Did any of you imagine that Cardinals rookie QB John Skelton was going to have an impact in the fantasy playoffs? Or maybe the fairer question would be to ask if any of you had heard of Skelton prior to this week?
The Cardinals announced the move (via the team’s official website) and coach Ken Whisenhunt did not sound overly excited.
“Didn’t really have a choice,” Whisenhunt said, adding that Skelton’s command of the offense was better throughout the week and that he’s better prepared to play than the previous week.
“It doesn’t mean it’s going to be great quarterback play,” Whisenhunt added. “We’re hoping he’ll get in there and handle it well and make some plays for us.”
Didn’t really have a choice? Hopefully Whisenhunt took a more tactful approach when asking a date to the prom in high school. Because nobody wants to hear, “well, I don’t really have a choice but, would you like to go to the dance with me?”
While Skelton will not have a fantasy impact because you are starting him this week — you would have to be in a 32-team league for that to even remotely make sense — but he will make an impact on WR Larry Fitzgerald.
Many of you are left wondering, should you start the star receiver? And there is a temptation to bench Fitzgerald because you just don’t know what you have here with Skelton. And here is one question I received from my pal, Babs, who asked,
“WR choices: Donald Driver WR- GB, Steve Johnson WR- BUF or Larry Fitzgerald-ARI. which two would be best?”
In an instance like this, I would roll with Johnson and Fitzgerald. Driver has a history of playing great against the Lions, but Packers QB Aaron Rodgers could easily throw four touchdowns to Greg Jennings. Skelton will only have eyes for Fitzgerald.
Don’t think too hard on this. Fitzgerald is worthy of one of your three receiver spots. Or the second one in this instance. If you Johnson, Texans WR Andre Johnson, Lions and Steelers WR Mike Wallace on your team, then go ahead and sit Fitzgerald. But in most cases, stick with him.
And hope that rookie quarterback follows the lead of a young Jason Garrett who all those years ago on a Thanksgiving game just lobbed jump balls to WR Alvin Harper. In fact, Skelton, that is my advice to you. Lob the ball to Fitzgerald. Let him go and get it.