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Evan Engram Injury Update Creates Fantasy Value With Eli Manning Starting in Week 14

Max Staley
Evan Engram caught one pass for six yards against the Arizona Cardinals.
Evan Engram caught one pass for six yards against the Arizona Cardinals. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images

It looks like Eli Manning will be taking over for an injured Daniel Jones, and it also looks like he'll have his full compliment of weapons in this one.

Evan Engram, who has been sidelined since Week 9, is trending toward a return against the Philadelphia Eagles for "Monday Night Football".

However, the matchup with Philadelphia isn't as appealing as it once seemed. The Eagles are the No. 15 pass defense in Football Outsiders' DVOA rankings, have allowed the ninth-fewest PPR points to opposing tight ends and have allowed 241.7 passing yards per game.

On a per-game basis, Engram is TE9 in PPR formats. He had the sixth-highest target share among all tight ends before going down, and Engram should return to being New York's go-to option once he's back on the field.

The matchup against Philadelphia shouldn't affect his value too much either way, and Engram looks safe to fire up as a TE1 in the fantasy playoffs, assuming he's fully cleared.

Engram didn't crack the top-12 TEs in our Week 14 fantasy football PPR rankings, but he will likely shoot up on the leaderboard once we have a clearer understanding of his availability.

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