TE Zach Ertz - Philadelphia Eagles
|6-5, 249||Born: 11-10-1990||College: Stanford||Drafted: Round 2|
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2016 Week 17 vs DAL (16 / 13 / 139 / 2 rec)
Zach Ertz was dominant in this game with the lack of receiving options due to Jordan Matthews missing this game. Ertz was the primary receiving option on almost every play. Ertz scored his first touchdown on a nice slant pattern with Byron Jones covering him but the safety got caught up with Damien Wilson making it for an easy score for the Eagles tight end. Ertz' second touchdown was much more impressive as it was a 20 yard corner route which he had to dive for the ball and made an incredible catch. Most of his other catches were either quick curl routes or drag routes for minimal yards. Ertz continues to grow in this offense and is looking to become a more reliable tight end heading into 2017.
2016 Week 16 vs NYG (2 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
There was not the same connection between Carson Wentz and Zach Ertz today. The big tight end pulled in both of his targets but did not do very much with them. He was not utilized in the red zone again today and was briefly injured on the opening kickoff of the second half. Ertz has seen a much higher volume in previous weeks and today is more of an outlier than the rule. The Eagles were playing with a lead in this one and he did not need to do nearly as much as the past few weeks.
2016 Week 15 vs BAL (8 / 6 / 80 / 0 rec)
Ertz was the Eagles most productive pass catcher today and came in second behind Jordan Matthews in targets. The big tight end has built a rapport with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and continues to come back strong from his injury earlier this season. He is still not getting the red zone targets one might expect and even lost some opportunities to Trey Burton today. Wentz went to Burton instead of Ertz on the final two-point conversion play today even though he has run a similar route just underneath. Ertz' big play came on a 24-yard reception on a play action pass where he settled up the seam right behind the linebackers and in front of the safety.
2016 Week 14 vs WAS (13 / 10 / 112 / 0 rec)
Zach Ertz has cemented himself as the favorite target of Carson Wentz with another 13 today. The big tight end seemed to play a role on almost every drive. Unfortunately, the biggest play he made was an illegal block above the waist that negated a 72-yard punt return by Darren Sproles. Ertz was able to find a void in the defense on a play-action pass from Wentz for 29-yards in the second quarter but was unable to find the red zone. Ertz has been a favorite of Wentz all season, but the duo cannot seem to connect in the red zone to put points on the board. Despite the blocking penalty, it was a very productive day for Zach Ertz today.
2016 Week 13 vs CIN (15 / 9 / 79 / 1 rec)
When things broke down in this game, Carson Wentz looked for his safety blanket tight end early and often. Most of Ertz's production came when this game was out of hand as five of his seven receptions including the touchdown came when the Eagles were down 29-0 or later in this game. Wentz was able to connect with Ertz in the back of the end zone for a nice score on broken coverage where Ertz was just standing there with no one around him. Overall, Ertz had a good game from a fantasy perspective and it was good to see that he was targeted so heavily particularly in garbage time as the Eagles have a tough remaining schedule, so we may see more Ertz when the game gets out of hand.
2016 Week 12 vs GB (6 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Ertz and Wentz were not on the same page this week as the big tight end was only able to bring in half of his targets on the day. The only real play of note came on a 16-yard connection from Wentz to Ertz, but everything else looked out of sorts and the two could not connect. A prime example came on Wentz' lone interception where he overthrew Ertz by 5 yards and the ball was easily intercepted by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Ertz will see an uptick in targets if Matthews is unable to go or limited at all next week in Cincinnati.
2016 Week 11 vs SEA (11 / 6 / 35 / 1 rec)
Ertz was visibly frustrated as he could not get on the same page with his quarterback today. The big tight end lead the Eagles in targets and catches but was not able to do much with the volume. Ertz did stretch the ball over the goal line to help the Eagles take a temporary lead early but averaged just under 6 yards a reception outside of that. The big tight end was other thrown, under thrown and lead right into waiting defenders as his quarterback did him no favors. Ertz continues to be Wentz's favorite target but until the quarterback can find the mark, Ertz's production will suffer.
2016 Week 10 vs ATL (7 / 6 / 55 / 0 rec)
Coming off a big game last week, Ertz continued to show the new found chemistry with Carson Wentz and helped lead the Eagles to victory. Ertz was third on the team with 7 targets and converted some key third downs. Ertz found some room up the seam for a nice 18-yard gain in the 4th quarter and continues to provide a big target for his rookie quarterback. Ertz is finally starting to get back to form after the early rib injury and will look to do the same next week in Seattle.
2016 Week 9 vs NYG (8 / 8 / 97 / 0 rec)
Ertz finally showed the tight end that he can be with a big game today. He lead all receivers with 97 yards and reeled in all 8 of his targets. A big chunk came on a 30-yard strike deep down the middle to set the Eagles up deep in Giants territory. However, just like other big plays in the game, they resulted in no points as Wentz was stopped on 4th down just outside the red zone. Ertz finally broke out and seemed to show some chemistry with Wentz on a day where the quarterback could not find his other receivers consistently.
2016 Week 8 vs DAL (4 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)
Ertz was another nonfactor in this one, and aside from the single first down he did not contribute much. He is still coming back from the rib injury from earlier in the year, but even with that Wentz simply does not seem to be looking his way. Ertz works best up the seam and on those late check down safety passes. Wentz was harassed all day, but never really looked to Ertz as a safety. It has been a highly disappointing season for Ertz this far, but there is still time to get back on track. Wentz and Ertz missed out on a lot of practice time to help build chemistry, but as the season wears on that familiarity will build.
2016 Week 7 vs MIN (3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Zach Ertz came in with a lot of hype this season, but since he returned from injury three weeks ago he has stagnated with three targets in each of those three games. Ertz is hard to trust going forward as he just does not have a big role in this offense with just two receptions in his last two games.
2016 Week 6 vs WAS (3 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Ertz fell victim to the overall offensive slump in Philadelphia today, only pulling in 1 of his 3 targets for 22 yards. Ertz had a chance in the red zone to potentially score on a quick slant, but let the ball go right through his hands. Ertz was an elite tight end coming into the season, but after the rib injury, he has not played like one. His value is going to continue to drop as he has not produced on the field and faces the number one overall defense next week.
2016 Week 5 vs DET (3 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Ertz was active today after a rib injury had sidelined him earlier in the season, and brought in all 3 of his targets for 37 yards. It was rather surprising to see the red zone looks going to Ryan Mathews and Josh Huff, but do not expect that trend to continue. Ertz is a big target in the red-zone, and should see those looks increase as he gets back into this offense and working with Wentz.
2016 Week 1 vs CLE (7 / 6 / 58 / 0 rec)
Zach Ertz showed that the quarterback change to Carson Wentz will have no effect on his overall production, as he had a very typical Zach Ertz game. Ertz was heavily utilized in the short to intermediate passing game, as he was running quick routes for the rookie quarterback to check down to when needed. It was great to see the rookie go through his progressions and get the ball to Ertz even if he wasn't the primary receiver on certain plays which will significantly help out his fantasy value going forward. Ertz showed off his tremendous hands early on in this game with a spectacular one-handed catch for Wentz's first completion of the day. The one drawback of Ertz is he did not see any red zone targets which was the concern heading into this season whether or not he would be able to see any passes in the red zone after he only had two touchdowns in 2015.
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