TE Zach Ertz - Philadelphia Eagles
|6-5, 249||Born: 11-10-1990||College: Stanford||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2013|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Ertz was a game time decision and then contained by Eric Rowe. He'll be a better play against the Giants this week with an extra week of rest, but could also get extra attention from the Giants coverage game plan.
Week 14: vs New York Giants
FBG says: Great matchup. Philadelphia's struggling passing attack finally got back on the board last week with just its second 300-yard passing day of the season, and its first since Week 1. Volume-wise, the Eagles' pass offense grades as a middle-of-the-road unit, lacking eye-popping volume, yardage, touchdown, or interception totals. However, they rank 23rd in the NFL in net yards per attempt, which encapsulates the unit's overall struggles to move the ball efficiently through the air. Quarterback Carson Wentz's main issues in 2019 have been due to a lack of chemistry and trust with his backup receivers, as their starters have struggled to remain healthy. With Alshon Jeffery returning to action last weekend, Wentz looked his way early and often, peppering him with 16 targets, connecting 9 times for 137 yards and a score. Elsewhere, Dallas Goedert continues to grow in Philadelphia's passing attack, especially as Zach Ertz battles a hamstring injury. Ertz's passing volume will likely tail off in the coming weeks from the double-digit target numbers he posted in November, as the Eagles' receiving corps returns to near-full-strength. A potentially-lingering hamstring injury could also limit his role in the team's aerial attack, leading to increased action for Goedert. Expect Carson Wentz to rely heavily upon his established pass-catchers, like Jeffery, Goedert, and Ertz, if he is fully-healthy, down the stretch this season, as the team vies for an unwarranted spot in the playoffs. The New York Giants, considering they frequently are playing from behind, rarely face pass-heavy offensive attacks. Through 12 games, the Giants have defended the 6th fewest pass attempts in the league, yet they have allowed the 8th-most passing yards, 8th most passing touchdowns, and the 2nd most net yards per attempt in the league. In all, there is very little to get excited about on this defense, aside from one shining rookie in the secondary. Along the defensive line, Leonard Williams, whom the Giants acquired from in-town rivals, the New York Jets, is the team's most effective pass-rusher. However, even his pass-rushing numbers have not been too impressive this season, grading as a slightly-above-average pass-rusher during his time with the Giants. The glaring weakness of this unit is in the defensive backfield. New York's secondary is one of the worst in the NFL, and their struggles are the primary reason that the Giants rank amongst the league's worst pass defenses this season. Rookie DeAndre Baker has struggled during his time as a starter for the Giants, and opposite him, Janoris Jenkins has not been much better. These two grade as one of the worst cornerback pairs in the NFL against the pass, as they've allowed 8 100-yard receivers this season. Julian Love, a rookie safety out of Notre Dame, is the lone bright spot on this defense. Love, filling in for the injured Jabrill Peppers, has played just over two full games of NFL action, but he has impressed throughout that time. His emergence could bolster one of the league's weakest pass defenses down the stretch. Overall, expect Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles' passing attack to build some momentum in Week 14 against another porous pass defense as they try to creep up on the Dallas Cowboys atop the NFC East.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Zach Ertz's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs MIA (6 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Ertz was a question mark to be active against Miami but played and saw six targets despite Dallas Goedert being the featured tight end. Ertz had one notable reception, finding after-the-catch yardage for more than 10 yards, but was otherwise held in check. Ertz added a drop and nearly scored late in the game on an end zone target which was knocked out by a defender at the last moment.
2019 Week 12 vs SEA (14 / 12 / 91 / 1 rec)
Ertz nearly doubled any other Eagles receiver in targets, seeing at least 11 looks for the third straight game. Ertz absorbed several big hits against Seattle with one even drawing a defensive penalty. Ertz was peppered with targets late in the game as the Eagles loss was essentially certain, including a goal line touchdown and highlight reel one-handed snare to mark career catch No.500 for the now 29-year-old.
2019 Week 11 vs NE (11 / 9 / 94 / 0 rec)
Ertz saw a hearty 11 targets for the second consecutive game. Against the Patriots, Ertz was a short and intermediate route maven as the most predictable chain-mover for an otherwise limited passing game without DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Jordan Howard in the lineup. Ertz's highlight play was a deep over route between defenders for more than 20 yards, a strike by Carson Wentz. Ertz also showed a quality stiff arm for after-the-catch yardage on another reception.
2019 Week 9 vs CHI (11 / 9 / 103 / 1 rec)
Ertz broke out of his slump with his first 100-yard game of the season and posting a touchdown for just the second time. Ertz was unstoppable on intermediate routes, coming wide open on a post route touchdown, converting a fourth-down slant and adding yards-after-the-catch on two other occasions including a broken tackle for more than 15 yards. While Dallas Goedert has gained a steady role in the offense in recent weeks, Ertz posted his best game of the season heading into the Eagles' bye.
2019 Week 8 vs BUF (4 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Ertz looked notably frustrated at times during the Eagles' road win over Buffalo with a paltry two receptions. Even without DeSean Jackson active for most of the season, Ertz is a significant pace behind his 2018 season. Ertz got down to the goal line on one of his receptions and also added a third-down defensive pass interference penalty beyond the box score. Ertz was stuffed on a third-down dump off and also had a one-handed contested opportunity for a highlight play but was a high degree of difficulty. While never a high touchdown rate option in his career, Ertz has a mere one touchdown on 37 receptions in 2019 as a regression candidate over the second half of the season.
2019 Week 7 vs DAL (5 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
Ertz saw a season-low five targets against the Cowboys and did see much passing game action until the mid-third quarter. Ertz's stat line would have looked far better, but a long high-point reception was challenged and overturned to an incomplete pass in the game and a red zone slant was called back by penalty. Dallas Goedert emerged with his best game of the season in Week 7 as well to cloud Ertz's impact heading into a tough Buffalo matchup in Week 8.
2019 Week 6 vs MIN (9 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
Ertz did not see a target until the second quarter, then was peppered for nine looks over the final three quarters. Ertz dropped two of his targets in the game plus lost a fumble following a chunk gain to kill their comeback chances. Ertz's lone highlight came on a fourth-and-long stick throw from Carson Wentz to stay alive in the second half. Despite finding the end zone in Week 5, Ertz remains a strong touchdown regression candidate with a mere one touchdown on 33 catches this season.
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.
Latest NewsEagles | Quiet outing from Zach Ertz (Sun Dec 1, 09:19 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) finished with three catches on six targets for 24 yards in a 37-31 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 13. link to story Eagles | Zach Ertz active for Week 13 (Sun Dec 1, 11:47 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) is active for Week 13's game against the Miami Dolphins. link to story Eagles | Zach Ertz could play in Week 13 (Sun Dec 1, 09:14 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) appears likely to play in Week 13's game against the Miami Dolphins, despite the recent promotion of TE Joshua Perkins from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. link to story Eagles | Zach Ertz listed as questionable (Fri Nov 29, 04:38 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is listed as questionable for Week 13. link to story Eagles | Philadelphia's Week 13 injury report (Fri Nov 29, 03:45 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is listed as questionable for Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins. RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) remained a limited participant in practice all week and is also listed as questionable. DE Vinny Curry (non-injury), WR Nelson Agholor (knee), WR Alshon Jeffery (ankle), OT Jason Peters (knee), OG Brandon Brooks (illness), OT Lane Johnson (concussion) and QB Carson Wentz (hand) fully participated in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. link to story More News
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