Do not leave your draft without Miles Sanders—next year we’ll be debating which area of the 1st Round he should be coming off the board, not whether he belongs in it. The rookie running back excels in all facets of the game: pass protection, pass catching, rushing -- the latter especially out of shotgun. Lucky for him, per Sharp’s 2019 Football Preview, “[t]he Eagles had the second-highest rate of shotgun snaps last season and the 4th-highest run percentage when in shotgun”. Some may argue that Philadelphia is committed to using a running-back-by-committee approach. Rest assured this isn’t the case, HC Doug Pederson just hasn’t had an all-purpose bell cow to deploy before. Sanders is going to get 15+ touches per game in an offense that is going to live in the opponents’ red-zone. As Evan Silva’s repeatedly said on the Establish The Run’s podcast, Jay Ajayi averaged 14 touches per game with the Eagles. A running back as talented as Miles Sanders is going to smash that number. As a final note, the Eagles used a 2nd Round pick on him. Analytically driven teams do not use that kind of draft capital on one of the league’s more replaceable positions only to use him sparingly. Lastly, let’s not forget that this offensive line is so good that the Eagles’ 1st Round, ultra-talented offensive tackle Andre Dillard won’t even be a starter.
Alshon Jeffery is reasonably coming off the board as a high-end WR3. He’s got a good shot at 1,000 yards and 9 TDs as the X-receiver in Philly’s high-flying offense.
Like Jeffery, QB Carson Wentz is also coming off the board at a reasonable value. Wentz entered 2018 recovering from ACL and LCL surgery and played with broken vertebrae for most of the season. Fully healthy, he’ll be back to his gunslinging, scrambling self. An excellent deep thrower, Wentz has never had a weapon like Desean Jackson. Expect the two to routinely hookup for deep scores all year long.
Coming off an impossible-to-repeat 156 target campaign, Zach Ertz isn’t actually a Good Value going off the board at the beginning of the 3rd Round. Ertz is outrageously talented, there are just too many mouths to feed in Philly. If he’s on your team, you’re happy. But hopefully he fell and you scooped him up in the 4th.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is the real damn deal and will one day assume the role of X-receiver in the Eagles offense. Should the injury-prone Jeffery miss time, opportunity may arise for JJAW sooner than anticipated.
Dallas Goedert missed valuable preseason time with a calf injury. Although he should be ready for Week 1, he’s unlikely to be a reliable fantasy TE this season.