Eagles Fantasy News

Eagles Beat: RB Donnel Pumphrey may not make team

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 3:44pm

NBC Sports Philly - [Full Article]

Donnel Pumphrey looked a little better this spring, but he needs to have a great training camp. Right now, I have the Eagles keeping four running backs: Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles, Corey Clement, Matt Jones. If they keep five, Pump has a real chance; he’d just need to beat out Wendell Smallwood for that final spot. I think he has a decent chance, but I haven’t seen enough to give him a roster spot. He’s a player I’ll be watching extremely close at training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

The return of Sproles really makes it tough to keep Pumphrey in 2018. The emergence of Clement in a passing-down role last year also could indicate Pumphrey make not make it through camp.

Pederson clear on Jay Ajayi as lead RB for Eagles

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 8:08pm

The Philadelphia Inquirer - [Full Article]

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was clear that Jay Ajayi would be the team's top RB this upcoming season.

“Came in last year and obviously proved to us that he can handle it,” Pederson said. “He’s definitely going into camp as the No. 1 guy. It takes nothing away from what Corey [Clement] did or what [Darren] Sproles has done here, Wendell [Smallwood], [RB Donnel Pumphrey] is coming back, Matt Jones. You’ve got guys that are going to compete in that role.”

Fantasy Impact:

Pederson did add that the Eagles will still rotate running backs, but this is night and day from a year ago when he didn't name a lead back prior to the season. Ajayi got off to a slow start with Philadelphia after being traded from the Dolphins, but averaged 13.8 carries and 1.8 receptions over his final six appearances (including the playoffs). Ajayi could flirt with the 260 carries he had with Miami in 2016 when he finished as the No. 11 running back in PPR leagues.

Staley: Eagles RB Jay Ajayi ready 'to be that guy'

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 11:53am

Eagles.com - [Full Article]

LeGarrette Blount, the team's leading rusher with 766 yards on 173 carries in 2017, is now with the Detroit Lions. And even with Darren Sproles poised to come back from his season-ending knee injury and promising second-year back Corey Clement in the fold, Jay Ajayi is poised to be the featured back.

"I'm pretty sure that Jay is excited about being able to go out there and dominate and being able to be that guy," assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley said. "I know Doug (Pederson) is excited about it also. We'll see."

Fantasy Impact:

Despite being in a committee last year after joining Philly, the loss of Blount should mean more work for Ajayi—even with Sproles and Clement in the mix as well. Ajayi is no stranger to being the featured back. In 2016, he had 260 carries, ninth-most in the league, on his way to earning Pro Bowl honors with Miami.

Pederson: 'I believe this is Carson Wentz's team'

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 11:38am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

There is no quarterback controversy in Philadelphia.

"I think inside he's very hungry," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said of Carson Wentz before mandatory veteran minicamp at NovaCare Complex on Tuesday. "I would be. As the leader of the team, the face of the franchise, he was drafted to be our guy long term. Listen, I still believe this is Carson's team. I don't think differently about that. But yeah he's chomping, he's ready to get back out there."

Related players: Nick Foles

Fantasy Impact:

The story said if the season had to start today, it would likely have to be Foles under center. But Wentz is quickly working his way back, and indications out of Philly seem to be he will be ready to go when the season starts. After Foles won the Super Bowl, the fact Wentz was having an MVP-like year before the ACL injury seems to be forgotten.

Eagles sign WR Markus Wheaton

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 4:54pm

Philadelphia Eagles Twitter - [Full Article]

The Philadelphia Eagles added WR Markus Wheaton today on a one-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

After spending the first four seasons of his career in Pittsburgh, Wheaton took a one-year sabbatical from The Keystone Stone and played for Chicago last season. This seems like nothing more than a depth chart signing, so we aren't all that eager in considering Wheaton a fantasy option this season.

Eagles re-sign RB Darren Sproles

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 5:43pm

Eliot Shorr-Parks - [Full Article]

The Philadelphia Eagles brought back running back Darren Sproles to the team on a one-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Following the offseason departure of LeGarrette Blount to Detroit, the Eagles' RB depth chart consisted of Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, Wendall Smallwood, and Donnel Pumphrey. They did not add a back during the draft, which bodes well for Sproles to earn significant playing time—likely in his regular pass-catching specialist role.

From 2014 to 2016, Sproles has averaged 72 targets and 49 receptions as an Eagle.

TE Trey Burton to play the Travis Kelce role in Bears' offense

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 12:03pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

The “U” tight end, which Trey Burton will play, is critical to establishing those mismatches. The U in Nagy’s scheme normally will play in the slot, although he will line up elsewhere at times, with the primary objective of running pass routes.

“You can move around, do different things — it’s what we did with (Travis) Kelce (in the Chiefs),” Nagy said. “It’s an important role. It’s a position that’s easy to create some plays for.”

That is, when you have a tight end with Burton’s size and speed, it’s about mismatches.

“So if you get a small nickel on him, he can use his size to body him up. If they put a bigger guy on him, we can use his speed,” Nagy said. “That’s one of the things I learned through (Chiefs coach Andy Reid), getting mismatches throughout. That’s what Trey does.”

Fantasy Impact:

Burton signed a deal worth $32 million over four years, so the Bears obviously think highly of his skill set. He's definitely undersized for a tight end, but he’s extremely fast and pretty agile for the position. In the four games that Zach Ertz missed over the last two years, Burton averaged 3.5 catches for 45 yards and 1.0 touchdowns on 5.8 targets per game.

Eagles sign WR Mike Wallace

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 8:06pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

The Eagles have signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year deal worth up to $4 million.

Fantasy Impact:

With Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor already in the fold, Wallace will likely line up as the team's No. 3 WR or compete with Mack Hollins for the role.

Wallace has spent the last two seasons in Baltimore, with his first being more productive—72 catches for 1,017 yards and four touchdowns. Last season he produced over 150 PPR points, finishing as the No. 38 scoring receiver in the format (WR23 the year prior). Factor in Zach Ertz, and it's hard to envision Wallace being targeted a ton in the Eagles' offense next season.

Detroit Lions sign RB LeGarrette Blount

Friday, March 16, 2018, 10:22pm

Detroit Lions - [Full Article]

Late Friday night, the Detroit Lions announced the signing of RB LeGarrette Blount.

Fantasy Impact:

In his first season as an Eagle, Blount ran the ball 173 times for 766 yards and two touchdowns as part of RBBC. His 173 attempts and 766 yards would have led the Lions last season.

He will most likely be a part of a committee system in Detroit again, but could find himself at the top of the depth chart. In standard leagues, Blount should be viewed as an RB2/RB3 option.

TE Trey Burton intends to sign with the Chicago Bears

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 11:36am

Mike Garafolo - [Full Article]

After news broke last night that the Bears intend to sign WR Allen Robinson, it appears they are adding another offensive playmaker in the form of former Eagles TE Trey Burton. Ian Rapaport reports that it's a four-year deal worth $32 million.

Fantasy Impact:

While he played second fiddle to Zach Ertz at the tight end position in the Eagles' offense, Burton still managed to lead the position in touchdowns with five. He has shown that if given the chance he can produce, as evidenced by his five-catch, 71-yard, two-touchdown game in Week 14 last season.

He easily becomes the Bears' top tight end and should be on your fantasy radars come draft day.

Panthers acquire WR Torrey Smith via trade

Friday, March 9, 2018, 3:36pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Looking to overhaul their receiving room, the Carolina Panthers have acquired Torrey Smith from the Eagles in exchange for cornerback Daryl Worley, sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Friday.

Smith rolls into Carolina with a chance to make an impact for an offense that also boasts Devin Funchess, Russell Shepard and second-year speedster Curtis Samuel at the position. Smith isn't the deep threat he once was, but he gives quarterback Cam Newton an experienced downfield target to play with.

Fantasy Impact:

Smith isn't a fantasy factor right now, but it's not inconceivable that he could have a Ted Ginn-type year in Carolina.

Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery underwent shoulder surgery, may miss part of training camp

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6:06pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

A source close to the situation confirmed an NFL.com report Wednesday that Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has undergone surgery to repair his right rotator cuff. The source said the goal is for Jeffery to be ready for the 2018 regular season, though he could return during the preseason if all goes well.

Fantasy Impact:

This explains why Jeffery was missing practice time in training camp and during the preseason and helps to explain why it took Jeffery and Carson Wentz a while to get on the same page.

Colts hire Frank Reich as head coach

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 7:40pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich has been hired to be the Indianapolis Colts' next head coach.

Reich, 56, spent the past two seasons in Philadelphia helping the Eagles' offense, led by quarterbacks Carson Wentz and (after Week 14) Nick Foles, improve from 22nd to seventh in the NFL this season.

Fantasy Impact:

Before his two seasons as the Eagles' offensive coordinator, Reich served as the OC for the Chargers from 2014 to 2015. In 2015, the offense was 9th in yards gained.

'No guarantee' Eagles QB Carson Wentz will be ready by Week 1

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 1:11pm

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Carson Wentz confirmed on Friday what we suspected on the day of his injury — that he has an LCL tear in addition to the previously reported ACL tear.

What does this mean for the Eagles quarterback’s recovery?

Most likely, Wentz had a primary repair where the lateral collateral ligament was sewn back together (which speeds recovery) versus needing a graft. That type of repair is more common in LCL tears, as opposed to the ACL, which almost always requires reconstruction with a graft.

At this point, it is still reasonable to hope Wentz can be ready by Week 1. If that happens, he will almost certainly be limited to being a pocket quarterback.

However, there is no guarantee Wentz will even be ready to take the field by then.

Related players: Nick Foles

Fantasy Impact:

Wentz was the No. 2 fantasy quarterback through Week 14, and he missed the final three games after tearing his ACL and LCL. His draft stock will be depressed until it becomes clear that he'll be ready to play Week 1, and even then he is unlikely to be much of a running threat as his knee won't be 100 percent healed. Wentz won't look like his old self until the second half of the season (or perhaps the 2019 season). Look for the Eagles to hold onto Nick Foles as insurance since he's still under contract for another year.

Sunday, February 4, 2018, 4:39pm

Eagles Inactives

Will Beatty OT
Marcus Johnson WR
Sidney Jones CB
Steven Means DE
Wendell Smallwood RB
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