Just when we thought the dust had settled in terms of the quarterback carousel, Carson Wentz was traded to the Washington Commanders in exchange for two third round picks and a second round pick swap. The trade ends a mostly forgettable year in Indianapolis for Wentz and gives Washington a viable starter for next season. It also has some ramifications in dynasty leagues. Let’s take a look at the players whose values have changed as a result of this trade.
Carson Wentz, QB WAS
What a strange trip this has been for Wentz. After being the second overall pick by the Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft, Wentz developed into a great NFL starter and was even the favorite for NFL MVP until a late season injury in 2017 changed everything. The Eagles turned to journeyman Nick Foles and he led them to a Super Bowl title. While Wentz returned the next year, he failed to show the consistency and leadership in Philadelphia needed to be a franchise quarterback, resulting in him being traded to the Colts last season.
Last year with his former offensive coordinator Frank Reich and the Colts, Wentz’ numbers were fine as he posted 3,563 passing yards, with 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. However, the numbers just don’t tell the whole story as Wentz famously face-planted at the end of games, lost a chance to get the Colts into the playoffs with a stunning final week loss against the Jaguars, and was criticized for a lack of leadership in the locker room.
Wentz will now attempt to resurrect his career in what may represent his final chance to do so. He’s a clear upgrade for a Commanders team that was obviously desperate for one. With Antonio Gibson, Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, and Logan Thomas, Wentz isn’t arriving to a team with no talent. The question is going to be what he does to win over the locker room. Regardless, expect a season that should represent QB2 numbers. However, his ADP isn’t going to be helped with this move as you have to believe this is a make or break season – quarterbacks on their final chance are rarely traded for much in dynasty leagues.
Taylor Heinicke, QB WAS
The clear loser in this trade is Heinicke, who filled in admirably after Ryan Fitzpatrick was injured early in the season. On the year, Heinicke threw for 3,419 yards, 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. While those numbers are decent, that just won’t do it in today’s high-powered NFL. He’s under contract for 2022, but there will be no quarterback competition in Washington this off-season as the Commanders will pay Wentz north of $28 million. At this point, Heinicke can be dropped in dynasty leagues.
Washington Skill Players
You have to like the move for that group of Antonio Gibson, Terry McLaurin. Curtis Samuel, Logan Thomas, and the rest of the Commanders offense. While Wentz is no Russell Wilson, he’s still an upgrade from Heinicke and Ryan Fitzpatrick, at least in theory. Expect some modest improvement across the board from this group. Their ADP should at least stabilize with this trade.
Sam Ehlinger, QB IND
At this point, Ehlinger is the last man standing in Colts quarterback room. However, even as much as we’d love to hear Gus Johnson yell, “EHLINGERRRRR,” don’t expect the Colts to stand pat at the position. They’re sure to add a veteran quarterback or make a splash through the NFL Draft or via trade with someone like Kirk Cousins, Mitchell Trubisky, Jordan Love, or Jimmy Garoppolo. Still, Ehlinger is a hold at the moment, just in case.
Indianapolis Skill Players
This trade is clearly not good for the skill player group for the Colts that includes the likes of Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman Jr., TY Hilton, Nyheim Hines. and Parris Campbell. However, it’s far too early to start selling these players in dynasty leagues as if the Colts are done wheeling and dealing here. In short, don’t panic. There’s more to the story yet to come from the Indianapolis side as you don’t make a trade like this unless you have a solid plan B already in place with one of those players mentioned above.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB FA
You have to feel bad for Fitzmagic as he had a legitimate shot to have his own team last season before an early season injury ruined his season. He’ll likely resurface as a stopgap quarterback for what will end up being his tenth NFL franchise. If you have Fitzpatrick as a depth piece, his value hasn’t changed unless you felt he was going to be the starter in Washington next season.
NFL Draft Quarterbacks
With Washington now with Wentz in two, they’re likely our of the mix for Malik Willis, Kenny Pickett, Matt Corral, Sam Howell or Desmond Ridder. However, it will be interesting to see just what the Colts do at the position as they may now be interested in starting over. We’ll see soon enough!