Fantasy owners rejoice. The 2017 front-runner for MVP before going down with a torn ACL, Wentz will be looking to retake his spot as one of the top QBs in both real life and fantasy football. “But wait,” you say, “what about all the Eagles’ injuries at wide receiver!”
It’s true, the Eagles are banged up. Mike Wallace may have been lost for the season this past Sunday after suffering a fibula fracture. Alshon Jeffery remains without a timetable as he tries to come back from rotator cuff surgery. Mack Hollins is on IR. But what might be lost on Eagles fans and fantasy owners alike is that Philly still has one of the best supporting casts a quarterback could ask for.
Wentz’s weapons start with tight end Zach Ertz who, in addition to forming the most deadly “last names both ending with Z” sports duo in history with Wentz, has been one of the most productive tight ends over the past two seasons. He just had 11 catches for 94 yards from Nick Foles on Sunday, and he’ll be more than ready to resume his role as Wentz’s favorite target. Philly also added Dallas Goedert in the draft, a high-upside talent that should help ease the loss of Wallace for this week’s meeting with the Colts. And of course, there’s Nelson Agholor who’s picking up right where he left off with last season’s breakout campaign. He has 8 catches in each of the first two games, turning them into 121 yards and a TD through two games.
Kamar Aiken is next in line on the WR depth chart after all the injuries. That sounds like a huge problem on the surface. But remember, Aiken is only three years removed from catching 75 passes for 944 yards and 5 TDs with the Ravens in 2015. He should be a more than acceptable placeholder until Jeffery is ready to come back.
But even if you’re not convinced the Eagles have the receiving options to bring Wentz back to immediate fantasy stardom, consider the offensive line and the run game. Jason Peters is back healthy and Philly boasts the best offensive line in the league. That much we know. But the difference between last season and this season is Wentz now has Jay Ajayi anchoring the rushing attack, something he only had for a few games last year.
Ajayi made his Eagles debut in week nine against the Denver Broncos. From that point forward, Wentz scored less than 20 fantasy points just once in 5 games, as opposed to doing so 4 times in his first 8 games. Coincidence? Honestly, maybe. But the presence of a run game led by someone who’s not LeGarrette Blount has to help in some aspect. Not to mention that Darren Sproles, assuming the hamstring injury doesn’t linger, is also back after missing all of 2017. Even at his advanced age, that’s another great weapon for Wentz to have on passing downs.
Obviously we’ll have to see if Wentz has any rust playing his first game since week 15 of last season. But if he looks comfortable, even with the Eagles hurting at receiver, he could regain his spot at the top of the fantasy QB mountain sooner rather than later.