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What to do with Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert in Week 17 fantasy football

Can Goedert step-up as the No.1 tight end for the Eagles in Zach Ertz’s absence?

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert reacts after his touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles hold their fate in their own hands as they take on the New York Giants in a divisional match-up with the NFC East title on the line. The Eagles will punch their ticket to the playoffs with a Week 17 victory. Unfortunately for Carson Wentz and the rest of the Eagle’s offense, they will have to head into this battle without their No. 1 tight end Zach Ertz, who is battling through both rib and back injuries. The good news for Philadelphia is that they have another excellent tight end in Dallas Goedert, who will need to step into an increased role in this crucial match-up. We break down the fantasy football implications below.

Fantasy football analysis, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz

Ertz was officially ruled out on Friday afternoon. He will not be playing against the New York Giants in Week 17. Fantasy teams who have relied on him throughout the season will have to look elsewhere.

Fantasy football analysis, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert

Ertz took a hard hit early on, and was in and out of portions of the Eagles Week 16 match-up with the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas Goedert did not miss a beat, as he stepped up for a huge performance in which he was targeted 12 times and finished with nine receptions for 91 yards and one touchdown. With Ertz ruled out and the Eagles’ wide receiver corps severely depleted, Goedert will be targeted often and figures to be a focal point of the offense this week. He is a tight end who may be worthy of a start even with Ertz playing, but he becomes a must start as he slides into the No. 1 tight end position.

Now that Goedert is locked into your standard league line-ups, another important consideration is that Goedert’s salary in DFS contests is set at $4900 this week. This is a significant value for a tight end that is likely to see double digit targets from Carson Wentz in a must win divisional match-up. With many teams resting starters for the playoffs, there will be even less reliable options at a fantasy football position that is already thin. Target Goedert in your DFS line-ups this week.

Start/Sit Advice:

Start Goedert as a TE1 in standard leagues

Start Goedert as a value play with significant upside in DFS contests