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Monday, December 11, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY FALLOUT: CARSON WENTZ OWNERS LEFT IN LURCH AT WORST POSSIBLE TIME

To say that Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz was the value play of the 2017 fantasy football season would be as big an understatement as can be made about any player.  Drafted in the late middle rounds off a decent but not great rookie campaign the year prior, Wentz absolutely exploded in his sophomore campaign to the tune of a team-record 33 touchdown passes; including four he threw this past Sunday versus the Los Angeles Rams before suffering the torn ACL that ended his year.  Included with all those touchdowns were 3,296 yards and just 7 interceptions; not to mention 150 rushing yards and two more scores.  It was a nearly flawless year for Wentz and it likely helped get his fantasy football owners into the playoffs in their league and likely to win their wild-card game this past Sunday as well.  Unfortunately, Wentz will now not be there for the semis or the championship round and so at this crucial juncture of the season but things must go on as they say.  That means unless you had a decent backup for Wentz, a search must be undertaken from the waiver wire since trades are not allowed this late.  On that front, a look at the following names would suffice:

Trevor Siemian:  Yes Siemian has been horrid for long stretches this season but he comes off a 200-yard passing day with one score in the team's win over the New York Jets.  Nothing fancy but you won't find fancy on the wire this late and instead look at the fact Siemian gets the awful Indianapolis Colts defense this week on the fast turf in Indy. 

Eli Manning:  Yes the Manning return was not very successful this past Sunday (228 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT) but he draws the Eagles whose secondary has been destroyed all season. 

Blaine Gabbert:  Maybe Gabbert needed to get a fresh start in the desert under QB whisperer Bruce Arians to get his previously laughable career back on track.  Gabbert has played quite well (897 yards, 6 TD, 1 INT) to the point the team is interested in bringing him back next season.  Gabbert gets a decent matchup against the Washington Redskins whose defense has been brutal all season. 

Again not the greatest options but each could work for a week which is all you really need at this point.  Yes the loss of Wentz is as bad as it gets but winning is still enitrely plausible. 


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