Zach Ertz Fantasy Football Outlook & Value 2019

Position Ranking– TE3, ADP– 3.05, Auction Value ($200)– $22, Team– PHI, Bye– 10

With Carson Wentz back to full health, Zack Ertz is confident his QB will be able to lead the team to another playoff run and Super Bowl championship. On Wentz, Ertz stated“Yessir my brother!!! Earned not given! No one better to lead this organization and city!”

The 2018 Philadelphia Eagles ranked middle of the road in total offense though much of that was attributed to their running game. In passing categories, they were 7th in passing yards and 11th in passing TDs. Running a 3 receiver set led by Alshon Jeffrey, the Eagles will hope to find some stability after losing quarterback Carson Wentz to injuries over the past two years. Zach Ertz will continue to be one of Wentz’s favorite targets after leading the entire team in receiving yards last year.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
164.3 1 16 116 62.5 9.8 1,163 10.03 5 8 13.9

Upside

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is undoubtedly the #1 ranked tight end coming out of fantasy drafts this year. The second tight end behind him is George Kittle and ranking third is Zach Ertz. In 2018, Ertz racked up 1,183 receiving yards and 8 TDs. He ranked as one of the most consistent players at the position and will look to repeat that performance this year. In a position where there’s normally not much production, Ertz stands among the best and is someone fantasy owners can rely on every single week. He’s a must start player and has a high ceiling if Wentz is able to stay healthy for the entire season. It’s not unthinkable if he accumulates 1,250 receiving yards and 10 TDs.

Floor

There’s honestly no shame in taking Ertz as your tight end, especially if any of the other fantasy owners decide to reach for a safer option in Kelce or the upside pick in Kittle. If you’re able to snag Ertz, he should be solid for at least a 900 receiving yard season and 6 TDs. He will be one of the safest picks at a shallow position and I wouldn’t hesitate taking him if you need some security at the position.

What to Expect

Philadelphia EaglesErtz is currently ranked as the 3rd tight end off the board and holds an auction value of $22. He’s currently projected to have 3rd round draft value. After Rob Gronkowski retired after yet another Super Bowl ring, the tight end position got even deeper. At such a shallow position, I don’t question the high ranking for Ertz. I would even question why Ertz isn’t ranked the second player off the board at tight end due to his past career and pedigree.

He’s currently slated as a 3rd round pick which is certainly high given his potential production. Most fantasy owners would likely use a 3rd rounder on a running back or wide receiver but you could almost argue Ertz gives the same production as a top 10 wideout. Fellow tight end George Kittle ranks in the same round as well as other skill position players Devonta Freeman, Leonard Fournette, A.J. Green, and Amari Cooper. All those players are either question marks such as injury, breakout years, and potential lack of production.

His auction value of $22 may seem a bit pricey but overall, acquiring Ertz will give fantasy owners a lot of hope at the position. Ertz is exactly the type of player I’d love to have at the tight end position though it’ll certainly come at a cost. If you already have a solid RB and WR on your roster, Ertz should make a perfect 3rd piece. He’s a top tier TE1 and will likely remain for years to come.

Ertz has been one of the most reliable tight ends in the league throughout the past few years and will look to continue that trend in 2019. He has the benefit of being in one of the best passing offenses in the league and will command a large number of targets every game. I’ll look forward to a 1,100 receiving yard season of 8 TDs for Ertz this season.

  
Originally from San Francisco, California, Justin Yeung has grown up as an avid Giants and Warriors fan, watching them both through the good and bad times. Currently, he is a junior attending the University of California, Irvine majoring in business economics and minoring in management. When he’s not in class, you’ll often find Justin at various sporting events and pursuing his goal of visiting all 30 Major League stadiums.

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