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86 Zach Ertz TE
Height/Weight: 6-5/250 | Birthdate: 11/10/1990 | Birthplace: Orange, CA, USA | Team: Philadelphia | College: Stanford | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 50/18 | Average Draft Position: 94.90
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More to come for Zach Ertz?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/21/2014) In setting a franchise record with 15 receptions Week 16 at Washington, Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, as you might expect, also led the team with 18 targets, 10 more than his previous season high, which he had only reached once. In other words, he hadn't been a significant part of the Eagles passing game prior to Week 16.

Of course, 18 targets is an unfair comparison for anyone. It's the second-most any player has had in a game this season. It was made possible by quarterback Mark Sanchez attempting a season-high 50 passes in a game where neither team had trouble moving the ball. Of course, the Redskins in particular have struggled against tight ends this season, allowing the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to them.

Here's the problem for Ertz: The Eagles didn't win. This tight end-heavy approach wasn't some game-changer for their offense, and two talented wide receivers in Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews took a back seat because of it.

Obviously, if you're hurting at tight end -- and it's a position that isn't quite 12 deep in Fantasy -- you could give him a look for Week 17 against Dallas, which also struggles against tight ends, but more likely than not, this performance was an aberration.


Eagles TE Zach Ertz breaks franchise record with 15 receptions


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz broke a franchise record with 15 receptions in Saturday's loss to the Redskins in Week 16. His 15 receptions were the most by any player this season.

Ertz was Mark Sanchez's primary target, hauling in a career-best 15 of 18 targets for 115 yards in a 27-24 defeat. Eight of his 15 receptions came in the fourth quarter, including a 16-yard grab -- his longest gain of the day.

Ertz has 44 receptions for 646 yards and three touchdowns this season. He will look to end the year on a high note in Week 17 against the Giants.


Eagles' Jeremy Maclin leads team with 98 receiving yards Week 15


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin caught four of his five targets for a team-high 98 yards in his team's 38-27 loss to the Cowboys in Week 15.

Maclin's highlight came courtesy of a bad decision by his defender, who went for an interception despite having no help behind him. Maclin hauled in the catch and then followed a teammate blocking the one defender remaining between him and the goal line but was dragged down at the one-yard line on the 72-yard play.

Tight end Brent Celek racked up 52 yards while catching four of his six targets. Rookie Josh Huff received just one target but hauled it in across the middle and weaved his way toward the sideline for a 44-yard gain. Tight end Zach Ertz contributed three catches for 32 yards, while wide receiver Riley Cooper managed 17 yards on two receptions. Rookie Jordan Matthews recorded just one target but didn't catch it.

The Eagles will look to rebound against the Redskins in Week 16.


Eagles' Zach Ertz leads the way Week 14


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz led the way Week 14 against the Seahawks.

Ertz gained 39 yards on two receptions during the contest. A large chunk of his yardage came on a 35 yard touchdown reception from Mark Sanchez in the third quarter. Ertz was targeted just three times during the game. 

He'll look for more Week 15 against the Cowboys. 


Jordan Matthews, Zach Ertz among Eagles cleared to play


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2014) Eagles wideout Jordan Matthews (knee) and tight end Zach Ertz (oblique) are active for the game at Dallas after being listed as probable. Also suiting up for Philly are linebacker Emmanuel Acho (groin), safety Nate Allen (ankle), defensive end Brandon Bair (elbow), kicker Cody Parkey (groin) and left tackle Jason Peters (quadriceps).

Eagles release Week 13 injury report


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) The Eagles announced Wednesday quarterback Nick Foles will miss a fourth straight game Thursday the Cowboys due to a collarbone injury. He headlines the team's Week 13 injury report.

Linebacker Emmanuel Acho is listed as questionable due to a groin injury, while safety Nate Allen (ankle), defensive end Brandon Bair (elbow), tight end Zach Ertz (oblique), wide receiver Jordan Matthews (knee), kicker Cody Parkey (right groin) and tackle Jason Peters (quadricep) are all listed as probable.


Eagles TEs Zach Ertz, Brent Celek not doing much in Week 12


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Eagles tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek combined for 78 yards during Sunday's victory over the Titans in Week 12.

Ertz made a brief trip to the locker room with an oblique injury before being cleared by the medical staff to return to the game in the second quarter. He was targeted six times and finished with four catches for 30 yards. Celek five of the seven passes thrown in his direction for 48 yards.

Meanwhile, the No. 3 tight end James Casey came down with a 14-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. It was his only catch of the game in a 43-24 victory.


Eagles TE Zach Ertz (oblique) returns in second quarter


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Updating a previous item: Eagles tight end Zach Ertz returned to Sunday's game against the Titans. Ertz departed in the first half with an oblique before being cleared by the medical staff to return to the game in the second quarter.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz exits with oblique injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz exited Sunday's game against the Titans in the first half with an oblique injury. Ertz suffered the injury in the opening period and returned after being evaluated by the medical staff. Ertz left the game for a second time and was deemed questionable to return to the game, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He had one catch for 8 yards before leaving the game.


Zach Ertz goes for 55 yards, most since Week 2


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught four of six targets for 55 yards in the blowout loss at Green Bay, his highest yardage output since Week 3. Ertz did most of his damage when the game was well out of hand.

Ertz, who has not scored since Week 6, plays the Titans in Week 12.


Several Eagles pitch in to Week 9 defeat of Texans


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) The Eagles received minor contributions from several receivers Sunday to help them beat host Houston.

Included was Josh Huff, who caught three passes for 26 yards, and Riley Cooper, who matched that yardage on two receptions. Jeff Maehl (13 yards) and tight end Brent Celek (seven yards) caught two passes while tight end Zach Ertz managed one catch for four yards.


Zach Ertz fails to crack 50 yards again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) For the fifth straight game, Eagles tight end Zach Ertz failed to clear 50 receiving yards. He caught five of eight targets for 48 yards in the loss at Arizona.

While he did set a season high in catches, Ertz did not make any big plays. He'll visit Houston in Week 9.


Eagles reducing Zach Ertz's snaps to get running game going


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Zach Ertz is the Eagles' most dangerous pass-catching tight end, but he's also the least accomplished blocker, according to Philly.com. To get the running game untracked, the Eagles played tight end Brent Celek on 57 of 73 snaps in the Week 6 win over the Giants. Ertz played 30 snaps.

Celek is one of the league's best blocking tight ends. It's no coincidence LeSean McCoy broke out for 149 yards on 22 carries Sunday night.

"We were running the ball well the whole game," Ertz told the website. "That's not my strength right now. But in the end, hopefully it will be. And I'm going to keep working hard at that."

Ertz has 19 catches for 306 yards and two touchdowns. He leads the team in third-down catches (10) and third-down catches for first downs (10).


Zach Ertz scores for first time since Week 1


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught three of five targets for 47 yards against the Giants, including a 15-yard touchdown in the first quarter. It was Ertz's first score since the season opener.

Ertz has failed to clear 50 yards since Week 2, but remains a dangerous red-zone threat. He's on a bye Week 7.


Zach Ertz coming back to Earth


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Through two games, Zach Ertz looked exactly like the star-in-the-making everyone hoped for in the offseason. After another pedestrian performance in Week 5, however, the young Eagles tight end is much tougher to pin down.

Ertz has managed 96 passing yards over the last three games combined, a far cry from the 163 yards he racked up in the first pair of games. A big shift has been the lack of big plays -- he is averaging just 10.7 yards per reception over the last three, compared to 23.3 prior.

At this point, the first two games look a bit more like the outlier, especially since the Eagles' passing game has lacked for big plays recently. Ertz certainly has the talent to make an impact, but consistency remains an issue for the second-year pro. Focus on playing him when the matchup is in his favor, rather than penciling him into the lineup every week.  


Zach Ertz tallies 39 yards in Week 5 win vs. Rams


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught three of six targets for 39 yards in his team's 34-28 win over the Rams in Week 5.

Ertz hasn't scored since reaching the end zone in Week 1, and he's been held to under 45 yards in each of the last three weeks after totaling 163 yards in his first two games. The Eagles host the Giants in Week 6.


Zach Ertz coughs it up


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz turned in his second straight subpar performance in the Week 4 loss at San Francisco. Ertz caught four of six targets for 43 yards and lost a critical fumble.

Early in the third quarter, Nick Foles threw short to Ertz, who was hit by safety Antoine Bethea. The ball popped straight into the hands of cornerback Perrish Cox for a turnover.

Ertz, who began the year with two strong outings, plays the Rams in Week 5.


Which way will Zach Ertz go?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/25/2014) After a couple big-yardage performances to begin the season, Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught only two passes for 14 yards against Washington last week, giving reason to wonder if he's really the breakthrough star so many of us perceived him to be.

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard seem undeterred, ranking him among their top six tight ends for this week, but I have my doubts. For starters, their Week 4 opponent, San Francisco, has done a good job of limiting tight ends this week. The 49ers did allow seven catches and a touchdown to the Bears' Martellus Bennett in Week 2, but for a pathetic 5.3 yards per catch. Over their three games, the 49ers have allowed the sixth-fewest Fantasy points per game to tight ends.

But even more than that, rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews' emergence last week gives quarterback Nick Foles somewhere else to look when Ertz is on the field -- which, by the way, isn't all that much. He played only 52 percent of the Eagles' snaps in Week 3, according to FootballOutsiders.com, 40th-most among tight ends. He's played 62.3 percent of their snaps this season.

Maybe that's not so surprising given the design of the Eagles offense, but looking back at Ertz's first two games, he didn't have all that many targets. His production depended on him averaging more than 20 yards per catch, which is unrealistic for a tight end. It doesn't mean you can't start him in Fantasy -- only so many options at the position, after all -- but it does make him less than automatic for me.


Zach Ertz does little in shootout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz was held in check Sunday, in a 37-34 win over Washington in Week 3.

Ertz was targeted just three times in the game, and caught only two passes, his lowest total of the season. He managed just 14 yards, with a long reception of 10 yards in the win.

Ertz has been a solid contributor through three games, as he heads into Week 4 against the 49ers with nine receptions for 177 yards and a touchdown. 


Zach Ertz active for Week 3


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is active, as expected, for Week 3 against Washington. Ertz was listed on the injury report with a knee injury, but was listed on the injury report as probable to play after getting through practice. 

Zach Ertz ready to go in Week 3


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (knee) was a full participant throughout the week in practice, and is officially considered probable for Week 3 against Washington. 

Zach Ertz keeps making big plays


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Tight end Zach Ertz has turned into the Eagles' big-play receiver. He averaged 21.5 yards on his four catches Week 2 at Indianapolis after averaging 25.7 yards per reception Week 1.

Ertz didn't find the end zone Monday night like he did in the opener, but he again showed off his huge catch radius and his 24-yard reception set up the winning field goal. He drew six targets, third-most on the team, and finished with 81 receiving yards. Ertz plays the Redskins in Week 3.

Zach Ertz has breakout performance in win


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz lived up to lofty expectations when he caught three of five targets for 77 yards including a 25-yard touchdown haul vs. the Jaguars in Week 1 action. 

Ertz should continue to be a matchup problem for opponents this season including next week at the Colts.


Zach Ertz buzz hitting new heights


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Expectations continue to skyrocket for Eagles second-year tight end Zach Ertz. Tight ends coach Ted Williams was the latest to chime in, calling Ertz "one of the best route-runners I've ever seen."

"He takes a lot of pride in that," Williams added to Philly.com. "He has a lot of confidence. He's hard to defeat, because he doesn't take defeat very well. He feels, 'You can't cover me.'"

The website noted Ertz caught four touchdowns in the second half of last season and claimed he's poised to break out this year. Ertz and fellow tight end Brent Celek will have "a much bigger role in the passing game," the report said.

Ertz said he's taking every rep "personally."

"If somebody beats me, I'm going to take that personally. I want to be great," he said. "That's my goal each and every day I step out onto the field. I want to prove to myself and everybody else how good I can be, and I'm willing to work as hard as I need to achieve that goal."


Zach Ertz gets in the end zone Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz had another impressive showing as he continued to pose a threat in the red zone Friday night against New England in preseason action.

Ertz hauled in a 4-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles in the second quarter. He caught both of his targeted passes for 26 yards and a touchdown with the first-team offense.