TE Zach Ertz - Philadelphia Eagles

6-5, 249Born: 11-10-1990College: StanfordDrafted: Round 2, pick 2013

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Week 6: at Minnesota Vikings

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Philadelphia Eagles' passing attack has been mediocre since a season-opening explosion against the Washington Redskins. This week one eruption may have been, in part, due to a positive game script for the passing game as well as a weak Washington secondary. Another notable factor is the health of their receiving corps- week one was the only game their full compliment of pass-catchers was healthy. This weekend, however, the Eagles are hopeful that DeSean Jackson will return to the lineup, and they will finally be back at full-strength. Carson Wentz has thrown for less-than 200 yards in each of the team's last two outings, as the Eagles have gone with an uncharacteristically run-heavy approach. When he has thrown the ball, Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz stand out above the rest as his favorite targets. Philadelphia's deep group of running backs consistently rotate in and out of the game, making for erratic production through the air for Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders. The Eagles' offensive line ranks amongst the league's best, and they have done an exceptional job of keeping Carson Wentz clean in the pocket. Should Jackson return to action this weekend, expect the efficiency of Philadelphia's passing attack to increase dramatically, as Jackson is a deep-threat unlike anyone else on the Eagles' roster. Minnesota's pass defense has been one of the league's best through the season's first five weeks. Over the last three weeks, the Vikings have allowed just over 200 passing yards and 1 touchdown per game to opposing quarterbacks. Even against high-volume aerial attacks, the Vikings have held their own, as they have defended no less than 30 pass attempts in any game this year. Minnesota's impressive personnel across the board signals that this is not a fluke, and the Vikings will likely continue to perform as one of the league's best pass defenses. Along the defensive line, Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter both rank amongst the league's top edge rushers. The duo has combined for an astonishing 61 pressures on opposing quarterbacks, and they're supported by one of the best coverage units in the league. At linebacker, Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr are two of the most athletic linebackers in the league, and they make full use of this in coverage. Finally, in the secondary, Minnesota may have the best pair of safeties in the NFL. If Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris are not both in the NFL's top-five safeties in coverage, then they're close. The Vikings have yet to allow a passing touchdown of more than 35 yards this year. If DeSean Jackson is unable to play for the Eagles this weekend, it is tough to imagine they will be able to take the top off of this Vikings' secondary. It will be tough sledding for the Eagles' passing attack here in week six against one of the league's slowest offenses and best defenses.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
2 at ATL 81 8.0 72 0 0 7.2
3 vs DET 76 4.0 64 0 0 6.4
4 at GB 47 7.0 65 0 0 6.5
5 vs NYJ 58 5.0 57 1 0 11.7
6 at MIN 4.0 54 0 1 4.4
6 at MIN PROJ-Dodds * 6.0 * * * *
6 at MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 5.8 * * * *
6 at MIN PROJ-Bloom * 6.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Zach Ertz's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 5 vs NYJ (7 / 5 / 57 / 1 rec)

Ertz found the end zone for the first time this season, breaking a streak of 24 receptions entering the game without a score. Ertz was a consistent chain-mover over the middle of the field with mostly comeback routes fueling his stat line. Ertz added a sliding red zone touchdown and a deep crossing route on a highlight Carson Wentz play to his performance against the Jets. Ertz also had a reception negated by penalty. While the huge game has eluded Ertz to-date this season, he has posted more than 50 yards each week and at least four receptions. The Vikings have allowed big games to Darren Waller and Austin Hooper, their notable tight end tests this season, and are up next for Ertz in Week 6.

2019 Week 4 vs GB (8 / 7 / 65 / 0 rec)

Ertz was held out of the end zone for the fourth straight game to begin the season, now spanning 24 receptions without a score. Ertz collected a sturdy eight targets, second to Alshon Jeffery, who returned from injury against the Packers. Out routes were the most common completion for Ertz, one on third down and another producing a chunk play featuring yards after the catch. Ertz's lone missed opportunity came on a difficult high throw in a contested situation on an early-game third down.

2019 Week 3 vs DET (7 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)

While the stars were aligned for a high-volume game for Zach Ertz against the Lions with Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson out, the record-setting tight end from 2018 saw a tepid seven targets. Ertz dropped two of them as much of his production came in the first half and centrally on two receptions, each for 20+ yards. Ertz did show his athleticism as he hurdled a defender on one occasion. Ertz has yet to find the end zone through three games as a strong regression candidate heading into Week 4 against Green Bay.

2019 Week 2 vs ATL (16 / 8 / 72 / 0 rec)

Ertz easily led the Eagles in targets (33% market share) against the Falcons as they lost DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Dallas Goedert in-game to injury. Ertz mired through tight coverage and defensive attention overall, however, as he rarely found open field at, or after, the catch point. Ertz did not find any touchdown opportunities but did convert a two-point attempt. On the biggest play of the game, Ertz was stopped just short of the sticks on fourth down to end the Eagles' last gasp comeback effort.

2019 Week 1 vs WAS (7 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)

Ertz's 2019 debut was a tempered performance coming off his record-breaking season in 2018. Ertz did not produce much in the first half but finished second on the team in targets (seven) including two critical third-down receptions in the fourth quarter. Ertz dropped a low slant target and nearly scored on an after-the-catch opportunity down to the goal line as missed opportunities. On a positive sign, Ertz was second on the team in targets and clearly ahead of promising second-year tight end Dallas Goedert in snaps.

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Latest News

Eagles | Zach Ertz finishes with 54 yards (Sun Oct 13, 05:43 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz caught four passes for 54 yards against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6. He was targeted nine times during the game.

Our View: Ertz was outproduced by Dallas Goedert in PPR leagues in what could be the start of a trend. The whole offense should be helped when Desean Jackson returns, but Ertz has been underachieving and not delivering on his expensive ADP.
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Eagles | Zach Ertz scores first TD of 2019 (Sun Oct 6, 08:38 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz posted five receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in Week 5 against the New York Jets.

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Schedule

6@ Minnesota Vikings
7@ Dallas Cowboys
8@ Buffalo Bills
9vs Chicago Bears
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs New England Patriots
12vs Seattle Seahawks
13@ Miami Dolphins
14vs New York Giants
15@ Washington Redskins
16vs Dallas Cowboys
17@ New York Giants