TE Zach Ertz - Philadelphia Eagles
|6-5, 249||Born: 11-10-1990||College: Stanford||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2013|
Week 15: at Los Angeles Rams
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Eagles have been up-and-down this season as a passing game, struggling with protection, turnovers, and offensive balance at various points. Downfield plays have been sparse with rare Nelson Agholor opportunities providing the impact and the field has been squeezed as a result and Philadelphia is a meager 28th in yards per completion and 19th in yards per attempt. The Eagles struggles continue as Carson Wentz will miss this game with a fractured vertebra leaving Nick Foles to step in at quarterback. Foles who was the playoff superstar last season has struggled with consistency throughout his career. Leading the way for the Eagles will be Zach Ertz who is on pace to break the reception record for tight ends in a season, but arguably had his worst game of the season in Week 14 with a mere 38 yards. The Rams passing defense has taken a significant turn for the better over the last two weeks largely due to the return of Aqib Talib. Once a defense that should be picked on, this is now a defense that is one of the strongest in the NFL as Talib who is one of the best corners in football takes pressure off of the struggling Marcus Peters who was being asked to be the number one corner for the Rams. The pass rush on the season has been strong as they have had strong recent sack numbers until their quiet game against the Bears. The Rams are boom-bust with five games allowing less than 200 yards through the air, but five games of at least 30 points. The Rams are also sixth in big pass plays allowed and fifth in touchdowns allowed, but the recent trend should be taken into extreme context as Talib has really only played the last two weeks in which they have allowed 178 yards per game.
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
2018 Week 14 vs DAL (8 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)
Despite a hearty 25% of the team targets, Ertz was held in check by Dallas in the road loss to the Cowboys. After a third-down slant in the opening minutes, Ertz did not see a target until the late second quarter as the Eagles mired their way through 70 offensive yards in the first half. Ertz's after-the-catch opportunities were minimal and a high-point reception in the second half was his only notable individual play of the game. Ertz passed 1,000 receiving yards on the season this week and is a strong bet to set the NFL record for tight end receptions in a season (currently Jason Witten) over the final three games.
2018 Week 13 vs WAS (10 / 9 / 83 / 0 rec)
Ertz saw at least 10 targets for the eighth time this season and was a fixture for the Eagles within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. Ertz's lone catch down the field was a full-extension grab down the seam while Carson Wentz misfired on a big-play opportunity for Ertz down the sideline against a linebacker. Ertz added a false start penalty on third down in the red zone beyond the box score. Dallas is up next, a matchup Ertz exploited for 14-145-2 back in Week 10, his best statistical game of the season.
2018 Week 12 vs NYG (8 / 7 / 91 / 1 rec)
After Ertz's most disappointing game of the season in Week 11, Ertz was back to feature status against the Giants. Ertz was active from the slot, including a high-point catch on a deep out and corralling a low pass. Ertz's touchdown was a product of after-the-catch acumen, breaking a tackle near the goal line to convert the score. Dallas Goedert was active early in the game, but had not effect on Ertz's strong target share and bounce-back performance.
2018 Week 11 vs NO (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Ertz had by far his worst game of the season in the Eagles' blowout loss in New Orleans. Ertz did not log a catch until the final minute of the first half, adding a crossing route catch late in the game. Ertz' previous low for targets was six this season before just three against the Saints.
2018 Week 10 vs DAL (16 / 14 / 145 / 2 rec)
Ertz dominated targets in the Eagles home loss to Dallas. Ertz's 16 targets, 14 receptions, and 145 yards were all season highs. Ertz boosted his numbers with four catches on final drive alone as Dallas played prevent defense to squeeze the clock. Ertz's connection with Carson Wentz was undeniable, posting perfect touchdowns on a red zone back shoulder reception and a goal line slant. Ertz caught a contested high-point pass on fourth down late in the game, but was tackled immediately to all but end the Eagles' chances. While the Eagles' wide receiver corps is crowded in the fight for targets, Ertz has maintained his edge as the clear top target for Wentz even with the addition of Golden Tate and reemergence of Jordan Matthews.
2018 Week 8 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 26 / 1 rec)
While the Eagles had few weapons in the passing game early in the season, the emergence of Dallas Goedert and now Jordan Matthews, plus the health of Alshon Jeffery resulted in a season-low six targets for Ertz against the Jaguars. Ertz fortunately scored on an out route at the goal line, separating from a defensive back with ease. Other than the score, Ertz was held in check to a quick RPO (run-pass option) slant and a deep out catch on the day.
2018 Week 7 vs CAR (11 / 9 / 138 / 0 rec)
Despite rookie tight end Dallas Goedert having a solid game against Carolina, Ertz was his dominant self this week with a season-high 138 yards, his highest total since 2016. Ertz had a high point catch down the seam and a highlight reel-worthy contested catch down the sideline as his best plays. The Eagles passing game funnels through Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz, with Ertz seeing at least nine targets in every game this season.
2018 Week 6 vs NYG (9 / 7 / 43 / 1 rec)
For the first time this season Ertz did not see at least 10 targets as the Giants generally held Ertz in check. Ertz was tackled immediately on a number of his receptions, including stopped short on a third down. Ertz's highlight moment came on a red zone corner route and a beautiful Carson Wentz pass as the Eagles separated from the Giants for good in the second quarter of the eventual blowout win. Ertz has seen no decline in usage since Alshon Jeffery has returned to the lineup three games ago and Dallas Goedert has not been a hindrance since his Week 2 rogue big game.
2018 Week 5 vs MIN (11 / 10 / 110 / 1 rec)
For the fifth straight game Ertz saw double-digit targets as he led the team with 11 looks against the Vikings. Ertz had a tepid game, including a drop, until late when he was peppered with intermediate and short throws by Carson Wentz in catch-up mode. Ertz also added his touchdown late with a perfect corner route over defenders throw by Wentz into the end zone as the Eagles stayed alive in their comeback effort. After a big game earlier in the season, Dallas Goedert has not impacted Ertz's volume of late as Ertz is on pace for his first 1,000-yard season in the NFL.
2018 Week 4 vs TEN (14 / 10 / 112 / 0 rec)
Ertz saw 10 or more targets for the fourth straight game, leading the Eagles with 14 looks against the Titans. Ertz was especially active on deeper routes, winning down the seam and corralling a target behind him late in the fourth quarter. After Dallas Goedert's breakout performance in Week 3, the rookie tight end drifted back to the shadows this week as Ertz maintained his heavy target load. Ertz did not see any touchdown opportunities and did add a late fourth quarter drop on third down to soften an otherwise dominant performance.
2018 Week 3 vs IND (10 / 5 / 73 / 0 rec)
Ertz was peppered with early-game targets from Carson Wentz. Ertz left production on the field with a drop plus drawing a defensive pass interference penalty. One development worth tracking is Dallas Goedert's breakout game and use in the red zone as Ertz has been a weak touchdown scorer in his career to-date. Ertz was active down the seam with two chunk plays, but if Goedert's involvement maintains this level, Ertz's weekly upside stands to take a hit especially once Alshon Jeffery returns.
2018 Week 2 vs TB (13 / 11 / 94 / 0 rec)
Despite not seeing a target until the second quarter against the Buccaneers, Ertz was peppered with a team-high 13 targets. Ertz had a well-rounded portfolio of routes, including a long high-point reception, crossing route, and variety of quick out and in-cut opportunities. His big game could have been much greater; however, as Ertz collected two defensive pass interference penalties, nearly hauled in a one-handed end zone target, was tackled at the one-yard-line on another occasion, and was tackled short of a fourth down conversion. With Alshon Jeffery (projected) and Mike Wallace out next week, Ertz projects as a high-target option with Carson Wentz returning to the lineup.
2018 Week 1 vs ATL (10 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
Ertz rarely left the field against the Falcons and played a good amount of snaps as a split out receiver. Ertz had only two of his targets in the first half and his lone reception was a third-and-long catch well short of the first down marker. Ertz saw more volume in the second half as the Eagles offense as a whole improved their play. However, Ertz logged three drops and drew an offensive pass interference penalty running a pick play. Also notable is rookie tight end Dallas Goedert did see situational snaps, including an end zone target on a fade route.
Latest NewsEagles | Zach Ertz held in check (Sun Dec 9, 10:06 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz managed five receptions for just 38 yards on eight targets in Week 14 against the Dallas Cowboys. link to story Eagles | Zach Ertz snags nine balls in win (Tue Dec 4, 12:06 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz racked up nine receptions for 83 yards on 10 targets in the Week 13 game against the Washington Redskins on Monday, Dec. 3. link to story
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