2017 Outlook: Jeffery heads to Philadelphia on a one-year deal after spending the first five years of his career in Chicago. The 2012 second-round pick has missed quite a bit of time during his career, but his durability woes are probably a bit overstated; he's missed a total of seven games due to injury the past four years. Jeffery has been a super-productive and heavily utilized target when healthy. During those past four years, he's averaging 9.0 targets per game. His average of 16.0 fantasy points per game in PPR play during that span would've ranked ninth at the position last season. He sits third in the entire NFL in end zone targets during the past four years (63). Jeffery is in his prime at age 27 and will be a workhorse as Carson Wentz's top target.
2017 Outlook: Matthews scored eight touchdowns and ranked as a top-25 fantasy wide receiver during each of his first two seasons in the NFL. The wheels fell off last year, though, as he missed a pair of games due to injury and scored only three times despite a career-high 11 end zone targets. He posted only four top-30 fantasy weeks en route to finishing 44th at the position in points. The Eagles improved their perimeter receivers greatly this offseason by adding Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, which means Matthews' target share is going to take a hit. He's still a flex option, but he has a limited upside as a short-area, slot target.
2017 Outlook: Blount had some highlight moments during his time with New England, but it all came together for a career year in 2016. The perpetually underrated big man ran for a league-high 18 touchdowns during 16 regular-season games. Of his 299 carries, an NFL-high 24 came inside the opponent's 5-yard line. Blount averaged 3.9 YPC but faced a league-high average of 8.3 in-box defenders. Blount is now 30 years old and has never eclipsed 15 receptions in a season. Now in Philadelphia, Blount will slide in as the team's primary early down and short-yardage back, but won't see many targets. He's best-viewed as a flex and should be upgraded in non-PPR.
2017 Outlook: The ageless Sproles announced last year that 2017 would be his last in the NFL. He's coming off yet another strong campaign in which he caught at least 40 passes for the eighth consecutive season. That includes at least 52 receptions during each of the past two years and six of the past seven seasons. After posting a 3.8 YPC in 2015, Sproles bounced back to 4.7 (17th) last year. Sproles will spend his final season handling 10 or so touches per game as a complement to Wendell Smallwood and rookie Donnel Pumphrey.
2017 Outlook: Ertz has finished fifth in targets and top nine in fantasy points at the tight end position each of the past two seasons. He's shown terrific hands (10 drops) in his career, but has really struggled to find the end zone. Since entering the league in 2013, Ertz ranks seventh in targets (362) and 17th in touchdowns (13) at the position. On the plus side, he set a career-high with nine end-zone targets (fifth-most in the NFL among TEs) last year. The tight end position has been extremely busy (minimum 27 percent target share) during head coach Doug Pederson's seasons as a coach and coordinator, but Ertz's role figures to be reduced after the team's signings of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. Ertz is a good TE2.
2017 Outlook: Wentz was fairly impressive by rookie quarterback standards, but he was far from a quality fantasy asset. He posted one top-10 fantasy week, finished 18th or worse 10 times and ended the year 24th at the position, which was lowest among passers who appeared in all 16 games. Wentz completed 62 percent of his passes, but dealt with 31 drops (second most). Wentz's 6.2 yards per attempt was fourth lowest in the league, but his horrendous supporting cast generated 4.8 yards after the catch (seventh lowest). With Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith added to a unit that also includes Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz, Wentz's arsenal is now NFL caliber. He's an obvious candidate for a second-year leap.
2017 Outlook: Smallwood appeared in 13 games after being selected by Philadelphia in the fifth round of last year's draft. The quick and agile scatback played relatively well on 83 touches while sharing snaps with Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner. The Eagles did very little to address the running back position during the offseason, which leaves Smallwood as the favorite for early-down duties, with Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey positioned as passing-down and change-of-pace options. Smallwood is a sneaky flex target, especially in non-PPR formats.
2017 Outlook: Sturgis beat out Cody Parkey for the Eagles' kicker job last season, and went on to enjoy a breakout 2016 campaign. He attempted 41 field goals (second most in the league) and converted 35 (85.4 percent). Sturgis was terrific from short range, connecting on all 24 attempts under 40 yards. He missed six of 17 tries from 40-plus. He ended up fourth at the position in fantasy points -- the first top-10 finish of his career. Sturgis is a pedestrian -- at best -- talent, and will lose opportunities if Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith help the Eagles' offense find the end zone more often in 2017. Sturgis is a good bet to take a step back, and is thus a fringe fantasy starter.
2017 Outlook: The Eagles signed Smith to a three-year deal with the hope that he'll return to the player he was during his four-year tenure in Baltimore. During that time, the 2011 second-round pick didn't miss a single game and averaged 106 targets, 53 receptions, 898 yards and 7.5 touchdowns per season. Incredibly, he finished a season no better than 22nd and no worse than 31st among wide receivers in fantasy points. Smith then signed with San Francisco, but the wheels fell off in the Bay Area. He caught a grand total of 53 balls for 930 yards and 7 touchdowns in 28 games with the 49ers. Smith figures to operate as the team's top deep threat, but consistent targets won't be easy to find behind Alshon Jeffery, Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz.
2017 Outlook: The 2016 Eagles started the season with six straight top-10 fantasy weeks, but managed only two during their final 10 games. Philadelphia's D/ST continues to rely heavily on touchdowns, ranking top-three in the category each of the past three seasons. The Eagles ranked near mid-pack in most D/ST-relevant categories and the five touchdowns helped them to a sixth-place finish in fantasy points. The Eagles added Chris Long and Derek Barnett, and upgraded from Bennie Logan to Timmy Jernigan, which only adds to talented defense led by Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham and Malcolm Jenkins. Cornerback is a massive concern, however, and figures to hold this unit back in 2017.