EAGLES’ WENTZ STOCK RISING: IN FANTASY AND ON THE FIELD!

By Peter Gleason

There is a general consensus building about second-year Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz:

On the field and in fantasy, his stock is rising faster than the Dow!

He was the talk of the NFL during a blazing 3-0 start for the Eagles last year, throwing for 769 yards, five touchdowns and no picks.

But more so than anything we saw last year, Wentz’s supporting cast is way better.

The Birds should be more balanced offensively with LeGarrette Blount in the fold, but Wentz doesn’t need to attempt the sixth-most passes in the NFL (like last year) to be fantasy efficient (which he still wasn’t last year).

Alshon Jeffery has an imposing frame, is a red zone nightmare for defenses and has reliable hands. Philly had — as a team — the fifth-highest drop rate in the league last year (5.2 percent). Jeffery has a drop percentage of just 2.1 percent over the past three years.

The team also added Torrey Smith, whose uncommon speed keeps a defense honest.

Quarterback has plenty of depth this year, and Wentz — who has much work to do after broken-down mechanics played a part in a major second-half regression in 2016 — will be a hot name on the waiver wire if he shows well early.

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