Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery missed another day of practice, and it appears likely he will not play on Sunday against the New England Patriots. If that happens, the Eagles will go into their Week 11 matchup with Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and Mack Hollins as their top four wide receivers.
Jeffery is dealing with an ankle injury and he has now sat out Wednesday and Thursday practices. The team is also without DeSean Jackson, leaving them shorthanded among their pass catchers.
Eagles beat writer Zach Berman noted that this mean the running backs and tight ends will be that much more important in Week 1. And it could be a way for fantasy football owners to benefit if they’re scouring the waiver wire for help.
Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders will be plenty busy on Sunday. Howard is dealing with a shoulder injury, but should be good to go for the game. Naturally, Zach Ertz will be plenty busy as well. All three are owned in a sizable majority of fantasy leagues. The real value could come in the form of Dallas Goedert.
Fantasy football waiver wire analysis: TE Dallas Goedert
Wentz has targeted Goedert at least four times each of the past four weeks, and a total of 22 times during that stretch. He hasn’t put up monster numbers, but he’s had at least three receptions in each of those games. His yardage totals have been limited at times, but this week might be a breakout opportunity with so many pass catchers sidelined.
The Patriots do rank third best in terms of fantasy points allowed to the tight end position. However, given Ertz’s presence, one has to wonder if a Patriots focus on the start tight end might open the door for Goedert. It’s a roll of the dice, but the tight end position is a weak one across most leagues. If you’re shorthanded and need some upside, Goedert could be a stealthy interesting play.