Philadelphia Eagles – Where’s The Value?

ee827ac36ae05c326d8c59200d9cb89cThere’s a solid case to be made the Eagles have the best roster in the NFL right, with depth at every position. Desean Jackson has returned home, and added to what was an already decent group of receivers to create probably the best group of wide-outs in the NFL. Trading for Jordan Howard looks like another shrewd move, but after drafting Miles Sanders there seems to be a few too many backs on the roster. The defensive line will again be the key, with 8 guys rotating in and out on a 4 man line. With the Giants and Redskins going through a rebuilding process the NFC East looks like a 2 horse race between the Eagles and Cowboys.

Given Wentz’ recent injury problems I can’t see the Eagles being too happy with Carson scrambling anymore, especially with Nick Foles now in Jacksonville. Having only scored 2 rushing touchdowns in his career thus far, you will need to see odds over 20/1.

As I mentioned earlier, the Eagles currently have 6 backs on their roster which will want playing time that makes backing someone to score a touchdown very difficult. Jordan Howard has been consistent over his 3 year career, scoring 25 times in 47 starts, so out of everyone he would be the guy to back right now, but with Miles Sander scoring 9 times for Penn State you may want to wait and see how the Eagles utilise all these guys.

Alshon Jeffrey had a down year, having played the entire campaign with a torn rotator cuff. Jeffrey is always an end-zone threat registering 41 scores in 92 career games and with D-Jax on the opposite side he should see more one on one matchups this season, and add to his career numbers. As for Jackson, he has a career scoring rate over 33% so I will be interested to see if the bookmakers price reflects this. The final piece of the puzzle is Nelson Agholor, who has yet to really breakout for the Eagles. The 2015 1st round pick has 15 scores in his career, but 12 of them have come in the last 2 seasons, and with Jeffrey and Jackson taking up the defensive best corners he could be the man to benefit.

On top of those 3 wide-outs the Eagles have one of the best tight-ends in the NFL, in 6 year pro Zach Ertz, who amassed an impressive 1,163 yards on 116 receptions last season. His career touchdown rate is sat at 31% but over the last 2 seasons he has 16 touchdowns in 30 starts, so that has to be taken into consideration when looking at the odds for the Stanford product. The Eagles play a lot of 2 tight-end sets, meaning Dallas Goedert could be a name that nobody is looking for on the stat sheet, but when it comes to the anytime touchdown market he could offer considerable value.


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