Eagles 2018 philadelphia eagles Fantasy Preview

Unless you've been orbiting the outer reaches of the Milky Way since Christmas, you know that the 2017 NFL season ended with the Eagles lifting the franchise's first ever Lombardi Trophy. For fantasy football enthusiasts, there were a few championship-level thrills to be found on the Philly roster as well. The brightest was easily Carson Wentz, who was on pace for a fantasy MVP-type season before a torn ACL cut the campaign short. But that still didn't take the shine off Alshon Jeffery, who made the successful transition from Chicago. It also didn't dampen the production of Nelson Agholor, who had his most successful pro season to date. Last season was also the year Zach Ertz stretched his usual post-Thanksgiving performance across a full 16 games and became a top three player at his position. Though the running back position was a muddled mess early the season with LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood all sharing opportunities, we started to get a little more clarity as the year went along thanks to the addition of another running back ? Jay Ajayi. The idea of adding another rusher to clear up a backfield rotation sounds counter-intuitive but after being traded from the Dolphins, Ajayi took his performance to a new level and helped clear up the division of labor moving forward. Speaking of moving forward, one of the big questions facing the Eagles (and by association, fantasy managers) is whether Wentz will be recovered from his knee injury by Week 1. The quarterback himself says he'll be ready to go ... but there's a reason Nick Foles is still on the roster.

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FACT: 2017 was a tale of two halves for Jay Ajayi. During his seven games with Miami last season, Ajayi averaged a paltry 3.4 yards per carry ? the worst of his career. Over his seven games with Philadelphia, Ajayi averaged a career-high 5.8 yards per carry.
Offseason Moves

The Eagles attempted to clear a little more space for Ajayi in the backfield by letting Blount leave for a free agent deal with the Lions. Similarly, tight end Trey Burton flew the coop and landed with the Bears while veteran receiver Torrey Smith found his way to Carolina via a trade. On the way into Philadelphia come journeyman wideout Mike Wallace and rookie tight end Dallas Goedert, whom the Eagles drafted in the second round. Rookie tight ends usually aren't big fantasy producers and Goedert's path is blocked by Ertz, but the former South Dakota State star has major dynasty potential.

Sleepers & Busts

In his own special way, Jay Ajayi has become a sleeper this offseason. The former Dolphins back has moved to the front of the line in the Eagles running back rotation. While plenty fear a rotation could stifle Ajayi's production, there is plenty to suggest he'll have a robust workload in a talented offense. The move to replace Torrey Smith with Mike Wallace could be a net positive for the Eagles offense and fantasy managers. Wallace quietly had a nice year in a Baltimore offense that could never find any consistent traction. Now he moves to Philly where he'll work with an objectively better quarterback. The downside is that Wallace's arrival could have a negative impact on Nelson Agholor who will be hard-pressed to repeat his breakout 2017. If you're in the market for a deep sleeper, receiver Mack Hollins could have a larger target share this season.

Fantasy Depth Chart
POSFIRSTSECONDTHIRDOTHER
QB Carson Wentz Nick Foles Nate Sudfeld
RB Jay Ajayi Corey Clement Darren Sproles Wendell Smallwood
WR Alshon Jeffery Nelson Agholor Mike Wallace Mack Hollins Markus Wheaton
TE Zach Ertz Dallas Goedert Richard Rodgers
K Jake Elliott