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Eagles Fantasy Football Week 5: Start 'Em and Sit 'Em

Going into Week 5, the Eagles are sitting atop the abysmal NFC East and are looking to increase their lead over Washington, New York, and Dallas. Their matchup this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers will be no easy task, and they will need the entire team to play to their full potential. Below we highlight the top four fantasy options this weekend for the Eagles, and what you should do with them if you have any on your roster. 

Carson Wentz: Optional QB2 Start; No QB1 Start

The Eagles have been struggling so far this year on offense, but even through those struggles, Wentz has had over 20 fantasy points in his past two games. Unfortunately for Wentz, he has thrown seven interceptions through the first four games. This will be a difficult matchup for Wentz this week, especially since the Steelers defense will be rested coming off of their bye week. We have seen Wentz shine early in his career, but he is not playing the same as of late. Due to his struggles, I would not start him unless you are in a 2QB league. He could be your QB2 mainly for his rushing upside, as Wentz has a rushing touchdown in each of their previous three games.

Miles Sanders: Must-Start

Sanders has not been the main focus of this offense thus far, however, there is a chance he may be with the air attack not working. We have to face the facts that the Eagles are struggling and need to change up the offense. The potential change the Eagles may make is to get their #1 running back more involved. Sanders is averaging only three catches in his last three games, but we may see Sanders more in the passing game this week. The team may not light up the scoreboard, but Sanders may get a majority of the team’s fantasy points this week. Even though the Steelers have the best rush defense in the NFL, Sanders is a must-start this week for his passing game upside.

Zach Ertz: Must-Start

Ertz is still one of the best tight ends in the league, even if his stats on your fantasy teams are not showing that. He has not had his normal production so far this season, but let this not distract you from the fact that he is still Zach Ertz. He can break out at any point, especially with Dallas Goedert still on injured reserve. Ertz is still the top receiver on this team and Wentz’s favorite target. Therefore, Ertz is a must-start this week.

Greg Ward: Solid Flex Option

G-Ward is making a name for himself more and more as the weeks go by. So far this season he is second on the team in receptions (18) and targets (26) behind only Ertz, who has 19 receptions on 29 targets. Ward will likely get the most looks of all the Eagles receivers this weekend, but the problem is how many targets would be enough to justify making him a starter on your fantasy team? Starting Ward for your team can vary from case to case depending on who is on your bench. I would not start him as my WR1 or WR2, but he has the potential to be a solid flex option against Pittsburgh, who are giving up the 7th-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.

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