As former Pro Bowl and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles once said, “How’s everyone doin!?!?!” I get the distinct honor of keeping you informed of all the happenings with the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles this year! I gotta tell you guys…that feels so good to say! This is my first article here at the WORLD RENOWNED Dynasty Happy Hour and I couldn’t be more excited! First off…yes…I...AM AN EAGLES FAN. I feel like you all should know that. With that being said, I will give you a completely objective point of view as far as all dynasty values, regardless of this being my team. Let’s get started with what we’ve seen thus far in training camp and through week 1 of the preseason.
Before we get started on players, one thing that we should all look at when it comes to fantasy and dynasty is coaching continuity and scheme. We saw what happened when the Falcons lost Kyle Shanahan this past year. It's no joke. It takes time to acclimate. The Eagles have what looks like to be one of the best offensive minds in football in Doug Pederson. He makes great second half adjustments, is aggressive (in a controlled way), and very creative. The Eagles offense is in great hands for a while with a very young core. That being said, Pederson's scheme definitely spreads the ball around a lot, so unless you've got Wentz or Ertz, the running backs and wide receivers probably don't have WR1 or RB1 upside. Seen below is a picture of Doug Pederson after pantsing the Patriots when he called the Philly Special on 4th down in the SUPER BOWL. Sorry not sorry.
The main thing most people are asking is, “Will Carson Wentz be ready for week one?” The short answer is, we don’t know! If I had to put odds on him being ready, based on what we’ve seen and how the coaches are talking about him, I’d put the odds 80-20 in favor of him being ready. According to Pederson, Wentz is throwing the ball with more velocity than he has since he’s been in the league. Also, we’ve seen videos from training camp showing how well he’s moving around. If you just started watching football, you would have no idea that Wentz is recovering from a knee injury. He doesn’t look like somebody who isn’t ready and he was just recently cleared for 11 on 11's.. Expect him to be ready for week 1, but make sure you have a reliable backup, based on his style of play. Also, the team could elect to play it safe for the 1st 2 weeks or so because they have a great fallback option in Nick Foles. That being said, I see Carson as a top 4 fantasy quarterback in 2018 and is my QB1 in all of dynasty.
The running game will be a committee, unfortunately. Great for real football, but a dirty word for fantasy. Expect Ajayi to get most of the work, but Corey Clement and Darren Sproles will be a factor on third down at minimum. Pederson will sprinkle in both Clement and Sproles to keep Ajayi fresh, but Clement will get most of that work. The coaching staff was very measured in how they used Ajayi last year and they will continue to monitor his workload because of concerns about his knee. This is, however, Ajayi’s contract year, so they may be more apt to run him into the ground and get rid of him. Essentially, expect Ajayi to be very efficient (again), but his workload may not be what you want. He’s an RB2 and sell if you can, in the right situation. If you're a contender, this may be a guy to target, as I've seen him moved for what seems like 50 cents on the dollar. I recently bought him for a DEVY pick in a league. I’ve also seen him moved for Derrius Guice (post injury) and a 1st round pick on DLF. If you’re a contender, you should consider moving a future asset for Ajayi.
Corey Clement will get a decent workload (more than Sproles). Expect him to be close to a flex option, as he’ll snake some touchdowns from Ajayi down in the red zone. Last year all 6 of Clements’ touchdowns came from inside the 15 yard line. Look for him to build off of his 100 yard receiving performance in the Super Bowl. The team loves his versatility down close and won’t hesitate to use him anywhere on the field. Josh Adams has flashed in camp and I expect him to make the team as the rb4. He may not be active on game days, but he’s a logical replacement for Ajayi - should he go down - because of his running style. Pick him up and stash him, especially if you have Ajayi. We saw Clement go from undrafted free agentto having a role on this team in 2017, so it’s not unprecedented.
Nelson Agholor has a great chance of being the WR1 on this team in fantasy. He’s a huge buy for me, as the team picked up his fifth year option this offseason. Agholor can be great if his head is right and his confidence is up. He’s been the best wide receiver in camp thus far, with Alshon Jeffery recovering from shoulder surgery. Over 1000 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 65 receptions is completely within reach and it may be his floor. Agholor found a home in the slot and scored all 8 of his touchdowns lined up from the slot. He lined up in the slot more often than any other player in the league. He has generated much more separation and has had much more success after he was able to get away from press coverage.. I expect a slow start for Alshon and the team to ease him in. He may even miss a week or two of the regular season, as he’s still in the strengthening phase of physical therapy. Ian Rappaport reported that he may actually begin the season on the PUP and miss six weeks. I doubt he starts on PUP to be honest, but again, I think he could miss a few weeks. Mike Wallace will be useful in best ball formats and can be started in deep leagues if Alshon is out. He’s a boom or bust week to week option. Mack Hollins hasn’t looked great, but that may be because Ronald Darby has been on him like white on rice throughout camp. Shelton Gibson hit the jugs machine in the offseason and learned how to catch, which is a nice skill for a receiver, while Bryce Treggs could make the team as well. Gibson has looked really good all offseason, but he'll need some injuries in order to be fantasy relevant.
Dallas Goedert has looked amazing thus far along with Zach Ertz, they could be the best tight end tandem in football. Ertz, a top 3 tight end in football and dynasty, has been somewhat overshadowed by Goedert thus far in camp, but that’s only because Goedert the shiny new toy. Ertz has looked deadly and locked in all offseason. At the open practice on Saturday, he had a one-handed catch for a touchdown and then followed it up with another touchdown four minutes later. He’s in line to be the Eagles’ best receiving option this year. Goedert is someone who will definitely be used. The Eagles used at least two tight ends fourth most in the league in 2017 Goedert will be on the field plenty, especially in the red zone, where he has been a nightmare to deal with. With Trey Burton and Brett Celek gone, 765 tight end snaps are up for grabs. If Ertz is out for any period of time, Goedert will be a top 5 option week to week. As far as dynasty is concerned, he’s already top 15 option. I’ll take his upside and talent over guys like Seferian-Jenkins, Ebron, Hooper, and Doyle all day. Don’t be surprised when Goedert has over seven touchdowns this year, he’s been that good. There is a great article over at BleedingGreenNation that highlights how the tight ends may be utilized this year.
Be on the look-out in the upcoming weeks for more content and clarity on the Wentz situation. There’s a lot more to say on the offensive line, scheme and alignment, and more. You can hear more dynasty content on my podcast with @maddogff and @chrisdonik, The FakePigskin Dynasty Zone (@FP_DynastyZone) and check me out on Twitter @DynastyInfidel.