The 2019 Philadelphia Eagles have some high end fantasy players on both sides of the ball. After winning Super Bowl 52, some injuries took place as well as departures on both sides of the ball. With an offseason to recover and stock pile some fresh talent, the Birds look to fly deep into the playoffs! Here are some Eagles to help you bring home the ‘ship.
Carson Wentz- QB- So everyone is super high on Baker Mayfield, as they should be. Perhaps those people have never actually watched Carson Wentz play a snap of football? My point there is Wentz has the potential to have a better season than Baker and can be had for much greater value. With a big arm, poise and scrambling ability, Wentz was on his way to being NFL MVP before tearing his ACL against the Rams in 2017. While he wasn’t the same last year, this dude is tough, playing through a fractured back and subpar line play. The Offensive line has been bolstered, and his receiving corps has been much improved (which will be discussed later). Look for Wentz to return to his (potential) MVP form in 2019.
Miles Sanders/Jordan Howard- RB- The Eagles use a running back by committee. Really? I never noticed in my 30 years as an Eagles fan. It was out of necessity, people! Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams, Darren Sproles, and Jay Ajayi inspire nobody, so Howie Roseman went and grabbed former Pennsylvania Mr. Football in Miles Sanders. Where does this leave Howard? Wearing another uniform next season, or as early as training camp if an injury occurs. Sanders is a 3 down back who needs fine-tuning in the pass block department but has the potential to be an RB1 in the future.
Alshon Jeffrey/JJ Arcega-Whiteside- WR- Alshon is the play now and JJAW is the guy you want for the future. Simple enough. The addition of Desean Jackson will open up the other receivers, and Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson are JAGS. Nothing more than complementary pieces. While Jackson still has top end speed, his best days are behind him and is more boom or bust on a weekly basis. Alshon is a steady presence but JJAW is a 2nd round rookie draft target for the future.
Zach Ertz/Dallas Goedert- TE- Doug Pederson has already said the offense plans on getting Goedert more involved in the game plan this year, so buy him now before it happens and you can’t afford him. Ertz will still be an elite talent and while he is not a free agent until 2022, if Goedert proves to be effective, the Eagles could move on from Ertz as Goedert is a cheaper alternative. This is a system that favors the Tight End, so whoever the #1 TE target is will have the opportunity to put up numbers.
The entire defensive line- This may be quite a large and unusual grouping, but after losing Chris Long (Retirement) and Michael Bennett (Traded to New England), the Eagles went and re-signed Tim Jernigan and Vinny Curry, and brought in Malik Jackson as a Free Agent. Fletcher Cox looks to have another dominant year, Brandon Graham will be a spot start at best, but the bright spot will be Derek Barnett. After breaking Reggie White’s sack record at Tennessee, Barnett saw limited playing time as a Rookie (2017) and was on pace for a stellar season in 2018 until he suffered a torn pectoral. With Long and Bennett gone, this should open up younger players like the aforementioned Barnett, last year’s 4th round draft pick Josh Sweat and this year’s 4th round draft pick Shareef Miller. Clear some room on your Taxi for the younger guys.
Zach Brown/Nigel Bradham- LB- Two Buffalo castoffs find themselves reunited under Jim Schwartz. This should make for quite the tandem. Jordan Hicks is in Arizona, and while he had the talent to be elite, could never be fully trusted with his health. Enter Zach Brown. Think the Redskins are wishing they would have kept him now? They should be. Brown and Bradham will be on the field a ton as the Eagles like to pull their WILL LB and have Malcolm Jenkins come play close to the line, acting as a Hybrid LB/DB. Either player will be a solid pickup for your IDP roster.
Malcolm Jenkins- S- The last time Malcom Jenkins missed a game was 2013, the season before he signed with Philadelphia as a Free Agent. On top of that he rarely comes off the field and is the most consistent Defensive Back the Eagles have, and possibly in the league. Why am I only listing Jenkins as the only DB I would take from this team? Easy. Injuries and he is a safety. When playing IDP, a solid strategy is to not take Cornerbacks. Yes, CB’s have the opportunity to get more INT’s, but with Safeties playing the back end and middle of the field, they generally have the opportunity to get more tackles, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries. So stay away from those Corners!
Hope you enjoyed my take on the Eagle’s fantasy standouts for 2019? Big thanks to Dennis Bennett for putting the 32 teams in 32 days together. Make sure you listen to his podcast (Fantasy Football Roundtable) and follow him on Twitter @Culture_Coach. You can also find me on Twitter @Thembower85. Cheers!Follow @Thembower85 Tweets by Thembower85