Philly had a rocky offense, but they’ve brought in a lot of upgrades.
2016 Review: The Eagles had a strange 2016 offseason in which they signed two QBs to very lucrative deals and also traded away a lot of high picks to snag a lottery pick QB. Although the jury is still out on Carson Wentz’s NFL future, his first season showed some promise considering he played with arguably the worst WR corps in the league. The Eagles were a pretty mediocre team all around offensively, but did offer fantasy owners a few low end starters like TE Zach Ertz, WR Jordan Matthews, and RB Darren Spirals as the occasional dart throw in the FLEX spot,
2017 Changes: Needing to give Wentz some weapons to work with, the Eagles signed arguably the most coveted free agent this offseason in Alshon Jeffrey. The team also bolstered their WRs with Torrey Smith as well. In one of the stranger offseason stories, nobody was willing to pay LeGarrette Blount despite his 18 TD effort last year for New England, so the Eagles acquired him and are likely done with Ryan Matthews (Editor’s Note: They are definitely done with Matthews).
2017 Outlook: As many of the perceived below average NFL offenses go, the Eagles will go as far as Wentz can take them. After not having very much to work with, the second year QB will now have the opportunity to play alongside some above average weapons. The Eagles possessed a slightly above average running game last year, so improvements in the passing game could make them a fantasy force to reckon with.
Fantasy Star You Can Trust: Zach Ertz has quietly produced some pretty stellar TE lines in the last few years. He’s really become a steady TE1 that you can get around the 8th to 10 rounds of a fantasy draft. If you miss the boat on one of the elite TEs, you can always wait until much later in the draft to snag arguably the Eagles‘ most valuable fantasy player. After returning from injury around the midway point of last season, Ertz reestablished himself as a solid TE1.
Biggest Potential Bust: Alshon Jeffrey has missed 11 of his last 32 games and a clean bill of health is a serious issue for his fantasy value. With less than 830 yards receiving in two consecutive seasons, he’s a tough player to draft in the 3rd rounds of drafts this season considering all of the more reliable players on more reliable offenses.
Biggest Sleeper: Tory Smith is pretty much going unheard of this fantasy preseason and he was arguably a top 30 WR in fantasy before he went to that abyss known as San Francisco a few years back. Although Smith is a historical feast or famine option in fantasy, he does have a lot of upside as the clearly defined #2 WR in Philly playing behind an injury prone #1.
Most Overrated Sleeper: LeGarrette Blount was awesome last season running in 18 TDs and finally giving New England a fantasy back you can trust. But he’s not on the Patriots anymore and he may not even be the primary RB by the end of the season in Philly. The Eagles simply have too many options out of the backfield and Blount’s value of around the top 30 at RB overall seems fair but certainly not something you can rely on each and every week.
Most Intriguing Storyline: With all the new faces joining the team this offseason, the Eagles could be one of the most improved offenses or a big disappointment. Will these upgrades take them to the next level?
One Thing I Was Right About (Last Season): I’ve always liked Zach Ertz fantasy potential since he established himself as a solid option for Tes a few seasons ago. He continues to impress.
One Thing I Was Wrong About: I didn’t think Ryan Matthews as that bad of a RB2 fantasy value last season.
Best Porn Name: Wendell Smallword is a firm believer that size doesn’t matter.
One Final Thing: Zach Ertz may be dating most impressive WAG athlete. Does that make him a HAB?