The Duel

JJ Arcega-Whiteside Fantasy Outlook Points to Potential Breakout With Eagles WR Injuries

Jason Schandl

After playing only five snaps in his NFL regular season debut in Week 1, JJ Arcega-Whiteside saw a huge jump in snaps in the Philadelphia Eagles' Week 2 meeting with the Atlanta Falcons.

Arcega-Whiteside was forced into that expanded role with Alshon Jeffery (calf) and DeSean Jackson (quad) both making early exits from that game, and if they're sidelined in Week 3, he could play a big role in the Philly passing game.

There's not been much in the way of updates on Jefferey and Jackson early in the week, but Jefferey in particular has a long history of struggling with injuries, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has reported that his status "is in some doubt".

Arcega-Whiteside only ended up seeing four targets with his expanded workload in Week 2, but there were a couple of things about that game that aren't likely to be sustainable. Mack Hollins played fewer snaps (69) but was targeted twice as many times as Arcega-Whiteside, and Zach Ertz was fed an absurd 16 targets, falling two shy of his career high.

The Eagles selected Arcega-Whiteside in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft, and that heavy workload in Week 2 is a good indication that they will have no qualms getting him involved in the offense moving forward.

If he's asked to play north of 90 percent of the Eagles' snaps again this week, we can expect Arcega-Whiteside's share of the available targets to improve significantly from Sunday's 8.5 percent.

The Detroit Lions' defense has shown some improvement this season, holding the Los Angeles Chargers to only 10 points last week, so that does put a bit of a damper on Arcega-Whiteside's upside. His workload could make him a viable fantasy play if you're really hurting for WR depth or playing in a deep league. With Jeffery's long injury history (fewer than 16 games played in three of the last four years), Arcega-Whiteside is also a sleeper that could provide some value beyond just Week 3 as well.

Join FanDuel Sportsbook Today. New users get a risk-free bet up to $500. Join Now.

Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.