Zach Ertz Fantasy Football News 2019

The Eagles have acquired WR Golden Tate from the Lions in exchange for a 3rd-round pick. Tate figures to keep his slot role in Philly, pushing Nelson Agholor to the outside. He's unlikely to match the 9.9 targets per game he's averaged in Detroit so far this season, though, with Agholor, Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz to contend with. Tate looks like more of a WR3 with big-game potential the rest of the way. His arrival is a nice boost for QB Carson Wentz. Meanwhile in Detroit, both Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay are in for big volume boosts. T.J. Jones is the favorite to step into the #3 WR role but is a long shot to be a fantasy factor.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) has been medically cleared and will start Sunday's game against the Colts, the team announced Monday. Philly has been extremely cautious bringing Wentz back from last December's torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. He's reportedly been throwing well in practice, but his mobility inside and out of the pocket remains a question. Wentz will be a risk/reward Week 3 fantasy play in a plus matchup. His return is excellent news for the rest of the Eagles' skill-position guys. QB Nick Foles totaled 451 yards with just 1 TD and 1 INT over the first 2 weeks.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) is expected to miss "at least" the first 2 games of the season. Schefter adds that Jeffery won't land on the reserve/PUP list, which means the Eagles expect him back before Week 7. But it might be October before we can trust him in fantasy lineups. We just moved Jeffery further down the WR rankings. While he's sidelined, Nelson Agholor will serve as Philly's #1 WR with Mike Wallace as the #2. TE Zach Ertz and the RBs should also garner a few extra targets.

The Eagles used the 49th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft on South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert. Goedert dominated in college (which you’d expect from a 2nd-rounder coming from the Missouri Valley Conference.) He posted a 92-1,293-11 line in 2016 and a 72-1,111-7 this past year. Goedert goes 6’5, 256 pounds and showed well at his Pro Day, testing in the 72nd percentile or better in the vertical, broad, 3-cone, 20-yard shuttle and bench press. He flashes dominant ball skills and is 1 of the better blockers among this year’s rookie TE crop. This isn’t an ideal landing spot, though, behind Zach Ertz. Philly uses a lot of 2-TE sets, but Goedert will struggle for enough targets to be a fantasy factor in the near term.

The Eagles have signed TE Richard Rodgers to a 1-year deal. The former Packer posted a 58-510-8 line back in 2015 but has totaled just 42 catches across the past 2 seasons. Rodgers owns a career 9.7 yards-per-catch average and doesn't offer much play-making ability. He'll slide in as Philly's #2 TE and will need a Zach Ertz injury to have a shot at fantasy relevance.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson admitted that he's thought about resting starters in Week 17 if his team has the NFC's #1 seed wrapped up. "You just make the best decisions for your football team and if that means resting a guy, you rest a guy, or two or three," he said. Philly would clinch the #1 seed with a win over the Raiders next Monday -- or with a Vikings loss to the Packers on Saturday. Fantasy owners who play Week 17 might want to start lining up replacement options for your Eagles. The good news is that we don't need to worry about any teams resting starters in Week 16 (when all fantasy seasons should end).

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll play in Sunday’s plus matchup against the Giants’ 32nd-ranked TE defense. Ertz is a high-end TE1 for that one.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz has cleared the concussion protocol. The announcement came straight from HC Doug Pederson (rather than the team's Twitter account). So, barring a setback, Ertz will be back for Sunday's dream matchup against the Giants' 32nd-ranked TE defense.

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Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) is inactive for today’s game against the Rams. He made some progress through the protocol this week, so fantasy owners can tentatively expect him back for Week 15. With Ertz sidelined back in Week 9, TEs Trey Burton and Brent Celek both saw 4 targets. Burton is the better fantasy bet today, but he’s a low-end spot starter vs. a tough Rams TE defense.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) a "long shot" to play against the Rams this afternoon. Rapoport adds that "his status may hinge on how he feels this morning" -- which doesn't make much sense considering he's either cleared the concussion protocol or he hasn't. Regardless, Ertz needs to be on fantasy benches now. Trey Burton is the best fantasy bet among Eagles TEs. But Brent Celek will also be involved, and the Rams rank 8th in fantasy points allowed to TEs.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Rams. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, but HC Doug Pederson said early Friday evening that Ertz remains in the protocol. Eagles-Rams doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET, but we should find out by Sunday morning whether Ertz has been cleared to play. Stay tuned.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) has only been cleared to practice on a limited basis. The team announced earlier today that Ertz had cleared the protocol. He seemingly has a good shot to get there ahead of Sunday's game against the Rams, but he's not there yet. We'll get another update tomorrow.

The Eagles announced that TE Zach Ertz has cleared the concussion protocol. Barring a setback, he'll play against the Rams this weekend. Ertz remains a must-start, despite that matchup with the league's 8th-ranked TE defense.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday. He missed 1 game with a concussion back in 2015. Fantasy owners need to be making other plans for Week 14. TE Trey Burton will be a low-end spot-start option against the Rams' 8th-ranked TE defense if Ertz is out.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz left in the 3rd quarter of Sunday night's game against the Seahawks to get checked for a concussion. He went to the locker room after the initial check in the sideline tent, so we're expecting the injury to be confirmed. If it is, that wouldn't bode well for Ertz's chances of playing at the Rams next Sunday.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final Week 11 injury report. He's ready to go for Sunday night's game against a Cowboys defense missing LB Sean Lee.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) was on the field for the start of Wednesday's practice, according to insider Jeff McLane. We'll see whether Ertz is limited or a full participant, but he's clearly on track to play against the Cowboys on Sunday night.

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Eagles TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) is INACTIVE for today's game against the Broncos. He was expected to play but reportedly struggled through pregame warmups. He'll now get a Week 10 bye to rest up and should tentatively be expected to be ready for Week 11. Ertz's absence today is a huge loss for the Eagles, though, against a Denver defense that's tough against WRs but beatable by TEs. Trey Burton figures to step in as Philly's lead pass-catching TE and is an option in deeper leagues for Ertz owners.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) is expected to play today against the Broncos, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He should certainly be in fantasy football lineups if active. We'll confirm Ertz's status when inactives come out at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Broncos. HC Doug Pederson said Friday that Ertz's hammy tightened up on Thursday but that he'll play on Sunday. We'll find out for sure by noon ET. As long as he's active, Ertz will remain a must-start.


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