Thank goodness I decided to wait for more information to come out as the sudden Carson Wentz injury was an ongoing report. In just the first week of training camp, the Colts have been dealt a serious blow to their offseason with the Carson Wentz injury. Wentz reportedly injured his foot towards the end of practice last Thursday and was unable to practice on Friday. Wentz is reported as “feeling a twinge” in his foot at the end of that Thursday’s practice so the Colts decided to get him checked via MRI. Heading into the weekend, reports surfaced that Wentz would see a foot specialist in order to get more direction on whether or not rehab or surgery would be the next step in the process.
Per NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, Wentz was initially planning to rehab over the next few days in an effort to avoid surgery and get ready for the season.
My guess is that the Colts brass and coaching staff felt it would be smarter for him to get the surgery and get the issue out of the way. Today, reports came out by way of Head Coach Frank Reich that Carson Wentz would be getting the surgery to remove a bone from the injured foot. The interesting thing from the report was that the issue is something that has been a problem of sorts since his high school days. How something like that could go unnoticed until now remains to be seen. In any case, Wentz was also reportedly jostling back and forth with the Colts in order to likely avoid the surgery. I’m no doctor but maybe getting the issue dealt with ASAP makes more sense than hoping it simply fixes itself. The Colts obviously felt the same.
In the report from PFF’s Ari Meirov, who initially broke the news, Wentz’s timetable released could be anywhere from 5-12 weeks. With a timeline this broad, Wentz’s start of the season is in doubt. Keep in mind, the start of the regular season is about six weeks out so maybe, and I mean maybe, Wentz can get back out there sooner rather than later.
Fantasy managers are in a perplexing situation but there’s two ways to go about this. If you have Carson Wentz or any of the Colts skill players, don’t panic. While trying to flip players to get a better situation may be the initial reaction for some, that isn’t a good fantasy strategy to practice. You’re likely to get lowball offers for players like Michael Pittman and Jonathan Taylor and in the end, that may not help your fantasy team. If you’ve drafted Carson Wentz, grabbing backup Jacob Eason should be a top priority. While we don’t know if the Colts are going to bring in another QB like maybe Nick Foles or Gardner Minshew, Eason could be the starter for the team as he’ll be the one to now get starter reps with Wentz out.
On the other hand, if you haven’t had your draft yet, the Colts fantasy players may take a hit and drop a round or two because of the Wentz news. This is your prime opportunity to grab their players on the cheaper side in your fantasy drafts. For example, Michael Pittman’s current ADP, per Fantasy Football Calculator, is sitting at the back of the 8th round. He’s likely to slide which would make him a prime target in the later rounds in Redraft leagues to grab and stash until Wentz returns. I had Pittman as a potential breakout candidate this year and even though that may take a bit of a hit, Pittman looks to be the new WR1 for the Colts in his second year.