Kolb, McCoy not automatic fantasy studs

Some fantasy football enthusiasts are going to be bullish on new Eagles QB Kevin Kolb and RB LeSean McCoy. Let them.

I look at the Eagles replacing Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook with Kolb and McCoy the same way I viewed the “Dukes of Hazzard” replacing Bo and Luke with Coy and Vance — it is a cheap knockoff.

Eagles fans’ frustration with McNabb being the modern-day version of Danny White is understandable. But McNabb was a pretty good fantasy quarterback. And Westbrook was a fantasy stalwart, too, even if he started that trend of falling at the goal line when he had a sure touchdown.

So count me unsold on Kolb and McCoy.

The Eagles seem comfortable with Kolb after two good games in 2009, in a blowout loss to the Saints, and a win over the NFL’s version of the Washington Generals, the Chiefs. The Eagles move to Kolb seems more like a financial decision because McNabb was in the final year of his contract.

McCoy provided nothing but frustration when he replaced Westbrook during stretches of the 2009 season.

The Eagles have 11 draft picks, a clear signal that the team is moving into rebuilding mode. There are more red flags in Philadelphia than a regatta. The Eagles will throw, and if they are behind a lot, that could be a good thing. But people expecting McNabb-type production are going to be disappointed.

Adam Rank

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