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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 Sep 18): Ertz got more than half of his yards on a fluke tipped ball, but he is still heavily involved in a high volume pass offense. It's fair to rank him as a top five PPR tight end option going forward.

Week 3: vs New York Giants

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Doug Pederson's exceptionally pass-happy Eagles offense is surprising, but does make sense. It's indeed where all of his talent lies, so we should expect the trend to continue. Wentz has a gifted if inconsistent all-around playmaker (Alshon Jeffery), a reliable, seam-busting tight end (Zach Ertz), and an occasionally dynamic slot man (Nelson Agholor) to throw to. And through 2 weeks, he's topped 300 yards and 2 touchdowns twice. There are peripheral concerns here, though. Wentz struggled mightily with the deep ball as a rookie, and thus far in 2017 he's completed just 7 of 20 passes beyond 15 yards; that 35% rate would've ranked dead last among regular starters last season. It caps his upside noticeably, as accomplished deep-ball studs Jeffery and Torrey Smith go to waste a bit. He's also been beaten around more than usual thus far as his once-elite line has struggled. This remains a flawed passing game, but one that's at least shown it can flash dynamism. The Giants generally fared well in Week 2 without standout cornerback Janoris Jenkins, and they're expected to have him back for Week 3. Matthew Stafford and the Lions were ultimately effective through the air, but the Giants only allowed two receptions of note (both touchdowns, which obviously hurt). With him, Apple, and slot man Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the field - as well as a dynamic pass rush - this is a tough team to involve your wideouts much against. Their tight end defense, on the other hand, is an exploitable unit. Through 2 weeks they've been worked over by Jason Witten (7 catches for 59 yards and 1 touchdown) and Eric Ebron (5 catches for 42 yards and 1 touchdown).

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at WAS 60 8 93 0 0 9.3
2 at KC 60 5 97 0 0 9.7
3 vs NYG PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * * *
3 vs NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * * *
3 vs NYG PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 | Strong day for Zach Ertz (Sun Sep 17, 05:12 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz caught five passes for 97 yards in a 27-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Our View: Ertz's longest gain was a fluke deflected deep ball late in the first half. He was still a core part of a good passing game and has to be ranked highly going into a matchup against the generous to the tight end Giants next week.
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Eagles | Zach Ertz nears 100 yards (Sun Sep 10, 04:49 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz caught eight passes for 93 yards with no touchdowns in a 30-17 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Our View: As expected, Ertz was the top Eagles target in the wake of Jordan Matthews departure via trade. He has had some of his best days against Washington, so things could be a little more difficult against the Chiefs next week, but they did just lose Eric Berry for the season after he was shutting down Rob Gronkowski.
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Schedule

3vs New York Giants
4@ Los Angeles Chargers
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ Carolina Panthers
7vs Washington Redskins
8vs San Francisco 49ers
9vs Denver Broncos
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Dallas Cowboys
12vs Chicago Bears
13@ Seattle Seahawks
14@ Los Angeles Rams
15@ New York Giants
16vs Oakland Raiders
17vs Dallas Cowboys