Wait, What? Wentz Second-Most Profitable Player for NFL Bettors in 2020

Written By Katie Kohler on January 15, 2021 - Last Updated on April 25, 2022
Wentz Stellar for Bettors in 2020 Somehow

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz didn’t just have the worst season of his career. It was a historically awful campaign for a signal caller.

He had one of the biggest dropoffs in NFL history for passer rating and was on pace to be sacked the most times in a season. He was benched at halftime in Week 13 and didn’t play another snap the rest of the season.

It was a brutal 2020 season for Wentz. However, it was a profitable one for Wentz bettors.

Wait. What?

According to DraftKings sportsbook‘s 2020 season recap, Wentz was the second-most profitable player for bettors at the online sportsbook.

Wentz a winner for bettors

Johnny Avello, head of sportsbook and gaming operations at DraftKings, said:

“Carson scored the first touchdown in a few games at pretty big odds so that’s where the players profited.”

Wentz scored the first touchdown at odds of usually +1400 in the following games:

  • Week 2 vs. Los Angeles Rams (first Eagles’ TD)
  • Week 4 vs. San Francisco 49ers
  • Week 7 vs. New York Giants
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Most and least profitable players for bettors

The top 10 most profitable players for DraftKings customers were:

  • Davante Adams
  • Carson Wentz
  • Alvin Kamara
  • Nick Chubb
  • Cam Newton
  • Patrick Mahomes
  • Zach Moss
  • Mike Evans
  • D.K. Metcalf
  • David Johnson

The least profitable:

  • Derrick Henry
  • Ezekiel Elliott
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire
  • DeAndre Hopkins
  • Daniel Jones
  • Ronald Jones II
  • Tyreek Hill
  • Evan Engram
  • Chris Carson
  • Cooper Kupp

What’s next for Wentz and Eagles?

Rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts replaced Wentz in Week 12 with the Eagles at 3-8-1. Hurts showed flashes of potential, but an aging roster decimated by injuries ultimately doomed the Birds to a 4-12-1 record and last place in a historically bad NFC East.

Before their Week 17 game against Washington, a report from Adam Schefter stated that Carson Wentz would seek a trade in the offseason and that his relationship with head coach Doug Pederson was “fractured beyond repair.”

Pederson was fired on Jan. 11. FanDuel listed Pederson as the favorite (+300) to be named the New York Jets head coach. In the “Philadelphia Eagles next head coach” market, Robert Saleh was the favorite (+300). The New York Jets hired him on Jan. 14 to replace Adam Gase at the helm.

Currently, Duce Staley (+300) is the favorite for the Eagles head coach position. Find updated odds on the next head coach market here (available in NJ, not PA).

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist and Managing Editor at PlayPennsylvania. Katie especially enjoys creating unique content and on-the-ground reporting in PA. She is focused on creating valuable, timely content about casinos and sports betting for readers. Katie has covered the legal Pennsylvania gambling industry for Catena Media since 2019.

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