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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL MONDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: EAGLES/REDSKINS

The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins finished off Week 13 in fantasy football with a dud of a game overall as the playoff schedule comes into shape in most leagues.  Here are some of the more noteworthy performances that came out of the game:

-After a few weeks of struggles, Eagles QB Carson Wentz got back on the positive statistical track Monday night as he completed 27-of-39 passes for 306 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT in the win.  While Wentz is still not running much coming back from last year's knee injury, this game is a firm reminder that he remains one of the better overall passers in the leagues who decrease in overall numbers this season may make him a nice bargain in 2019.

-Redskins running back Adrian Peterson had a spectacular 90-yard TD during the first half for the team but only 8 other yards the remainder of the game as the Eagles stacked the line once QB Colt McCoy went out with a broken fibula.  It will be especially tough sledding going forward for Peterson who no doubt has had a tremendous comeback season overall in 2018 but with Mark Sanchez under center behind a line with some third-stringers playing, things could get ugly. 

-Eagles wide receiver Golden Tate looked much more at home with the team Monday night as he hauled in 7 balls for 85 yards and a score.  In other words, this is the Tate who made catching 90 passes a year routine during his Detroit Lions days.  Clearly, Tate needed some time to get acclimated to the Eagles offense but he could be back in the WR 2/3 mode given how good he looked in this one.

-On the flip side of Tate, Eagles wideout Alshon Jeffery was terrible as he caught just 3 balls for 31 yards and he has been brutal for the better part of a month now.  With Wentz continuing to favor short to intermediate throws, that really hurts Jeffery's big play potential and makes him especially tough to trust in the playoff weeks.

-Redskins running back Chris Thompson has had yet another season destroyed by injury and he failed to put forth even an adequate outing last night when the team was in obvious passing situations during the second half as he rushed for just 3 yards on 3 carries and caught only 3 passes for another 18.  Keep him nailed to the bench.

-Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is making a run for the NFL record for receptions by a tight end and it looks like he will get there as he caught 9 balls for 83 yards last night.  Ertz is now up to 93 catches for 978 yards and 6 scores and there are still four games to go.  At this rate, Ertz is likely to pass the 110 catch plateau which is really something else.  What I will say too is that Ertz and Travis Kelce are both worth second-round picks in all fantasy football drafts next summer given how massive their numbers trump the rest of the tight end hierarchy. 


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