Cam Akers, Michael Thomas, and now Carson Wentz. The injury bug is hitting hard early this season in fantasy football. Unfortunately, quarterback Carson Wentz has suffered a foot injury that sounds like it may involve some type of surgery at some point this season.
From Inside Training Camp Live: #Colts QB Carson Wentz is expected to miss the rest of the preseason and faces the prospect of foot surgery, sources say. He’s hoping to play through it, but surgery to repair would likely mean he’s on the sidelines when the season starts. pic.twitter.com/Z5GhLiW2Cg
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 30, 2021
Wentz was looking great during the first couple days of training camp. The former second overall pick was making smart decisions, showing athletic ability outside the pocket, and simply in good spirts overall with his new fresh start with the Colts. So, lets dive into what this means for fantasy.
What is the Impact of the Carson Wentz Injury?
Besides the obvious impact of the injury for Wentz himself, for fantasy football, the wide receivers take a slight hit with Wentz most likely to miss time to start the season.
Ty Hilton is the veteran in this wide receiver group with an ADP between the 12th and 14th rounds. Now with Wentz likely to miss time, Hilton doesn’t become a desirable fantasy asset for teams to go grab in the later rounds for depth.
Hilton hasn’t been fantasy relevant since 2018. The Colts wide receiver has given fantasy football owners underwhelming stats, finishing back to back seasons outside the top 40 in PPR formats. Whether it was Hilton dealing with injuries or mid-tier quarterback play these past two seasons, his fantasy relevance was underwhelming.
This season however, Hilton had great upside with Wentz. Wentz’s ability to roll out the pocket to extend plays and push the ball down field aggressively played into some of Hilton strengths. I believe Hilton had top-25 upside with a next to cheap ADP. Prior to the Wentz injury, Hilton was a low risk high reward. However, all of that just took a hit and maybe delayed until we see Wentz healthy back on the field.
Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman are the other two wide receivers who had great upside with affordable investment price. Campbell has suffered injuries to start his career, therefore there were already question mark. Pittman, meanwhile, is a raising star that has been buzzing in the fantasy football community who could lead the Colts in targets. Both wide receivers now have me pumping the brakes with Jacob Eason in line to start.
Fantasy Football Risers
Now oddly enough, Johnathan Taylor gets a bump with Wentz likely to miss time. The colts will be leaning on the run game to get the job done on offense. Not only Taylor gets the bump but Nyheim Hines as well. Hines has been a great pass catcher behind Taylor. Head coach Frank Reich could lean on Hines as the safety net for Eason.
Marlon Mack back in that backfield doesn’t bring much stand alone value this season with Taylor taking the lead back role. Mack is the pest of the backfield and we all remember last season when Reich rotated running backs throughout games.
That may not be the case this season, but it’s hard to forget how frustrating it was to see Jordan Wilkins as a large part of the gameplay some weeks. I see Mack playing a similar role with Wentz likely to miss some time.
What Does This Mean For Carson Wentz
Carson Wentz has a lot of people on the fence about drafting him in fantasy football. I was someone who thought that if he was healthy and performed well during camp, he had top-15 upside. Things have changed for the most part on how I view Wentz this season.
The foot injury turns me off completely to invest in him as a QB2 for my rosters come draft day. Wentz’s ADP was cheap to begin with and we all had our concerns. Now with Wentz putting off surgery for his foot, there is now a long term impact and fantasy football risk. My advice for fantasy players is to only invest in Taylor or Hines on draft day. With or without Carson Wentz at quarterback, that group should be able to produce on a weekly basis.
I hope this information can sway you in the right direction on draft day because its “Bring Home The Gold” Szn. Small headaches to start the season could alter the outcome for the entire season. You don’t win a fantasy football championship on draft day, but you can set yourself on the right path. Lets set the tone and make your league mates pay for 17 weeks straight!
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