By Ben Sullivan
The Eagles will benefit from a wide receiver/cornerback advantage against Cincy today.
Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ offense are struggling mightily through two weeks.
As PFF put it, “The wide receiver corps hasn’t broken a single tackle and is the lowest-graded unit in the NFL, their tight ends have more drops (three) than any other group in the NFL and running back Miles Sanders coughed up a fumble that put them behind the eight ball early this past Sunday.”
The good news for Wentz and company is that this week’s matchup against the Bengals’ mediocre defense is much better than what they saw in Week 1 (WFT) or Week 2 (Rams).
DeSean Jackson is the play here. Only A.J. Green has a higher difference in receiving yards versus air yards through two weeks, as D-Jax (16 targets) is right there with Dallas Goedert (17) and Zach Ertz (14) at the top of Wentz’s pecking order. Jalen Reagor (thumb, IR) flashed with his limited opportunities and has a bright future, but any fantasy upside might have to wait until 2021.
Goedert is tied with Logan Thomas for the third-most targets among tight ends, while Ertz is tied for eighth.
The 2019 Eagles were just the second offense to enable two top-12 fantasy tight ends since 2010; the 2020 version looks to be on the way to achieving the same goal. I’m still treating Ertz as the preferred fantasy option, but it’s close, and Goedert is plenty worthy of starter treatment with this sort of every-down role.