With four years of production behind him, the question for true Eagles fans should never have been whether Carson Wentz is talented enough or not. The question has always been whether his supporting staff would support or hinder.
And yes, his body is included in that “supporting staff” when it comes to his general playing health.
Do Wentz and his supporting staff have what it takes to make him a target for your fantasy team in the upcoming NFL season? Read the deep dive below to check in on the fifth-year signal caller and his all-inclusive supporting staff.
Wentz has completed two of four regular seasons (2016 and 2019), while playing in 13 and 11 games in 2017 and 2018 respectively. The depressing part comes when we realize that those two completed seasons served the former second overall draft pick with arguably the worst collection of receivers in Eagles’ history.
The following list contains receivers rostered in 2016 or 2019 that WERE NOT placed on the Injured Reserve list, followed by those who landed on the Injured Reserve list in either year:
- Nelson Agholor (2016 and 2019)
- Dorial Green-Beckham (2016)
- Jordan Matthews (2016)
- Bryce Treggs (2016)
- Paul Turner (2016)
- J. J. Arcega-Whiteside (2019)
- Deontay Burnett (2019)
- Robert Davis (2019)
- Shelton Gibson (2019)
- Greg Ward (2019)
Those who landed on the Injured Reserve list:
… thankfully the tight end position and Zach Ertz exist, right?
Carson Wentz ranked ninth among quarterbacks, with 282.9 points in standard scoring for the 2019 season. He started 16 of 16 games played, averaging 17.7 points per game. With the most abysmal looking receiving corps he’s seen in his career, Wentz threw for a career high 4,039 yards with 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.
Last years comparison:
Last year it was clear that the Eagles did not have a very solid ‘Plan B’ to their ‘Plan A’ that obviously depended on the risky wager of DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery playing 16+ games. Now that Eagles fans have seen how miserably that ‘plan’ worked out for the 2019 birds, they could consider Greg Ward as a new fan favorite and the 2020 NFL draft as reason for optimism.
The Eagles are not actually sporting a dramatically different looking supporting staff, but the new faces and depth should help quell the fear of any similar outcome to 2019.
|RB||Jordan Howard/Miles Sanders||Miles Sanders/Boston Scott|
|WR||Greg Ward||DeSean Jackson|
|WR||Nelson Agholor||Jalen Reagor|
|WR||J.J. Arcega-Whiteside||Greg Ward|
|TE||Zach Ertz||Zach Ertz|
|TE||Dallas Goedert||Dallas Goedert|
|Lost to IR||Corey Clement, Darren Sproles, DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery||Alshon Jeffery (first six games, at least)|
Not listed in the 2020 side of the table are two speed threats the Eagles added on Day 3 of the draft in John Hightower and Quez Watkins, who could certainly develop into pass catchers deserving of playing time.
Now let’s talk about the other form of aforementioned “supporting staff,” Carson’s general health. Last year, Carson Wentz showed up to camp looking thin after an offseason focused on becoming healthier and flexible. This offseason brought the quarterback a beautiful baby girl and challenges to his offseason approach brought onto all of us by COVID. In a short glimpse that the Eagles’ official twitter account shared, Wentz has shown up to camp looking thick and masked up heading into year five. Wentz is starting the 2020 season with a clean bill of health, and the extra weight could help make him more resistant to injuries.
What to expect in 2020:
In 2020, based on Wentz’s past and a significantly improved wide receiver corps, fantasy owners could reasonably expect the following line:
This would total around 296 fantasy points in standard leagues, averaging 18.5 points per week, and solid enough to land in the top eight (according to last year’s totals)
Carson Wentz is often discussed with frustration as critics quickly and conveniently point to his bill of health as reason to avoid. But that frustration hints at what could be, if healthy. Even Wentz’s harshest critics can agree that he is talented to a point that separates him from the vast majority of other quarterbacks.
Let this article be nothing more than an additional hint at what could be. Carson Wentz could put together an MVP calibre year with a more reliable supporting cast.