Fantasy Impact of Eagles Signing LeGarrette Blount

By Vincent Frank on Wednesday, May 17th 2017
Fantasy Impact of Eagles Signing LeGarrette Blount

The Philadelphia Eagles have made an unlikely late splash in free agency, adding former New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount on a one-year contract. 

It's a move that gives the team a true two-down running back to go ahead of the likes of Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and rookie Donnel Pumphrey. It also likely means an end to Ryan Mathews' two-year tenure in Philadelphia. 

This past season saw Blount put up nearly 1,200 rushing yards with a league-leading 18 touchdowns for the eventual Super Bowl champion Patriots. It's the first time since his rookie season back in 2010 that Blount has crossed the 1,000-yard plateau. It also enabled the veteran to finish as the seventh-best fantasy running back. 

In terms of re-draft leagues, there's no reason to believe Blount will match his output from last season. Though, he should be valued as a mid-tier RB2 heading into the 2017 season. The touches will surely be there in Philadelphia as the Eagles attempt to find more balance on offense for young signal caller Carson Wentz. 

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