On Saturday, the Eagles traded expected starter Sam Bradford to the Vikings, who could use Bradford now that Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is out for the season. Philadelphia got a great haul for Bradford since Minnesota gave up a 2017 first-round draft pick and a 2018 fourth-round draft pick.
But now the Eagles need a starter and the easy choice is to go with Wentz. Did you really expect them to start career backup Chase Daniel?
Wentz is the future and that should start now.
He’s coming off a rib injury in the preseason and he didn’t get much prep time. Wentz took just 39 snaps in the preseason opener against Tampa Bay before suffering a hairline fracture in his ribs that forced him to miss the final three warmup games.
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Wentz told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he’ll “be ready for Week 1,” and if that’s the case then he’s starting against the Browns. That could make him a sleeper in deep two-quarterback leagues.
But even if Daniel starts the opener against Cleveland he will just be a placeholder until Wentz is 100 percent healthy. When Philadelphia traded up in the NFL Draft (with Cleveland) to get Wentz, the Eagles started their rebuilding process by getting what they hope is a franchise quarterback.
He was a star at North Dakota State when he passed for 5,115 yards, 45 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in four years, and the Eagles selected him after the Rams drafted Jared Goff. There are questions about his level of competition in college, but he’ll be thrown to the fire soon enough in the NFL.
The Eagles have to find out if he’s their quarterback of the future, and hopefully he’ll pass the test.
Fantasy owners in standard re-draft leagues should avoid Wentz, but he’s worth a flier in deep two-quarterback formats. What Fantasy owners want to see is if he can keep Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz playing at a high level, and Wentz won’t be much of a dropoff from Bradford — he might be an improvement.
You should continue to view Matthews as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver worth a mid-round pick on Draft Day, and he’s a No. 3 receiver in Week 1. Ertz is a Top 10 tight end worth a late-round pick, and he should be started against the Browns.
The running game also doesn’t change with Wentz, and you can still draft Ryan Mathews as a low-end No. 2 running back in Round 5. I’d start Mathews in Week 1 against the Browns and it doesn’t matter whether Wentz or Daniel starts in that matchup.
The Eagles made the right decision to trade Bradford to the Vikings, especially for what they got in return. And now the right move is to start Wentz. He’s the future and he should be allowed to prove himself in Week 1.
Source: CBS Sports / Fantasy Football Draft Prep Strategy: Eagles all in on Carson Wentz starting Week 1?