Philadelphia Eagles roundup: Nelson Agholor’s not a Fantasy standout?
The Philadelphia Eagles and their former first-round pick, Nelson Agholor, are all smiles these days.
If you would have bet any Philadelphia Eagles fan that their favorite team would be at the top of the league after six games, you would have won a ton of bets. You could have, at the beginning of the season, said this team would have been among the league leaders in a boatload of categories. That, too, would have made you a winner again. Had you told most fans that there would be a career resurgence from Nelson Agholor, especially after last season, you might have been labeled a fortune teller.
With all that being said, here we are. The Philly media can’t wait for an opportunity to speak with Agholor these days. Fantasy Football owners are scrambling to pick him up. He was only a member of a little over half of the leagues featured on most of the more popular platforms for playing. That includes CBS Sports. He was only found in 61 percent of the leagues there.
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Perhaps Agholor’s performance in his first two seasons can be blamed for that. In 2015 and 2016, he played in 28 games. He caught 59 passes for 648 yards (36 receptions for 365 yards in year two). His four touchdowns this season are more than he had in years one and two combined.
Small successes are part of the overall picture:
When the Eagles traded Jordan Matthews to the Buffalo Bills, they gave away their most consistent and most productive weapon of the last three seasons. The belief was most of the offensive production, at least at wide receiver, would come from the new guys, Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. Instead, it’s been the guys who have been there the entire time. The guys who had the most question marks surrounding them, Agholor and tight end Zach Ertz have elevated their play.
It’s been fun to watch.
The presence of Smith and Jeffery, no doubt, have alleviated some of the pressure on Agholor, but he deserves credit all the same. He’s just thankful for the opportunities he’s seeing.
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Here’s a quote:
"It’s been a great opportunity for me to run different routes and give a different look. I like playing outside, inside, wherever. I just like being a guy you can get the football to, so I want to know as much as I can in terms of the route tree… (Head coach) Doug Pederson decided this was a great place for me to help me get those targets and I’m very appreciative."
Rumors of Agholor being a draft bust may have been exaggerated slightly.