Football season is right around the corner, which means fantasy football players are hard at work trying to put together their draft day strategy. While I typically like to steer clear of drafting Eagles players in my league, it’ll be hard to pass up on some guys this season.
Pro Football Focus recently dropped their top-150 fantasy football rankings for the upcoming NFL season and six Eagles players found their way onto the list.
- 25: A.J. Brown (WR11)
- 66: DeVonta Smith (WR32)
- 69: Jalen Hurts (QB6)
- 76: Miles Sanders (RB27)
- 82: Dallas Goedert (TE8)
- 133: Kenneth Gainwell (RB47)
Starting things off with the highest ranking Eagle, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to see A.J. Brown atop the list. He had a down year last season, finishing the year as the WR32 according to Fantasy Data, but most of that is due to missing time with injuries. If all goes according to plan, Brown should have a bounce back year and remain in the 10-15 range for fantasy wideouts.
Though Brown is a more proven player, we can’t sleep on DeVonta Smith this season. Coming in as the 32nd ranked fantasy wideout feels a little disrespectful, especially since he finished his rookie campaign as the 30th-ranked wideout in fantasy. He’s only scratching the surface of his potential and another year with Jalen Hurts should only boost his production.
Expect Smith to quiet the doubters this season. I wouldn’t be shocked if he ended up having a better statistical season than Brown in 2022.
That brings us to Hurts himself. Despite my concerns with Hurts as a long-term franchise quarterback, no one can question his fantasy value. He averaged 21.4 fantasy points per season last year, ranking sixth among quarterbacks. As long as he continues to run the ball effectively, his fantasy value will remain high in 2022.
I don’t have much to say on Miles Sanders‘ placement. 76th feels fair, along with his RB27 status.
As for Dallas Goedert, he certainly has the potential to crack the top-5 at his position this season. His usage rate was at an elite level following the Zach Ertz trade last season and since the team didn’t acquire any notable tight ends this offseason, he should remain one of the top targeted pass catchers in the Eagles offense.
The one that may surprise a lot of people is Kenny Gainwell, who comes in as the RB47 on PFF’s rankings. PFF recently named Gainwell one of their sleeper running backs this year and I couldn’t agree more. With his receiving ability and usage rate on passing plays, he could be a viable flex option from day one.
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