Breakout Potential: Philadelphia Eagles Zach Ertz
Zach Ertz is a primed breakout candidate heading into his second NFL season with the Philadelphia Eagles. As a second round pick in 2013, Ertz saw his playing time increase more and more as his rookie season went along. His final stat line of 36 catches for 469 yards and four touchdowns is not fantastic, but it is a great building block heading into this year. With another offseason in head coach Chip Kelly’s offensive system, Ertz could see his numbers increase significantly. A lot of people are scared off by Brent Celek being listed number one on the teams depth chart, but Ertz plays more of a wide receiver role in Kelly’s system, lining up outside or in the slot more than on the actual line of scrimmage. Ertz has been a primary target of quarterback Nick Foles in the preseason grabbing eight balls for 110 yards and a score. I have Ertz projected to be in the top ten of all tight ends at the end of the season, having a similar impact Jordan Cameron had on the Browns offense in 2013. The best reason to draft Ertz as your top tight end is his average draft position in fantasy drafts is currently in the eleventh round, making him not only a breakout candidate but a steal.