TE Zach Ertz - Philadelphia Eagles

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

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Week 11: vs New England Patriots

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Carson Wentz came into the season with high expectations after two injury-filled seasons. The reality is he has not gotten back to that MVP level performance that he was at in 2017 before his knee injury. Wentz and this offense have thrown for 240 yards or less in four of their last five games. The reality is that this is an offense that has dealt with significant injury as DeSean Jackson is out for the season, Alshon Jeffery has been banged up, Nelson Agholor has struggled, and Zach Ertz has not seen the production that we have become accustomed to over the past few seasons. This is an offense that will need to get it figured out quickly as they are facing quite possibly the league's best secondary this week. The Patriots secondary has been tremendous all season. While the competition has been lacking for a large portion of the season, the Patriots have allowed only one quarterback to throw for over 200 yards on the year, have allowed just three passing touchdowns all season, and have allowed only one wide receiver over 100 yards. This is a veteran group that plays a Dime defense as their base defense and essentially takeaway the pass as corners Jason McCourty, Stephon Gilmore, and Jonathan Jones are all playing at an elite level to go along with safeties Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon. This is a nightmare matchup for the Eagles with the Patriots coming off of a bye after their defense gave up 37 points last week.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 at DAL 49 2.0 38 0 0 3.8
8 at BUF 66 2.0 20 0 0 2
9 vs CHI 70 9.0 103 1 0 16.3
11 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 5.4 * * * *
11 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 4.7 * * * *
11 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 5.0 * * * *

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 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 News

Eagles | Zach Ertz goes over the century mark (Sun Nov 3, 06:49 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz finished with nine receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets in Week 9 against the Chicago Bears.

Our View: Ertz is back and fantasy teams that doubted him today will regret it. The buy low window is closed heading into the bye. The wide receivers continue to play at an underwhelming level for the Eagles, so Ertz will be key to the second half push.
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