles are dealing with currently. If I had written this just a couple of weeks earlier there would have been a lot more doubt. However, Wentz appears to be moving well and ahead of his rehab as he is participating in 11-on-11 drills already.
Now the question is can Wentz repeat his successful 2017 campaign? It is not likely as Wentz was super efficient last year with a 7.5 percent touchdown rate. To put that in perspective Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have only hit or bettered that once each in their entire career.
Does that mean Wentz is going to be bad? No, but he should be drafted as a back-end QB1 instead of a top-5 quarterback.
Jay Ajayi has earned the highest percentage of his rush yards after contact! pic.twitter.com/urmJG42mMW
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 3, 2018
The Eagles have a ton of depth at running back. Honestly, this list of running backs could be longer.
Last season the Eagles traded for Ajayi and he immediately joined a three-way committee with LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement. Ajayi saw his per game carries trend upwards as the season ended, which is a good sign for 2018. The removal of Blount from the situation helps too.
Be careful to put him in RB1 conversations though. Clement is good and could see more red zone work much like he did in 2017.
Don't forget about Sproles either. Yes, he is older, 35, and coming off a torn ACL and a broken arm, but proves time and time again that he is a valuable weapon. He will no doubt take touches away from Ajayi and Clement, especially in the passing game.
Overall, Ajayi is the guy I'm targeting here. I think he will get a majority of the workload by a good margin. Even if the Eagles are less efficient on offense in 2018, it will still be an upgrade over Miami, where he was able to produce RB2 numbers easily.
Alshon Jeffery was fine for fantasy in his first year in Philadelphia, but not "Alshon Jeffery in Chicago" good. pic.twitter.com/3IwBp7Wgzh
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) May 10, 2018
The receiving corps is a solid and rather deep. Alshon Jeffery, the No. 1 receiver for the team, could be in for an even better 2018. Yes, he caught nine touchdowns, but he only caught 47 percent of his targets and had a career low in yards (excluding this rookie season). I expect all those numbers to improve this coming season. Even if the touchdowns (9) drop, he should return his WR2 ADP.
The injury-prone tag is still not completely off him despite playing all 16 games last season, as he had to have surgery on his rotator cuff this offseason. Jeffery is expected to playing in the season opener, but its a situation worth monitoring.
Nelson Agholor took a huge step forward last year catching 62 passes for 768 yards and eight touchdowns. He was able to benefit from the move to the slot finishing as WR23 in PPR leagues. He is 100% worth his ninth-round ADP.
Mike Wallace is replacing Torrey Smith and even though Wallace is not the receiver he once was, he can easily be considered a huge upgrade. I'm not very interested in Wallace in season-long leagues as his consistency is going to make him tough to start week-to-week. He could prove to be a very good DFS play a lot of weeks for his big play ability.
I listed Mack Hollins here too since he was sneaky good last year with 14.1 yards per reception. He is a big guy, 6'4/221 and if there is an injury or ineffective play from anybody, Hollins is somebody to keep note of.
The fantasy numbers for Zach Ertz get better every year. pic.twitter.com/bpoHFnnBma
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) July 13, 2018
Ertz was nothing short of amazing last year. He caught 74 passes for 824 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games. That makes three straight seasons of 800-plus yards for Ertz. The eight touchdowns might be hard to repeat, but he is still going to be one of the top tight ends this season.
Richard Rodgers comes over from Green Bay to replace Trey Burton. He won't have much of a role at all unless Ertz misses time, which unfortunately seems to happen at least once or twice a season.
Can the Eagles repeat as Super Bowl champs? I honestly don't see why not.
Not only do they get Wentz back, they upgraded their receiving corps with Mike Wallace. They also get their All-Pro LT Jason Peters back. It is always tough to repeat in the NFC East, but the Eagles appear to be ready to up to the challenge.
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