Graham Mertz
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Injury Illness
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Graham Mertz in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Second positive test for COVID-19
Illness
October 27, 2020
Mertz (illness) had a second positive test for COVID-19 confirmed Tuesday, Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reports. Mertz will enter the Big Ten's protocol, which will keep him out for 21 days.
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News of the redshirt freshman quarterback's positive test was first reported Sunday, and after the test result was confirmed Tuesday by a PCR test, he'll now miss Wisconsin's next two games (Oct. 31 at Nebraska, Nov. 7 versus Purdue) at the very least. As Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com notes, the 21-day clock begins from the first positive test, so if Mertz's initial test came on Saturday rather than Sunday, he would technically be eligible to return for a Nov. 14 game at Michigan. At this point, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic relays that Mertz is feeling "fine" and is seemingly asymptomatic. In addition to Mertz -- who threw for five touchdowns in Wisconsin's season-opening win over Illinois -- last week, the Badgers are without 2019 starter Jack Coan (foot), who is out indefinitely. Wisconsin also learned Monday that No. 3 quarterback Chase Wolf tested positive for COVID-19, so he could also be subject to a 21-day absence if a PCR test administered later this week confirms the result. With all that in mind, fourth-string quarterback Danny Vanden Boom is now the leading candidate to start Wisconsin's next two (or three) games, pending Mertz's status for the Week 11 matchup with Michigan.
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Tests positive for COVID-19
Illness
October 25, 2020
Mertz tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Turns heads in first start
October 24, 2020
Mertz completed 20 of 21 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns Friday against Illinois.
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Starting season opener
October 21, 2020
Mertz is listed as Wisconsin's starting quarterback on the team's depth chart that was released this week ahead of Friday's season opener versus Illinois, Jesse Temple of The Athletic reports.
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Favorite to start in season opener
October 5, 2020
Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst said that Mertz took all the first-team reps at quarterback in the Badgers' practice Monday, Zach Heilprin of 1670AM The Zone Madison reports.
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Redshirt candidate in 2019
September 9, 2019
Mertz expects to redshirt this season, Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
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