Jalen Hurts, despite being questionable, seen as Fantasy postseason gold

Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Jalen Hurts on the field as the Philadelphia Eagles‘ starter. That isn’t an exaggeration. As a matter of fact, his last appearance was Week 12. It was still November.

The reason for that is as such. QB1 injured an ankle in that one and, though there was some optimism about him starting in Week 13, he was a last-minute scratch. That forced Gardner Minshew into action.

‘The Mustache’ had his best day in what felt like ages. Drawing the New York Jets on the schedule will do that for you. He completed 80 percent of his passes and enjoyed a 242-yard, two-touchdown day. In short, he did his job.

This is still Hurts’ team though. That’s been said over and over and confirmed by head coach Nick Sirianni. Once Jalen is healthy, he’s the guy. That all brings us to a question that we’ve been asking since Philly gave birth to its own version of Minshew Mania. When will Jalen be back?

Jalen Hurts is still questionable, but he’s also still Fantasy gold.

In his most recent sitdown with members of the Philadelphia media, Coach Sirianni offered some injury updates. Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders will be available. We learned, on Sunday,  that Quez Watkins was activated from the COVID-19 list, which means the possibility of his appearance is also high.

In terms of Hurts, he was a full participant at Eagles practice on Friday and Saturday. He’s been given the ‘questionable’ designation, but that hasn’t stopped Mario Pilato of Pro Football Focus from naming him as one of his Fantasy players to watch as the Fantasy football season moves into its postseason.

Here’s some of his defense for making that argument:

"Jalen Hurts practiced fully on Friday, giving him a good chance of suiting up for the newly scheduled Tuesday Night Football game versus the Football Team.Fantasy football managers missed the QB6 in fantasy points per game, but they get him back just in time for the fantasy postseason. He should comfortably slide back into the starting lineups as a fringe fantasy top-12 quarterback."

Here’s more from Pilato:

"Washington’s defense has not allowed over 250 yards passing or more than two passing touchdowns to any quarterback since Week 7, so the matchup looked tough early in the week, but that defense may not take the field on Sunday because of the COVID outbreak in the nation’s capital. The Football Team is down a lot of key defenders.Therefore, Philadelphia should be able to move the ball at ease on the ground through their running backs to protect Hurts from further damaging his ankle."

That’s hope the Fantasy take doubles as a part of the real-life story for how this one plays out. As Pilato mentioned, having two extra days to heal plays in Hurts’ favor for a Week 15 return, but the fact of the matter is this.

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None of us truly know how all of this will play out until it happens. Regardless, you can expect every Eagles fan to be in front of the television or at Lincoln Financial Field for the kickoff of this one. This is a huge contest versus the Washington Football Team.