2020 Fantasy Previews Part 26: Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles were a very mediocre team last year. The farthest they ever got from 0.500 was 5-7. After they went 5-7, they won 4 straight games to win the division and make the playoffs. They were the 6 seed in the NFC and lost to the Seattle Seahawks 9-17. The Eagles had a pretty good defense last year. They had the 10th ranked total defense, 19th ranked pass defense, 3rd ranked rush defense, and the 15th ranked scoring defense. The Eagles were one of 15 teams to have a turnover differential below 0. The Eagles struggled to find a wide receiver they could trust last year and because of this, they spent their first-round pick on one. In the second round, they surprised everyone and took Jalen Hurts. The Eagles ran the fastest offense in the league last year. Expect a very similar pace this year for the Philadelphia Eagles. They have a shot at the playoffs because their division is so weak, but they will have to win a lot of tough games this year. If the Cowboys struggle again, the Eagles could sneak into the playoffs.

Projected Depth Chart:

Quarterback: 1. Carson Wentz 2. Jalen Hurts

Running back: 1. Miles Sanders 2. Boston Scott

Wide receiver: 1. DeSean Jackson 2. Alshon Jeffery 3. Marquise Goodwin 4. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

Slot receiver: 1. Jalen Reagor 2. Greg Ward

Tight end: 1. Zach Ertz 2. Dallas Goedert

Quarterbacks - Carson Wentz in 2018 was extremely consistent. He played in 11 games and had between 18.5 and 24.5 points in 8 of those games. In those 8 games, he averaged 21 fantasy points per game. He finished the season with 3074 yards on a 69.6 completion percentage, 21 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Wentz finished as the QB23 with 193.66 fantasy points and if he would've finished the season, he would've finished as the QB14 with 281.69 fantasy points.

In 2019, Wentz played in all 16 games and was a solid starting quarterback. He had 4039 passing yards on a 63.9 completion percentage, 27 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 243 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown. He finished as the QB10 with 275.86 fantasy points. Wentz was decently consistent as he had over 15 fantasy points in 11 games. He was mediocre in 2 stats. He had a deep ball completion percentage of 34.8, which ranked 17th in the league. He also threw 1.6 interceptable passes per game, which ranked 20th in the league.

The Eagles drafted another quarterback in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. They will likely use Jalen Hurts as a Taysom Hill-like player all over the field. While he might steal a couple of touchdowns, that shouldn't take that much away from Wentz. He is going in the 10th round and while I usually don't target him, I still think he is a sleeper this year because of the number of plays the Eagles run.

Running backs - From weeks 1-12, the Philadelphia Eagles either used a committee or just didn't run the ball. Miles Sanders averaged 11.5 touches per game, Boston Scott averaged 4 touches per game, and Jordan Howard averaged 14.3 touches per game. Jordan Howard played in weeks 1-9, Boston Scott played in weeks 6-12, and Miles Sanders played in weeks 1-12. In weeks 13-17, Miles Sanders averaged 20.6 touches per game and Boston Scott averaged 12.2.

Miles Sanders finished his rookie season with 179 carries for 818 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground and 50 receptions for 509 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air. This was good for 218.7 fantasy points and the RB15. Over his last 5 games, Miles Sanders averaged 20.5 fantasy points per game. If he played like that for the whole season, he would've been the RB2.

Jordan Howard is gone for the 2020 season and that just leaves even more carries for Miles Sanders. Sanders is on my list of breakout players for 2020 because the Eagles run a ton of plays, and he should be the workhorse running back. Sanders is going in the early second round, and while I like a couple of players in that clump of running backs better than him, I am still very comfortable picking him at that spot. Even though he's the backup, I have Boston Scott as a deep sleeper heading into 2020. In weeks 14-17, Boston Scott averaged 20.5 points per game as well. While I do not think he'll maintain this, he is a great handcuff that you can get in the 11th round.

Wide receivers - The Philadelphia Eagles' receivers were awful last year. This was partially due to injuries. They only had 1 receiver that played all 16 games last year and that was JJ Arcega-Whiteside who only scored 32.9 fantasy points. Alshon Jeffery played in 10 games, Nelson Agholor played in 11 games, Greg Ward played in 6 games, and DeSean Jackson played in 3 games.

The best receiver on the Eagles last year was Alshon Jeffery. He caught 43 passes for 490 yards and 4 touchdowns. This was good for 122.2 fantasy points and the WR59. If he played all 16 games, he would've scored 195.5 points and finished as the WR28. He was extremely boom or bust as he scored over 20 points in 3 games and under 10 points in 4 games.

The Eagles drafted Jalen Reagor in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft to help solve their receiver issues. He should play the slot this year. Reagor is going in the 10th round and I think that is good value for him. Alshon Jeffery is going in the 13th round and I like him as a deep sleeper. He gets enough volume where you can use him as a plug and play for bye weeks. DeSean Jackson is going in the 10th round as well and I also like him as a deep sleeper. He has had a whole year to recover from his injuries and when he was fully healthy, he put up 35.4 fantasy points.

Tight ends - Dallas Goedert took a step up in production from his rookie season. He caught 58 passes on 87 targets for 607 yards and 5 touchdowns. Goedert finished as the TE10 with 144.7 fantasy points. Goedert played pretty well in the 15 games he played. In 10 of those 15 games, he scored 8 or more points. In 7 of those 10 games, he scored 10 or more points.

Zach Ertz took a step down in production from his peak year in 2018. He caught 88 passes on 135 targets for 916 yards and 6 touchdowns. This was good for 215.6 fantasy points and the TE4. Ertz had a similar consistency to Goedert in the way that he had 10 or more points in 10 games. Ertz had a higher ceiling than Goedert as he had over 15 points in 7 games, compared to Goedert's 1.

Both of these tight ends should be fantasy relevant in 2020 because the Eagle will likely run a lot of 2 tight end sets. Zach Ertz is being drafted in the 4th round and I am not looking to target him in any leagues. His production should go down once again as Goedert gets better and better. You can get Goedert pretty easily in most leagues and I like him as a sleeper. He should continue to improve in every statistical category and would be a great backup tight end on your roster.

Fantasy Analysis:

Sleepers: Carson Wentz, Dallas Goedert

Breakout: Miles Sanders

Deep sleepers: Boston Scott, Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson

Bust: Zack Ertz

Handcuffs: Jalen Hurts, Boston Scott, Greg Ward, Josh Perkins

I hope you liked 2020 Fantasy Previews Part 26: Philadelphia Eagles. Next up is 2020 Fantasy Previews Part 27: Pittsburgh Steelers. Feel free to comment your thoughts on the Philadelphia Eagles' offense for fantasy 2020.

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