Philadelphia Eagles

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2016-17 7-9 8-8 9-7 3,832 1,652 59.44% 40.56% 38%
2015-16 7-9 7-9 8-8 4,087 1,743 59.84% 40.16% 40%
2014-15 10-6 9-7 10-5-1 4,356 1,992 57.82% 42.18% 44%
2013-14 10-6 8-8 9-7 4,110 2,566 53.02% 46.98% 39%
2012-13 4-12 4-12 8-8 3,791 1,874 61.72% 38.28% 37%

Season Outlook

It's going to be a tough year for the Eagles with the Giants, Cowboys and Redskins all gearing up for deep post season runs. Second year head coach Doug Pederson won't change the offense all that much entering his second year as head coach. His West Coast motion offense fits the game-managing and unique skill set of Wentz. Wentz's top targets in 2016 were WR Jordan Matthews and TE Zach Ertz and can be classified as A1 and A2 options in fantasy. Matthews hauled in 73 receptions on a team-high 117 looks last year while Ertz grabbed a team-high 78 receptions on 106 targets. The next closest receiver to Matthews and Ertz in receptions was the RB Darren Sproles out of the backfield (52) and Dorial Green-Beckham (36), who ranked third and fourth on the team respectively. Wentz orchestrated a stellar rookie campaign despite the Eagles' feeble receiving core, tossing for 3,782 yards and 16 touchdowns. A sophomore slump could be upon him with a rather inexperienced receiving core and volatile offensive line. Nevertheless, Wentz is still a low-end QB1 with an extremely high-ceiling. There aren't any other notable fantasy options in the Eagles pass game worth drafting. The Eagles split the workload in between RBs last season, with Ryan Matthews and Sproles failing to kickstart the teams lowly run game. Sproles is a terrific change-of-pace running back and can be used as a FLEX option but doesn't see enough touches to impact a fantasy team consistently. The oft-injured Matthews only started eight games last season and was ranked as low as third on the team's depth chart at one point. If he scuffles in the early going, the Eagles won't be afraid to reward someone else his carries. It's best to just fade the Eagles RBs despite ranking 11th in average rushing yards per game with 113.2.

Player Outlooks & Draft Analysis

Quarterbacks

Carson Wentz

The second overall pick in the draft last season, Wentz impressed enough early on that the Eagles were willing to deal Sam Bradford to Minnesota in the preseason. And while the rookie had some big performances in the first half, there was clearly a drop off in his play as the season wore on. This isn't unexpected for NFL rookies, particularly quarterbacks who were playing at North Dakota State just a year ago. But what is a bit concerning about Wentz is that he seemed far more comfortable and competent in the short passing game, than when he went downfield. That needs to change. In his defense the Eagles receiving situation was fairly putrid last season and they've done a lot to revamp the offense during the offseason. While Jordan Matthews has flashed the potential that made him a second round pick in 2014, he's never seemed fully comfortable in the WR1 role he was forced into when Jeremy Maclin departed. So it makes all the sense in the world that the Eagles went out and signed the top receiver on the market in free agency, Alshon Jeffery, as well as deep threat Torrey Smith. They have since traded Matthes to the Bills. They also used fourth and fifth round picks on wide receivers, Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson, who should also be in the mix. The Eagles have now put enough talent around Wentz that he needs to take a step forward this season, and there's no reason to believe he won't continue to develop.

Running Backs

Jay Ajayi

Once a highly touted college back, two offseasons ago Ajayi tumbled down NFL draft boards due to growing concerns over a surgically repaired knee. He eventually landed with the Dolphins, who took a fifth round flyer on him, knowing that they already had Lamar Miller as their starter. That gamble paid off in spades, as Ajayi took hold of the starter's role in Week 6 last year with a 204 yard rushing performance against the Steelers. He followed it up the next week by rumbling over Buffalo for 214 yards. But while the highs were high, the lows were certainly low. Ajayi added another 200 yard rushing game late in the season, but outside of those three performances he rushed for more than 100 yards just once, and failed to average better than 2.7 yards per carry over three of the Dolphins final six games. In his second year as the starter, consistency is going to be important for both Ajayi and the Miami offense. Taking the ball out of Tannehill's hands was a positive development, but Ajayi needs to prove he's a bellcow back on an every week basis and that he can improve upon last year's receiving numbers. If he does, he could make for a top ten fantasy back with a lot of runway ahead at just 24 years old.

Wendell Smallwood

The addition of Corey Clement to the roster doesn't exactly signal confidence in Smallwood as the early downs runner behind LeGarrette Blount. Still, there are plenty in Philadelphia who think Smallwood may wind up out-touching Blount before the season is over. Still, Smallwood is mired in a crowded backfield on a roster that is going to carry two dedicated receiving backs. It's hard to envision much fantasy value without a significant injury ahead of him on the depth chart.

LeGarrette Blount

Entering the season at 31 years old, Blount figures to be the early downs rusher in a far less effective offense than the one he saw so much success in the past four seasons in New England. Coming off a 300+ touch season where he found the end zone 18 times, the Eagles are looking for around half that many carries, but will gladly take half as many touchdowns. Much like in New England, Blount will cede passing downs to players like Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey, but Wendell Smallwood still lurks and the Eagles added Corey Clement ahead of camp as well. Blount has little dynasty value and needs to fall a ways in redraft leagues to be worth the gamble.

Darren Sproles Injury Update

Another of the Eagles running back committee, Sproles is technically the lead back in this offense. But at 34 years old and in the final year of his contract, the veteran back is likely going to cede some work to rookie Donnel Pumphrey as the season wears on. Philadelphia's backfield is awfully crowded to start with, and Sproles isn't a strong bet to top 150 touches in what could be his final NFL season.

Donnel Pumphrey

The diminutive Pumphrey was projected as the heir apparent to Darren Sproles when the Eagles selected him in the fourth round. That said, it feels like Sproles has had quite a few "heirs" over the course of his career. Still, reports are that Pumphrey has been outstanding so far, and he should eventually take over the receiving and change of pace role in this backfield.

Wide Receivers

Alshon Jeffery Sleepers

Despite being the marquee free agent name at wide receiver this offseason, injury questions led to just a one year deal in Philly where Jeffery will need to prove he can stay on the field. Injuries have cost him eleven games over the past two seasons, derailing what looked like inevitable fantasy stud status after big 2013 and 2014 campaigns. Still just 27, if Jeffery can stay healthy then he has top tier fantasy receiver upside and should be a big upgrade to the Eagles receiving corps. Downfield accuracy is still a bit of a question for second year quarterback Carson Wentz, but Jeffery also has the skill set to turn some of those errant throws into completions. While his dynasty stock is at an all time low, the talent isn t really a question so if Jeffery stays healthy and produces this season he could wind up being a steal at his current valuation.

Tight Ends

Zach Ertz

The Eagles offense has been middle-of-the-road for over a decade now, but have found promise through the draft and the Eagles brass believes the team and offense can now compete in the tough NFC East division. QB Carson Wentz is forecasted to improve on his 3,782 passing yards and 16 touchdowns he manufactured last season. Ertz hasn't been a common name thrown into fantasy podcasts until the last two seasons. Ertz has shown improvement in stats, registering back-to-back seasons of 800+ receiving yards despite struggling to find the end-zone consistently. The superstitious sophomore jinx could play a factor for Wentz during his second full season as the Eagles starting QB, but with the addition of a (hopefully) healthy Alshon Jeffrey and Sammy Watkins could open up space for Ertz to sneak into the seams of a defense. Ertz has the ability and skill to break the 1,000 receiving yard plateau and if he does, he would exceed his fantasy value and become a welcoming source of fantasy points.

Kickers

Caleb Sturgis

Sturgis struggled mightily at the beginning of his NFL career, missing 11 field goals for the Dolphins during his first two NFL seasons. The Eagles decided to give him a second-chance midway through the 2015 campaign and posted career highs in field goal percentage (81.8%) and kicks made from over 50 yards, which brings us to his 2016 campaign, where Sturgis posted career-high's in almost every kicking category, making 35 field goals, placing him in a tie for second behind the aforementioned Tucker. He supplied the fourth most fantasy points among kickers with 144 in standard league scoring. Philadelphia owned a woeful 49.09 red zone percentage last season, which led to Sturgis' 12 chip shot field goals. Though some owners may view last season's resurgence as temporary, he's worth nabbing as your K1.

Defenses

Philadelphia Defense

Throughout the 2016 season, the Eagles defense was middle-of-the road in terms of team defense, but ranked top-10 fantasy D/ST. They took the ball away 26 times last season and only allowed 20.7 points per game. The catalyst of the defense was LB Nigel Bradham, who led the team with 102 total tackles while registering three takeaways. The Eagles scuffled to pressure the quarterback on a consistent basis in 2016, as Fletcher Cox's 6.5 sacks were tops on the team. Management added DE Chris Long this offseason and he is expected to step in immediately on the left end and team up with DT Malcolm Jenkins and Cox to increase the team's 33.0 sack total of last season. The Eagles special team's unit was the biggest reason for top-10 finish, tallying a cool 1,202 total yards, with Kenjon Barner, Wendell Smallwood and Josh Huff totaling 790 yards. The talent is definitely there on defense and with defensive mastermind Jim Schwartz entering his second season as head coach, expect the Eagles defense to take positive strides in 2017.

Player Updates

Injury Update Zach Ertz, TE - Zach Ertz (hamstring) inactive Week 9
5 Nov 2017 - 12:14pm

Zach Ertz (hamstring) is inactive for Week 9 against the Broncos. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Jay Ajayi, RB - Eagles land Jay Ajayi for a fourth-round
31 Oct 2017 - 9:43am

Eagles acquired Jay Ajayi from the Dolphins in exchange for a fourth-round pick. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Wendell Smallwood, RB - Wendell Smallwood not expected to play
8 Oct 2017 - 10:51am

Wendell Smallwood (questionable, knee) is not expected to play Sunday against the Cardinals. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Darren Sproles, RB - Sproles (broken arm) also tore ACL on Sunday
25 Sep 2017 - 10:59am

Darren Sproles suffered a torn ACL in addition to a broken arm Week 3 against the Giants. - From Rotoworld.

Injury Update Darren Sproles, RB - Darren Sproles suffered broken arm Week 3
25 Sep 2017 - 1:44am

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Darren Sproles suffered a broken arm Week 3 against the Giants. - From Rotoworld.

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