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Each week I’ll be bringing you a weekly Daily Fantasy Football play from the Philadelphia Eagles. If you’re like me, you relish in adding extra excitement while you watch our Eagles fly and this weekly series is intended to help get you to that happy place when reality and fantasy are equally rewarding.

This piece should be entitled “Weekly Eagles Chalk” considering the matchup and situations of the other top tier Tight Ends around the league. Let’s take a look at some of the usual Tight Ends that would normally grab your attention:

– Panthers’ TE Greg Olsen was placed on IR for a broken foot.

– Redskins’ TE Jordan Reed sprained his Sternoclavicular joint (shoulder).

– Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski injured his groin.

– Bengals’ TE Tyler Eifert injured his back and is dealing with a knee injury.

That’s four top tier Tight Ends that may or may not play in Week 3, leaving some seriously limited and/or hobbled high-risk options.

When you look at Eagles’ TE Zach Ertz’s matchup against the Giants, there are several factors that point to Ertz having a big week. In Week 1, Cowboys’ TE Jason Witten produced a solid day against the G-Men, grabbing 7 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. In Week 2, Lions’ TE Eric Ebron got on track with 5 catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

That’s an average of 6 catches, 50.5 yards, and 1 touchdown over 2 games, which is a solid day for any Tight End and puts the Giants’ in the bottom five DVOA when covering Tight Ends.

For his career Ertz averages 4 catches and 58 yards against the Giants while only recording 1 career touchdown. The lack of touchdowns may seem ominous, but considering Ertz has been targeted 18 times this year while grabbing an average of 6.5 catches and 95 yards through two games this year, you can understand there is cause for optimism.

I’ll also point out that Ertz is typically a slow starter, not hitting stride until late in the season, which is not the case this year. Take into account his hot streak in the 2016 second half of the season, with averages of 9.8 targets, 6.8 catches, and 71 yards, while adding 4 touchdowns over an 8 game stretch.

The Giants have not been able to come up with a defensive solution to their Tight End woes so far and judging by Head Coach Ben McAdoo’s inability to adjust in-game, if Ertz starts hot, he could have a big day.

Other potential plays include Chiefs’ TE Travis Kelce vs LAC, Titans’ TE Delanie Walker vs SEA, IND TE Jack Doyle vs CLE and Cowboys’ TE Jason Witten vs AZ … but you wouldn’t play a Cowboy when Ertz has an ice cream matchup, right? RIGHT?!

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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