Zach Ertz

Overall Rank
TE42
2023
Height
6' 5"
Weight
249 lbs
Arm Length
31"
(12th)
Draft Pick
2.03
(2013)
College
Stanford
Age
33.7
Best Comparable Player
Hunter Henry
Workout Metrics
4.76
53rd
97.8
57th
119.1
62nd
11.55
54th
10.04
59th
40-Yard Dash
Speed Score
Burst Score
Agility Score
Catch Radius
31.8%
College Dominator
13.0
College YPR
21.8
(35th)
Breakout Age
Zach Ertz Impressing in Commanders' Off-Season Activites
5 days ago

Recently signed TE Zach Ertz has been a standout in off-season activities according to reports.

Despite coming off a season-ending quadriceps injury, Zach Ertz has been impressive this Summer. Ben Standig of The Athletic noted in particular Ertz was faster than expected at the age of 33. He is set to compete with Ben Sinnott and Cole Turner for playing time in a new look Washington offense.

 

While Ertz is far past his prime, he could still have a fantasy impact in 2024. He still soaked up plenty of targets from Murray last year and could be in a similar situation with Jayden Daniels this season. Nonetheless, Ertz is a fringe TE2 at best and will only be valuable in TE Premium formats or during bye weeks.

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Zach Ertz Signs With the Washington Commanders
4 months ago

The Washington Commanders have signed Zach Ertz to a one-year deal

Zach Ertz has signed a one-year contract worth up to $5 million with the Washington Commanders. After being released by the Cardinals midway through last season, Ertz signed with the Lions in January. He ultimately didn’t appear in a game for Detroit through their playoff run.

 

Ertz’s best days are clearly behind him; however, he still garnered a significant number of targets last season. That led to him being one of the least efficient tight ends in football, and why the Cardinals released him. Nonetheless, with the Commanders quarterback situation set to improve Ertz should still be rostered in most dynasty leagues. A top 12 season isn’t within his range of outcomes, but he could be servicable in deeper leagues and during bye weeks in 2024.

Lions Add TE Zach Ertz
5 months ago

The Detroit Lions have added former Cardinals TE Zach Ertz to practice squad.

The Detroit Lions held off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday to advance to the NFC Championship game, but second string TE Brock Wright was injured in the contest.  With Wright injured, they are adding former Cardinals TE Zach Ertz to their practice squad in hope to elevate him to help the active roster for the Lions’ playoff run.

 

Zach Ertz was released by the Cardinals earlier this season.  He hasn’t played since week 7, so this move is to help put depth behind Sam LaPorta, who has been playing with an injured knee.

TE Zach Ertz Released by AZ Cardinals
7 months ago

Veteran TE Zach Ertz has asked for release from Arizona and his wishes have been fulfilled.

Zach Ertz, the 33-year-old tight end, has been officially released from the Arizona Cardinals. Ertz had requested his release to have a chance to play for a Super Bowl contender. This decision makes sense for both parties involved. Trey McBride, the young tight end, has taken over Ertz’s playing time in Arizona, effectively making Ertz a cheerleader. With Ertz not contributing to the team and the Cardinals sitting at a record of 2-10, there is little left for them to play for except pride.

 

Both parties have agreed to part ways, allowing McBride to have a full chance to develop into a fantasy star during the remainder of the season, and giving Zach Ertz an opportunity to contribute to a contender.

 

Ertz has been on IR since late October and has not played a single snap for the Cardinals since then.  He concludes his time in 2023 in Arizona with 27 catches for 187 yards and 1 touchdown.

Zach Ertz to IR; McBride Expected to Rise
8 months ago

Zach Ertz is set to miss at least the next 4 games on IR after sustaining a quad strain in week 7.

In what sounds like one of the more serious Quad strains to ever occur, the Cardinals have chosen to place Zach Ertz on IR after he sustained the injury in week 7 against the Seahawks. He is now set to miss the next 4 weeks, with his earliest chance to return being week 12 against the Rams. While the Rams have been one of the more generous teams to opposing tight ends, Ertz’s production over the past few weeks doesn’t give fantasy managers much reason to hold out for his return.

 

Ertz started off the season looking like his old, target-earning self, securing 8 or more targets in 3 of his first 4 games. Since week 5, he’s been unable to garner more than 5 targets in a game, and he saw his snap share drop below 75% in weeks 6 & 7. Over those past two weeks, Ertz’s backup Trey McBride has been eating into the tight end snap share and has drawn more than 5 targets in both games.

 

Ertz missing at least the next 4 games makes McBride a top waiver priority for tight end needy teams. The Cardinals took McBride in the 2nd round of the 2022 draft after he won the John Mackey award as the top collegiate tight end for the CSU Rams in 2021. It’s clear McBride has the pedigree to secure the starting role if he can produce going forward, and fantasy managers should feel comfortable dropping Ertz in regular league formats if they need the roster spot.