We are now past the halfway mark in the season for all fantasy football leagues. The rose-tinted glasses, through which all of us viewed our opening day rosters, have been thrown to the floor in anguish and likely smashed to pieces in exasperation. The frustration induced by fantasy football, whether the result of relentless injuries or just facing off against the top scorer week after week, only fuels the obsession to keep playing. Right now, as so many leagues approach their trade deadlines, is the time to push for the playoffs.
The fickle nature of a game like fantasy football means that most teams still have a shot to land a much-coveted playoff spot. A string of wins down the stretch is needed to make that hope a reality. While no single player can vault your team to greatness on his own, the three Eagles players highlighted below will help turn your middling team into a playoff contender down the stretch.
Miles Sanders (RB)
Miles Sanders has been nothing short of awesome for fantasy owners this year…but only when he’s been on the field. He’s already missed two games this season. While there is realistic injury concern with Sanders, he is a talented enough fantasy asset that he’s well worth the risk. If you can afford to trade-low for him while he sits out with injury, I’d definitely go for it.
The Eagles will be vying for the playoffs down the stretch and as the weather turns colder they will rely more and more on Miles Sanders. He is one of few true three-down backs in the league and thrived in the last couple months of the 2019 season. As a cautionary measure for all Sanders owners, I would try to pick up Boston Scott to ensure you have a backup plan in the event of another injury. If he gets through the rest of the season without injury, he should be the low-end RB1 he was drafted to be.
Travis Fulgham (WR)
Travis Fulgham was a hot pickup earlier in the season when he stepped up for the Eagles wide receiving unit amid a flurry of injuries. Those who prioritized adding him to their roster have been well rewarded as the wideout has posted staggering numbers of 435 yards and four touchdowns in his last five games. Fulgham has clearly planted his flag as the top receiving option on the team and I don’t see him giving up that title the rest of the way, even as other options return from injury.
Travis Fulgham is a really enticing fantasy option for the two most important reasons: talent and opportunity. He has flashed that talent repeatedly by attacking jump balls in the air and proving to be the hungriest receiver on the roster. Wentz trusts him enough in one-on-one coverage to beat his man to the ball which will result in desirable end zone targets. Meanwhile, injuries to other receiving options, notably DeSean Jackson and Zach Ertz, will mean he will continue to dominate the target share for this team. I see Fulgham as a reliable WR2 for the rest of the year.
Dallas Goedert (TE)
Goedert has missed most of the season with injury and didn’t show much in his first game back with just one reception for 15 yards. However, history tells us that Wentz usually peppers his tight ends with targets and with enough volume Goedert can be great. It is likely that he is on a lot of waiver wires because of both his past injury and the fact that the Eagles have a bye in week 10. Some owners might not have the bench capacity to roster an extra tight end through this week but for those that do, Goedert can pay dividends. Zach Ertz may eventually come back from injury and siphon some of the targets over the middle, but I still see Goedert as the more productive player.
The tight end landscape for fantasy football is perennially a mess and this year appears to be no different. If you’re currently rolling the dice and streaming the position, Goedert could provide some stability and be your TE1.