Player Round Table (Kevin Kolb)
By FBG Staff; Hosted by Maurile Tremblay
August 9th, 2010

Here at Footballguys.com, we have Spotlights and Faceoffs. Those features are fairly comprehensive, but they are limited to viewpoints from either one or two writers. Well some players need a little more commentary. We have decided open up the dialog and asked our staff to leave their thoughts on these players and what is expected from them in 2010. Here, discussion centers around QB Kevin Kolb.

Sigmund Bloom: There are lots of good reasons to take a chance on Kolb as the QB1 in your QBBC this year - a guy you take at QB10 who could easily finish as high as QB5 and on an elite statistical level:

  • Andy Reid's pass offense routinely produces 4000 passing yards.
  • Like Kolb, Aaron Rodgers was able to "ripen" on the bench for three seasons before starting and hit the ground running as the #2 fantasy QB in his first year as a starter.
  • Kolb had two 300-yard, two-TD games in his two starts last season.
  • Kolb is surrounded by weapons like DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek, and Jeremy Maclin who are all on the upslope of their careers, and Celek and Jackson in particular seemed to riff well with Kolb last season in those two starts.
  • Even if Kolb struggles, it will likely just lead to deficits that will mean more passing as he tries to dig out of holes he creates.
  • No one should be surprised if Kolb is the QB on a lot of championship fantasy teams this year. As long you team him with a high-floor QB like Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, Brett Favre, or Carson Palmer, Kolb is a terrific plan at QB this year.

    Will Grant: I have to agree with Bloom on this one. You can target Kolb with a 7th round pick and end up with a guy who is really going to outperform his draft position. In a redraft league, I'm usually one of the last teams to take their QB1. I prefer to draft RB/WR/TE positions for the first few rounds and then look at round 7-8 to a couple QBs back-to-back. (I like this strategy particularly if I draw a 9-12 slot in the first round.) Grabbing two guys in the Donovan McNabb, Eli Manning, Kevin Kolb, Joe Flacco, Carson Palmer, Brett Favre range will give you a solid starting QB each week and allow you to really focus on other positions early in the draft.

    Jeff Pasquino: I'd dare say that "QBBC" option is an undersell for Kolb. The Eagles have a tough schedule and a suspect secondary, which means that there is a very high likelihood that they will be in more shootouts this year than in 17–14 type contests. Dallas twice, the Giants twice, Indianapolis, Green Bay, Houston, Minneapolis - even Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta - there's offense at every turn on that schedule, not to mention strong QB and WR options on the opposing sidelines.

    Kolb is the unquestioned starter for the Eagles and he has a bevy of options at WR (DeSean, Maclin, and Avant), TE (Celek) and RB (McCoy). The ground game is not that strong and Philadelphia has struggled for years to move the ball in short yardage situations.

    Also don't overlook that Kolb has fresh legs and a willingness to tuck it and run. He ran over 100 times every year while at the University of Houston.

    Maurile Tremblay: I'm on the Kolb bandwagon as well. Fantasy owners are reluctant to draft him as their QB1 because he doesn't have much of a track record. But he has the talent necessary to succeed, and he's in a great situation. The Eagles will pass the ball a lot - and Kolb should end up with strong fantasy numbers even if he isn't terribly efficient as an NFL QB. You can't win your fantasy league without taking risks - you just have to be smart about which ones you take. Kolb looks like one of the smarter risks in the draft this season.

    © 2010 Footballguys - All Rights Reserved