This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.
No player is immune to injury, but some are more vulnerable than others. Last season, the top-25 players by average draft position (ADP) averaged 2.2 games lost to injury or illness. If you do opt to gamble on an inherently risky player, it's often wise to invest in a reliable backup even if there is a trade off in terms of upside. To help gauge the level of risk with some big names, here's a breakdown of what to expect entering this season.
Return = When a player is ready to play in games
Low Risk = Player's injury risk should not impact his draft price
Medium Risk = Player is worth drafting at a discount or if his injury risk is already baked into his draft price
High Risk = Player should be avoided or drafted only at a large discount
Carson Wentz, Eagles
Injury: Stress Fracture in Back
Return: Early Preseason
Wentz has endured myriad injuries since entering the league in 2016. He suffered broken ribs during his rookie season, then tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee a year later. His 2018 campaign was cut short by a stress fracture in his back, an injury that often heals slowly due to limited blood flow to the area. These concerns are amplified by Wentz's medical record, including a previous stress fracture in his back that occurred during college. He returned for OTAs without limitations, but history suggests