Zach Ertz Injury Update Brings Optimistic Turn for Fantasy Value in NFC Wild Game Against Seahawks

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz celebrates a touchdown against the New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz celebrates a touchdown against the New York Giants / Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

After missing Week 17 due to a fractured rib and a lacerated kidney, Zach Ertz's status was very much in doubt for the Philadelphia Eagles' NFC Wild Card Game against the Seattle Seahawks. However, that's no longer the case — much to Eagles fans' delight.

The Eagles' Pro Bowl tight end has now been medically cleared to play against the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon in the NFC Wild Card Round.

Ertz, who leads the Eagles in receptions (88), receiving yards (916) and receiving touchdowns (six), should give Philly's injury-depleted offense a much-needed boost on Sunday.

The Seahawks have one of the league's worst fantasy defenses against tight ends this season, allowing 15.2 PPR points per game (PPG) to players at the position (No. 31 in the NFL).

Philly's backup tight end Dallas Goedert, who was our top-ranked tight end for Wild Card Weekend prior to Saturday's news, should now see a reduced role with Ertz expected to return.

However, Goedert should still be considered a viable tight end fantasy play this weekend, as he's scored two touchdowns and averaged 7.5 targets per game in the last six contests he played alongside Ertz in the Eagles' lineup.

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