The Arizona Cardinals offensive line has just been hit with a massive blow; LT Levi Brown as torn his right triceps and will miss a minimum of three months. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brown could be ruled out for the season. Arizona’s struggling line does not need this kind of news and fantasy owners who are holding onto players like Beanie Wells or Larry Fitzgerald are now starting to panic.
If the offensive line can’t function properly there will be no running game, and the passing game will struggle immensely. Many fantasy ranking boards feature Larry Fitzgerald as either the second or third overall wide receiver overall. Fitzgerald is one of the league pass catchers, yet if either of his two struggling quarterbacks cannot get him the ball his fantasy value will really struggle. Gridiron Experts still currently has Fitzgerald ranked as our number 2 WR, but unless things can improve in Arizona we will move him down slightly. It’s hard to move down one of the best players in the game, yet the offensive line has looked terrible so far and is a key element to a teams offensive success.
If a team has a weak running game defenses better prepare for the pass. But if your offensive line can stop blitzes, let alone open up holes for a RB, you’re dead in the water.
After Friday’s preseason outing against the Oakland Raiders, DT Tommy Kelly ripped into quarterback Kevin Kolb, saying he was “skittish” and “scared.” The job looks to be John Skelton’s at this point, although with no offensive line it won’t matter who is starting a quarterback.