It's official folks, Carson Wentz is no longer a Philadelphia Eagle! Per @AdamSchefter on Twitter, the Colts have acquired QB Carson Wentz for a 2021 3rd round pick and conditional 2022 2nd round pick, while taking on Wentz' $30+ million cap hit.
This deal has been a long time coming, and one that could have some serious fantasy implications, for both the Eagles and Colts. Earlier in the year, I predicted the Eagles would trade Wentz to the Colts in my Eagles rebuild article, which you can read here.
Fly, Eagles, Fly
You know what this means? The Eagles are fully committed to Jalen Hurts as their starting Quarterback in 2021 (No, I don't believe they will draft a QB this year). Given Wentz' inefficiencies last year, it would be easy to assume that this move raises the fantasy ceilings of both Miles Sanders and Jalen Reagor, who both were hampered with injuries. Keep an eye on Tight End Dallas Goedert, who could be a rising sleeper at the position if Tight End Zach Ertz is traded away as well. Jalen Hurts is firmly in the conversation for a late round sleeper pick in redraft, as his rushing upside gives him a safe floor for fantasy. In Dynasty leagues, you should be throwing Jalen Hurts on the trade block and seeing just how much you can get for him. If someone doesn't throw you a war chest for Hurts, then he becomes a firm HOLD.
This move indicates the Indianapolis Colts firmly believe they are a contending team in 2021. With a well-built roster, it seems more likely than not that they are. For fantasy purposes, it remains to be seen what effect Wentz is going to have on the offense. Reuniting with former OC Frank Reich in Indy means Wentz is at least comfortable with the offensive system he's going to. TY Hilton is a free agent this year, so keep an eye on WR Michael Pittman as a sleeper at the position in 2021, while of course Jonathon Taylor is a Top-10 lock at RB for fantasy next season. Outside of those two guys, expect the Colts to be active in Free Agency and the Draft in adding weapons around Wentz. Wentz can easily return to QB1 (Top-12) status in fantasy and in the NFL with a great supporting cast around him. If you have Wentz in Dynasty, he becomes a hold or sell. If you don't believe Wentz can bounce back, then now is likely your last sell window for a long time. I'm holding Wentz in hopes of a return to form in all of my Dynasty leagues.
Whatever side of the fence you're on, this move is a win-win for both teams.