We have seen many big names in the NFL go down with injuries this year, and Carson Wentz could be the biggest one at this point of the season. On Monday, the Philadelphia Eagles confimed that their quarterback tore his ACL in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Late in the third quarter, Wentz dove for a touchdown and came up limping after getting hit by multiple Rams defenders that was later negated by a holding penalty. He finished the drive that ended with a touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery that broke the season record for touchdown passes in a season in Eagles history. He went to the locker room and remained out for the game and was replaced by Nick Foles.
Foles will now take over as the starting quarterback. Many people think that the players around him will now struggle with Foles. But fantasy players shouldn’t worry with Foles now as quarterback. For owners looking for a replacement, they should look to Foles as the replacement.
Why Nick Foles is the best choice to replace Carson wentz
In relief, Foles was solid with 6-of-10 passing for 42 yards and rushed once for nine yards.
I know a lot of people say he isn’t a regular starter, and backups aren’t the best for fantasy. Granted there are guys like Case Keenum and Blake Bortles out there, but what Foles has around him makes him a top candidate to replace Wentz in fantasy.
Foles is capable of putting up solid numbers. This is a guy that had a year with 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in 13 games in 2013. Since then, he hasn’t posted numbers like that, but none of that is his fault. He could’ve easily still been the guy in Philadelphia if he was able to prove himself. Even though Eagle fans are crushed, they shouldn’t be thinking their season is over.
Besides what Foles has done, they aren’t as different as you think. Comparing Foles’ 2013 season to Wentz’s season this year according to Pro Football Focus, the Eagles shouldn’t struggle with Foles.
Foles has seen time this season mostly late in the game because the Eagles had a big lead. He has played in three games and had completed all of pass attempts in that three-game span for 56 yards. Some can say Foles will be more of a caretaker and playing it safe with the Eagles clinching their division on Sunday. But knowing Eagles’ style, they won’t shy from playing aggressively.
The next two games for the Eagles are against the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders. Both defenses are at the bottom of the league against the quarterback in fantasy.
Players around Him
As for the players around Foles, they may take a slight drop in production, but not too much. As a whole, there shouldn’t be much change in the offense. First, running backs LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi should see an increase in production.
As for the receivers, it looks like the Eagles will limit the amount of big passes for less mistakes, especially since they are trying to clinch home-field advantage. So receivers like Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Torrey Smith might see less targets. Zach Ertz, if he’s clear from his concussion, could be in the same situation as the receivers. But the bigger discussion is the top two receivers Jeffery and Agholor.
Jeffery looks to still have some upside compared to Agholor. Still look for Jeffery to post WR2 numbers, but be prepared for some bust weeks with Wentz out.
As for Agholor, he did have a nice catch from Foles to put the game away. But Agholor’s problem is consistency. Even though he has turned it around, he still hasn’t shown himself as a high-volume receiver. Agholor becomes a low flex option in the remaining weeks.
With the matchup this week against the Giants, this could be a surprise week where the offense can prove they are still dominant. Start Jefferey and also consider starting Agholor as well as Ertz if he’s ready.
Wentz in the long run, Foles against the Giants
For Wentz, this is a big blow, especially with the season he is having. With the tear at this point of the season, the likelihood is that he would return somewhere in the beginning of next season. He would miss training camp and preseason and could cut it close to being on the field just before the start of next season.
It’s a pain to guess the health of a top quarterback for fantasy early on. Just look at Andrew Luck this year. His draft stock could take a hit, but there are enough passers to get a quality starter and have Wentz as a backup until he returns.
As for Foles against the Giants, I rank him a low-end QB1 mostly because of the matchup and with the day Dak Prescott had throwing for 332 yards and three touchdowns. The last time Foles played the Giants was in 2014 as a starter in Philadelphia where they won 27-0 behind his 248 yards and two touchdowns.
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