Ryan Lindley: Updated Fantasy Outlook, Analysis After John Skelton Benching

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent INovember 18, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 18:  Ryan Lindley #14 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to pass against the Atlanta Falcons prior to fumbling the ball from pressure by John Abraham #55 and Kroy Biermann #71 at Georgia Dome on November 18, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The fumble resulted in a Falcons' touchdown.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Cardinals' quarterback carousel has spun around again and landed on Ryan Lindley. 


Curious move. Ken Whisenhunt benching John Skelton despite a 13-point lead. Rookie Ryan Lindley takes over. Skelton 2 for 7

— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) November 18, 2012


So what does this mean for you?

Does this mean that you should give a look at Lindley as a fantasy option? Why not? You're already here anyways.


Fantasy Outlook

We're going to need more insight from Ken Whisenhunt before we can determine how long Lindley will remain in the lineup.

However, we can look at the information in front of us.

Skelton is likely done as a starter, unless Lindley is absolutely terrible. Skelton was named the starter and an injury forced Kevin Kolb to take over. After Kolb led a comeback win over the Seattle Seahawks, Skelton was kept on the sidelines even after he returned.

Kolb remained the starter until he suffered his own injury. One would presume that he will retake the starting position, but there isn't any concrete timetable for him to regain his health. 

Unless Whisenhunt feels that the season is lost (and it could be with another loss or two), Lindley probably won't start more than one or two games.



The Cardinals, as a team, are not a fantasy dynamo. They've only tossed 10 touchdowns and average 6.3 yards per attempt (third worst in the league). So, hopefully, you haven't been relying on either Kolb or Skelton to his point.

However, we all get in binds. 

If you have an empty roster spot (i.e. a player went on the IR), Lindley isn't worth it. Tim Tebow is more likely to produce fantasy points than Lindley. Through his first 11 throws, Lindley averaged 3.2 yards per attempt.

Stay away from Lindley. Or any Cardinals quarterback, for that matter.