Zach Ertz had a fantastic season in 2017, and he will look to build on that performance this year. He was the No. 3 Fantasy tight end in standard leagues, but the only thing that changed for him was his touchdown production. Otherwise, his stats from the past three years were nearly exactly the same. He had 110 targets for 74 catches, 824 yards and eight touchdowns last year. In 2016, he had 107 targets for 78 catches, 816 yards and four touchdowns, and in 2015 he had 111 targets for 75 catches, 853 yards and two touchdowns. You should know what to expect with his targets, catches and yards, and hopefully his touchdowns will stay around eight -- if not go up. Now, Ertz could benefit with two things, which are Alshon Jeffery's shoulder injury and Trey Burton being gone. Should Jeffery be limited early in the year, that could help Ertz with a few more targets, and the same with Burton being gone. Ertz is worth drafting as the No. 3 tight end off the board behind Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce, and he should be selected as early as Round 3 in most formats
Ertz (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reports. Despite missing just three days of practice, Ertz may be held out of the preseason opener Thursday against Pittsburgh, as the likely absence of both Carson Wentz (knee) and Nick Foles (upper body) could encourage the Eagles to wait until the second week of the preseason to take a look at their first-string offense. Ertz was productive while playing with both quarterbacks last season, averaging 5.2 catches in 11 games with Wentz and 5.8 catches in six games (including playoffs) with Foles.
Ertz (undisclosed) didn't practice for the third straight day Monday, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The tight end's absence isn't expected to be an extended one, with Ertz's current string of missed on-field work being attributed to maintenance. Moreover, the Eagles are of a mind to proceed judiciously with Ertz, with an eye toward the long season ahead.
Ertz will not practice Sunday, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reports. Ertz also sat out of practice Friday, when head coach Doug Pederson said the tight end was getting a veteran's day off. With no mention of an injury since, Ertz's absence on Sunday is likely for rest purposes as well. With fellow tight end Richard Rodgers (upper body) not on the field either, second-round rookie Dallas Goedert should get plenty of reps with the first-team offense Sunday.
Ertz has restructured his contract with the Eagles, an agreement that will create $5.047 million in salary cap space for the team, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Fellow key cog, right tackle Lane Johnson, also restructured his deal with Philadelphia, with the resulting cap space giving the team added flexibility in free agency. Ertz is coming off a 2017 campaign in which he caught 74 passes for 824 yards and a career-high eight TDs in 14 games. He remains atop the Eagles' tight end depth chart, but who backs him up remains to be seen, with Trey Burton now with the Bears and Brent Celek having been released. In any case, Ertz will remain the team's top pass-catching option at the position, a context that will result in the 27-year-old retaining his status as a quality fantasy option.
Ertz brought in seven of nine targets for 67 yards and a touchdown during the Eagles' 41-33 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. Ertz drew even with Torrey Smith for second on the team in targets, but it was his final catch of the night that proved to be the difference-maker. The 27-year-old made a circus grab and crossed the goal line with 2:21 remaining, but the ground lodged the ball loose as he landed. However, it ended up in Ertz's hands again off the carom without ever touching the ground, and instant replay review led to a determination that the tight end was acting as a runner when he lost and subsequently regained control. The touchdown gave the Eagles a 38-33 lead that they'd extend to 41-33 in short order with the aid of a Tom Brady fumble on the next possession. The heroics capped off a third straight successful campaign for the fifth-year pro, one that saw him haul in 74 of 110 targets for 824 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns. Despite carrying a cap hit of nearly $10 million in 2018, Ertz naturally figures to play a pivotal role in the team's attempted defense of its first Super Bowl title.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||5.00|
|6||10/12||@New York Giants||32||10.69|
|11||11/18||@New Orleans Saints||5||5.22|
|12||11/25||New York Giants||32||10.69|
|15||12/17||@Los Angeles Rams||19||6.82|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||109||76||831||5||42||10.93||111|