Philadelphia Eagles: Week 2 Fantasy Football Roundup

Sep 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor (17) celebrates his 35 yard touchdown catch during the third quarter with tight end Brent Celek (87) and running back Ryan Mathews (24) against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor (17) celebrates his 35 yard touchdown catch during the third quarter with tight end Brent Celek (87) and running back Ryan Mathews (24) against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

Which Philadelphia Eagles should you start or sit in Week 2 of Fantasy Football?

The Philadelphia Eagles had a high-power offensive performance last week against the feeble Cleveland Browns defense. The rookie Carson Wentz had an eye-popping debut, shaking up both the NFL and fantasy football. Wentz is now viewed as a hot commodity in fantasy football, while previously seeing a role as a backup fantasy quarterback.

Wentz’s 278-yard, 2 touchdown performance put him at the top of the points list for the Philadelphia Eagles, scoring 19 points (, standard head-to-head). That also put him 11th in quarterback fantasy points amongst the rest of the NFL. Wentz’s week one performance was enough to get fantasy owners scrambling to pick him up.

Here are the top five fantasy performers for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1:

Don’t expect a repeat offensive performance from these five in Week 2, but some are still bound to put up points against the Chicago Bears. Here are the predicted top 5 fantasy Philadelphia Eagles players for Week 2.

1. Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz’s expectations are high after an almost 300-yard performance last week. Wentz had a clean game, avoiding turnovers and for the most part risky throws. His rookie performance has given fantasy owners hope of finding a gem, and if his connection with Jordan Matthews continues expect Wentz to be right in the middle of the pack for quarterback scoring. He’s going up against a Chicago Bears secondary that gave up 231 passing yards and two touchdowns to Brock Osweiler.

The Chicago secondary isn’t the best in the league, but they aren’t the Cleveland Browns. Expect Wentz to have another clean game, throwing for around 230 yards and one touchdown.

ESPN Projection: 16 points

Section 215 Prediction: 14 points

2. Ryan Mathews

Mathews will again be the x-factor to whether or not the Philadelphia Eagles will be able to steal one in Chicago on Monday night. He is coming off a 13-point performance in where he rushed for 77-yards and 1 touchdown. The biggest stat was this one; 22 carries. The Philadelphia Eagles will once again have a big reliance on the run game, and Mathews will get the bulk of the carries.

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Expect Mathews to be more of a part of the passing game as well, racking up no receptions last week. Those receiving yards should boost his point totals and make him an attractive flex option this Week.

ESPN Projection: 10 points

Section 215 Prediction: 13 points

3. Eagles D/ST

The Philadelphia Eagles defense were able to snag a turnover while only giving up 10 points to the Cleveland Browns. The defense/special teams should have another solid performance, however they are volatile selection with Jay Cutler‘s ability to go on a rampage any week.

The good news is, where there’s risk there’s often a high reward. Cutler has been turnover prone his entire career, and if the frontline can get pressure there could be some big plays made by the defense. The run game shouldn’t be a factor, but the passing game will be make or break on whether the Philadelphia Eagles defense can put up numbers for fantasy Week 2.

ESPN Projection: 8 points

Section 215 Prediction: 10 points

4. Jordan Matthews

Jordan Matthews and Carson Wentz have a chemistry that was seen instantly in the pair’s first game together. Matthews was able to reel in 7 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown, making him one of the top receivers of Week 1 going for 17 points. Matthews and Wentz will continue to make magic together all season, and Week 2 shouldn’t be much different.

Expect Matthews to once again be a main target, but the receiving yards won’t be anywhere close to last week’s. A touchdown will most likely be in reasonable sight for Matthews with a sub-100-yard receiving game. Matthews should still rack up receptions, but don’t expect him to reel in as many deep balls as last week.

ESPN Projection: 8 points

Section 215 Prediction: 10 points

5. Nelson Agholor

Nelson Agholor’s 11-point outburst last week was thanks to a long touchdown pass from Carson Wentz. That kind of point production will most likely be his ceiling for much of the season. He has the potential to breakout for a touchdown or two, but expect a 4 reception, 57 yards performance as a mainstay.

Agholor is the Philadelphia Eagles’ catch-and-run option, and with Zach Ertz out for some time, expect his targets to go up as the weeks go by. Agholor would be a great option in a wide receiver-thin league as either a flex or 2nd or 3rd wide receiver.

ESPN Projection: 3 points

Section 215 Prediction: 5 points

All five top performers will see declines from their last week performance, but not enough to make them unplayable. With the top 5 for this week off the table it’s time for some “Start or Sit?”.

Start Or Sit

Darren Sproles (Last Week: 3 points, This Week Projected: 6 points)

Darren Sproles saw 5 rushes for just 12 yards last week. He was able to rack up receiving yards to help bring up his point total but 3 points isn’t enough to make him a viable flex option. Sproles always has the ability to break loose for big gains, but with Kenjon Barner seeing an increased role Sproles’ fantasy stock is on the sharp decline.

Verdict: Sit

Caleb Sturgis (Last Week: 8 points, This Week Projected: 7 points)

Sturgis was able to put up 8 points despite missing his first attempt. The Philadelphia Eagles offense will have a tougher matchup this week than last, meaning Sturgis field goal attempts may rise as PATs will decrease. Sturgis is a decent option in a scarce league, but with the wind blowing in Chicago things might get tricky.

Verdict: Sit

Brent Celek (Last Week: 1 point, This Week Projected: 2 points)

Brent Celek will go back to the old role of starting tight-end with injury to Ertz. Expect Celek to become a nice target over the middle and possibly in the end zone for Wentz. I fully believe Celek can surpass his projection numbers this week as Wentz’s cloak. He’s a good option for fantasy owners of Zach Ertz.

Verdict: Start

Next: Eagles vs. Bears Semi-Coherent Preview

The Philadelphia Eagles will try to have an overall repeat of last week’s handling of the Cleveland Browns. With the Chicago Bears defense looking to have an up and down year, starting some of the top Philadelphia Eagles weapons have the potential to win you your fantasy Week 2 matchup.