Eagles Fantasy News

Eagles Beat: The breakout season is on for TE Zach Ertz

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:21pm

Philly Mag - [Full Article]

Pretty much everyone who watched Eagles TE Zach Ertz this summer was predicting a breakout year. And through two games, those outlooks seem on-point. He has seven catches on 10 targets for 163 yards. All seven grabs have netted first downs. Six of the seven have been for 20 yards or more. No one in the NFL has more 20+ grabs than Ertz so far.

His 23.3 yards per reception is also a league-high.

Fantasy Impact:

The article does a good job of using pictures from All-22 film to break down how Ertz is making plays downfield. He is in the top 9 in both standard and PPR formats and has played 67 percent of his team's snaps. He is tied with LeSean McCoy for the 3rd-most targets (11) on the team, ahead of both Riley Cooper and Jordan Matthews. At this point, he looks like an every-week starter.

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Eagles Beat: Nick Foles' chemistry with receivers is a work in progress

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:08pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

Through two games, Eagles QB Nick Foles has completed just 16 of 39 passes (41 percent) to Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Jordan Matthews. Although he’s thrown touchdowns to Maclin in both games, Foles has hit on just eight of 21 targets (38 percent) to the sixth-year wideout.

Compare that to Zach Ertz, who’s caught seven of the 11 passes thrown to him, and the running backs, who have 21 combined receptions on 24 targets.

Fantasy Impact:

Even with the chemistry issues with Maclin and Cooper, Foles is the #6 QB through two games. If he can get in sync with his wideouts, a top 5 season will likely follow.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) was ruled out for Week 3. Kirk Cousins will get the start in a nice matchup against the Eagles.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (other) did not practice Wednesday. Bradshaw is probably just getting a veteran’s day off after a big performance on Monday night against the Eagles.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Eagles WR Josh Huff (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. Ertz has looked great en route to top 10 numbers at his position. He looks like he’ll be startable the rest of the way.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 12:28pm

Philadelphia Magazine - [Full Article]

Through two games, the Eagles are ranked No. 1 in the league in both points (64) and yards (878). That is impressive, especially considering that not everything on the offense is clicking just yet.

QB Nick Foles hasn’t been quite himself through two games. (Or, at least, the 2013 version of himself.) The choppiness that we saw during the preseason has carried over. Like last week against the Jaguars, a bulk of the misfires came in the first half. His third down pass intended for Jeremy Maclin near the goal line on the opening possession was off the mark, as were a pair of swing passes and a longer toss to Maclin in the corner of the end zone in the second quarter. He ended the half 13-of-21 for 187 yards with an interception.

"I missed some throws. I missed some throws that could have really helped us out and if I hit those throws, it will shorten the chains," said Foles. "I need to be a little more accurate, give my guys the opportunity to catch the ball and run with it."

His receivers weren't helping. There were six drops, including one by Riley Cooper on a perfectly-placed ball by Foles in the left corner of the end zone in the first quarter. Cooper had one catch for eight yards. He has five catches for 37 yards on 11 targets through two games. Rookie Jordan Matthews had a couple drops. And on the interception, Maclin could have arguably made a better effort fighting for a ball that Greg Toler came away with.

Fantasy Impact:

Foles missed Ertz on a throw in the red zone that was behind him and also never saw a wide open Cooper streaking across the field on a key third down play, both in the second half as the Eagles were trying to come back. The Eagles play calling in the red zone was rather odd as Chip Kelly opted for plays many would define as "cute." Foles could be a little on edge behind an offensive line that's banged up right now. The good news is RBs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles have been helping pad his fantasy stats. The team has another favorable matchup on Sunday against Washington.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9:57am

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

The NFL is copycat league and the Falcons needs to steal a few pages out of the Eagles playbook and use RBs Antone Smith and/or Devonta Freeman like the Eagles are using Darren Sproles.

If the Falcons can make those blocks, Antone Smith has shown that can rip off those big plays. Freeman showed his power in the opener against Saints when he barreled through defenders to pick up an extra five yards after contact.

Coach Mike Smith seem to regret that neither player received in opportunities in 24-10 the mauling by the Bengals.

“We did not get (through) rotation because we had some three-and-outs,” Smith said. “Rotating our backs didn’t go like it did in the first week. That’s something that again, when you’ve got four running backs it’s a challenge every game to get the numbers that you’d like for them to have.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's just one opinion but his point makes a lot of sense in a copycat league. We'll see if the Falcons take his advice... The team has four backs with some potential, however Smith and Freeman are younger guys with a lot of ability who are trying to get more touches behind vets Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers. So far Jackson has 23 carries for 98 yards and Rodgers 11 carries for 57 yards and a TD, but both backs haven't been involved in the passing game. Meanwhile, Smith and Freeman have combined for 7 catches and 113 yards.

Ahmad Bradsaw, Reggie Wayne ACTIVE for MNF

Monday, September 15, 2014, 7:37pm

Colts Inactives
Chris Carter LB Inactive
Jerrell Freeman ILB Inactive
Jonotthan Harrison C Inactive
Khaled Holmes C Inactive
Dion Lewis RB Inactive
Joe Reitz G Inactive
Da'Rick Rogers WR Inactive

Fantasy Impact:

Ahmad Bradshaw and Reggie Wayne are both active for MNF. Bradshaw will likely split work with Trent Richards but should be involved in the passing game. Both missed time this week for non-injury related reasons but are good to go against the Eagles.

Monday, September 15, 2014, 7:33pm

Eagles Inactives
Matt Barkley QB Inactive
Taylor Hart DE Inactive
Josh Huff WR Inactive
Marcus Smith LB Inactive
Matt Tobin T Inactive
Jaylen Watkins CB Inactive
Chris Polk RB Active
Brad Smith WR Active

Fantasy Impact:

No real surprises for the Eagles. Polk gets in his first game and could stay a little work from LeSean McCoy or Darren Sproles but not enough to worry about having either in lineups.

No fracture in RGIII's ankle

Monday, September 15, 2014, 1:05pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III told reporters today that he does not have a fractured bone in his left ankle and that he will know more about how long he will be out with the injury later today.

Griffin said that it was "positive news." He will not have to undergo surgery, a procedure that likely wold have ended his season.

Fantasy Impact:

Looks like the updated, unofficial timetable is 6-8 weeks in terms of how long RGIII will be out. The team said a real timetable won't be known for another couple of weeks but they don't plan to put Griffin on season-ending IR. Kirk Cousins will get the start in Week 3, and it's a great matchup against the Eagles.

Washington will have decision to make at QB

Monday, September 15, 2014, 9:13am

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

The Redskins will come to a major decision point regarding Robert Griffin III next May. He has the 2015 season remaining on his contract. After that, the team has an option to pick up a fifth year at a salary that would be roughly $15 million. That 2016 option would be guaranteed for injury only.

Sunday morning the notion that the Redskins would not exercise that option was out of the question. Even if he struggled in evolving into a pocket passer as coach Jay Gruden envisions, they would give the player they spent three first-round picks and a second to acquire another couple of years to get it right.

But the nature of the injury to Griffin will undoubtedly gives them pause when it comes to committing to that $15 million option. If your ankle gets dislocated in a pile of bodies or when a player falls on it, that’s one thing. But an injury like that sustained with minimal contact is cause for concern.

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin could be out as little as 4-5 weeks according to reports. If that's the case, the team will have a decision to make even sooner. If Cousins plays well in any amount of time he's the starter, will the team give RGIII the job back when he's healthy? Chances are if Cousins plays well the team will slow down Griffin's recovery process to avoid that decision. While this piece is just one opinion, it's a good point about Griffin's injury coming without contact. And, it makes you wonder if Griffin has already played his last game in Washington. For now, from a fantasy perspective, Cousins is a nice pickup with a very good matchup against the Eagles in Week 3...

DeSean Jackson day-to-day with AC joint sprain

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 7:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson also left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. He was diagnosed with an AC joint sprain.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson is considered day-to-day. If he's available Week 3, which happens to be against his former team, the Eagles, he'll have Kirk Cousins throwing him the ball as Robert Griffin III is out indefinitely with a dislocated ankle. If Jackson can't go, Andre Roberts likely gets the WR2 role and makes for a potentially sneaky start as the Eagles rank near the bottom in allowing fantasy points to WRs. Guys like Ryan Grant, Aldrick Robinson and Santana Moss now possibly pop up on the fantasy radar if Jackson can't go.

RGIII has dislocated ankle

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 7:52pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Washington QB Robert Griffin III has a dislocated left ankle, an injury that will sideline the Washington Redskins star quarterback indefinitely.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced the diagnosis following Washington's 41-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Griffin suffered the injury while rolling to his right toward the sideline in the first quarter. Although he was not touched on the play, Griffin fell awkwardly out of bounds and was carted to the locker room.

After his leg was placed in a splint, Griffin waved, saluted and gave a thumbs-up signal to the crowd as he was carted along the sideline and down the players' tunnel.

Fantasy Impact:

Pro Football Talk is reporting Griffin could only miss 4-5 weeks. Griffin was replaced by Kirk Cousins, who passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Griffin is less than two years removed from reconstructive knee surgery and visibly struggled in his recovery from the operation last season. Cousins immediately becomes an interesting story for the Skins. RGIII had mostly struggled to this point and there was some talk that Cousins was a much better fit for Gruden's offense. It looks like we'll get to find out... For those struggling at QB, Cousins makes for a potential solid pickup and a safe backup if that's what owners are in the market for. Cousins steps right in to a very favorable Week 3 matchup against the Eagles, but it's followed up with tougher games against the Giants, Seahawks, Cardinals and Titans. If Cousins plays well over this stretch and Washington wins games, it's very like RG3 is not rushed back.

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 4:31pm

WR Josh Huff (shoulder), T Matt Tobin (ankle)

RB Chris Polk (hamstring), WR Brad Smith (groin), CB Jaylen Watkins (hamstring)

LB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), G Joe Reitz (ankle)

DT Josh Chapman (ankle), C Khaled Holmes (ankle), DT Arthur Jones (shoulder)

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (not injury related), S Sergio Brown (shoulder), CB Gregory Toler (rib), WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related)

Fantasy Impact:

For the Eagles, Chris Polk is probable and could steal some carries from both LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles, but probably nothing too significant.

For the Colts, Ahmad Bradshaw and Reggie Wayne appear as probable ( both not injury related) and practiced fully on Friday and Saturday. Bradshaw is expected to split carries with Trent Richardson and Wayne has a great matchup against the Eagles secondary.