Fantasy football: Why an expert considers Eagles’ Jalen Hurts the Top 5 QB

There are tons of reasons to get excited about the Eagles’ 2022 season, but everyone knows the main storyline will be Jalen Hurts’ quest to prove he’s a franchise quarterback and not just a starter. medium.

Hurts’ first full year as the Eagles’ QB1 was a roller coaster, and now it’s his job to become more consistently good (and big) than bad.

One thing Hurts was last year? A fantastic football dynamo. And NBC Sports fantasy analyst Matthew Berry said ahead of Thursday night’s Hall of Fame game that he expects Hurts to make another leap this year – which would be great for owners. fantasy and ideal for Eagles fans.

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Here is Berry’s reasoning for the expected improvement:

“Currently as QB8 in Yahoo Fantasy, seventh round, I think that’s too low. Everyone knows the rush but people question the pass, they question the accuracy, but think of another young quarterback who had a good run, who had questionable accuracy: Josh Allen.

“Look at Josh Allen’s sophomore year, then look at Jalen Hurts’ sophomore year that he just finished. Jalen Hurts had more passing yards, higher completion percentage, more rushing yards, the same interceptions, the same touchdowns per game.

“What happened in third year for Josh Allen? They gave him Stefon Diggs. Completion percentage going up, he was the No. 1 quarterback in fantasy. [the Eagles] do this year? They gave [Hurts] AJ Brown, who Jalen Hurts is very close to off the field. DeVonta Smith’s second year as well. So, the No. 1 fantasy quarterback is in the outcome range for Jalen Hurts. I have it at QB4.

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“I’m not saying he has Josh Allen’s arm, but I think passing is getting a lot better and he’s going to be a fantastic Top 5 quarterback this year.”

Very interesting! I hadn’t made that connection yet, but I think it has merit.

Let’s look at the two quarterbacks’ second years in the league:

  • Allen: 58.8%, 20 TD, 9 INT, 6.7 Y/A, 193.1 Y/G | 510 rushing yards, 4.7 Y/R, 9 TD
  • It hurts: 61.3%, 16 TD, 9 INT, 7.3 Y/A, 209.6 Y/G | 784 rushing yards, 5.6 Y/R, 10 TD

OK! So Hurts was a bit more reliant on his legs to score, while being a bit more accurate and better at accumulating yards through the air.

But for the most part, those numbers are similar, which is why Berry’s idea of ​​adding a broad Top 10 into the mix to help jump-start this development is so intriguing. It certainly worked for Allen, who quickly became a perennial MVP contender once Diggs arrived.

If the same happens for Hurts with Brown, it would be a gigantic victory for the Eagles. He’s still under contract at the scale of a second-round pick for this year and next year. If he has a big season, of course he will want to be paid. But if he wins it, Howie Roseman will have no problem dishing out that money for a legitimate franchise QB.

We’ll see if he can make it happen.

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