While Carson Wentz has struggled over the last two weeks, Philadelphia Eagles QB could provide some intrigue as a buy-low fantasy football candidate down the stretch.
In Week 12, 22 quarterbacks scored more fantasy football points than Carson Wentz.
That’s right, after starting out the season as a fringe MVP candidate, the Philadelphia Eagles‘ starting quarterback has fallen well into the pack as far as fantasy QB performers are concerned, with less than world-beaters like Ryan Tannehill, Jeff Driskel, Daniel Jones, Ryan Finley, and his former backup Nick Foles all earning more points in Week 12.
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For some, Wentz’s fall from grace is even worse because of his former status as a reliable Fantasy Football performer. Through the first nine weeks of the season, Wentz scored an average of 16.9 points per game, with a high watermark of 25 in Week 1 and his still-worst performance of the year coming against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7.
It’s not hyperbolic to say that Wentz may have cost some fantasy players a game, multiple games, and potentially even a spot in the playoffs based on his three sub-14 point performances – especially when you consider that some, like Mad Money’s Jim Cramer, drafted the expecting father as high as the seventh-round.
But if these jaded Eagles fans have cut the cord on their once starting quarterback, or are at least willing to trade their benched starter for a more consistent contributor, there might actually be value in adding Wentz to your fantasy football team over the last five weeks of the NFL season.
You see, over the final month-plus of the regular season, the Eagles are set to face off against the Miami Dolphins, the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins, the Dallas Cowboys, and the New York Giants again. Outside of the Cowboys, who are about average defensively, Washington, New York, and Miami have given up an average of 27.87 points per game to opposing offenses.
What better way for Wentz to get out of his slump than to play against some really bad teams?
With Alshon Jeffery, Jordan Howard, Nelson Agholor, and Zach Ertz all making their way back from injury in the hopes of a sort of offensive resurgence down the stretch, Wentz could have more toys to play with as well, a major boon when compared to the mismatching parts he’s been forced to throw to post-Bye.
Now to be fair, I wouldn’t give up too much to add Carson Wentz to any team, as he’s borderline unplayable in Week 16, and has a broken finger that could impact his ability to go deep as much as his receivers’ ineptitude. Still, if he’s available on the cheap, the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback can provide some serious value to any fantasy team deep in the playoff hunt.