Nelson Agholor Fantasy Outlook Improves With DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery Injury Update

Jason Schandl
Philadelphia Eagles v Washington Redskins
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Once regarded as a draft bust, with only 59 receptions across his first two NFL seasons, Nelson Agholor redeemed himself with back-to-back seasons of 60-plus catches and 700-plus yards, amassing 12 touchdowns between 2017 and 2018. His fantasy football value looked like it was taking a big hit heading into 2019 though, with the Philadelphia Eagles signing DeSean Jackson, leaving Agholor behind both Jackson and Alshon Jeffery on the WR depth chart, while Zach Ertz also sat ahead of him in the pecking order for targets.

Neither Jackson (quad) nor Jeffery (calf) look like they're going to suit up in Week 3, though, giving Agholor's fantasy value a huge boost as the team's potential No. 1 WR against the Detroit Lions.

Both of those two made early exits with their injuries in Week 2, and we got a taste of what Agholor's potential looks like in that situation. He was targeted 11 times, catching eight of them for 107 yards and a touchdown while playing 96 percent of the team's offensive snaps.

Agholor also played three games without Jeffery last season, averaging nine targets and 6.7 receptions per game in those contest.

The Detroit Lions' defense has shown some improvements in 2019, holding opponents to 6.7 yards per pass attempt (12th-lowest mark in the NFL), but that's only over a two-game sample, and in 2018 they finished 31st in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings, so they make for a solid matchup. And even if they do continue to play at an improved level, Agholor's volume should still let him turn in a solid fantasy outing.

Agholor turned that volume without Jeffery into over 14 fantasy points per game in 2018, and he went off for 24.7 PPR points in Week 2.

The Eagles are still 6.5-point favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook with their two top WRs likely sidelined, and with their offense expected to click in Week 3, Agholor makes for a great fantasy football flex play.

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