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Eagles fantasy football rankings, projections roundup


Maybe you are a fantasy football nut (like me, who is in three leagues — one of them a dynasty). Or maybe you just love football because it’s football.

Regardless, there is some value in taking a look at what various fantasy football resources say about the Eagles this coming season. 

If Jalen Hurts is among the leaders in fantasy points for quarterbacks, that would obviously be a good sign for the Eagles. And the same is true for A.J. Brown and Dallas Goedert, who are each ranked highly at their respective positions. And what about Miles Sanders? Will he be a serviceable weekly fantasy starter at running back?

Here’s look at what the leading fantasy football websites are predicting for the Eagles QB and skill players this season:

QB Jalen Hurts 

Outlet Pos Rank Proj Stats
ESPN QB 7 3,304 yards, 23 TD, 11 INT,
720 rush yards, 9 rush TD 
Yahoo!/Fantasy Pros QB 6 3,649 yards, 24 TD, 13 INT
762 rush yards, 8 rush TD
CBS QB 5 3,631 yards, 26 TD, 15 INT
828 rush yards, 9 rush TD 
NFL.com QB 8 3,986 yards, 24 TD, 15 INT
780 yards, 6 rush TD

The range here seems about right — he’s below the MVP candidates and above the non-rushing QBs. NFL.com has Hurts close to 4,000 yards which would be a second for the franchise (Carson Wentz did it in 2019). His rushing touchdowns will logically go down after he led the Eagles with 10 last season, but three of the four projections think he’ll be pretty close. PhillyVoice ranks Hurts as QB8 this season.

RB Miles Sanders

Outlet Pos Rank Proj Stats
ESPN RB 24 1,077 yards, 5 TD
32 rec, 320 yards TD
Yahoo!/FP RB 28 1,066 yards, 6 TD
33 rec, 232 yards, TD
CBS  RB 26 1,114 yards, 4 TD
33 red, 240 yards TD
NFL.com RB 19 1,213 yards, 7 TD
32 TD, 228 yards TD

Eagles fans are likely starting to really like NFL.com’s optimism. After not scoring a touchdown last season, Sanders fantasy drafters would love to see him score seven this year, and would be more than happy with five or six. There seems to be a consensus that he’ll rush for 1,000 yards but will not be a huge contributor in the pass game. Kenny Gainwell (as we have below) was ranked higher than Boston Scott and might be a late round handcuff pick for Sanders owners. We ranked Sanders 25th in our rankings and Gainwell 49th.

Also: Boston Scott (ESPN RB56, Yahoo!/FP RB60, CBS RB83), Kenny Gainwell (ESPN RB41, Yahoo!/FP RB50, CBS RB44)

WR A.J. Brown

Outlet Pos Rank Proj Stats
ESPN WR 14 74 rec, 1,060 yards, 7 TD
Yahoo!/FP WR 14 78 rec, 1,134 yards, 8 TD
CBS WR 20 72 rec, 1,156 yards, 8 TD
NFL.com WR 5 85 rec, 1,326 yards, 10 TD 

Did an Eagles fan infiltrate NFL.com’s algorithm or something? If Brown hits his protected numbers via NFL.com he’ll be the third leading single season receiver in team history. Brown will go in the first three or four rounds based on these rankings. We had Brown ranked 10th among WRs.

WR DeVonta Smith

Outlet Pos Rank Proj Stats
ESPN WR 36 65 rec for 874 yards, 7 TD
Yahoo!/FP WR 36 63 rec, 866 yards, 6 TD
CBS WR 36 66 rec, 952 yards, 7 TD 
NFL.com WR 43 58 rec, 892 yards, 5 TD

There is a consensus across the board that Smith will solidly post WR2 numbers and will go somewhere in the high single-digit rounds (between the sixth to the ninth). There might be more variance for those drafting Smith, as he’s a big play threat who will likely see fewer targets per game than Brown will. We were a bit higher on Smith, slotting him 29th among wideouts.

Also: Quez Watkins (ESPN WR61), (Yahoo!/FP WR98)

TE Dallas Goedert

Outlet Pos Rank Proj Stats
ESPN TE 8 58 rec, 689 yards, 4 TD
Yahoo!/FP TE 7 64 rec, 794 yards, 5 TD
CBS TE 6 63 rec, 899 yards, 6 TD
NFL.com TE 5 56 rec, 882 yards, 5 TD

It’s interesting seeing Goedert range between the fifth and eighth best tight end. There is a clear drop off after eight and Hurts has been looking Goedert’s way quite a lot in training camp. In games played with Zach Ertz, Goedert averaged 4.3 targets per game. In games without Ertz he averaged six. Perhaps he’s going to rake in more targets this season? Goedert was our TE6.

Eagles defense/special teams

Outlet Pos Rank Proj Stats
ESPN D/ST 16 43 sacks, 13 INT, 2 TD
Yahoo!/FP D/ST 16
CBS D/ST 29 33 sacks, 13 INT, 3 TD 
NFL.com D/ST 13 43 sacks, 15 INT, 3 TD 

It looks as though CBS is projecting that the Eagles muster a low sack total again. Assuming that number rebounds, their secondary is improved as is their linebacking corps. It’s hard not to see the defense being, at worst, somewhere in the top half of the NFL. Our speculation is that they’re the 12th best.

K Jake Elliott

Outlet Pos Rank Proj Stats
ESPN K 11 27/32
Yahoo!/FP K 15 28/32
CBS K 11 28/31

For some reason NFL.com’s projections had Jake Elliott making just eight field goals which is… weird. But the other projections see him as a fringe kicker to be drafted (at least in 10 or 12 team leagues). He has a lot of accuracy — but he doesn’t kick a lot, or at least hasn’t in seasons past.


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