Philadelphia Eagles

NFC East

While it's obviously early in the preseason, an article predicts that soon-to-be 35-year-old veteran running back Darren Sproles "will likely be the starter out of respect for the fact he is a veteran." The article also suggests that Jay Ajayi would be third on the depth chart behind Sproles and Corey Clement and would likely finish third in touches. (Source: Elliot Shorr-Parks )

Fantasy Impact: Expectations are that the Eagles will use a committee, with Ajayi leading the team in carries, while Sproles and Clement end up with more touches due to their roles in the passing game. Sproles was limited to three games in 2017 before breaking his arm and tearing his ACL. The Philadelphia backfield will be difficult to handicap, but Sproles looks like a terrific late-round stash that is going unselected in most early drafts

The Philadelphia Eagles have come to terms with No. 49 overall pick Dallas Goedert on a four-year, $5.6 million deal. (Source: Philadelphia Eagles via Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: A second-round selection out of South Dakota State, Goedert is expected to have a role immediately in the high-octane Eagles offense. Goedert should step in for the departed Trey Burton in '12' sets. Burton logged 300 offensive snaps for Philadelphia and put up a 23/248/5 slash, good enough to finish the season as the TE30 in PPR scoring. Goedert's size and skillset project very well as a downfield and red-zone threat, which puts him on the fantasy radar as a rookie. He looks like a top-20 pick in dynasty rookie drafts.

Carson Wentz has started running

Tue, Apr 17th 10:25pm EDT
By Mike Maher

Carson Wentz's rehab from last year's torn ACL and LCL has progressed to a running program, the young quarterback told the media on Tuesday. Wentz declined to give a timeline for his recovery but reiterated that his goal has always been to be ready for Week One of the regular season. (Source: ProFootballTalk)

Fantasy Impact: Wentz still has a long road ahead of him, but running is a big step in the rehabilitation process. He is unlikely to play in the preseason for Philadelphia, and it is no guarantee that he will be ready for the start of the season. With Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles still on the roster, the Eagles may elect to play it safe with Wentz's recovery.

Category: Injury Updates

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Saints have agreed to terms with cornerback Patrick Robinson on a four-year deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He's leaving the Eagles to go back to the team he started his career with. He played for the Saints from 2010-2014, though the organization is much different nowadays. They have a defense that won't ask him to be the top-guy, but rather cover the slot while Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley handle the perimeter. The Saints suddenly have one of the best secondaries in all of football, as Robinson was one of the best slot cornerbacks in all of football last year.

Category: Transactions

Trey Burton to sign with Bears

Tue, Mar 13th 11:25am EDT
By Mike Tagliere

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Bears have agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $32 million with tight end Trey Burton. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bears have been busy in free agency, using the money they have available under the cap. After signing Allen Robinson, they add the up-and-coming Burton to Mitch Trubisky's stable of pass-catchers. In the two games Zach Ertz missed last year, Burton stepped in and totaled seven catches for 112 yards and three touchdowns, with the Eagles offense barely missing a beat. Many believed that Burton was the hottest free agent tight end available, and apparently the Bears agreed after showing interest in Jimmy Graham yesterday. New head coach Matt Nagy may have found the player he'll look to emulate Travis Kelce's game in Chicago. This is obviously a huge knock to Adam Shaheen's fantasy value.

Category: Transactions

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Eagles have traded wide receiver Torrey Smith to the Panthers in exchange for cornerback Daryl Worley. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It seems like another solid trade for the Eagles who were expected to release Smith this offseason. While Worley isn't a lockdown cornerback or anything, he's a solid guy to round out a depth chart. With the move to the Panthers, Smith should work well with Cam Newton's big arm. If you remember just a few years ago, Newton helped Ted Ginn finish as a top-30 wide receiver in his age-30 season.

Category: Transactions

Vinny Curry is a candidate to be released by the Philadelphia Eagles as the team attempts to clear up some money to get under the salary cap, according to a report from Ian Rapoport. Rapoport has updated his initial report to add that the Eagles could potentially restructure Curry's contract in order to keep him, and that teams have reached out about the possibility of trading for Curry. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Curry had a solid year for the Super Bowl champs, especially against the run, but he only had three sacks and carries an $11 million cap hit for the 2018 season. With the Eagles up against the salary cap, it was not likely that Curry would be returning at his current salary, and now it sounds like a trade, release, or contract restructuring are all possibilities.

Category: Rumors

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport also stated that Jeffery underwent a surgery to repair a rotator cuff injury suffered at some point last preseason -- he ultimately played through the ailment for the duration of the 2017 campaign plus the postseason. Per reports via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the "goal" for Jeffery's recovery is for him to be ready for the 2018 season opener, though optimism suggests that a preseason return is feasible barring a setback.

Category: Injury Updates

Philadelphia Eagles beat writer Jimmy Kempski believes it will benefit the team to pick up WR Nelson Agholor's fifth-year option. (Source: Philly Voice)

Fantasy Impact: Although Agholor was an underproductive bust in his first two seasons in the NFL, the third-year wideout broke out in 2018, accumulating a 62-768-8 stat line while appearing in all 16 games for the first time in his career. Agholor, a big play threat, home run hitter any time he touches the ball, is due roughly $1.72 million in 2018 with the aforementioned club option for 2019, which the team will most likely exercise given his recent surge in production. Perhaps the best thing for the Eagles to do when it comes to their salary cap is to extend Agholor now -- if they indeed plan to keep him -- at a much lesser rate than he would garner in the event he performs in a high-level again next season.

Category: Rumors

Nick Foles wins Super Bowl MVP

Mon, Feb 5th 4:54pm EST
By Dan Harris

Nick Foles completed 28 of 43 pass attempts for 373 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in the Eagles' win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII. He also caught a touchdown pass and was named MVP.

Fantasy Impact: Foles was simply outstanding in the game, and even his interception, which Alshon Jeffery tipped high into the air, was not his fault. Absent a trade, he should remain with the Eagles next season as the backup quarterback. But expect the Eagles to receive plenty of trade offers in the offseason, which could lead to a starting job for Foles next year. If he does get traded and lands in the right spot, he should make a fine fantasy option.

Category: Game Recaps

Zach Ertz caught seven of nine targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Fantasy Impact: Ertz put the exclamation point on an outstanding season with an 11-yard touchdown grab that (after a lengthy review) proved to be the game-winning catch in the Super Bowl. Ertz caps off a tremendous season that saw him finish as one of the few truly elite tight ends in fantasy football. With the core of the Eagles team intact next season, expect another excellent year from the tight end.

Category: Game Recaps

Corey Clement rushed three times for eight yards and caught four passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Fantasy Impact: Clement had two enormous plays - a 55-yard catch-and-run and a 22-yard touchdown catch to give the Eagles a 29-19 lead in the third quarter. Though he got sporadic work throughout the season, Clement proved himself to be an explosive playmaker. With LeGarrette Blount a free agent, Clement's role should only grow in 2018.

Category: Game Recaps

LeGarrette Blount rushed 14 times for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Fantasy Impact: Blount was outstanding in the game, and his 21-yard touchdown run gave the Eagles a 12-point lead in the second quarter. Blount will be an unrestricted free agent next year, and it's unclear whether he will return to the Eagles. But he showed enough this season that he should likely catch on somewhere, and at least find a role as a goal-line back.

Category: Game Recaps

Jay Ajay rushed nine times for 57 yards in the Eagles' win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Fantasy Impact: Ajayi looked to be battling through his ankle injury in the game, as his nine touches were the fewest he had totaled in any of his previous six games. Although he had the least productive game of the Eagles' three running backs, he clearly ran hard and was effective when he did play. Under contract for another season, Ajayi should be the primary ball carrier for the Eagles next year, though he'll still likely be splitting carries with at least one other back.

Category: Game Recaps

The Eagles were blanked by the Cowboys in Week 17, by a score of 6-0, which meant no work for kicker Jake Elliott.

Fantasy Impact: Elliott finished the season making 83% of his field goals and 92% of his extra points. His consistency was more of a problem than his distance. If he can get some consistency and pull together his shorter kicks, he will be an asset to the Eagles in 2018.

Category: Game Recaps

Brent Celek caught three passes for 13 yards in Sunday's regular season finale against the Cowboys. He finished the season with 13 receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Celek is signed through the 2018 season. He will likely retain the same role as a back up behind Brent Celek and Trey Burton.

Category: Game Recaps

Nate Sudfeld played three quarters in his first NFL game, completing 19-of-23 for 134 yards on Sunday. He added 22 yards on the ground in one carry.

Fantasy Impact: Sudfeld was far and away better than Nick Foles on Sunday. He could seriously push Foles for the back up quarterback spot next season.

Category: Game Recaps

The Philadelphia Eagles DST had a huge day, by the numbers, against the Raiders, as they won 19-10. They had a sack, five turnovers, and a special teams touchdown at the end of the game.

Fantasy Impact: The defense was great by numbers, but was once again exposed as vulnerable at the cornerback position against the deep ball and double moves. This is a very good defense that could be elite, but could also fall apart in the playoffs against a good squad if they're not careful.

Category: Game Recaps

Shelton Gibson is making his Eagles debut against the Bears in Week 12. He's active over Marcus Johnson. (Source: Zach Berman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gibson is a speedster who ran a sub-4.40 40-yard dash at his pro day in the summer, but he struggled mightily catching passes and running routes in training camp and has been inactive all season despite making the 53-man roster. He is active over Johnson, who is a reserve wide receiver who rotates into the game fairly infrequently. It could be that the Eagles are pleased with Gibson's progression and are interested in seeing if he can stretch defenses and open up the passing game for their other receivers, but it is more likely that he steps into Johnson's role this week.

Category: Transactions

Wendell Smallwood is a healthy inactive for the Eagles for the second straight week and will miss Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. (Source: Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smallwood is the odd man out for the Eagles at running back right now after the trade for Jay Ajayi prior to the NFL trade deadline. With Blount as the starter, Ajayi as the newly-acquired starter in waiting, Kenjon Barner as the punt and kick returner, and Corey Clement playing very well, Smallwood could be a healthy inactive for the foreseeable future unless there is an injury to one of the names above.

Category: Transactions