Orton-to-Cardinals works in fantasy land

As we continue to languish in NFL’s version of nuclear winter, there are still some stories emerging about potential player movement once the lockout ends. The latest involves Kyle Orton and the Arizona Cardinals.

Citing a team source, 3TV Sports suggests that the Cardinals have reached out to the Broncos about the availability of the six-year veteran. The report also suggests that while Kevin Kolb is considered the team’s No. 1 target this offseason, Orton could be well in the mix as a “Plan B” option.

For fantasy owners, any sort of upgrade over the debacle that was Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton would be a godsend for the value of the team’s best player, Larry Fitzgerald.

The star wide receiver did record 90 catches for 1,137 yards with the aforementioned trio throwing him the football, but Fitzgerald also scored just six touchdowns all year. With either Kolb or Orton at the helm, his number of end-zone visits (not to mention his overall value) would be destined to increase.

Another player whose stock would rise if Orton went to Arizona is Tim Tebow.

With Orton out of the mix, Tebow would become the projected starter for coach John Fox and a valuable sleeper in fantasy circles. Remember, no player scored more fantasy points than Tebow over the final three weeks of last season. As for Orton, he’d be a viable No. 2 fantasy quarterback as the Cardinals’ starter.

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