Schefter: John Skelton the favorite to start in ARI

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Arizona plans to start QB Kevin Kolb against Oakland on Friday, however John Skelton is now considered the favorite to win starting QB job.

Fantasy Impact: 

In seven starts and one near-start, John Skelton averaged 239 yards, 1.8 TDs and 1.4 INTs, which translates to QB16 numbers. More importantly (for the Cardinals), he went 6-2 in those eight games. Meanwhile, in eight full games (going 2-6) Kolb averaged 244 yards, 1.0 TDs and 1.1 INTs, which equate to QB18 numbers. Fantasy-wise, the starting QB for the Cardinals will likely put up solid QB2 numbers, but whoever wins the job will be on a short leash, and that makes it a situation to avoid.

However, the situation is important for Larry Fitzgerald, who caught 42 passes for 753 yards and six touchdowns in the eight games with John Skelton under center. He caught 38 passes for 658 yards and two touchdowns in the eight games where Kevin Kolb threw the most passes. Skelton targeted Fitzgerald 11.0 times per game. Kolb targeted Fitzgerald 8.1 times per game. Over the course of the season, Fitzgerald scored 43% more fantasy points with Skelton under center.

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