With the 2017 fantasy season firmly in the rear-view mirror now is as good as time as any for a stock report on the Philadelphia Eagles fantasy assets.
Stock: All the Way up
Not too much you can ask for out of a Quarterback in his 2nd season. The QB2 with 21.8 fantasy points per game. As you already know Wentz missed the last two games and still leads the league with 33 TD passes. With Wentz tearing his ACL, his IT and needing a meniscus clean up there’s a significant chance he’ll miss some time to start next season. In Dynasty formats see if his injury has depressed his price enough for you to trade for him.
If you play in Superflex or 2QB leagues, you have to hold onto Foles unless the Eagles release him in the offseason. After Monday’s performance against the Raiders, I wouldn’t feel comfortable starting Foles, but maybe that was just a one-off poor performance.
Jay Ajayi’s usage has increased every week. The Eagle’s continue to incorporate him into the screen game. The Eagle’s most versatile RB should benefit when Wentz returns in 2018 and the assumed subtraction of LeGarrette Blount. Here’s hoping next season the Eagle’s commit to Ajayi getting a substantial workload.
Corey Clement earned a roster spot with an excellent preseason. He worked into the RB rotation and has been active every week, while Wendell Smallwood has been inactive the last 6 weeks. Clement has shown well when used in the passing game, at the goal-line and in pass protection. Ajayi should be the starter in 2018, but Clement could have that role come 2019.
Wendell Smallwood is a player I’m comfortable cutting in every format.
LeGarrette Blount eclipsed at least 10 fantasy points in 4 out of the Eagles first 8 games. Since that time Blount hasn’t eclipsed 10 fantasy points once. In the last 4 weeks, Blount’s highest scoring output is 4.3 fantasy points. After trading for Jay Ajayi and the continued emergence of Corey Clement, it’s hard to envision any scenario where Blount is on the Eagles roster next season. The 2018 draft is loaded with RBs, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Blount isn’t signed by anyone going into next season.
Nelson Agholor is a player you could have obtained for a 3rd round rookie pick in June. He ends the fantasy season as a WR2(#22) with 12.6 fantasy points per game. More than just scoring fantasy points Agholor has shown himself to be mentally and physically tough. One of my favorite examples of this is the below catch. Agholor doesn’t make this catch last season. Before long I expect Agholor to pass Alshon Jeffery to become the Eagle’s WR1.
Nick Foles aka St. Nick so far has four 4 touchdowns today against the Giants. Foles’ most recent TD was a Pac-12 connection with former USC receiver Nelson Agholor. pic.twitter.com/yLEQHywfo5
— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) December 17, 2017
Alshon Jeffery is a player I’ll look to sell in the offseason. Though Jeffery finished the season as the WR24 with 12.5 fantasy points scored per game, there’s a couple of red flags for me. Agholor has out-targeted Jeffery in 3 out of the last 4 weeks. Jeffery’s catch rate of 47.5% is #97 for wide receivers, while Agholor sports a much better 64.1% catch rate. On red-zone targets, Jeffery only brought in 47.1% of passes while Agholor has a 72.2% catch rate. I don’t think Jeffery’s production will crater next season, but I do expect Aghlor to supplant him as the Eagle’s top WR.
Zach Ertz and Trey Burton are both buys for me this offseason. Obviously, the price points on these players will not be in the same stratosphere. Ertz showed himself to be Carson Wentz’s favorite target all season. Entering his prime, Ertz set a career high for touchdowns this season with 8 (doubling his previous career high) and has a chance to set new career highs in targets, receptions, and yards as well depending on how much he plays Sunday.
Burton has worked himself into a TE1 every time Ertz has been forced to miss a week and is an excellent move TE that will have a starting role somewhere else next season. Buy him now before the secret is out.
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