After tearing his ACL and LCL in his left knee during last year’s high-flying Week 14 matchup against the Rams, Carson Wentz has been medically cleared by the Eagles and will start Week 3 against the Colts. After a sluggish two week start for the Eagles offense, the team and the fantasy owners who own Eagles’ players (outside of Nelson Agholor) will be happy to see him back on the field. Nick Foles’ few game load has officially been blown and we welcome Wentz back with opened arms.
Wentz is coming off a terrific sophomore campaign where he got the Eagles off to an 11-2 start before being placed on IR. He completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in those 13 games. Due to his questionable timetable of return, Wentz entered the season as our QB8 — which was actually +5 against the ECR. With us being higher on both Deshaun Watson and Wentz, it’s clear we aren’t too worried about ACL recovery in 2018 — although Watson’s slow start has proven us wrong so far.
So, what does this mean for the Eagles’ offense? Well, with just about every pass-catcher on the shelf, it’s going to be the Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz show until Alshon Jeffery returns. Both Agholor and Ertz have been target hogs during the first two games (both have 16 catches a piece), but have combined for only one score. With Wentz under center, expect the offense to run more smoothly and have longer and more consistent drives that will result in six.
If you drafted poorly and didn’t pair Wentz with a Patrick Mahomes or Philip Rivers, then you should feel comfortable with rolling the dice against the Colts this week. Doug Peterson wouldn’t roll him out there when they have a capable backup if he wasn’t 100 percent. Come back Wednesday for The Wolf’s Week 3 Rankings.
P.S. If you’re one of the 8 percent of leagues that has Wentz on the Waiver Wire, you should probably do something about that.