Can you trust Kevin Kolb or Michael Vick?

Updated: September 13, 2010, 3:01 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Philadelphia Eagles fans and fantasy football players everywhere will be crying out for multithreat quarterback Michael Vick to start not only this week, but beyond, as Vick put on quite a show in relief of the injured Kevin Kolb in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. Honestly, Vick looked much like the same dangerous player he was in his Atlanta Falcons days, throwing for 175 yards and a touchdown and adding another 103 yards rushing. It was fun to watch. Only two quarterbacks, so far, have more standard fantasy points in Week 1 than Vick's 21 (Peyton Manning with 29, Tom Brady with 22).

The problem is, Kolb will remain the Eagles' starting quarterback in real life, assuming health and better performance, which I am assuming (and I'm guessing coach Andy Reid is as well). It's quite the assumption to make at this point with a Week 2 game looming against the similarly battered Detroit Lions, who have their own quarterback problems. If Kolb is deemed ready to play this week, Reid has already made it clear Kolb will start. I'm skeptical that Kolb, who suffered a concussion against the Packers, will be able to do so. In fact, I'd almost guarantee he will sit out. Vick will play, and since it's the Lions, you can't ask for a much better matchup. But don't overlook the long-term ramifications, like dropping someone who can help your team later, for this short-term gain.