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WR Nelson Agholor - Philadelphia Eagles

6-0, 198Born: 5-24-1993College: USCDrafted: Round 1, pick 20

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Week 20: vs Minnesota Vikings

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Eagles passing offense has looked much different with Nick Foles under center for these last four games versus the Carson Wentz tenure before his Week 14 injury. While Foles looked impressive in his Week 15 debut, he left a lot to be desired Weeks 16 and 17 while turning in a very mediocre performance in last week's game against the Falcons. To the defense of Foles though, he was used in much more of a game management role last week as the Eagles elected to hand the ball off on nearly half of their snaps while Foles very rarely attempted a pass downfield with an average of only 5.2 yards per target. Foles did show a much-improved chemistry with top receiver Alshon Jeffrey last week though, completing four of five passes for 61 yards to Jeffrey in that game after completing only five of 14 targets for 57 yards to Jeffrey over his last three games prior. Jeffrey has been a touchdown magnet in the latter part of this season for the Eagles, scoring seven times in the last nine games of the season after scoring only twice in his first seven outings. Jeffrey is on a three-game drought right now though as the last time he found the end zone was Week 15 against the Giants. Zach Ertz has been a huge red zone threat for the Eagles as well, and he was coming off a couple of nice games in his last two full starts leading into the playoffs. Ertz did not have a good showing last week though as he only managed three receptions for 32 yards. The Vikings pass defense got off to a hot start last week as they shut down the Saints offense, allowing no points while intercepting Drew Brees twice before halftime. After the half though, this unit imploded as they gave up a slew of yards and three touchdowns on their way to allowing what would have been one of the biggest postseason comebacks in history if not for the heroism of that Vikings offense to save the day. It is tough to apply harsh judgment on this unit after one half of bad play though, especially considering it was against one of the best quarterbacks in the league. This defense had such a dominant regular season, allowing the second-fewest passing yards per game (192), second-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks, and fewest fantasy points to both wide receivers and tight ends. One of the big strengths of this defense has been it's defensive line. While they tallied only 37 sacks in the regular season, the Vikings front seven has been a terrifying group for opposing offensive lines. The Vikings should have the advantage in the trenches against the Eagles offensive line this week, particularly on the left side as Everson Griffen will match up against Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Vaitai has filled in for the injured Jason Peters for the past few weeks, and based on Vatai's performance, Griffen should clearly win these matchups and prove to be a consistent nuisance for Nick Foles. The Vikings secondary is in good hands as well, with top cornerback Xavier Rhodes expected to shadow Alshon Jeffrey this week. While Rhodes did get banged up in last week's game, he did not appear on the injury report and is expected to be good for Sunday. Rhodes should limit Jeffrey's upside as not many receivers have found success against his coverage this season. Zach Ertz should be looked after by either linebacker Eric Kendricks or star safety Harrison Smith. Regardless of who is covering Ertz though, he is in a tough spot as the Vikings finished the regular season allowing the league's fewest fantasy points per game to tight ends with no touchdowns to the position since Week 5. Vikings starting free safety Andrew Sendejo was having a spectacular game before being forced off the field with a concussion last week. He is now moving through the protocol, so keep an eye on his status coming into this Sunday's game as Sendejo's absence could help open things up for some extra deep balls by this Eagles passing offense. Slot cornerback Terence Newman was limited last week with a foot injury, yielding some snaps to rookie Mackensie Alexander, which is quite the downgrade at the position. Newman appeared to get through the game without significant setbacks, but still, keep an eye on this as a high snap share for Alexander could bode well for Eagles slot receiver Nelson Agholor.

Recent Stats and Projections

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16 vs OAK 58 0 0 0 7 4 35 0 0 3.5
17 vs DAL 30 1 7 0 3 3 11 0 0 1.8
19 vs ATL 51 2 20 0 3 3 24 0 0 4.4
20 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
20 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
20 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 19 vs ATL (3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec, 2 / 20 / 0 rush)

Agholor was seldomly used in this game as he saw just three targets. The biggest issue for the Eagles wide receiver was that he was being asked to run deep routes or clear out routes which ultimately created space for the pass receiving running backs. This is a continued trend for Agholor who has not been highly utilized since Nick Foles took over.

2017 Week 17 vs DAL (3 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

For the third straight week, Nelson Agholor's role just is not the same as it was early on in the season with Carson Wentz as the team was looking to get him in space as often as they could whether it be a deep throw or crossing routes that would open up space for Agholor to run. Now that Wentz is no longer in the game, it is a concern for Agholor as the team is not having Agholor run the deep routes and has turned him into more of a traditional possession wide receiver. Agholor was on the field for 55% of the plays which was far higher than any of the starting skill position players, but he was only targeted three times in this game.

2017 Week 16 vs OAK (7 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)

Agholor's role in this game was primarily underneath routes in which the Raiders did a very good job of containing the speedy receiver in this game. This is the second week in a row in which Agholor primarily stayed on underneath routes and was used in the short to intermediate passes on slants and crossing routes. Agholor was on the field for 95% of the team's snaps which was the highest percentage of the season for the former first-round pick.

2017 Week 15 vs NYG (9 / 7 / 59 / 1 rec)

There was no receiver that really ran away with it this week. Agholor lead a receiving core where no one topped 60 yards, but he did rank second in targets with 9 this week. Agholor's touchdown came on a back-shoulder fade where he jumps over and takes the ball away from Darryl Morris. This would be reminiscent of the catches Randy Moss used to make. Agholor also added a 16-yard first down catch to help set up another Eagles touchdown. In a game where no one really stood out, Agholor lead the way for all receivers.

2017 Week 14 vs LAR (11 / 8 / 64 / 0 rec)

Nelson Agholor after several big weeks was heavily targeted once again but much like most of the Eagles passing game, they decided to create a game plan that would feature Agholor and Jeffery in the short routes while taking their deep shots with Torrey Smith. Agholor played more of a traditional slot receiver role instead of running the deep slot routes as he faced a tough matchup against Nickell Robey-Coleman in this game.

2017 Week 13 vs SEA (12 / 7 / 141 / 1 rec)

Nelson Agholor continues to have these games where he can take his speed and exploit defenses and he did not disappoint in this game. Agholor has developed into more than just a speed receiver, as he is able to find soft spots in deep zone coverage as evidenced by his 51 yard reception in which he saw that Wentz was rolling out to his right and in trouble and consequently found a soft spot in the zone 40-yards down-field with the nearest defender being 10 yards behind him. Agholor's was able to find the end-zone on a play in which he ran a double move against Byron Maxwell who was not able to keep up with Agholor.

2017 Week 12 vs CHI (6 / 3 / 32 / 1 rec)

Agholor was not heavily utilized in this game, but he was able to utilize his speed against this defense to pay dividends as he scored two touchdowns in this game. The first touchdown was on a hot route smoke screen in which Agholor had no blockers in front of him other than Alshon Jeffery, but he was able to high dive over a defender to get in for a 15-yard touchdown. The second touchdown for Agholor was good fortune, as it was a fumble in which Ajayi fumbled into the end-zone but Agholor was trailing the play hustled into the end-zone to be the first to fall on the ball.

2017 Week 11 vs DAL (5 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

Agholor was largely a non-factor in this game as he only had one catch for negative two yards. Agholor was on the field for 73% of the plays which was tied with Alshon Jeffery for the most on this team but was just not able to get on the same page as Wentz this week as he only caught one of his five targets.

2017 Week 9 vs DEN (4 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)

Agholor was in a tough matchup going up against Chris Harris in this game who is one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Agholor was largely shut down in this game outside of a 35-yard reception in which Agholor simply outran Harris on a deep fade route in which the two came down fighting for the ball and Agholor held on for the reception.

2017 Week 8 vs SF (3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Agholor's value this season has primarily come from deep passes in which he is able to use his speed to get behind defenses for a long touchdown or on a crossing route out of the slot for a touchdown. The Eagles did not throw deep this game to Agholor as they were content with their lead to utilize Agholor on shorter routes and more of a traditional slot receiver.

2017 Week 7 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 45 / 1 rec)

The Eagles' passing game was very spread out and Agholor was not really featured until the second half. Agholor was the beneficiary of a 10-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to put the game away. The final touchdown for the Eagles came on a play action pass up the seam to Agholor. The young receiver had to go up high to get the ball in front of the safety that was closing in. There was no press at the line and Agholor was able to run free for the touchdown. Agholor's longest play came on a 14-yard catch and run out route. No Philadelphia receiver really took over the game, but Wentz did a great job spreading the ball around.

2017 Week 6 vs CAR (7 / 4 / 55 / 1 rec)

Agholor continues to shine this season out of the slot as he is continuing to see a high number of targets and running a full route tree of short and long passes. Agholor continues to show his speed as he ran a 4.42 40-yard dash coming out of USC. Agholor was able to find the end zone in this game on a quick slant that he was an easy touchdown on a mismatch against linebacker Shaq Thompson who had no chance to keep up with Agholor.

2017 Week 5 vs ARI (5 / 4 / 93 / 1 rec)

Nelson Agholor continues to use the big play in this offense as a large part of his productivity is coming from the deep passes. Agholor's highlight this week was a 72-yard touchdown pass which was the longest touchdown reception of Agholor's career so far. Agholor caught the ball around the 20-yard line and was hand fighting with Budda Baker before Baker slipped and fell down allowing Agholor easy access to run into the end-zone with no one around him.

2017 Week 4 vs LAC (4 / 3 / 58 / 0 rec)

Nelson Agholor only saw four targets in this game but was able to capitalize on these particularly on a 36 yard go route where he was able to run past Desmond King and Carson Wentz was able to throw a perfect pass hitting Agholor in stride. Agholor was on the field for 77% of the time surpassing Torrey Smith for the first time this season and lined up at more positions than just the slot which is encouraging moving forward.

2017 Week 3 vs NYG (3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Agholor was largely a non-factor in this game as while he was on the field for 45 snaps he saw only three targets in this game.

2017 Week 2 vs KC (3 / 1 / 9 / 1 rec)

Nelson Agholor had a rough day against Phillip Gaines as he did not have a catch until eight seconds left in the game where he was able to tip toe along the back end line for a touchdown. Agholor saw his number of snaps increase in this game as he was on the field for 76% of plays compared to just 61% last week.

2017 Week 1 vs WAS (8 / 6 / 86 / 1 rec)

Nelson Agholor had the game of his career in this game which was highlighted by a 58 yard touchdown reception in which Agholor smartly kept his eyes on Carson Wentz as Wentz was scrambling and adjusted his route to get wide open for the long touchdown. Outside of this long catch, Agholor was used primarily in the slot in this game as a possession receiver.

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Eagles | Nelson Agholor accounts for 44 yards (Sat Jan 13, 08:27 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor ran two times for 20 yards and caught all three of his targeted passes for 24 yards in a 15-10 NFC Division Series victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

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