September 12, 2022, 6:13 pm
Eagles 38, Lions 35 (Lions covered +5.5, O 48.5)
The highest game total of the weekend may have been a close game by looking at the final score, but the Eagles took their foot off the gas pedal after they built themselves a 17-point lead heading into the final frame. Due to the amount of touchdowns that were scored on both sides of the ball, pretty much every fantasy option that was deployed ended up delivering outside of one very notable exception.
Jalen Hurts failed to throw a single passing touchdown on his 18-for-32 attempts that resulted in 243 yards. However, the rushing ability that made him a fantasy darling during draft season came through as he turned 17 carries into 90 yards and a score. If he connected on some passing touchdowns, he could have been even better than the QB4 for Week 1 (prior to MNF).
AJ Brown was the team’s big offseason acquisition and he didn’t disappoint with 155 yards on 10-of-13 receptions. However, that’s where the WR production ended with Zach Pascal the only other receiver who caught a pass (one catch for seven yards). DeVonta Smith was held catchless on four targets, so the arrival of Brown could have very well eliminated Smith as a weekly start for fantasy. Send him to the bench until we see some production from the second-year pro.
With Zach Ertz no longer in town, Dallas Goedert can consistently provide TE1 numbers like we saw on Sunday with 60 yards on three of four targets. He will continue to play a big role within the team’s passing attack moving forward.
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