Philadelphia Eagles 2020 Fantasy Football Rookie Roundup

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The 2020 NFL Draft is in the books, and that means it’s time for us to fully turn our attention to the 2020 NFL season and fantasy football. While COVID-19 means we can’t guarantee an NFL season, our league mates want us to be on our heels, unprepared for the season. Never you fear, Football Absurdity is here to cover all of the 78 fantasy football eligible players drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft. Keep in mind, most of these guys won’t get selected in your draft, but you’ll want to know these 2020 NFL draftees when your fantasy football draft comes around. We started our look at the NFC East rookies on Friday with the Dallas Cowboys. Since the New York Giants didn’t draft any fantasy football guys, let’s move on to a team that made some serious moves last week: the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Philadelphia Eagles started off their draft how we all expected, and then everything flew off the rails in terms of what we expected of Philly. They took a quarterback in the second round, which officially puts Carson Wentz on the hot seat… or does it? Philly drafted three wide receivers and added a fourth (San Francisco’s Marquise Goodwin) via trade. Surprisingly, they took no running backs, leaving Miles Sanders and Boston Scott as their one-two punch. How do the fantasy football eligible rookie Philadelphia Eagles players shake-up for 2020?

FULL PHILADELPHIA EAGLES DRAFT RESULTS
Rd Pick Team Player Pos School
1 21 PHI Jalen Reagor WR TCU
2 21 PHI Jalen Hurts QB Oklahoma
3 39 PHI Davion Taylor OLB Colorado
4 21 PHI K’Von Wallace S Clemson
4 39 PHI Jack Driscoll OG Auburn
4 40 PHI Tyler Biadasz CB Wisconsin
5 22 PHI John Hightower WR Boise St
6 17 PHI Shaun Bradley ILB Temple
6 21 PHI Quez Watkins WR Southern Mississippi
6 31 PHI Prince Tega Wanogho OT Auburn
7 19 PHI Casey Toohill DE Stanford

 

Round 1, Pick 21: Jalen Reagor, Wide Receiver, TCU (5’11” 206 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.47 (u) 17 reps 42.0 in 138.0 in 7.31s 4.46s

Courtesy: NFL.com, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
WR1       Alshon Jeffery
WR2       DeSean Jackson
WR3       Jalen Reagor
WR4       Marquise Goodwin
WR5       Greg Ward
WR6       J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
WR7       John Hightower
WR8       Quez Watkins
TALENT

Jalen Reagor was not the best wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft class, but he wasn’t too far from the discussion. He has a lot of good and easy speed, and incredible athleticism. He isn’t the most physical guy, but his speed and athleticism rule the day. The only problem is that he shies away from all contact, at all opportunities. He gains a lot of chunk plays through raw speed and agility, but can be shut down through press coverage at the next level. Ideally, he isn’t a team’s WR1, but if he is, he will be in the Antonio Brown mold.

2020 OPPORTUNITY

There isn’t a 2020 rookie wide receiver with a better circumstance than Jalen Reagor. The Eagles desperately needed wide receivers, and went out and got the new centerpiece of their wide receiver passing game with Jalen Reagor. There are rumors swirling that DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery might not make it to the 2020 season as Eagles, further cementing Jalen Reagor as the top wide receiver option in Philadelphia.

The only problem comes from the fact that the Eagles hardly use the wide receiver. They are the only team in the NFL to throw to the wide receiver less than 50% of the time in each of the last two seasons. That might limit Reagor’s target upside, especially given that the Eagles quickly filled up their wide receiver room. By adding Reagor, Marquise Goodwin, John Hightower and Quez Watkins, Philadelphia added four receivers who were not on their roster when the draft started. Still, Reagor should top the room, as only Goodwin has any sort of appreciable talent if Jeffery and Jackson find their way off the roster.

2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

Jalen Reagor has a shot to end up as the #1 rookie wide receiver when all is said and done, especially in PPR and half-PPR leagues. Granted, I don’t think he has the best shot at it, but given his likely volume, he’s ending up in the top-three at the position among rookies when the dust settles on 2020. He’s worth a middling pick on his upside, somewhere around round eight or nine. He should end up on a roster, and if he starts slow or gets cut, pick him up. Talent tends to win out in the second half of talented WR’s rookie campaigns.

TALENT:
OPPORTUNITY:
2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK:
Round 2, Pick 21: Jalen Hurts, Quarterback, Oklahoma (6’1” 222 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.59s 35.0 in 125.0 in

Courtesy: NFL.com, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
QB1        Carson Wentz
QB2        Jalen Hurts
QB3        Nate Sudfeld
QB4        Kyle Lauletta
TALENT

Jalen Hurts has the highest fantasy football ceiling of any rookie taken this year, including Tua Tagovailoa. Unfortunately, his floor is subterranean. Hurts is a gunslinger who loves to tuck and run. Unfortunately, sometimes he tucks, wonders if he should run, and gets swallowed up by defenses. His ball security is a significant issue, as he is the King of the YOLO pass, even trying a behind the back pass against Texas. He has an incredibly strong arm but struggles with ball placement. At times, he threw CeeDee Lamb open and other times he threw him into walls. He will need coaching to help smooth out his more erratic traits but has a chance to make fantasy noise this year if Carson Wentz goes down.

2020 OPPORTUNITY

This was a really weird pick for the Eagles! They talked about how the future of the league is securing a top-level backup, which is also what I would say if I signed by started to a big, long-term deal, and then literally the second player I took in the draft was a quarterback. Trey Wingo & Company really tried to analyze this pick without saying that the Eagles might worry that Carson Wentz is toast and can’t stay healthy. It’s also really weird to think about that Carson Wentz got hurt in the playoff game last year, so if the Cowboys had won the NFC East, Philly might not have ended up in this position.

That having been said, it sounds a lot like Hurts will see action similar to sophomore year Colin Kaepernick, pre-Alex Smith concussion. Jim Harbaugh & company would bring in Kaepernick for designed runs, for wildcat plays, and for package plays that needed his massive cannon. Unless Wentz gets hurt, which seems like an inevitability, Hurts has no fantasy football upside.

2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

This is assuming Wentz doesn’t get hurt. None. Assuming Wentz does get hurt, which has been a safe bet lately, Hurts is worth a pickup. He has the highest fantasy ceiling of any 2020 rookie quarterback.

TALENT:
OPPORTUNITY: (hedging for a Carson Wentz injury)
2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK:

 

Round 5, Pick 22: John Hightower, Wide Receiver, Boise State (6’1” 189 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.43s (u) 38.5 in 122.0 in 7.07s 4.21s

Courtesy: NFL.com, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
WR1       Alshon Jeffery
WR2       DeSean Jackson
WR3       Jalen Reagor
WR4       Marquise Goodwin
WR5       Greg Ward
WR6       J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
WR7       John Hightower
WR8       Quez Watkins
TALENT

John Hightower doesn’t excite me at all for fantasy football purposes. He body catches everything, which slows him considerably (though that may have been due to the quarterback). He’s just a guy and is down-roster filler for the Eagles.

2020 OPPORTUNITY

Just look at that depth chart and read everything I said about Jalen Reagor.

2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

More like John Lowtower, folks.

TALENT:
OPPORTUNITY:
2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK:
Round 6, Pick 21: Quez Watkins, Wide Receiver, Southern Mississippi (6’0” 185 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle
4.35s (u) 36.5 in 125.0 in 7.28s 4.36s

Courtesy: NFL.com, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
WR1       Alshon Jeffery
WR2       DeSean Jackson
WR3       Jalen Reagor
WR4       Marquise Goodwin
WR5       Greg Ward
WR6       J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
WR7       John Hightower
WR8       Quez Watkins

TALENT

Watkins has a difficult time working himself open on his own. The times that he usually is open, it’s due to offensive scheming. He turned out to be the star of Southern Mississippi’s passing game, but that’s an incredibly low hurdle to jump. The thing that most concerns me with Watkins is his drops. He can’t get open and struggles mightily with any sort of tight coverage, and this leads to drops. When Watkins can get the ball in his hands, however, he is legit fast (4.35 40-yard dash) and has enough wiggle to hit home runs. He’ll likely be a low ceiling gadget player in year one, getting a lot of jet sweeps, and a couple of targets a game as WR4 for the Eagles.

2020 OPPORTUNITY

Watkins has a shot at landing on the practice squad, though his special teams prowess could earn him a weekly roster spot. Granted, if the Eagles’ WR corps falls apart like it did last season, then Watkins can have plenty of opportunities. Just like how Rico rose through the ranks in Starship Troopers!

2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

Don’t worry about it.

TALENT:
OPPORTUNITY:
2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK:
For more 2020 NFL Draft coverage, check out these:

Arizona Cardinals Rookie Roundup
Fantasy Football Fallout: 2020 NFL Draft Round One
Football Absurdity Podcast: First Round Recap

 

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