Are You On Board With Kevin Kolb as a QB1?
Kevin Kolb is the ninth QB (71st overall) going off the board in fantasy drafts according to Mock Draft Central. I’m pretty much on board with his rank (click to see my 2010 QB rankings), but I’m not sure if I’d have the guts to pull the trigger on him.
Not when you can get much better value with Brett Favre (10, 77), Eli Manning (11, 86), Matt Ryan (12, 87), Joe Flacco (13, 91), Donovan McNabb (14, 103), or Carson Palmer (15, 108). Sure Kevin Kolb could blow up this year, but he also comes with plenty of risk.
Aside from two impressive starts in Week 2 & 3 in which he ripped the Saints (391 yards, 2 TDs) and Chiefs (327 yards, 2 TDs), Kolb is for the most part the great unknown. He is highly regarded for his accuracy, but he has to prove that he can remain accurate all season long against heavy pressure.
Kolb does have a ton of weapons at his disposal. Perhaps that is why everybody is so high on him. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are a solid 1-2 receiving punch. LeSean McCoy is very capable at catching the ball out of the backfield. Brent Celek is one of the top options at tight end.
That said, Kolb has big shoes to fill following Donovan McNabb’s departure, especially when they will square off twice this season. Philadelphia is not an easy place to play, so if he struggles things could get ugly in a hurry. With Michael Vick waiting in the wings, the Philly fans could start calling for a change. While that won’t necessarily cause Andy Reid to make a change, it would make for a tense situation. Not exactly how you want your first year’s starters season to go.
That, of course, is the pessimistic viewpoint. Some Eagles fans have grown tired of McNabb and are thirsty for change. This is a young team, so why not have a young QB try to lead them to the promise land?
If you are going to roll the dice and use Kolb as your number one fantasy QB, make sure you get a capable backup. It’s not that I expect him to fail, but there is that risk. Plus, his fantasy playoffs schedule (@DAL, @NYG, vs. MIN) is brutal.
Would you trust Kevin Kolb as your starting fantasy QB?