Hall of Fame Game 2012

What did we learn from the Hall of Fame game?

Even though it was only the first game in a 5 game NFL  preseason schedule  for both the Cardinals and Saints there is still important Fantasy Football relevant lessons to be learned the top for will be broken down below.

Lesson 1:  We learned that Kevin Kolb will never be able to avoid injury and finish a complete NFL season as a starting Quarterback.

Last night, Kolb, while trying to scramble to his right to avoid a safety, was pulled down from behind and landed very mildly on his side.  He was able to brace his fall with his right arm and absorb the impact well.  He stayed on the ground.  The report during the game was bruised ribs, after the game Kolb himself admitted to bruised ribs and a bruised diaphragm. 

The latest in a string of injuries for Kevin Kolb, who was acquired from the Eagles two years ago for Pro-Bowl corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, he has been unable to stay healthy since arriving in Arizona for the Cardinals.  On the other hand, backup John Skelton has looked poised and patient in the pocket, and delivered the ball down field very well in his two series of action last night.

Not much should ever be read into a first preseason game, especially when the team will play 5 this preseason.  However, Kolb has now shown in three consecutive preseasons that he cannot absorb impact.  Skelton on the other hand has shown a veteran leadership not normally found from a fifth round draft pick, he has also won over much of the receiver corps, not necessarily with his throws but with his attitude and leadership.

Neither QB can be taken in a fantasy football draft, but in any case, if you need a stretch, watch for Skelton to come out and be a good spot start option against sub-par passing defenses.

Lesson 2:  Drew Brees does not need OTA’s, Training Camp, or stretching to torch NFL Defenses.

Drew Brees went 4 for 5 in one series Sunday night.  No one expected Brees to play longer than that and after all the off season contract talks were finally resolved, it turns out Drew is worth $20 Million dollars a season.  Brees remains on the high end of #1 fantasy football quarterbacks, even with Aaron Rodgers and possibly even ahead of Tom Brady.

Lesson 3:  The Saints have no shortage of impact players at the offensive skill positions.

Joseph Morgan and Courtney Roby looked exceptional all game long.  They ran crisp routes and made athletic first steps that made multiple defenders miss tackles.  The group of running backs excelled last night, especially in the passing game.  Chris Ivory and Travaris Cadet caught balls and were able to make big plays down field.  The Saints are very deep at wide receiver and running back, so these players may not wind up making a huge fantasy impact this year, but names to keep on your radar for the post season and next year.

Lesson 4:  Losing one great lineman does not destroy an offensive line.

Many people thought the loss of Carl Nicks would open up gaps in the New Orleans Saints offensive line, this is not the case.  Last night the starting O-line looked solid.  They were able to move the pocket around Brees allowing him to make his throws with little pressure in his face, a gift that is not to be overlooked for a 6 foot quarter back.  The second and third units looked nearly as strong.  At no point in last night’s Hall of Fame game did the Cardinals defense put any consistent pressure on Saints QB’s.  The offensive line in New Orleans looks to be something you can bank on this fantasy season.

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