Fantasy Football 2018: Carson Wentz Update & Philadelphia Eagles Impact - 4/18/18
Carson Wentz Update and Fantasy Preview
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is reportedly on a running program as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL suffered last season. Wentz didn’t provide a timetable for his return, but he says the goal is to be ready for the Eagles regular season opener and doesn’t necessarily have to participate in offseason activities or the preseason to achieve that goal.
So, what does this mean for his fantasy stock?
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One, it’s nice to see Wentz continues to improve in his recovery and is already doing running exercises with about five months and change before the regular season begins. There’s still a ways to go before he’s full strength and even ready to think about returning to playing at the NFL level. We’ve seen many guys rush back from ACL injuries too quickly only to make things worse. Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill are two names that immediately come to mind. So, you can bet Wentz and the Eagles will take their time with this, especially with a proven backup in Nick Foles still on the roster. There’s no rush.
And because of that unknown, I’m not drafting Wentz this summer in my fantasy drafts. Wentz is about the fifth or sixth quarterback selected depending on where you look, as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and Cam Newton are usually selected before him. You can make a strong argument Drew Brees and Deshaun Watson should be picked before the Philly gunslinger. That still makes Wentz a top-10 fantasy QB and likely selected anywhere from the third and sixth rounds.
Let somebody else take that risk.
There’s a good chance Wentz is going to miss some regular season games, as hoping to be ready week 1 without playing in the preseason or offseason drills is a bit unlikely. Even if that was the case, there’s sure to be considerable rust and will take time before he’s back to putting up respectable fantasy numbers.
The quarterbacks named above are all more trustworthy, and that doesn’t even include Kirk Cousins, who should be better playing in a dome and have better offensive weapons around him in Minnesota. Matthew Stafford, who is averaging over 4,300 yards and 28 touchdown passes the last three seasons. Jimmy Garoppolo balled in limited playing time with the 49ers and should be even better with a full offseason to work with those guys. You can also do a lot worse than having Ben Roethlisberger or Jared Goff as your fantasy starting quarterbacks.
Wentz is great and finished second in the league with 33 touchdown passes despite playing just 13 games. When healthy, he’s one of the best fantasy quarterbacks out there and a must start each week. But the QB position is too deep to take such a risk in key rounds when building your team. I want a quarterback I can trust week in and week out, and as of right now in the recovery, that’s not the case with Wentz.
Somebody else can take the risk of drafting the Eagles QB.