Welcome to our new feature where we recap a particular player’s journey in the 2022-2023 NFL Fantasy Football Season. This article features preseason expectations, draft expectations, overall season production, and critical moments. We will do this for all 32 teams by highlighting a player per team.
After a top-five TE finish in his first year in Arizona, Zach Ertz had been under the radar regarding reliable tight ends in fantasy football. He ended 2021 with 74 receptions for 763 yards and five TDs. If you could not get one of the elite tight ends at the start of the draft, Zach Ertz would be a good backup choice.
In the 2022 season, Ertz was an average sixth or seventh-round pick. This is good value for someone who’s been consistently healthy and someone who is capable of having a top-six TE season in fantasy. Another positive thing is with DeAndre Hopkins being out the first six games of the season, Zach would get extra receptions, especially in the endzone.
OVERALL SEASON PRODUCTION
Zach Ertz had a strong start to the season as he was one of the most consistent tight ends in the NFL. In nine games, he was in double-digit points for seven of those. He had 47 catches for 406 yards and four TDs. Even with Hopkins coming back in Week 7, Ertz still had 13 and 15 FP performances. With all the turmoil happening in Arizona, it will be interesting to see how Ertz will perform with all the chaos of Kyler and Hopkins.
CRITICAL MOMENTS DURING THE SEASON
Week 2 vs Las Vegas Raiders
The week two matchup against Las Vegas was Zach Ertz’s best non-TD game. He had a season-high 11 targets and caught a season-high eight receptions for 75 yards. It was a sight to see as fantasy owners were pleased with another double-digit performance.
Week 4 vs Carolina Panthers
Ertz had his best performance of the season when the Cardinals went to Carolina. He caught six passes for 47 yards and a two-yard TD in the third quarter to tie the game. All of this accumulated to 16.70 FP and he showed that he is one of the most consistent tight ends in football through four weeks.
Week 9 vs Seattle Seahawks
Zach’s last productive game of the season came against Seattle at home. He caught five passes for 40 yards and a TD. His six-yard TD catch late in the fourth made it a three-point game but Seattle answered back. The chaos for Arizona was about to begin as Ertz wouldn’t play anymore after Week 10.