Surrounding talent may make Leinart, Young helpful fantasy cogs
Matt Leinart, fantasy stud?
On a busy Monday of injuries, the biggest news was that Matt Schaub will likely miss the rest of the season. The Texans' offense has been strong all season despite missing Andre Johnson for most of the year. Schaub is in the top 10 in fantasy points.
Can Leinart replicate any of that success?
The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner hasn't started a game since '09 and was a backup during most of his time in Arizona. He lost his job to Derek Anderson last year. He hasn't been a successful starter in his NFL career.
And yet, Leinart doesn't have to be good or put up a good completion percentage to have good fantasy value. The Texans have a lot of weapons, and Houston isn't going to start running the Tim Tebow offense even with a running game of Arian Foster and Ben Tate. After the bye this week, the Texans face the Jaguars, Falcons, Bengals, Panthers and Colts. None of those teams are the Monsters of the Midway on defense.
Schaub was able to put up solid numbers despite Johnson going down in Week 4. Texans coach Gary Kubiak expects the star receiver back after the bye.
No one should expect Kurt Warner 1999 numbers from Leinart, but he has a favorable schedule, a returning stud wide receiver and a similar offense to the one he ran at USC. Leinart could literally win people fantasy championships this year. Who knew?
Leinart's most famous game was the '06 Rose Bowl, where USC was edged by Vince Young and Texas for the national championship. Coincidentally, Young will likely start this weekend against the Giants. Of course, Michael Vick's broken ribs aren't expected to keep him out for that long, so Young is a stopgap one-week solution. But not a bad one.
The Eagles were unable to move the ball in the air against a shaky Cardinals' pass defense on Sunday, but with DeSean Jackson back against the Giants on Sunday the Eagles should be better through the air. It doesn't matter how well Young plays; his fantasy numbers are what's important. And the Eagles, without Jackson and Jeremy Maclin on Sunday, still threw the ball 34 times. Young will get his chances for yards and touchdowns.