By Michael Donovan
In the wake of yesterday’s blockbuster trade:
Ex-Eagle Jordan Matthews’ fantasy stock increases because he leaves the Eagles’ crowded receiving corps to become the automatic No. 1 option in Buffalo. But the increase is slight.
4for4 projects Matthews for under five TDs, which results in him being best served as a fantasy WR4/5 on your bench.
Matthews is predominantly a slot receiver, but Tyrod Taylor notoriously struggles to throw over the middle—it’s one of the main reasons why he almost wasn’t re-signed by Buffalo this season. And Matthews has struggled when asked to play on the outside; he couldn’t even crack six yards per target while playing one-third of his snaps there last season.
Matthews’ departure opens the slot up for Nelson Agholor, who has by all accounts enjoyed a career rebirth in that role after a disastrous first two years in the league.
While Matthews departure may be viewed by some as a reason to bump Alshon Jeffery’s target total up, the Eagles face a boatload of top cornerbacks this season, including Patrick Peterson, Josh Norman (twice) and Richard Sherman.
With Jeffery likely to struggle in Year 1, Zach Ertz stands to benefit most from Matthews being gone. 4for4 has Ertz projected for 70 catches this season and a top-10 finish at the position.