Fantasy implications of the Carson Wentz trade to the Colts

There has been a lot of rumors around Carson Wentz before the offseason started, but he was moved on in a trade. Wentz moved to the Indianapolis Colts after they agreed on a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles got a third-round pick for 2021 and a conditional second-round pick for 2022 for Wentz. Although that second-round pick is likely to end up being a first-rounder. People have different opinions about if it was a good trade or not but let’s look at what it means for your fantasy team!

Carson Wentz Trade: Indianapolis Colts Effect

Effect on the run game

Jonathan Taylor had a great first season for a rookie and its unlikely this trade will change much. Taylor doesn’t do much in the passing game but he doesn’t need to with the strength of his running. Taylor will cost you a lot to trade for now and that value doesn’t change with the arrival of Wentz.

Nyheim Hines is still going to be the change of pace runner for Indianapolis, but he will suffer with Wentz at QB. Phillip Rivers relied on his running backs a lot and was good at it. Unfortunately, Carson Wentz is not the same. In fact, last year as Miles Sanders and Boston Scott only combined for 61.6% of catches from him. This was a long way below the average in the league and will hurt Hines making him an RB4/5 for your team.

Effect on the wide receivers

This depends greatly on what Carson Wentz turns up in Indianapolis. If the 2017 player turns up then everyone is getting an upgrade. But, if it’s last year’s Carson Wentz then not much will change. Wentz only suited up for 12 games last year but if he had played all 16 he would of been around the same as Phillip Rivers.

T.Y Hilton is a free agent and so might not be with the Colts, although they have plenty of cap space to bring him back. Michael Pittman Jr looked good at the end of the season and is the one to be focusing on. Pittman is the future of the wide receiver group in Indianapolis and could easily be a WR3 at worst with Wentz.

Parris Campbell has unfortunately not been able to stay on the field as he is constantly injured. However, if he can some how overcome them then he will probably be worthy of a bench spot. Zack Pascal has been another player you might want on your bench but like Campbell you shouldn’t pay much for him.

Effect on the tight ends

Carson Wentz has shown with Zack Ertz and Dallas Goedert that he can feed the tight end. However, this tight end room is a mess and so its probably best to avoid them all. Trey Burton is a free agent and probably wont be back and Jack Doyle can be cut at a cheap rate. The one guy who might be worth taking a punt on is Mo Alie-Cox but even then it would be as a bench spot.

Carson Wentz Trade: Philadelphia Eagles Effect

Effect on the run game

The run game is going to take a step up with Wentz gone mainly due to the rushing ability of Jalen Hurts. In the three starts Hurts had Miles Sanders became the RB6 as the opposition had to deal with both threats. It is possible that Sanders may lose some ‘dump-off’ passes but he will make up for that in the run game. He was drafted as a RB1/2 last year and you should expect the same again.

Effect on the wide receivers

With the run game taking more of the focus you would expect wide receivers to take a knock. However, the only receiver that is going to defiantly be there next year is Jalen Reagor. Desean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey are candidates to be cut (Edit: Jackson has now been cut) and most likely won’t be back. Reagor might be worth a punt but you shouldn’t be spending much on him. The Philidelphia receiver core is worth watching rather than taking a punt on anyone right now.

Effect on the tight ends

It is looking highly likely that Zack Ertz will be moving on as well this year so its going to be all Dallas Goedert. Goedert is a quality tight end and might become a solid option for Hurts to go to. If he becomes the main guy with the Eagles then he will cost you quite a bit. If you draft him you will need to around the eighth round and there are more certain options.

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