The Philadelphia Eagles open up on Monday night football and for fantasy football owners, DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Jordan Matthews are the best start options for Sam Bradford. Zach Ertz is questionable for the game and could be out, while players like Darren Sproles and Nelson Agholor could be sleeper starters against the Falcons.
The Eagles are coming into the season with high expectations and Bradford has been at the center of that with how he has played over the summer. Bradford was acquired in a trade with the Rams for Nick Foles and head coach Chip Kelly has a lot riding on the quarterback. Bradford is coming off of two knee surgeries and he is looking to stay healthy and get the Eagles to the playoffs. The Eagles are one of the most intriguing teams in the league and everyone is wondering how their new look offense with perform.
Bradford is coming in with DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews joining the backfield and that group could end up very productive. Murray signed in the offseason from the Cowboys and while he is expected to get the bulk of the carries, Kelly has talked about a split between Murray and Ryan Mathews. Mathews signed from the Chargers after dealing with injuries last season and he is a worthy handcuff option for fantasy owners who have Murray.
The Eagles are deep at running back this season with Mathews, Murray and Darren Sproles on the depth chart and Sproles could see some work as a receiver for Kelly. Sproles has always been good out of the backfield, but this summer Kelly has used Sproles in sets at wideout alongside Agholor and Matthews and he could put up some numbers that way. Sproles is a great PPR option and even with the two running backs ahead of him, expect Sproles to get some work on Monday night.
Nelson Agholor is coming in as a rookie and he has the chance to be a sleeper for the Eagles, as he is expected to start alongside Jordan Matthews Week 1. Kelly has praised Agholor this summer and if he plays well, he will stay ahead of Riley Cooper on the depth chart. Cooper is better suited as a slot player anyway and he is a solid option in deeper leagues. ESPN Eagles reporter Phil Sheridan writes that Matthews and Agholor each should be able to put up good numbers with Bradford in Kelly's offense this season.
Brent Celek is going to be the starter for the Eagles and fantasy owners are hoping that at some point Zach Ertz can get back into action. Ertz is questionable for the game on Monday night and could be a game time decision for the matchup with the Falcons. Ertz comes in after a breakout season with 58 catches for 702 yards and once he is healthy he will be a great target for Bradford. Ertz is dealing with a groin issue and he comes in not having missed a game for the Eagles in two seasons.