• Carson Wentz

  • QB
  • , Washington Commanders
  • 30
  • 237 lbs
  • 6' 5"
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Scouting report

by Jordan Heck

WAS QB Carson Wentz - 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

2022 Fantasy Upside
Carson Wentz showed improvement last season with the Colts compared to his 2020 campaign. He went from 16-15 TD-INT ratio to 27-7 while also improving his accuracy. This year he joins a promising offense in Washington that features Terry McLaurin, 1st-round rookie WR Jahan Dotson, a healthy Curtis Samuel and Antonio Gibson. The Commanders also have the easiest strength of schedule, setting up for some good matchups throughout the season.

2022 Fantasy Downside
Carson Wentz hasn’t averaged above 20 fantasy points per game since 2017, averaging just 15.2 a season ago. While he did make some improvements last season, such as cutting down on turnovers, he still wasn’t that good, averaging just 209.6 passing yards per game. He finished with one or fewer passing touchdowns in eight games last season and topped 300 yards just twice.

2022 Bottom Line
It’s hard to get too excited about Wentz in Washington. It’s a decent-enough offense, and it’s a favorable schedule, but Wentz hasn’t been a good fantasy option in a few years. He’ll likely have a few good matchups throughout the season where he’ll be streamer worthy, but he’s certainly not someone you want as your mainstay quarterback option. He can safely be undrafted in most single quarterback leagues. He’d be a later-round pick in two quarterback or superflex formats.

by Brandon Niles

IND QB Carson Wentz - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Carson Wentz had 225 yards and a pair of touchdowns in an efficient outing against the Cardinals last week. The Colts are playing winning football by running the ball and playing good defense, which is good for Wentz, but not good for fantasy.

This week, Wentz faces a Raiders defense that ranks 26th in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. A nice matchup against a team that should be able to keep the game relatively close should mean viable streaming numbers for Wentz, though he’s more of the QB2 streaming variety than a legit QB1.

by Brandon Niles

IND QB Carson Wentz - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Arizona Cardinals

The Colts ran a winning game plan last week against a tough Patriots defense, which worked great for winning, but held Carson Wentz to just 12 pass attempts. He finished with 57 yards, a touchdown and a pick, adding 17 yards on the ground. Make no mistake, this low-volume passing production is by design and is the way the Colts would prefer to play.

This week, Wentz faces a Cardinals defense that ranks fourth in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. While it’s possible a negative game script might occur – which Cardinals offense are we getting? – the matchup doesn’t look great on paper and expect the Colts to continue to try and pound the run game. Wentz is too risky to trust outside of deep 2QB leagues. Sit him.

by Brandon Niles

IND QB Carson Wentz - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. New England Patriots

Carson Wentz played efficiently against the Texans before the bye last week, throwing for 158 yards and a touchdown while completing 72.7% of his passes. That’s a good recipe for the Colts – who won 31-0 – but is not a great recipe for fantasy managers looking for production at the quarterback position.

This week, Wentz faces a Patriots defense that ranks first in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. In a tough matchup, expect the Colts to try to establish the run game, making Wentz a risky fantasy option. We have him ranked as a lower-end QB2 option, and he should stay on the bench in most leagues.

by Brandon Niles

IND QB Carson Wentz - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Houston Texans

Carson Wentz had 306 yards, three touchdowns and a pair of interceptions last week in a loss to the Buccaneers. The Colts had to throw the ball more than they’d like to keep up against the Tampa Bay offense, and Wentz ended up with his second-highest passing attempts (44) of the season. It’s notable that four of his five interceptions this year have come in those two games with over 38 passing attempts.

This week, Wentz faces a Texans defense that ranks 16th in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. Wentz threw a pair of touchdowns against them earlier this season, and the only downside of this matchup is the potential for a blowout victory by the Colts, leading to limited pass attempts. Still, he’s been solid enough to consider as a streaming option and we have him ranked as a fringe QB1 this week in a nice matchup.

by Brandon Niles

IND QB Carson Wentz - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carson Wentz had only 106 yards and a touchdown against the Bills last week, as the Colts demolished Buffalo with a devastating ground game and a stifling defensive effort. The Colts prefer Wentz to keep his attempts down, and threw the ball just 20 times in the lopsided victory. He’s been very efficient this year, with 18 touchdowns and three interceptions, but he has limited fantasy output over the past two weeks.

This week, Wentz faces a Buccaneers defense that ranks 11th in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. We have him ranked as a fringe starter or a solid streaming option, but his limited upside makes him unappealing in most one-quarterback leagues. Fantasy managers desperate for a starter can stream him, but he’s just outside QB1 territory.

by Brandon Niles

IND QB Carson Wentz - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 at Buffalo Bills

Carson Wentz had a down fantasy week against the Jaguars last week, throwing for just 180 yards and zero touchdowns. The Colts instead won with the run game and the defense, which is good for Indianapolis but not great for fantasy rosters that were counting on Wentz as a decent streamer.

This week, Wentz faces a Bills defense that ranks first in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. While the game script could force the Colts into throwing the ball more than they’d like, that hasn’t necessarily been the best result for Wentz, whose efficiency tends to wane when he doesn’t have a running game to back him up. Sit him in a tough matchup.

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