2022 Fantasy Football Philadelphia Eagles Team Preview

by Tyler Mulligan
2023 Fantasy Football Philadelphia Eagles Preview

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Football Philadelphia Eagles Team Preview!

The Eagles boasted a 9-8 season in 2021, squeaking into the playoffs. As many Eagles fans can attest, this was fool’s gold – a product of being in the lowly NFC East.

Heading into 2022 with a few shiny offseason pick-ups, the Eagles have a real chance of becoming a team that is worthy of postseason football.

From a fantasy football perspective, Philadelphia’s youthful offense has Eagles fans and fantasy football aficionados chomping at the bit. With an athletic quarterback and a diverse set of receivers, there is immense potential to put up fantasy-worthy numbers.

With the 2022 Philadelphia Eagles Team Preview, we’ll take a look at how you can benefit from the dynamic offense in the City of Brotherly Love.

2022 Fantasy Football Philadelphia Eagles Team Preview


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After a “prove-it” season where Jalen Hurts displayed his dynamic ability as both a passer and a rusher, this year could be big for the third-year quarterback.

Hurts immediately became the biggest winner in the offseason acquisition of A.J. Brown. With the prized receiver now in Kelly Green, Hurts has a bonafide WR1 at his disposal. The former Titan has excellent YAC-ability, which plays well into the Eagles system that features plenty of short routes and screens.

Outside of air offense, Hurts remains an elite rusher at the QB position. In 2021, he led the league with 784 yards on the ground as a quarterback. He also punched in 10 touchdowns. The productivity on the ground might slow up with more depth at the receiver position, but the fact that Philadelphia’s running back situation has left much to be desired benefits Hurts’ potential.

In 2021, Hurts finished in the Top-12 in 11 of his 15 starts. With Brown split out wide, expect the Oklahoma alumnus to better his previous year. Hurts' has an average ECR of 68 according to Fantasy Pros.  Fantasy owners can cash in here on a QB with Top-5 potential.

With more options at wide receiver, the sky is the limit for Hurts if he and his receivers can click on deep routes.

Running Backs

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Miles Sanders failed to score a single touchdown in 2021 despite having 23 touches inside the 20-yard line.

While his TD production should see regression back to the mean, with Hurts at the helm, Sanders has a lot of goal-line competition. He will likely be the second option in RedZone opportunities.

In 12 games, however, Sanders rushed for 754 yards on 137 attempts, averaging a career-high of 5.5 yards per carry. The base of consistency is there for the 25-year-old, but the red flag resides in Hurts’ propensity to call his own number close to the goal line.

Sanders also has to contend with Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott for touches in the Eagles’ offense, while looming injury issues could leave fantasy managers worried about long-term value.

Outside of Sanders, Gainwell has the highest upside. As the primary pass-catching back, Gainwell’s usage as a receiver has stand-alone value.

In his rookie season, Gainwell hauled in 33 receptions, while scoring six total touchdowns. Entering into year two, his pass-catching ability will be the easiest path to more snaps played and by proxy, fantasy success.

Wide Receivers

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The acquisition of A.J. Brown certainly helps the fantasy outlook for Hurts.

But how is the move going to effect Brown’s fantasy potential?

Ryan Tannehill is a more established quarterback than Hurts and Brown no longer has the same rushing attack as he had with Derrick Henry in Tennessee. Despite not having Henry keeping secondaries in check, Brown now becomes an offense’s top option for the first time in his career.

As the alpha in the Eagles receiving room, Brown should easily remain a WR1 should he stay healthy.

DeVonta Smith will now play second fiddle to Brown – a position I would argue favors his skillset at this point in his career.

As a rookie, Smith was the Eagles’ top option. While being in a rush-heavy offense, Smith still hauled in 64 catches for 916 yards and five TDs. He did this being blanketed by the opposing defense’s top cornerbacks. Now, he’ll have Brown taking that role, commanding extra attention.

As the No. 2 option, Smith will actually be in a better situation for his sophomore campaign. Expect the former Heisman winner to firmly be in the WR3 conversation in 2022.

Tight Ends

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Dallas Goedert heads into 2022 as a TE1 in the Eagles system. Finishing the season as a top-10 tight end in fantasy production, the South Dakota State product should be back in the TE1 conversation.

2021 saw Goedert hit career-highs in both receiving yards (830) and yards per reception (14.8). From an efficiency standpoint, he ranked first in yards per route run and second in fantasy points per route run.

In a position that has production dropping off the face of the Earth after the elite options, Goedert’s progress is certainly welcomed by fantasy owners.

The addition of Brown hurts Goedert’s ceiling, but he should still be considered a midrange TE1 in all formats.

Final Verdict

The Eagles will be looking to make it to the postseason for a second consecutive year and the signing of Brown will help these aspirations.

For Fantasy owners also looking to make it to the postseason, there are a number of Eagles that could help push the needle in the right direction.

Should Hurts continue his progression as a dynamic quarterback the sky is the limit. With a sixth-round ADP, Hurts has immense value and a ceiling that is potentially top-3 at the QB position.

Coming off a dud of a fantasy season, Sanders’ value is at an all-time low. While there is potential for value, the lack of RedZone opportunities converted last season is a big red flag. Hurts is likely to vulture more goal-line touchdowns, cutting Sanders’ ceiling in the process.

In terms of the receiving corps, Brown will command the most attention from fantasy managers and defenses alike. Because of this, Smith will fly under the radar in most fantasy drafts and could be a steal. Coming off a solid season that was overshadowed by Ja’Marr Chase and Jalen Waddle’s rookie campaigns, Smith could have a breakout year in his new role for Philadelphia.

The success of the Eagles will hinge on Hurts’ ability to connect with his weapons. In previous seasons, being an above-average rusher and below-average passer still provided value from a fantasy standpoint. If he can clean up his accuracy and connect on deep balls, Hurts might be one of the most prolific QBs in fantasy football.

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