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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 Rankings

Zach Ertz Note
Zach Ertz photo 4. Zach Ertz (at WAS)
Now this is what it's like when worlds collide. Ertz and Goedert combined for 222 targets last year. Washington allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends last year. This is typically where you find an eruption. Ertz totaled 115 yards and a touchdown in two games against them last year, while Goedert chipped in with 71 yards of his own. While I like Jalen Reagor, we can't pretend he's not a rookie (he's out this week). DeSean Jackson is 34 years old. Ertz is clearly in his prime against a team that allowed 1.90 PPR points per target last year (7th-most in NFL). Now, it is a new defense being installed, but that's where the advantage really comes in for the Eagles, as Ertz/Wentz have played together for years in the same offense, while Washington is trying to learn how to communicate amongst each other. With tight ends, communication is paramount, as you'll have one of a cornerback, linebacker, or safety assigned to him, and if one man misses his assignment, Ertz will take advantage. Over the last two years, there's been eight games Alshon Jeffery has missed. Ertz has averaged 10.1 targets in them. Start him as a high-end TE1 in this contest and someone who's an excellent tournament play.
34 weeks ago
Dallas Goedert Note
Dallas Goedert photo 14. Dallas Goedert (at WAS)
Goedert benefitted from all the injuries last year and received more playing time. With Jeffery and Reagor out, he'll get more time than he typically would, but I can't confidently say he'll get the 60-plus snaps per game he played last year with the return of DeSean Jackson. Goedert actually totaled at least five targets in each of the last nine games, so it's possible that we're all overlooking him in fantasy, but it's hard to say the Eagles have two top-12 tight ends, though with Washington's stats against them, it's not out of the realm of possibilities. Goedert should be considered a semi-risky TE2 but one who isn't a complete dart throw.
34 weeks ago
Richard Rodgers Note
Richard Rodgers photo 98. Richard Rodgers (at WAS)
Caleb Wilson Note
Caleb Wilson photo 101. Caleb Wilson (at WAS)
Jason Croom Note
Jason Croom photo 106. Jason Croom (at WAS)