The Philadelphia Eagles “second” tight end is top ten at his position and top 20 in Fantasy rankings.
Entering his third professional season in Philadelphia, tight end Dallas Goedert has been tagged with the “underrated” label more times than anyone can count. Perhaps the most valuable second option at tight end in the entire NFL, Goedert has been an important force in the Eagles offense since his debut season, even if the stats don’t reflect it quite yet.
The 25-year-old South Dakota State product practically doubled his production from his rookie to sophomore campaigns, catching 58 passes on 87 targets for 607 yards in 2019 after posting only 33 receptions on 44 targets for 334 yards in 2018.
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The big question of Goedert’s production, and the most pressing reason he currently sits as TE17 in the Fantasy Pros’ PPR ranking, is the stability of Zach Ertz.
Both tight ends are regularly featured in Doug Pederson’s offense, which heavily relies on the 12 personnel system (two tight ends, two wide receivers, and a running back). Goedert, in this concept, is more often the blocking option while Ertz roams the middle of the field, snagging the majority of the team’s targets. As a result, unless Ertz gets injured, Goedert will likely continue to fill that same role in 2020.
When Ertz was sidelined with a rib injury towards the end of the 2019 season, Goedert had his biggest opportunity to shine. He produced effectively, with 13 receptions on 22 targets resulting in 156 yards and one touchdown reception in the Eagles’ final two regular-season contests.
Fantasy Pros’ projects Goedert will have a modest 2020, with around 528 receiving yards on 52 receptions and 4.5 touchdowns. All three figures would actually be a decline from his 2019 season, which seems somewhat unlikely given the team’s lack of established receiving options and Goedert’s obvious talent.
Having Goedert as your TE1 in Fantasy may be a stretch, but he’s currently ranked behind less notable players, like Jonnu Smith of the Tennessee Titans, Mike Gesicki of the Miami Dolphins, and Hayden Hurst of the Atlanta Falcons. The prospect of Goedert posting better figures than those three isn’t much of a stretch.