2023 Dynasty Fantasy Football: Rankings and values for Eagles from Jalen Hurts to A.J. Brown and more
The Eagles’ Super Bowl game was fueled by experienced veteran players who came together to create an effective offense and incredibly strong defense. Although there are no influential newcomers playing for them right now, there are many who expect to contribute as early as next year, but almost all of them are either on defense or on offense.
Luckily for the Birds and Fantasia managers, the key screws in Philadelphia’s passing game are locked up for at least the next three seasons. Jalen Herts has earned Franchised Protector status and expects to receive the bag within the next 18 months. AJ Brown and Dallas Godert are linked with the team for at least the next three seasons, and DeVonta Smith is under contract for two more years before he can even consider free agency.
The fact is that there is a lot of stability for members of the Dynasty league in terms of progressing through the game.
- Let’s assume that Brown is in the top five in the Dynasty, although that value is slightly determined by things like draft value and public opinion.
- Smith is closer to the top 12, although it wouldn’t be a shock if Smith turned out to be the better receiver between him and Brown.
- Gedert believes he will be a consistent tight end for at least the next three seasons, which is good enough to be named top 5 in his position.
- Hurts, no matter how long he’s been chasing 10-plus touchdowns in a season, is one of the top five signalmen. He should not lose this element of his game until his second contract is likely to expire.
So, the pass game. Feels stable.
Running game? Other story.
Miles Sanders will become a free agent this March. After a crappy 2021 with an unfortunate injury season, Sanders’ touchdown count has skyrocketed (13 rushing touchdowns in 19 games!), while his sprinting efficiency has largely remained the same.
However, his reception count dropped a lot, mostly because the Eagles didn’t use him very often in passing situations.
It won’t be wrong to call him a good runner, but the emphasis is on “running”. With four years of evidence and his 26 year season on the horizon, his chances of becoming a top RB for any team, much less his current team, are non-existent, aside from injuries forcing him to take more snaps.
And that makes him a bit of a drag in Dynasty. The Eagles may not be willing to spend much to keep him, other teams may feel the same way and any team that puts him on the roster will have to manage reps or he risks another hamstring injury that will cost him a few games.
- Sanders is barely in the top 20 running back in the Dynasty league.
Sanders is ahead of Kenneth Gainwell in the Dynasty rankings – so far. The Eagles quickly returned with passing skills and he has two more years on his contract and is expected to be locked up in at least Powerful shots of Philadelphia. Could it develop into something more? Of course – just look at what he did in the playoff games before the Super Bowl.
- Gainwell is a great defender, albeit a small stature, who should be the No. 3 option with No. 2 potential starting in 2023, his 24-year-old campaign.
The Eagles don’t have interesting depth behind these guys – at least none of the ones you would consider for Fantasy, anyway. They may need a running back if they let Sanders go and are always looking for receivers so these positions are definitely worth keeping an eye on.
So it’s mostly sunny in Philadelphia…although clouds are gathering over the Eagles’ offensive line. Here’s a look at their group:
- LT: Jordan Mailata, 26 (on contract until at least 2025)
- LG: Landon Dickerson, 24 (on contract until at least 2024)
- C: Jason Kelsey, 35 (under contract until at least 2023)
- WG: Isaac Seumalo, 29 years old (contract terminated in March of this year)
- RT: Lane Johnson, 33 (under contract until at least 2024)
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They already have at least one replacement on the roster – 2022 rookie Cam Jurgens, who could potentially play right back until Kelsey is ready to retire and then move to center. Their depth is otherwise not great, as substitute Andre Dillard expects to go into free agency along with fellow substitute Jack Driscoll a year after his release.
This is worth mentioning as up to four newcomers can appear on this line in two years. On the plus side, the Eagles have been hard at work building a strong O-line ever since Howie Roseman was their CEO, so it’s not necessarily a bad thing that there could be changes in their top five. Just something to keep in mind as we look forward to meeting the Eagles.