By Mary Cunningham
Where would the Eagles’ shaky offense be without tight end Zach Ertz?
I don’t know and no one does, but their record would be worse than 4-5!
Through 10 weeks, he has already racked up 100 targets—well ahead of runner-up Travis Kelce (86) and third-place George Kittle (71).
Ertz is on pace to break the all-time single-season records for catches and yards at his position.
The Eagles lead the NFL in total targets to tight ends (132), and in tight end market share, with 40 percent of the team’s receptions going to that position.
That rate would likely decrease if Ertz were to get injured, but quarterback Carson Wentz relies heavily on his tight ends in the air attack, so Dallas Goedert would still be in line for major volume nonetheless.
The rookie tight end, who’s caught 18 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns this year and is rostered in just 5 percent of Yahoo leagues, boasts a similar height-weight profile to Ertz at 6-5, 256 pounds, was a productive college player (he caught 198 passes for 2,988 yards and 21 touchdowns in four seasons at South Dakota State), and has the route-running chops and hands to play Ertz’s role in a pinch.
If Ertz is on your fantasy team, or if your tight end position is barren and you want to invest in a high-upside lottery ticket for the stretch run, Goedert is your guy.