If you watched the Eagles/Packers game this week, you learned two things:
1. Fox loves commercials. In fact, I thought I was watching an advertising montage that was occasionally interrupted by a football game (although that Ray Lewis commercial is a treasure).
2. Big men running around and colliding into each other means someone is going to get hurt.
Clay Matthews, a dead-to-rights doppelganger to Conan the Barbarian and Fabio’s love child, buried Kevin Kolb’s head into the turf. Ryan Grant’s ankle went pretzel under the weight of a couple Eagles defenders. In the Lions game, the Bears’ Richard Seymour mashed Matthew Stafford’s throwing shoulder into the grass.
All three players fell under the “this-guy-has-potential-to-be-a-sleeper” category, so chances are they served as a second-tier player in your lineup. However, I know there are a few fantasy owners out there who drafted heavy on running backs and wide receivers and waited until the middle rounds to draft Kolb. Here’s a breakdown of Band-Aid backups that can salvage your hurting starters.
Replacing Kevin Kolb and Matthew Stafford
Let’s face it. Injury or not, Kolb had a terrible game. He left the game in the second quarter and returned to play two series. Michael Vick played a tremendous game in Kolb’s absence, firing darts to his receivers and rushing for over 100 yards. Kolb wasn’t hurt badly enough to take off the pads and return in street clothes, but you have to wonder if Vick’s resurgence will further dent Kolb’s already-chinked armor. In a fickle city like Philadelphia, this could mean doom.
Stafford, like Kolb, was putting together a raggedy open act to the 2010 before Julius Pepper turned his throwing shoulder into applesauce. He’s visiting the renowned Dr. James Andrews this week to get a second opinion on his separated shoulder. Expect him to be out at least three weeks. Who will be the hero for you in this situation?
Enter Matt Hasselbeck, Derek Anderson, and Michael Vick.
According to Rotowire.com, Hasselbeck was the second to last quarterback selected in drafts this year. The last quarterback selected? That’s right…Michael Vick.