Jonh Skelton’s injury will reportedly keep him off the field for a few weeks, and the Arizona Cardinals will now turn to Kevin Kolb as their quarterback. Despite, Kolb’s history in Arizona, he is worth a spot on fantasy football rosters.
Hearing #Cards QB John Skelton has a high ankle sprain (could B out 4-6 wks) will B re-evaluated tomorrow, Kolb will start in New England.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) September 10, 2012
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora notes that Skelton’s injury could have been worse, and that no official decisions have been made on how long he will be out.
Cardinals are optimistic QB John Skelton's ankle injury not as bad as it seemed, and is a sprain and not broken, but still evaluating it— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 10, 2012
After Skelton’s injury, Kolb came off the bench and was immediately booed by the Arizona crowd. He brushed off the classless treatment by his fans and completed six of his eight passes to lead the Cardinals down the field. He closed out the 80-yard drive with a game-winning touchdown pass to Andre Roberts with under five minutes to play.
This does not mean fantasy owners should trade Drew Brees or Eli Manning and make Kolb their starter, but the Cardinals’ quarterback is owned in 0.6 percent of ESPN leagues. If you are stuck in a low position on the waiver wire order and uncertain about your backup QB, Kolb is an excellent option.
While weighing just eight passes against all the terrible decisions Kolb made with the ball last season is certainly risky, adding him has a chance pay off down the road.
I see the same thing I saw last year. I see a guy who hasn't been able to grasp the system enough to slow the game down, or he doesn't have confidence in what he's seeing. Maybe he understands what the offense is asking him to do, but the game is going too fast, and he's not pulling the trigger.
Kolb has fallen hard since the Cardinals traded away Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick to acquire him from the Philadelphia Eagles, then extended his contract. He played poorly last year and continued to struggle in the offseason, losing the starting job to Skelton.
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But confidence was not an issue for Kolb on Sunday. He was decisive with his throws, despite being in a remarkably difficult situation.
Coming into the game cold in the fourth quarter and leading a game-winning drive will be a massive boost for Kolb, and he has a chance to finally play up to his potential.
The game against New England will likely force Kolb to throw the ball often in order to keep pace with a dangerous Patriots' offense. The Pats’ defense has improved from last season, and it will offer Kolb a test to show that he is finally ready to earn his contract.
Kolb has capitalized on his only opportunity thus far. He will have more chances in the coming weeks, and fantasy owners would be smart to get him on their benches and see if he continues to play well.