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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL MONDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: EAGLES/REDSKINS

It was a passing feast Monday night as the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles squared off in their always entertaining rivalry.  Here are the fantasy football items that came out of the game worth discussing. 

-One of the early front-runners for fantasy football MVP in 2017 undoubtedly is Philadelphia Eagles sophomore QB Carson Wentz.  From the very start of the season, Wentz has been completely locked in with his passing and the numbers are flowing at a monstrous rate.  Monday night was no different as Wentz completed 17-of-25 throws for 268 yards with 4 TD and 1 INT.  Now up to 17 passing TD's on the season, Wentz is a locked-in top five QB in all fantasy football formats and the good times will continue next week when he goes against the San Francisco 49ers. 

On the other side, Kirk Cousins was excellent himself as he completed 30-of-40 passes for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 pick.  Cousins has been tremendous since some initial issues getting on the same page with his new wideouts the first two games of the year but once again he is getting the job done for his owners. 

-With there being so much precision passing, the running games did little in this one.  Chris Thompson led the Redskins with 38 yards on just 7 carries but he did his thing in the passing game as always by hauling in 5 balls for 26 yards and a score.  Thompson has become a supreme RB 2 in PPR formats with his great pass-receiving ability but the guy can run a bit too. 

For the Eagles, Wendell Smallwood returned from a two-game injury absence to rush for 25 yards on 8 carries and added two catches for 14 yards.  LeGarrette Blount did nothing himself in rushing for 29 yards on 14 carries but both guys will likely work in tandem going forward.  That means each is also a clear RB 3.

-Zach Ertz has been a true gem of a tight end this season as he hauled in his fifth score of the year Monday as part of his five-catch day for 89 yards.  This has arguably been the best value play call I have made all season as I started pegging Ertz in July as a terrific buy at an annually frustrating position to figure out.  And Ertz had company in terms of tight ends hauling in a bunch of throws as counterpart Jordan Reed finally broke out by catching 6 passes for 64 yards and 2 scores.  Hopefully this is an indication Reed is finally healthy but figuring him to ever be sound physically is like a running joke. 


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