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Indianapolis Colts' Carson Wentz, Quenton Nelson on track to play Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks

Jul 28, 2021; Westfield, IN, United States; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Dezmon Patmon (10) at Grand Park. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY SportsJul 29, 2021; Westfield, IN, United States; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) at Grand Park. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a best-case scenario for the Indianapolis Colts, as quarterback Carson Wentz and guard Quenton Nelson are “on track” to play Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks, sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Wentz and Nelson were given 5-to-12 week timelines for their returns last week after having similar procedures to extract loose bones from their feet. PFF injury analyst Mario Pilato tweeted Wednesday that “Nelson will be fine, but Wentz’s mobility will be a concern if he plays Week 1.”

The former No. 2 overall pick is the current QB29 on PFF's consensus fantasy football rankings. His current fantasy projection of 2,572.4 passing yards ranks 32nd among quarterbacks.

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BETTING IMPACT

Colts are a buy at a 9-win total: The Colts went from 10 wins to 9 after the initial injury timeline was released. Expect bookmakers to add a half-win to the total if both Wentz and Nelson return in time to play Week 1. Click here for PFF's Win Totals Tracker…

Bet Jonathan Taylor’s Week 1 Player Props: Now that both Wentz and Nelson are expected back, Jonathan Taylor looks set to feast Week 1 against the Seahawks defense. After not seeing a rushing yardage prop over 83.5 yards in 2020, expect Taylor to exceed modest expectations from the betting market to start this season as Frank Reich tries to ease Wentz back. Click here for PFF's Fantasy Projections…


FANTASY FOOTBALL IMPACT

Don't draft Carson Wentz in 1-QB leagues: The only reason Wentz offered occasional streaming upside in 2020 was thanks to the rather stellar 52-276-5 rushing line he accumulated in just 12 games. Wentz now has his back against the wall in an offense that wasn't exactly expected to lean on him in the rushing game anyway. Click here for PFF's Fantasy QB Rankings and Tiers…

Draft better options: Wentz is Ian Hartitz's overall QB23. He should be selected behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tua Tagovailoa and even Sam Darnold, who each present higher upside in two-QB and Superflex leagues. Click here for PFF's expected fantasy points…

Jonathan Taylor a borderline RB1: Jonathan Taylor‘s standing in the fantasy community always had more to do with his volume than his offensive line. Still, the reality that Taylor will continue to lose passing-down work to Nyheim Hines, and likely at least some early-down snaps to Marlon Mack or Jordan Wilkins, makes him more of a borderline RB1 as opposed to the world-beater top-six option many in the fantasy community have painted him as. Click here for PFF's Running Back Rankings & Tiers…

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