Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is suggesting there is no need to question running back LeGarrette Blount's roster security and that he will be "a big part" of the team's offense in 2017. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Blount, who was amongst NJ.com's Matt Lombardo's list of players who could be cut by the Eagles before the start of the regular season, appears to have nothing to worry about in terms of his job security. Pederson implied that he could have a significant role in 2017, which likely cements his value entering fantasy draft season. At his current consensus RB26 ADP, Blount has enough upside to be targeted around the seventh round. However, don't expect another monster year like he had with New England in 2016. Although he is not likely to match or come anywhere close to his 18 touchdowns, the 7-to-9 range is not too far fetched. He is fully expected to enter 2017 as the Eagles RB1 and will likely handle goal line work as well.

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Philadelphia Eagles beat writer Jimmy Kempski believes Wendell Smallwood could enter the 2017 season as the team's starting running back. "In something of a surprise development, Wendell Smallwood may be the starting running back this season," Kempski said via PhillyVoice.com. "Sproles aside, Smallwood has been the best back in camp by a significant margin." (Source: Kimmy Kempski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With recent the reports surrounding LeGarrette Blount -- NJ.com's Matt Lombardo is suggesting the free agent acquisition is not a lock to make the Eagles' 53-man roster -- Smallwood's name is buzzing that he could be the team's RB1 in 2017. Per reports, Smallwood is impressing while Blount appears worn down. However, if Blount is on the roster at the start of the year, and I fully expect him to be, he is more than likely to emerge as the top rusher on the depth chart.

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Mack Hollins is reportedly cementing his position as the team's fourth WR. The rookie impressed during his first preseason game. (Source: Philly Voice)

Fantasy Impact: Hollins didn't do much Week 2, but his work in the first game and during camp has the fourth-rounder as a strong candidate to make the team and potentially see sporadic action at WR. He's not likely to make an impact in redraft leagues this season, but given Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith are on one-year deals and the team just traded away Jordan Matthews, Hollins is someone to monitor in dynasty leagues.

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Nelson Agholor caught two passes for 28 yards to go along with one rushing attempt for zero yards on Thursday against the Bills.

Fantasy Impact: The Eagles are hoping that Agholor can put his 2016 season in the rear view mirror and show why he was taken in the first round of the draft. With Jordan Matthews now in Buffalo, Agholor will be taking over the slot receiver role meaning more opportunity for him to show his ability if he wants to remain on the team in 2018.

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Alshon Jeffery made his Eagles debut with two catches for 23 yards on Thursday night against the Bills. While not a strong stat line, he was out on the field and came away uninjured.

Fantasy Impact: Jeffery is the number one receiver in Philadelphia and the team needs to limit him in the preseason to avoid injury. While he had missed eight of the last 10 practices, it bodes well that he was able to play in this game and get some rapport with Carson Wentz.

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Zach Ertz had one catch for 11 yards in limited action in preseason week two.

Fantasy Impact: Not much needs to be seen in the preseason from Ertz. He is Carson Wentz's security blanket, and with the departure of Jordan Matthews to the Bills he will be peppered with plenty of targets in the middle of the field. If you like waiting on tight ends in your draft, Ertz is a great pick with top-5 upside.

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The Eagles had receptions from 15 different players in their 20-16 win over the Bills. One of those players was Adam Zaruba, the former Canadian national rugby team player. He finished with a single catch for 10 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Zaruba is in a battle to claim a roster spot. His odds don't appear great, even though he signed a three-year contract with the Eagles. He could possible stick around on special teams or a practice squad member.

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In a battle between Matt McGloin and Dane Evans for third string quarterback, Evans had the advantage on Thursday. He completed 9-of-12 for 92 yards and was intercepted once. Evans had a quarterback rating of 61.8 compared to 58.5 for McGloin.

Fantasy Impact: Although Evans had the edge on Thursday is his competition with McGloin, he is still likely going to come up short in earning the third quarterback position. He could be retained for the practice squad.

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With Carson Wentz seeing limited time and Nick Foles yet to take a snap in game action this preseason, Matt McGloin has seen the bulk of the time at quarterback. He was inconsistent on Thursday, completing 12-of-20 for 131 yards, an interception and quarterback rating of 58.5.

Fantasy Impact: McGloin hasn't been playing particularly well, but has been better than Dane Evans, also competing for the third string quarterback job. Look for McGloin to hold off Evans, but see no regular season action unless in an emergency situation.

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The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, 20-16. The first team offense struggled, but Carson Wentz was relatively sharp. He completed 6-of-9 for 56 yards. He was sacked once and rushed for three yards on two attempts.

Fantasy Impact: Wentz has completed 10-of-13 in a little over a quarter this preseason. Look for Wentz to get significantly more playing time next week as the Eagles inch closer to the season opener.

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NFL Insider Adam Caplan is reporting free agent running back Ryan Mathews intends to continue his playing career. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Now healthy, he was recovering from a neck injury prior to his Tuesday release, Mathews is expected to continue his playing career. Expect him to be pursued by running back-needy teams that include the Ravens and Broncos. He should be on an NFL roster by Week 1 of the regular season.

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The Eagles have traded receiver Jordan Matthews to the Buffalo Bills, plus a 2018 third-round pick, for CB Ronald Darby. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bills just shipped off Sammy Watkins to the Rams, so this fills a necessary hole that was just created. Meanwhile, in Philly, the depth created by the signing of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith made Matthews expendable. To add to that, with Nelson Agholor, Bryce Treggs, and Mack Hollins all playing well, the Eagles were able to take a position that they strengthened up in the offseason and further overhaul it to maintain more balance on defense. Matthews should immediately jump into the WR2 category with the lack of veteran receivers on the Bills.


Eagles' Kicker Caleb Sturgis went 1-for-2 in the Eagles preseason opener against the Packers, connecting on a 25 yard attempt but hitting the right upright on his 46 yard attempt as time expired in the 2nd quarter.

Fantasy Impact: The Eagles didn't go for an extra point in the contest, opting to go for the two point conversion on their lone touchdown. This isn't something to be worried about, and Sturgis' stellar 2016 campaign should make him a kicker worth drafting in redraft leagues this year.

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Second-year veteran Bryce Treggs lead the Eagles in receiving on Thursday night, catching seven passes for 91 yards, including 38 yard over-the-shoulder, drop in the bucket type catch from QB Matt McGloin.

Fantasy Impact: Treggs has been battling Mack Hollins for the fifth receiver spot, but continued strong play like this might force the Eagles to keep both players on the roster come cutting time. He still shouldn't be on any redraft rankings and his worth in dynasty leagues is still debatable at best.

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Donnel Pumphrey caught five passes for 12 yards and added five yards on four carries in Thursday night's preseason opener.

Fantasy Impact: Pumphrey showed flashes of being a "Darren Sproles lite" on Thursday night, which is what many have considered him since the Eagles drafted him. While his fantasy value may be limited in 2017 due to a logjam at the running back position in Philadelphia, including the aforementioned Sproles, he may be worth a late round flier in redraft PPR or dynasty leagues, as he should be in line to catch a lot of passes out of the backfield and in the slot the next few years.

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Derek Barnett played in his first NFL game Thursday night, recording two sacks and four tackles in the Eagles' preseason opener.

Fantasy Impact: Barnett figures to be a rotational defensive end for a deep Eagles defensive line, but he should see plenty of snaps as long as he can play like he did on Thursday night. Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz likes to attack the quarterback and keep his defensive linemen as fresh as possible, and Barnett is currently pegged as one of the first guys off the bench.

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Darren Sproles did not play in Thursday's preseason opener for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: Sproles not playing in the opener should not be a surprise, as the Eagles are just taking their time and giving their established veterans some rest. Expect Sproles to be out there for the second and third preseason games for at least a few series before most likely sitting out the fourth and final preseason game. Despite the addition of LeGarrette Blount, Sproles's role on the Eagles as a reliable pass-catching back has not changed.

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The Eagles fell to the Packers in the preseason opener, 24-9. Trey Burton was one of ten Eagles with at least one reception, finishing with three catches for 19 yards. On the downside, he fumbled once in Packers territory.

Fantasy Impact: Burton had a solid season last year and likely will be the second tight end option for Wentz this season, as Brent Celek has been used mostly as a blocking tight end at this stage of his career.

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Marcus Smith, a first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was waived by the Eagles on Wednesday. (Source: Philadelphia Eagles on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith was in the last year of his rookie deal and faced an uphill battle for a roster spot and for playing time. He skipped voluntary workouts in the offseason, and the team ultimately decided to move on from the disappointing first round pick. He is likely to get a chance somewhere else in the league as either a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 linebacker, but nothing will be handed to him easily.

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Allen Barbre was released by the Eagles on Wednesday, according to an announcement by the team. However, prior to being officially released, Barbre was actually traded to the Denver Broncos for a conditional 2019 draft pick, the team announced.

Fantasy Impact: Barbre is a versatile reserve lineman, and the Broncos were apparently concerned about him being claimed or signed by someone else, so they swooped in and made a deal with the Eagles before his release was finalized with the league. He now figures to compete for a roster spot and playing time in Denver

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