Carson Wentz's and Zach Ertz's hot starts to the 2017 season continued Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers as the Philadelphia Eagles won 28-23. Nelson Agholor found the end zone for the second game in a row in the victory.
In particular, fantasy football owners who started Ertz in Week 6 have reason to be happy.
Although Ertz only had two receptions for 18 yards, both his catches were for touchdowns. The 26-year-old now has four receiving touchdowns for the season, which matches a career high.
Yahoo Sports' Brad Evans and ESPN.com's Matthew Berry are ready to include Ertz among the elite fantasy tight ends:
ESPN.com's Mike Clay contrasted this season with the rest of Ertz's NFL career:
For the most part, tight ends can be interchangeable from week to week with the exception of a small handful. Ertz looks to be one of the exceptions. There's no question he's a must-start in any format.
Wentz finished 16-of-30 for 222 yards and three touchdowns, as he continued to build on his improvement through the first five weeks.
He entered Thursday sixth in the NFL in passing yards (1,362) and passing touchdowns (10). ESPN Stats and Info also noted Wentz has thrived in a situation that gives many other quarterbacks trouble:
ESPN.com's Bill Barnwell questioned whether Wentz would've progressed this much in a different situation:
Unlike Ertz, Wentz doesn't yet warrant elite fantasy status, but there aren't many who can match his numbers. He's a firm QB1 in standard leagues.
Agholor caught four passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. His four receiving touchdowns in 2017 eclipse the combined total (three) from his first two years in the league.
When the Eagles signed Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in the offseason, it looked like Agholor's role was diminishing. Instead, the presence of Jeffery and Smith allows Philadelphia to use Agholor in a position that maximizes his abilities.
Clay and Bleacher Report's Doug Farrar commented on how much better the third-year wide receiver looks:
According to Fantasy Pros, Agholor is only owned in 50 percent of Yahoo standard fantasy leagues. That will change after Thursday. Expecting him to continue his production from the last two weeks is unrealistic, but he's done more than enough to warrant adding him off the waiver wire.