Kevin Kolb: Don't Bank Your Fantasy Team's Success on Cardinals QB
Kevin Kolb did an admirable job leading the Cardinals to victory on Sunday.
But it's important to keep in mind that this was only Week 1. It was only one win, against the Seahawks—and that doesn't necessarily signal the beginning of Kevin Kolb's redemption tour.
So before you establish Kolb as the savior of your fantasy team (especially if your team has Andrew Luck or Brandon Weeden at quarterback), think carefully about whether or not you really want to go there.
Kolb lost out on the starting role during the preseason, but he got a chance to step in for the Cardinals in the fourth quarter on Sunday, when starter John Skelton went down with an ankle injury. Kolb promptly led the game-winning drive, leading Arizona 66 yards downfield for a touchdown and an eventual 20-16 win.
Now, Kolb is being classified as Arizona's savior. He's the hero. He led a game-winning drive over the Seattle Seahawks, and suddenly, fantasy owners are scrambling to pick him up.
But isn't that a tad drastic for a guy who went 6-of-8 for 66 yards and a touchdown?
This isn't to say that Kolb hasn't had some success here and there in the past when he's gotten opportunities. He's been a decent option to take over when starters get injured midway through the season. But he is a career backup, and despite the fact that his first opportunity of the year ended up going swimmingly for him, it would be just a little bit crazy to expect him to achieve the same kind of success from here on out.
Especially with a road game in Foxboro, Mass. next up on the docket.
Will Kevin Kolb flop if he starts against New England?
The Patriots looked really, really good in their season opener against Tennessee on Sunday. They held Jake Locker to 264 passing yards and held the rest of the offense to a mere 20 rushing yards. They forced revered running back Chris Johnson into the worst start of his entire career, according to NFL.com. Their defense looked much stronger than it did in 2011, and their offense looked as though it hadn't missed a beat.
And this is the team that Kevin Kolb must conquer, on the road, in Week 2.
Suffice to say, this matchup doesn't really favor him.
Kolb did a good job on Sunday. He did exactly what was asked of him, even though the home crowd clearly didn't think he was capable of it. It was a nice moment for him.
But a quarterback who isn't incredibly careful with the ball, and who isn't all that confident when he steps onto the field, isn't a quarterback who's likely to shred New England's defense in Week 2.
So it may be appropriate to curb the excitement.
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