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Michael Vick’s Fantasy Value

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Michael Vick is coming off a tremendous fantasy season in 2010, but where should he be drafted in 2011, and why?

Vick is coming off a year with over 3,000 passing yards, 676 rushing yards, and 30 total touchdowns in 12 games. Despite the numbers and the “wow” factor Vick possesses, there is absolutely no way that he should be the number one overall pick in any league, not even the first quarterback drafted.

Don’t get it wrong, Vick is and should be highly ranked on everyone’s draft board, but the fact of the matter is there are more proven and durable quarterback’s in the league. In a two QB league, Vick’s value is better. Draft him as a number 1 or 2 QB and pair him with another reliable QB. If he lives up to the hype it should guarantee a trip to the playoffs. However, in a one QB league I would stay away from him, let him fall to some sucker who can’t get enough Vick; let him deal with the problems Vick will cause for his team that he has built solely around him.

Vick has the ability to make or break one’s season. Let’s go over the positives: his mobility is key and making defenders miss comes naturally to him. He’s got a cannon for an arm with a serious deep threat in DeSean Jackson down the sideline. Third, he is coming off a season where he looked phenomenal as a pocket passer, which is way different from year’s prior. However, his style of play makes him extremely vulnerable to injury and mistakes. Last year Vick had 11 fumbles in 12 games, which was near the top of the league for all quarterbacks, and sat atop the list of proven ones. He did only have six interceptions in those 12 games but I would look for that number to increase this season. Also, a final factor in this is the huge off-season the Eagles have had, whether it was the trades or free agent acquisitions, the bulls-eye on their back has become enormous, thanks to Vince Young’s “Eagles are a dream team” quote.

There’s pro’s and con’s for every quarterback in the league, but the pressure and build up to the 2011 season for the Eagles is going to be too much for Vick. There are four quarterback’s I’d take over Vick:

Aaron Rodgers – Had 28 passing TD’s with rushing 4 TD’s. Got Jermichael Finley back, has crushed it consistently for two straight years.

Drew Brees –  Always a stud in fantasy, even if you don’t like him he always puts up numbers. 33 touchdowns a year ago, had a lot of interceptions, (22) but look for that to go down.

Philip Rivers – Almost 5,000 yards passing last year with 30 TD’s, has Vincent Jackson back with Malcom Floyd and one of the best tight ends in the leagu in Antonio Gates.

Tom Brady – 36 TD’s to ONLY 4 interceptions, 3,900 yards a year ago. Brought in Ochocinco to go with Wes Welker and the tight ends.

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