I have to admit, I was a little worried about Cardinals QB Kurt Warner entering this season.
Between the “Super Bowl” curse, which has affected members of past Super Bowl losers, his age and an offseason surgical procedure on his hip, Warner looked like a real risk from a fantasy perspective.
Those concerns seemed even more warranted, as he started the season slow with just one touchdown pass in two of his first three games.
Warner then threw five picks in a loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 8. That put him on pace to throw for just as many interceptions (25) as touchdown passes this season. If the fantasy alert level wasn’t at red after that game, it was certainly was a very bright orange.
But Warner quickly quelled my concerns with a five-touchdown explosion against the Bears. Now it looks like smooth sailing for the veteran quarterback, not to mention the owners who stuck with him through his earlier struggles. Warner, who is now on pace to finish the season with 4,350 yards and 32 touchdowns, should continue to find success based on a schedule that includes games against the Seahawks, Rams (2), Titans, Vikings, 49ers and Lions.
None of those defenses rank better than 17th against the pass, and five of them are 21st or worse. That includes the two teams (Lions, Titans) that currently rank last and next to last in that category.
Of course, this is also great news if you have WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, both of whom will also benefit from this cake walk of a stretch run.
I like Warner so much the rest of the season based on this schedule, I’m trying to trade Texans QB Matt Schaub in one league where I own both quarterbacks. I need a stud wideout for my championship push, and Schaub should get me a solid option in a deal.
Roll on, Warner Machine!