Playing in 14 games last season, Ertz caught eight touchdowns and led the World Champion Eagles in receptions (74) and receiving yards (824). He was third among all tight ends in receptions and tied for second in TD catches. Ertz, a second-round pick (No. 35 overall) out of Stanford in 2013, has 321 receptions for 3,664 yards and 21 TDs in his five-year NFL career. He has had at least 70 grabs and 800 receiving yards for three consecutive seasons. He was a favorite target of both Carson Wentz and Nick Foles, so his production does not hinge on the availability of Wentz.
Ertz has missed at least one game to injury for three consecutive seasons. Though he doesnít miss many games, he is no stranger to the injury report. Philadelphia traded up in Round Two of Aprilís draft to select South Dakota State product Dallas Goedert, who could soak up a few of Ertzís chances, though Goedert was acquired to replace Eagles TE2 Trey Burton (now in Chicago).
We wrote last year that Ertz carried a lot of fantasy value because of his relatively low-key fantasy reputation. The secret is out. He should get drafted earlier in 2018 than he did in 2017. The only thing keeping him below Kelce in our rankings is his tendency to get dinged up a bit. Still, heís only missed five games in five NFL seasons. No player -- especially a tight end -- is immune from injury. Ertz is as safe a bet as any.