2021 Fantasy Football Philadelphia Eagles Preview

by Jon Witt
2021 Fantasy Football Philadelphia Eagles Preview

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Football Team Previews presented to you by the Fantasy Six Pack team. Today I am presenting the 2021 Fantasy Football Philadelphia Eagles Preview, a team that finished last in a dismal NFC East last season but does offer some intrigue at the skill positions.

The Eagles have a lot of youth at the skill positions (Jalen Reagor, DeVonta Smith, Miles Sanders, Dallas Goedert) but everything really depends on the development of second year QB Jalen Hurts.

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Hurts is the guy that will make or break the Eagles offense in both the real world and for fantasy owners. He started the last five games for the Eagles last season with mixed results.

The key to Hurts being effective will be taking care of his turnover problems. He turned the ball over nine times (three INTs, six fumbles) over the five games that he started. To be blunt, that is awful. Negative stats are a nightmare for fantasy owners.

Jalen did show some flashes of fantasy upsides despite the turnovers. He showed that he can be a dual-threat quarterback. Hurts had two games with over 300 yards passing and three with over 60 yards rushing (includes one over 100).

If and it is a big if Hurts can hold on to the ball, his rushing abilities alone make him an intriguing fantasy play. I would feel comfortable with him as my QB 2 and play him based upon matchups.

Running Backs

The running back room for the Eagles is a bit of a mixed bag. You have what should be a stud (Sanders), a Darren Sproles-like clone (Scott), two vets (Howards, Johnson) and a bit of an unknown in Gainwell. What to make of all this is anyone’s guess. To me, the only draftable player here is Sanders, the rest is waiver wire fodder.

Miles did not have an awful year last season, but he also did not blow anyone away either. He totaled 1,069 yards from scrimmage with six total touchdowns. For him to jump up the ranking among running backs it would be nice to see him be more involved in the passing game and find the end zone more. It is inevitable that Hurts will steal some of his rushing yards and goal line carries, but he can back up for that in the receiving department.

Wide Receivers

The Eagles have some really big upside guys at the WR spot, but as of right now, they are very boom or bust type of players. The good thing is that Jalen Reagor and DeVonta Smith are far above everyone else at this position so they should see a majority of the targets.

DeVonta Smith is the guy to own here. He is a crisp route runner, with good hands and the ability to blow by anyone off the line of scrimmage. I worry a little bit that he is a rookie, and has Hurts throwing to him, but if his tape at Alabama says anything, Hurts will find him the ball early and often. I envision Smith as a PPR monster.

Jalen Reagor mentioned to the media that he will line up in the slot more this offseason, but everything points to him being a deep threat for the Eagles as well. Reagor should benefit from the drafting of Smith, as defenses have to focus on Smith, and Smith will more likely then not draw the defenses top corner. Reagor is draftable, but I would feel more comfortable with him on my bench as a bye-week fill-in.

After Reagor and Smith, the rest of the WRs can stay on the wire. Yes, both Ward and Fulgham had some decent games last season, but neither warrants a roster spot in re-draft leagues.

Tight Ends

I am going to assume that before the season starts Zach Ertz will no longer be on the Eagles. The trade rumors have been swirling for what seems to be forever now, and it really only seems like a matter of time before he is moved.

With that said, Dallas Goedert would step in and be the next man up for Philly. Goedert caught 46 balls on 65 targets last season. Yes, the addition of Smith may eat into some of those targets, but I can see his touchdown number increasing in 2021. The Eagles have a small core of WRs, so Goedert could immerge as a top red-zone threat for Hurts.

Final Verdict

The Eagles offense has a lot of proving to do this season at almost every position but the intrigue is there. Hurts as your QB2 is safe, Sanders is a feasible RB2 with upside and by mid-season, Smith should a weekly starter. Just know, that with Hurts, the ride may be bumpy at times, so hold on tight.

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