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Fantasy Football: Birds Edition

WIth National Draft Day coming up this Sunday, thousands of fantasy football rosters will be filled with players from all 32 teams.  Even though the Eagles won the Superbowl, it does not make them the team with the most fantasy football talent.  

Carson Wentz

On average, Carson Wentz is being drafted 74th overall and is typically the 7th quarterback off the board.  This is behind players like Deshaun Watson, Tom Brady, and Cam Newton.  Coming off of a torn ACL and his week one status still in question, Wentz could turn out to be a great value if he can jump right back to pre-injury form.  

Jay Ajayi

The Eagles haven’t had a fantasy dominating runningback since LeSean McCoy.  Could Jay Ajayi become the fantasy bell-cow runningback that Philadelphia fans can draft and depend on this season?  Going in the mid-fourth round and 37th overall on average in half-ppr leagues, Ajayi is being drafted around players like Derrick Henry, Lamar Miller and former teammate Kenyon Drake.  It’s still very much in question whether or not Doug Peterson and Duce Staley will allow him to be a 3-down running back, but the sky is the limit if they do. 

Alshon Jeffery

Alshon Jeffery proved his worth on the one year contract and the Eagles did not hesitate to re-sign him even with the knowledge of a torn rotator cuff.  While it is still up in the air on when Jeffery will be back on the field, fantasy football managers are assuming the worst.  The Eagles number one receiver is being drafted 60th overall and is the 26th wide receiver off of draft boards in half-ppr leagues.  In Jeffery’s first season with the Eagles, he ranked as the 17th wide receiver and it could easily improve during year two.

Zach Ertz

Making a huge jump up from last year, Zach Ertz is being drafted 41st overall and is the third tight end taken in half-ppr leagues.  Depending on the status of Alshon Jeffery’s health, Ertz could see a large uptick in red zone targets this season leading to more touchdowns.  That being said, using a mid-fourth round pick to draft a tight end not named Robert Gronkowski will rarely give you a great value.  Be cautious when drafting Zach Ertz due to the high price tag.

 

Ultimately, all of these players have elite potential but can any of them get past a Doug Pederson offense that spreads the ball out so well?  Not a single player on the roster was able to reach 1000 receiving or rushing yards last year so someone will have to break the mold in order to become a fantasy monster.  

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