The Eagles probably have to win out if they still want to make the playoffs. That task will not be easy since they are playing against the NFC #1 seed New Orleans Saints this week. This is a tough week for Eagles players in fantasy football since the Saints defense is at the top of the league and does not seem to be slowing down. I would think twice when it comes to most of the Eagles offense in your fantasy lineup. For many people, this is the first week of the fantasy playoffs which makes your lineup decisions that much more important. Here's an overview of which Birds should be in your lineup this week:
Jalen Hurts- Sit
The Eagles finally made a quarterback decision and are going with Jalen Hurts for at least one week. He will have an uphill battle this week as he is making his first NFL start against one of the best defenses in the league. He may be able to move the ball better than Wentz, has but he may not do enough statistically to be a top quarterback in fantasy this week. Hurts is a sit this week, but if he does show some promise this week he may end up being a solid option for the rest of your fantasy playoffs.
Miles Sanders - Sit
Sanders is too much of a risk to start this week. He has not reached 10 fantasy points in any of their last three games. For a team that is struggling on the ground, the Saints defense is not the time to try to keep the ball on the ground. The Saints are one of the best run defenses in the league, and Sanders may not see that much volume with the team wanting to see what Jalen Hurts can do with his arm.
Boston Scott - Sit
Similar to the take on Miles Sanders, it is too risky to play Boston Scott this week. Scott has shown that he can boom at any point with an explosive big gain, but this week we may see a decline in his snaps played. The Saints have excelled at stopping the run in 2020, so Scott should not start for you this week.
Wide Receivers - Sit
The Eagles offense has been struggling week in and week out, and this is not the week to try to use one of them in your fantasy lineup. With this offense you never know which receiver could have a standout week. On top of that, the Eagles benched Carson Wentz in favor of Jalen Hurts. We haven’t had a large enough sample size to know who his favorite target is going to be moving forward. It is possible that next week we may know if we should start an Eagles receiver, but this is not the week to guess.
Zach Ertz - Sit
Last week was the first time we saw Ertz play since Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens. In his first game back he had two two receptions for 31 yards on four targets. He didn’t get enough volume last week to be a reliable starter in your lineup this week, and I would expect a similar stat line this week against the Saints defense. Ertz is too much of an unknown at this point to plug back into your lineup.
Dallas Goedert - Start
Goedert had another solid performance this past week against the Green Bay Packers. He pulled in five receptions for 66 yards, and if Wentz had thrown him a better ball on the play he was wide open he would have added 40+ more yards and a touchdown. He ultimately didn’t see the end zone, but he did lead the team in targets again with seven of them. He may not be a top tight end in the league yet, but if he is going to continue to see enough targets then he is not a bad option for your lineup.