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TE Zach Ertz - Philadelphia Eagles

6-5, 249Born: 11-10-1990College: StanfordDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Ertz has the problem of playing in an Eagles offense that has a ton of mouths to feed, emerging running game, and emerging #1 receiver in Alshon Jeffery. He's still a top 3-5 tight end, but his numbers are trending down from his early season target dominance.

Week 12: vs Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Carson Wentz had a quiet game on the stat sheet last week, but his two touchdowns and 168 passing yards were just enough to help rout the Cowboys last week. Wentz looked great around the goal line last week as he scored both touchdowns from within the red zone while converting three two-point conversions. Wentz has now passed for multiple touchdowns in six straight games, owning a 19-to-3 touchdown to interception ratio over that span. Alshon Jeffrey has been more involved within the past few weeks as he has over 60 receiving yards and at least one touchdown in each of his last three games. Jeffery has also led the team in targets for five straight weeks, now the most heavily targeted option for Wentz this season. Zach Ertz was not quite right last week as the Eagles may have let him return a bit prematurely from his hamstring injury sustained in Week 8. Ertz is typically an integral part of this passing offense, but he only managed two receptions for eight yards in what was a very forgettable outing. Prior to last week, Ertz had racked up a touchdown in five of his last six games--so look for him to be more involved as his health improves. The Bears passing defense took a slight step back last week against a Matt Stafford and the Lions, giving up more than one passing touchdown for just the second time this season as Stafford threw for 299 yards. The Bears secondary has been one of the least opportunistic units in the league as they only have four interceptions, fourth fewest in the league. They had a back to back games with two interceptions in each, but outside of that, this secondary has not made many big plays outside of some forced fumbles. Their pass rush has been strong though as they sacked Stafford three times last week, bringing them up to 29 sacks on the year. Akiem Hicks has played a big role in applying pressure on the quarterback as he alone has accounted for seven of those sacks playing from the left side of this line. Hicks will be in for a test this week though as the strength of this very proficient Eagles offensive line has been their right side. The biggest weak spot for the Bears secondary has been Kyle Fuller, and he should be matched up against the Eagles top receiving option in Alshon Jeffrey this week. Jeffrey has both a size and talent advantage over Fuller, and he has scored four touchdowns in the last three games.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
8 vs SF 64 4 34 1 0 9.4
11 at DAL 60 2 8 0 0 0.8
12 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * * *
12 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * * *
12 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs DAL (5 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Ertz was extremely disappointing in this game as he was largely a non-factor this week. Ertz was targeted five times but these were all short routes as Ertz still looked like he was not 100% in this game.

2017 Week 8 vs SF (6 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)

Zach Ertz was largely shut down in this game as the 49ers on the season have been one of the best against the tight end, but Ertz was able to find the end zone in this game on a route in which he worked along the back end line and was able to use his speed to outrun the defender and work with a rolling out Carson Wentz to find an opening.

2017 Week 7 vs WAS (5 / 5 / 89 / 1 rec)

The chemistry between Carson Wentz and Zach Ertz continues to be evident as the two connected on all 5 of their targets today and Ertz lead the Eagles in receiving yards. The big tight end showed he can run the shorter timing routes with his 4-yard out route for a touchdown and his ability to outrun the defense on his 46-yard deep crossing route. Ertz has been a safety blanket for Wentz from day one and he continues to be an elite tight end in the NFL. Ertz beat the coverage on his 46-yard crossing route and Wentz was able to lay the ball right over his shoulder on the run and give him room to run after the catch. Ertz will have a chance to pad his stats again next week as he takes on a very soft 49er's defense.

2017 Week 6 vs CAR (5 / 2 / 18 / 2 rec)

Zach Ertz was largely a non-factor in this game except for the two touchdowns that he caught both within the ten-yard line as those were his only catches of this game. On both the touchdowns Ertz was able to use his size against the Panthers with the first touchdown he cut in front of the defender and shielded him for an easy touchdown, and the second touchdown Wentz used Ertz' height for an easy passing touchdown as he jumped up to a point where the defender could not get to the ball.

2017 Week 5 vs ARI (12 / 6 / 61 / 1 rec)

Ertz continues to be the reliable and consistent piece in this offense as once again he led the team in targets and receptions as he had 12 targets this week. Ertz continues to be the first or second read in almost all of plays that they design especially since the team is not even looking Alshon Jeffery's way due to the tough matchups that he has encountered so far this season. Ertz was able to make a highlight reel catch for a touchdown on an in-route in which Ertz caught the ball at the four-yard line and barreled over the defensive player on a second effort for the touchdown.

2017 Week 4 vs LAC (8 / 5 / 81 / 0 rec)

Ertz continues to be the most reliable receiver on this team as he once again led the team in yardage, targets, receptions and was on the field for 76% of the plays this week. Ertz in a favorable matchup was able to capitalize as one of his highlight plays was a seam route where he simply ran past the linebacker in coverage. The one area Ertz has struggled with this season is in the red-zone as he was not targeted in the red-zone in this game.

2017 Week 3 vs NYG (10 / 8 / 55 / 1 rec)

Ertz continues to be the leading receiver on this Eagles team as he led the team in both targets and receptions in this game and scored the team's lone receiving touchdown. Ertz made up for a dropped touchdown as on the next play he went over the middle and took a big hit after catching the ball, but was able to hold onto the ball for the score.

2017 Week 2 vs KC (10 / 5 / 97 / 0 rec)

Ertz continues to see significant volume in the passing game as he is one of the most trustworthy receivers for the . Ertz highlight play this week was a 53 yard reception that should have been intercepted on an overthrown ball by Carson Wentz. The Ball bounced off of the receivers hands into ErtzÝ hands which Ertz was able to run inside the ten yard line. Ertz was on the field 83% of plays this week and should continue to see a significant workload as the team uses the athletic tight end in multiple sets including out of the slot.

2017 Week 1 vs WAS (8 / 8 / 93 / 0 rec)

Zach Ertz was able to take advantage of the tough matchup that Jeffery had in this game as Wentz targeted Ertz eight times and Ertz took advantage of this catching the ball all eight times. He remains the most consistent option in this offense as he was tied with the most snaps and most targets in this game. Ertz continues to try to get open and adjusts his route to Wentz to get open as Wentz was able to scramble out of pressure to hit Ertz several times in this game.

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Latest News

Eagles | Zach Ertz very quiet in SNF win (Mon Nov 20, 12:01 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz posted two receptions for eight yards on five targets in Week 11 against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Eagles | Zach Ertz on track to play (Fri Nov 17, 05:56 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 17, and is not on the injury report for Week 11.

Our View: Ertz missed the Week 9 game against the Broncos and then had a bye last week. He's in line to start against the Cowboys and that means he needs to be in your lineup as a TE1.
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Eagles | Week 11 injury report for Philadelphia (Fri Nov 17, 03:10 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (ankle) participated fully in practice Friday, Nov. 17, and is listed as questionable for Week 11 against the Dallas Cowboys. CB Ronald Darby (ankle), TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) and S Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) each logged a full practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.

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Eagles | Zach Ertz full go Thursday (Thu Nov 16, 03:17 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) participated fully in practice Thursday, Nov. 16.

Our View: Ertz is full go for Sunday and should shred Dallas' defense. He has a touchdown each of the last four games, and we expect him to score again this week. Start him as a solid TE1.
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Eagles | Zach Ertz practices again Wednesday (Wed Nov 15, 01:26 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Our View: More good signs for Ertz here. He missed the team's Week 9 game against the Broncos and got more rest last week on the bye. Ertz is a no-brainer TE1 for fantasy owners this week against the Cowboys.
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Schedule

12vs Chicago Bears
13@ Seattle Seahawks
14@ Los Angeles Rams
15@ New York Giants
16vs Oakland Raiders
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