Carson Wentz

Indianapolis Colts
Quarterback #11
Indianapolis Colts
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Fantasy-friendly outing in loss

Wentz completed 27 of 44 passes for 306 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Colts' 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed three times for 21 yards and lost a fumble.

Analysis: Fantasy managers don't really have too much to complain about regarding Wentz's performance outside of the turnovers, but the veteran quarterback undeniably got in the way of a team win with some of his miscues. All three of Wentz's turnovers occurred in the second half, with the fumble and first interception both leading to Buccaneers touchdowns and the second pick coming on the final play of the game at Tampa Bay's two-yard line. On a more positive note, Wentz was able to notch multiple touchdown throws for the first time since Week 9, and he still boasts an impressive 21:5 TD:INT for the campaign. The 28-year-old does get a golden opportunity for atonement in a Week 13 road divisional clash against the vulnerable Texans defense.

Nov 29, 2021 9:05 AM EST

Season-low yardage total in win

Wentz completed 11 of 20 passes for 106 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Colts' 41-15 win over the Bills on Sunday. He also rushed twice for 18 yards and committed a fumble recovered by Indianapolis.

Analysis: With Jonathan Taylor accounting for 185 rushing yards and five total touchdowns, there was little need for Wentz to do much through the air. His one passing score actually went to Taylor in the second quarter, but the sixth-year veteran otherwise recorded just two completions apiece to the starting wideout duo of T.Y. Hilton and Michael Pittman. Wentz has now thrown for under 200 yards in three of the last five games, but a Week 12 interconference showdown with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers is likely going to require him to be much more involved.

Nov 21, 2021 2:18 PM EST

Lackluster showing in win

Wentz completed 22 of 34 passes for 180 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Colts' 23-17 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. He also netted minus-1 yard on four rushes.

Analysis: Jonathan Taylor logged over 20 carries for the first time all season, which helped lead to a reduced workload for Wentz and his fellow members of the air attack. The sixth-year signal-caller did remain free of turnovers for the second straight game, helping Indianapolis even its record at .500. Wentz's touchdown-less effort was his first since Week 3, something he'll look to quickly put behind him in a Week 11 road matchup against a very tough Bills defense.

Nov 14, 2021 2:29 PM EST

Ready for Sunday

Wentz (illness) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Wentz was deemed a limited participant at Thursday's practice due to a non-COVID-19-related illness, but he was able to log every rep Friday and avoid an injury designation entirely for Week 10 action. He'll welcome back T.Y. Hilton (concussion) for the wide receiver's third appearance of the season as the Colts take on the Colts' 26th-ranked pass defense (272 yards allowed per game).

Nov 12, 2021 12:01 PM EST

Limited due to illness Thursday

Wentz was a limited participant in Thursday's practice due to a non-COVID-19-related illness, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Erickson notes that Wentz was on the field with his healthy teammates during the portion of practice that was open to the media, suggesting the Colts weren't overly concerned about him potentially infecting others. Indianapolis is seemingly hopeful that after a lighter slate of reps Thursday, Wentz will be ready to be a full participant Friday to clear up any lingering concern about his availability for Sunday's game against Jacksonville. After a bumpy outing in a Week 8 overtime loss to the Titans, Wentz bounced back effectively on short rest in a Week 9 win over the Jets last Thursday, completing 22 of 30 passes for 272 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers as the Colts put up a season-high 45 points.

Nov 11, 2021 2:41 PM EST

Three TDs in win

Wentz completed 22 of 30 passes for 272 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Colts' 45-30 win over the Jets on Thursday night. He also rushed four times for 13 yards.

Analysis: Wentz was sharp in the high-scoring win and connected with Michael Pittman, offensive lineman Danny Pinter and Jack Doyle for his trio of scoring tosses. The sixth-year pro helped the Colts jump out to a 28-10 halftime lead with two of those touchdown passes, locking in his sixth straight multi-touchdown game. The performance was a strong bounce-back effort for Wentz following two back-breaking interceptions in Sunday's overtime loss to the Titans, and he'll look to carry over his momentum into a Week 10 home battle against the vulnerable Jaguars a week from Sunday.

Nov 4, 2021 9:02 PM EST

Critical gaffes in OT loss

Wentz completed 27 of 51 passes for 231 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Colts' 34-31 overtime loss to the Titans on Sunday. He also rushed three times for 11 yards and fumbled once without turning it over.

Analysis: Wentz came into the critical divisional clash having thrown all of one interception all season, but he broke that favorable pattern with two of the more ill-timed picks he'll likely toss all season. The two turnovers came in the closing minutes of regulation and overtime, the first giving the Titans' a walk-in, game-tying pick-six with 1:26 remaining and featuring a surprisingly careless left-handed throw from the sixth-year pro at his own two-yard line. While Wentz subsequently made up for the gaffe by leading a five-play, 75-yard drive to send the game into overtime, he doubled down on his game-changing errors with a second interception on a deep pass intended for Michael Pittman that was snagged by Keith Byard with 5:48 remaining in the extra period. The Titans would go on to kick a game-winning field goal, leaving Wentz with a serious blemish on his overall day, including from a fantasy perspective. He and the Colts will now look to regroup quickly, as a Week 9 Thursday night home date against the Jets awaits.

Oct 31, 2021 1:55 PM EST

Three total scores in rough weather

Wentz completed 17 of 26 pass attempts for 150 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing four times for 23 yards and another score in Sunday's 30-18 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Wentz somehow wasn't credited with an interception when he shovel passed the ball directly into Azeez Al-Shaair's arms in the second quarter, instead recording his third fumble lost of the season. Outside of that ugly play, the veteran quarterback held his own in heavy downpour and blustering winds at Levi's Stadium. Wentz doesn't provide a ton of upside in his new digs, but he has been a surprisingly safe fantasy option with an 11:1 TD:INT ratio through seven games this season. The Colts will face a stiff test against the Titans next Sunday.

Oct 24, 2021 9:38 PM EST

Tosses two scores in blowout win

Wentz completed 11 of 20 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 31-3 win over Houston. He added one rushing yard on two attempts.

Analysis: Wentz opened the scoring with a 51-yard deep ball to Parris Campbell late in the first quarter and added a 28-yard touchdown to Mo Alie-Cox in the third to give the Colts a 17-3 lead, then deferred to Jonathan Taylor and the ground game as the Colts ran away with it. He has quietly amassed an efficient 9:1 TD:INT this season, including multiple touchdown passes in each of the past three games. Wentz will look to keep that streak going on the road in Week 7 against a 49ers team that will be coming out of its bye.

Oct 17, 2021 1:31 PM EST

Tops 400 yards in loss

Wentz completed 25 of 35 passes for 402 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 31-25 overtime loss to the Ravens. He also was sacked twice and lost a fumble.

Analysis: Wentz started with a swing pass that tailback Jonathan Taylor took 76 yards for a touchdown on Indianapolis' opening drive, giving the team its first TD in the first quarter all season. The signal-caller then did well to lead the Colts into the red zone on his second series, only to be sacked while fumbling in the process. To begin the third quarter, Wentz added another touchdown thanks to a remarkable contested grab by Michael Pittman that went for 42 yards. Along with those big plays, Wentz made hay with intermediate and screen completions, helping him rack up easily his most yardage as a Colt. Although his 400-plus yards still weren't enough to clinch a victory, Wentz at least approaches Week 6's favorable matchup against the Texans coming off a strong performance.

Oct 11, 2021 9:19 PM EST

Looks healthier heading into Week 5

Wentz was listed as a full participant on the Colts' initial Week 5 injury report released Thursday, an indication that the team is comfortable with his health after he sprained both of his ankles in a Week 2 loss to the Rams, JJ Stankevitz of the team's official site reports. "I definitely feel much better," Wentz said. "I came out of the [Colts' Week 4 win over the Dolphins] thankfully unscathed. Felt good the next morning and the extra rest here early in the week has definitely helped as well."

Analysis: The Colts' injury report featured "ankle" rather than "ankles" next to his name, suggesting that he's at least 100 percent recovered from one of the sprains. The other ankle sprain doesn't look like it will bother him much moving forward, either, even though he had a rough outing in his first game coming off the injury in the Week 3 loss to the Titans. Wentz bounced back well in Week 4 with his best performance as a Colt, completing 24 of 32 attempts for 228 yards and two touchdowns while carrying five times for eight yards. Wentz's involvement in the run game was a particularly encouraging sight, given that he didn't attempt any runs against the Titans in his first game coming off the injury. The Colts shouldn't have to adjust their game plan out of any concern for Wentz's health in Monday's contest in Baltimore.

Oct 8, 2021 10:05 AM EST

Solid effort in Week 4 win

Wentz (ankles) completed 24 of 32 passes for 228 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Colts' 27-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday. He also rushed five times for eight yards.

Analysis: Playing through twin ankle sprains for the second straight week, Wentz turned in a solid, mistake-free workmanlike effort to help the Colts garner their first win of the season. The offseason arrival got plenty of help from Jonathan Taylor (16-103-1) on the ground, and he connected with a whopping 10 different pass catchers. Wentz appeared to be moving a bit better than during a Week 3 loss to the Titans, and he's now put together a fantasy-friendly 5:1 TD:INT through four games. Wentz has still to notch his first 300-yard effort as a member of the Colts, however, a matter he'll look to rectify in a Week 5 road battle against the Ravens on Monday night, Oct. 11.

Oct 3, 2021 1:18 PM EST

Active for Sunday's game

Wentz (ankles) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: As expected, Wentz will continue to tough it out through his ankle woes, and while the QB still isn't 100 percent, he noted heading into Week 4 action that he's "definitely in a better place than last week." With that in mind, it's possible that Wentz will be able to move around better this Sunday than he did last weekend, when he completed 19 of 37 passes for 194 yards and did not record a rushing attempt in the Colts' 25-16 loss to the Titans.

Oct 3, 2021 8:41 AM EST

Listed as questionable for Week 4

Wentz (ankles) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins after being listed as limited at practice this past week.

Analysis: That said, there's nothing to suggest that the QB's Week 4 status is in danger after he toughed it out through his ankle woes in the team's loss to the Titans last Sunday. Earlier this week, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin relayed that Wentz was feeling better than he did leading up to Week 3 action, so while the QB still isn't 100 percent, it's plausible that he'll be able to move around better this weekend, assuming he's active as expected.

Oct 1, 2021 12:42 PM EST

Remains limited in practice

Wentz (ankles) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: While tending to sprains of both ankles, Wentz only managed one limited practice last week before playing every snap in the Colts' loss to the Titans. Though he didn't attempt a run for the first time all the season and was inaccurate in the pocket (19-for-37 for 194 yards), Wentz appears to have come out of the game in better health. He's turned in a pair of limited practices to begin Week 4, a sign that he's on track to start again Sunday in Miami.

Sep 30, 2021 1:32 PM EST

To be limited at practice

Wentz (ankles) will be limited at practice Wednesday, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Analysis: That said, coach Frank Reich believes that the QB is in "a better spot" this week after toughing it out through his ankle woes in the team's Week 3 loss to the Titans. With that in mind, Reich expects Wentz's mobility to be better this week and at this stage, there's no doubt regarding the signal-caller's playing status. Brett Hundley is once again in line to serve as his top backup this weekend.

Sep 29, 2021 9:53 AM EST

No touchdowns in loss

Wentz completed 19 of 37 passes for 194 yards in Sunday's 25-16 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Wentz was notably playing with two banged-up ankles, and despite seeing All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson exit early Sunday, he was able to complete the contest. Although Wentz showed grit in doing so, he didn't make much of an impact as a passer, and missed an open Michael Pittman on a would-be touchdown as well. Without a win from his first three games as a Colt, Wentz should be especially eager to taste victory in Week 4 versus the Dolphins.

Sep 26, 2021 3:13 PM EST

Active for Sunday's game

Wentz (ankles) is listed active for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: Per ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Stephen Holder of The Athletic, Wentz -- who injured both of his ankles during Week 2 action -- is slated to start the contest after practicing Friday with heavily-taped ankles and moving around well in the process during the media-access portion of the session. Also in uniform Sunday are Brett Hundley and Jacob Eason, either of whom the Colts could turn to if Wentz struggles or suffers an in-game setback versus Tennessee, though based on how things played out in practice this past week, Hundley could well be the next man up in the event of a Week 3 Wentz setback.

Sep 26, 2021 8:35 AM EST

Expected to start Sunday

Wentz (ankles), who is questionable on the injury report against Tennessee and will be a game-time decision, is expected to start, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rapoport adds that Wentz is pushing to play and the Colts have contingency plans in place if he has a setback in warmups or during the game. The Colts activated Brett Hundley from the practice squad Saturday. Hundley would likely play if Wentz can't go since Hundley took the bulk of reps in practice this week over Jacob Eason when Wentz was sidelined. However, Wentz returned to practice Friday, and looks set to play even though he was limited in that session.

Sep 25, 2021 6:25 PM EST

Not seen hindered in practice

Wentz (ankles), who is questionable on the injury report against Tennessee and will be a game-time decision, appeared to practice without any hindrance Friday, according to Zak Keefer of The Athletic. He was listed as a limited participant in practice Friday on the official injury report.

Analysis: While Wentz will be a game-time decision, Keefer predicts that he will play unless he has severe swelling from Friday's workouts. If Wentz is ruled out, it's not clear if Brent Hundley or Jacob Eason will start. Head coach Frank Reich would not say Friday which backup would start if Wentz can't play.

Sep 24, 2021 12:58 PM EST

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