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Zach Ertz Reaffirms Target Hog Status, Value Booming With Return of Carson Wentz

The Eagles trotted out Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to run the team’s offense over the first two weeks. While Foles and the offense has been average at best, what remains constant is the high usage of elite tight end Zach Ertz. In the two contests thus far, Ertz had 24 targets for a 16-142-0 stat line. He’s benefited by the injury to leading receiving Alshon Jeffery, which has given him more targets and action in the Eagles offense. While his usage numbers are likely to continue as such an important piece to the team’s offense, the Week 3 return of Carson Wentz has Ertz trending up for the foreseeable future.

2017 was a breakout year for Ertz thanks mostly to the MVP caliber season put forth by Wentz. What separated his 2017 numbers from years past was his touchdown numbers, going from a previous career high of four, to eight. Ertz proves to be a red zone weapon for a team that was down in that area a lot. Now with Wentz back, Jeffery still on the sideline, and receiver Mike Wallace likely done for a long period of time with an ankle injury, Ertz finds himself as one of the few remaining dependable targets for Wentz — alongside Nelson Agholor. The team has two solid matchups against the Colts and Titans in Weeks 3 and 4, before running into some tough sledding versus the Vikings. The high target numbers is all you can ask for at a position like tight end. Add in his red zone usage, and you get the bonus points that make him one of fantasy football’s truly elite tight ends.

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