By Michael Bennett
Eagles fans have visions of sugar plums in their heads over top rook WR Devonta Smith.
And they have some company in Yahoo Sports, which thinks he’ll lead the Birds in targets when it comes to evaluating fantasy potential:
DeVonta Smith, EAGLES (ECR = WR39 vs. DDD = WR29)
There’s rightfully some skepticism with Smith being around 170 pounds, but he posted a 96th percentile college dominator, recording a silly 117 catches for 1,856 yards and 25 total touchdowns over 12.5 games last season. Despite his stature, Smith certainly looks like a legit prospect who’s ready to help right away.
With Dallas Goedert Philadelphia’s best pass-catching alternative, Smith enters his rookie campaign as the heavy favorite to lead the Eagles in targets. Jalen Reagor should improve as a sophomore, but he’s coming off a brutal first season and is nowhere near the prospect Smith is.
Questions remain regarding Jalen Hurts — I’m higher on him than consensus — and the new Philadelphia coaching staff, but the QB showed underrated accuracy in college and led all NFL passers in average depth of target in 2020. Smith is explosive and joins arguably the thinnest WR group in football (Greg Ward led the team in catches last season), making him an immediate top-30 fantasy receiver on my board.