Philadelphia Eagles: Nelson Agholor is being way undervalued in fantasy

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Sure, the Philadelphia Eagles have a lot of offensive weapons, but don’t discount Nelson Agholor having a breakout fantasy football season in a contract year.

Nelson Agholor doesn’t get a whole lot of love outside the City of Brotherly Love.

Sure, he may be Carson Wentz‘s fourth offensive option after the triumphant return of DeSean Jackson, but after transitioning into the slot full-time over the last two seasons, Agholor has really validated the Philadelphia Eagles‘ decision to select him with the 20th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

And after having his fifth-year option picked up in the lead-up to the 2019 season, Agholor should be fired up to earn a new contract either here or elsewhere.

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Over his first four seasons in the league, Agholor’s offensive targets have risen year after year, going from 23 catches on 44 targets for 283 yards and a touchdown in 2015 to a career-high 64 catches on 97 targets for a slightly less than career-high 736 yards and four touchdowns.

Now sure, his overall targets may go down with the additions of JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard, and Jackson, but an expansive collection of offensive options also brings harder defensive assignments and more opportunities to feast on mismatches.

Having a 6-foot, 198-pound playmaker with 4.4 speed in the slot is a surefire way to set up mismatches in the slot.

So, with Agholor being in an ideal situation to thrive with (hopefully) a serious chip on his shoulder to shine, why is he getting no love as a fantasy football target?

Whether you check out Pro Football Focus,, or ESPN, Agholor’s name nary appears on any list of players to target in a traditional fantasy football draft – even as a late-round flier.

Again, on paper, that makes some sense, as Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery, and Jackson should all finish out the season with more yards and overall fantasy points than Agholor, but there are plenty of games where Nelson could be the team’s top offensive performer, and shine in single coverage situations.

With contests on the books in 2019 against teams like the Green Bay Packers, the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills, the Chicago Bears, and the Seattle Seahawks who have less than stellar (or proven) options on the inside in their nickel packages, it’s entirely possible Agholor could pass into triple digits in a half a dozen games this season, with the potential to go over the century mark for the first time in his career.

Will that kind of production make Agholor a top-tier fantasy option? Probably not, but as anyone whose gotten down and dirty in the trenches of cellphone (or computer) football knows all too well, having a matchup reserve who can get your double-digit points in a bye week could very well be the difference between a championship run and an early out.

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If he’s available in the late rounds of your draft, or even available as a free agent, Nelson Agholor could be as intriguing a matchup piece in fantasy as he will be for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019.