Kolb deal is good news for Fitzgerald

The deal that we have waited all offseason for is now a reality, and it’s good news in fantasy land.

NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi is reporting that the Cardinals have acquired Kevin Kolb in exchange for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and an undisclosed second-round draft pick. Clearly, the move makes Kolb draftable in just about every league across the board. However, he still has quite a bit to prove before I’d make him more than a No. 2 fantasy quarterback or matchup-based starter.

The biggest impact here involves the value of Larry Fitzgerald, who won’t have Derek Anderson, Max Hall or John Skelton throwing to him anymore. I’m not saying that Kolb will be the next Kurt Warner but he’s an obvious upgrade over that trio of mediocre signal-callers.

From 2007-2009, Fitzgerald caught 35 touchdowns and averaged one score for every 8.3 receptions. Last season, with Anderson, Skelton and Hall taking turns under center, Fitzgerald scored just six times or once every 15th catch. Now with Kolb at the helm, Fitzgerald’s production and fantasy stock figures to give him second-round value.

If there’s one concern now, it’s the fact that Andre Roberts is now slated to start opposite Fitzgerald after the departure of Steve Breaston to Kansas City. That could mean a lot of double and triple coverage for Fitzgerald.

Overall, though, Fitzgerald’s value is still on the rise.

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