Fantasy Football: Is Kerry Collins a Good Option for Your Team?

Charles BennettSenior Analyst ISeptember 8, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 26: Peyton Manning (L) and Kerry Collins #5 of the Indianapolis Colts look on during the first half of an NFL preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 26, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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As you have probably heard, Colts superstar Peyton Manning will likely miss most of this season. That means Kerry Collins will be getting several starts.

So what’s that mean for your fantasy team? Should you add Collins?

In 2008, he went 13-3 with Tennessee, when he threw for 2,676 years, 242 completions and 12 touchdowns. From 2000 to 2005, Collins threw for at least 3,000 yards and 13 touchdowns each season.

On the other hand, he’s almost 39 years old, hasn’t been a regular starter for three years, doesn’t know the Colts’ system like Peyton does and has a silver beard. And we know that past achievement often means nothing in the NFL.

I say, if you’ve got a weak bench quarterback (for example, if you were unfortunate enough to draft Gerrard, formerly of Jacksonville), you should pick up Kerry Collins. What with the reception options that are in Indy (perhaps the best receivers he's ever had), combined with the fact that the AFC South is a fairly weak division, especially in terms of team defenses, it’s likely that Collins will be better than six to eight quarterbacks for the next two or three months.

Verdict: If you’re in a 12-team league, consider adding Collins to your bench.