QB Carson Wentz - Philadelphia Eagles
|6-5, 237||Born: 12-30-1992||College: North Dakota St.||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2016|
Week 11: at New Orleans Saints
FBG says: Great matchup. Carson Wentz has been tremendous this season after recovering from a knee injury. Even though the team is off to a poor start at 4-5, Wentz is completing 71% of his passes and has thrown for 275 yards or more in each of his last six games. This is primarily due to necessity as the Eagles have struggled defensively and running the ball this season. Zach Ertz has been the best tight end in football this season as he leads the position in receptions with the next closest tight end having 18 catches fewer than Ertz. Ertz also has the most yards of any tight end and is one of the MVPs of this team. The team did add Golden Tate who did struggle in his first game as an Eagles receiver but made an impact allowing Nelson Agholor to run deeper routes than he previously had and it paid off with the receiver connecting with Wentz for a 51-yard reception. This is a big game for the Eagles passing game in which they need to come out and take control of this game. The Saints secondary is one that showed some life last week shutting down the Bengals defense by holding Andy Dalton to just 159 passing yards. While it is hard to get excited about one performance based on how terrible this secondary has been, it appeared that the addition of Eli Apple did help last week as the defense lived up to the names on the back of the jersey. This is a defense that has two former first-round picks at corner in Marshon Lattimore and Eli Apple and while Apple has struggled this season did look more comfortable last week and should continue to grow in a familiar environment which is a huge plus as it has always been mental for the former top 10 pick. Even though there is a chance for this defense to continue to improve, they are still a team that has allowed the second most passing yards per game and are tied for third for the most passing touchdowns allowed per game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Carson Wentz's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs DAL (32 / 44 / 360 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
The home loss to Dallas was a tale of two halves for Wentz. Two notable poor throws limited the Eagles passing game early on, including an ugly interception over the middle and Wentz's late throw to an open Alshon Jeffery down the sideline turning into a tipped-away incompletion. Wentz turned hot in the second half, however, with perfect throws to Nelson Agholor deep and a back shoulder red zone touchdown to Zach Ertz. The lack of a run game hurt Wentz and the Eagles as Dallas consistently pinned their ears back with a pass rush for key stops. The Eagles passing game will need to be operating at full speed next week in New Orleans.
2018 Week 8 vs JAX (21 / 30 / 286 / 3 / 1 pass, 6 / 28 / 0 rush)
While the Eagles still got the win this week against the Jaguars, Carson Wentz's ball security and avoiding negative plays is an area to clean up if the Eagles are to challenge for another NFC conference crown. Wentz had a strip fumble halt the opening drive, an ugly end zone interception, plus three drive-halting sacks. Both tackles were out for a chunk of the game, adding to Wentz's degree of difficulty within the pocket. Wentz was at his best when the game got to the fourth quarter and was still in doubt with an accurate pass down the seam to Jordan Matthews for more than 30 yars and another laser to Matthews across his body to get into field goal range. Wentz's play-making ability masked moments where the offensive line's lackluster play showed to be a concern, but it is a clear limitation for the offense for future weeks.
2018 Week 7 vs CAR (30 / 37 / 310 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
Wentz was on fire against Carolina, running out to a 17-0 lead with his hyper-efficient play. However, 17 points was not enough as the Panthers stormed back for the win. Wentz has progressed in his comfort level and command by the week since returning from injury. Amidst his near-perfect passing performance (81% completion rate), Wentz did have two should-have-been interceptions while in comeback mode late in the game. One was an ill-advised floater over the middle fortunately dropped by the defensive back. The other was a poor contested throw into the end zone. Wentz also fumbled on fourth down, the Eagles' last gasp for the win. Wentz converted a fourth down sneak on two occasions, but also was stuffed when pushing for a goal line touchdown on the ground. The Eagles lacked balance with the run game this week, but the strides for Carson Wentz back to one of the best passing offenses in the NFL are signs of optimism heading to a critical London matchup with reeling Jacksonville in London next week.
2018 Week 6 vs NYG (26 / 36 / 278 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
Wentz played his first game without a turnover of the season, a sound victory over the offensively-challenged Giants. The offensive line struggled early to protect Wentz as pocket pressure was constant on Wentz's drop backs. Even the pressure did not deter Wentz as a notable play saw Wentz hit during his motion with the ball helpless floating into the air downfield. Nelson Agholor made a play on the ball, turning the potential turnover into a long gain. Two highlight throws for Wentz were extending a third down to find an open Agholor for 50+ yards and a beautiful corner route red zone touchdown to Zach Ertz in the second quarter as the Eagles began to separate on the scoreboard in the blowout. Wentz is finding his rhythm with three straight games of multiple touchdowns without an interception and the suspect Panthers passing defense up next.
2018 Week 5 vs MIN (24 / 35 / 311 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 26 / 0 rush)
Wentz continued to move well in his third game back from major knee surgery. With a small margin of error against a fully-capable Vikings team, the occasional errors were enough to log a loss for the Eagles. Wentz was not overly pressured, but a third down sack early in the game and being pressured into a fumble, which was returned for a touchdown, were noteworthy plays in key moments. Wentz struggled this week connecting with Alshon Jeffery, which was not an issue last week. Wentz did deliver a number of positive throws to the intermediate areas of the field, including to Sheldon Gibson in tight coverage, a 30+ yard throw to Alshon Jeffery while moving back in the pocket, a perfect wheel route to Wendell Smallwood, and a corner route to Zach Ertz to stay alive late. Wentz had little help from the run game, not from an efficiency standpoint, but only 12 running back carries compared to 35 passes and five Wentz runs.
2018 Week 4 vs TEN (33 / 50 / 348 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
The offensive line did not play particularly well against the Titans as Carson Wentz dealt with pressure on many obvious passing down situations. On early-game drives, Wentz took hits on two straight plays to result in a punt, a sack killed the second drive, and another third down massive hit thwarted a first half drive. On the positive side, Wentz's movement is outstanding considering this was his second game since returning from a major knee surgery. Wentz was also bold and accurate down the field, including to Alshon Jeffery in his 2018 debut. Despite building a 17-3 mid-third quarter lead, the Eagles stalled on offense with a fumble lost in their own territory and a near interception (and stalling for a field goal) in overtime, contributing to the loss. While Nelson Agholor took a step back in his play, the addition of Alshon Jeffery as a focal point and Jordan Matthews adding another solid option to the previously-depleted wide receiver corps are positive takeaways heading into a key Week 5 tilt against the Vikings.
2018 Week 3 vs IND (25 / 37 / 255 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Wentz made his 2018 season debut in Week 3 against the Colts. There were no training wheels or restrictions on Wentz from the opening snap as Wentz was bold with his throws to the intermediate zones of the field and he worked from empty sets and eluded pass rushers. Wentz led the offense straight down the field for a touchdown on their opening drive, highlighted by a third down slant to Zach Ertz and red zone seam route to a wide open Dallas Goedert for the score. Two specific plays against pressure tested Wentz's knee and overall mobility in the first half. Both times Wentz eluded the first defender and on the first delivered a strike to Goedert and on the second scrambled for a first down. While the game started with an outstanding opening drive, the second half showed a sputtering Eagles passing game and rust from Wentz overall. Wentz stared down Ertz for his lone interception and added a lost fumble and stalled red zone drive resulting in a field goal, all contributing to the game still being in doubt until the final moments.
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