When it comes to football, it is always an added benefit when the team you root for also features members of your fantasy football team. Exceptional performances from these athletes will typically leave you with two wins come Monday night. With this in mind, let’s review some Philadelphia Eagles that will be top contributors for your online team.
Carson Wentz, QB
Prior to his ACL and LCL last season, Wentz was a NFL MVP candidate. He led the league in touchdowns and was a top three fantasy quarterback up until Week 14. While his timetable remains uncertain, Wentz will hit the ground running when he resumes his starting role. He effectively shared the ball with his offensive weapons last year, as six receivers finished the season with more than 200 yards, respectively. The Eagles lost Trey Burton to the Bears in free agency, but Wentz still retains his core weapon group. With questions surrounding his knee, one should consider drafting backup QB Nick Foles as a handcuff.
Jay Ajayi, RB
Ajayi had an up and down season with the Birds after arriving via a trade with the Dolphins. He failed to find consistent touches as the Eagles still relied on LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement in the run game. However, one promising sign is Ajayi’s 5.8 yards per carry (YPC). He showed his ability to break out big runs against the game in Dallas. With Blount out of the picture, expect Ajayi’s role to increase.
Alshon Jeffery, WR
The Eagles put Jeffery to work in his first season with the team. He finished 2017 with 57 catches for 789 yards and nine touchdowns. Now, Jeffery is locked up with a four-year contract extension. He may be a little less motivated than he was last year on a one-year deal, but he has had more time to build his rapport with Wentz. Jeffery remains the top outside receiver on a team that loves to pass. Also note that Mack Hollins will likely see an increased role this year and could develop into a bench fantasy player.
Zach Ertz, WR
Ertz finished last year with 74 catches for 824 yards and eight touchdowns. He is simply a top three tight end in the league, along with Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce, and will likely be off the board by the fifth round in a standard league. Ertz’s numbers have improved almost every year, and he is one of the safest picks for this upcoming season.
While D/ST won’t sway a weekly outcome much, few are better than the Eagles. The D-line is loaded with pass rushers, and Jordan Hicks and Malcolm Jenkins are great leaders behind them. They had the number one rushing defense last year, too. On the special teams side, Darren Sproles is a threat to score every time he fields the ball. While there are questions with the team’s slot corner, this D/ST has no holes.