- Stephen A.: Carson Wentz is the Eagles' problem
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News: 3 days agoWentz completed 25 of 43 passes for 359 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Eagles' 22-21 win over the Giants on Thursday night. He also rushed seven times for 14 yards and another score.
Spin: Down 21-10 after a Sterling Shepard touchdown reception with 6:17 remaining, the Eagles found themselves in a similar position to that of a narrow Week 6 loss to the Ravens that saw them nearly pull off a comeback from a two-possession deficit. Wentz quickly went to work, driving his team 78 yards in just four plays, a march highlighted by a 59-yard completion to rookie John Hightower. Following a subsequent Giants punt, Wentz then put what would prove to be the dagger in the collective heart of Big Blue, capping off a six-play, 71-yard drive with a perfectly thrown 18-yard scoring pass to Boston Scott down the right sideline with just 40 seconds left. Prior to his late-game heroics, the embattled quarterback had opened the scoring with a tough one-yard rushing touchdown on Philadelphia's first possession. Wentz and his fantasy managers needed this season-best performance from him after he'd significantly underdelivered on preseason expectations over the first six contests, with multiple injuries to his pass-catching corps playing a part. Wentz will now look to carry over the momentum into a Week 8 divisional showdown against the Cowboys on Sunday, Nov. 1.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Despite his wide receiver room being absolutely ravaged by injuries, Wentz posted his second career top-10 fantasy campaign in 2019. Volume was the primary reason, as the 27-year-old ranked first in snaps, fifth in pass attempts and seventh in carries among QBs. Wentz dealt with 24 drops (third most) and got very little after the catch for the fourth consecutive season (4.8 RAC). Perhaps most important, Wentz held up, handling 99% of the Eagles' dropbacks before a concussion suffered in the playoffs. Wentz will work behind an elite offensive line and with a solid group of weapons in 2020. He's a back-end QB1.