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Week 8 Eagles DFS Play – Carson Wentz and Co.

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Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz was my DFS play last week and headed into another smash spot against a leaky San Francisco 49er pass defense, I see no reason to leave the hot hand. Last week Wentz flogged the Washington Redskins’ with a 17/25, 268-yard, 4 TD, 1 INT performance while adding 8 rushing attempts for 63 yards.

According to Football Outsiders, the 49ers defense rank as the 29th passing defense DVOA and gave up QB1 and QB2 performances in the last two weeks to Kirk Cousins and Dak Prescott respectively. They’ve also given up the 7th most rushing yards to opposing Quarterbacks and league high 3 rushing touchdowns. Wentz is 2nd in the league in QB rushing yards, only 6 yards behind Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson, and has broken 3 runs of 20+ yards.

PFF ranks WR Nelson Agholor as the top “Matchup Advantage” against nickel corner K’Waun Williams, who is unlikely to play with a quad injury. Match-up proof TE Zach Ertz should face a lot of SAF Jaquiski Tartt. There is revenge game potential for former 49ers WR Torrey Smith and a favorable match-up for WR Alshon Jeffery against two of the worst graded Cornerbacks in the league (Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson).

Wentz continued his dominance in the red zone last week, targeting Ertz successfully again for a touchdown against the Redskins. He also recorded a 129.2 QB Rating when blitzed paired with a 132.4 QB Rating from a clean pocket. Per PFF, the Eagles hold a +11% pass blocking advantage over the 49ers pass rush, even after the loss of LT Jason Peters. The 49ers are dealing with an injury of their own with DL Arik Armstead missing time with a broken hand.

A word of warning, check the forecast Sunday morning before finalizing your line-ups, as there is concern of heavy rain in Philadelphia around game-time. While it may take a monsoon to hold back the league’s leading touchdown slinger, the weather could dampen the box score and result in an even more favorable game script more favorable for RB LaGarrette Blount.

If the weather holds, go all-in and stack Wentz with Ertz, Agholor, or Jeffery with confidence.

Michael is an NFL Draft enthusiast, aspiring scout, and grandson of longtime East Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS football coach John P. Kist. He hosts Locked On Eagles and writes for Inside the Pylon & Breaking Football.

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