Found October 02, 2012 on
Michael Vick is a lost cause and you should trade him now before he is completely worthless.
Fantasy. The game against the Cardinals was hard to watch. Like, Paris Hilton reality TV hard to watch. But, don’t give up all hope just yet. The Cardinals defense is the real deal, and it is often said that traveling to the west coast can make it much more difficult to win a game. Unlike Paris Hilton, Michael Vick has some redeeming qualities, like his ability to be a fantasy stud. Like he was in week two against a formidable Baltimore Ravens Defense, when he threw for 371 yards and a touchdown and tacked on a running touchdown.
It is important to keep in mind that from a fantasy perspective Vick has not performed that poorly this season. Yes, 6 picks in the first two games was a lot and the Cardinals game was rough. But despite poor play in the first two weeks, Vick found a way to score a respectable amount of points in those games.
Vick is clearly no longer as consistent as he was after his re-emergence two years ago, and the game against the Cardinals has proven just how risky he can be. But, with great risk comes great opportunity for reward. There are few QBs in the NFL that can put up points like Vick can on a really good day. The Eagles have the talent around him; they just need to figure out how to use it before the final four games of the season. If they can do that, Vick will be someone you don’t want to see when you look across the box score each week.
Vick is risky, but maybe that isn’t such a bad thing.
So, what can you do about Vick? Minimize your risk by:
1) Having a solid backup QB. Vick is injury prone, so having a serviceable backup is very important. The good news is that he typically finishes the season. And what matters most in fantasy football, is how you finish. Additionally, most people typically don’t value their backup qb that highly, so if you don’t have a good backup you should be able to get one without giving up too much.
3) Hedging your bets and starting the defense he is playing against. This isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially if you have a solid defense you already use. Also, I wouldn’t do it if he is playing a team with a notoriously bad defense. However, there is some comfort in knowing that if Vick throws a pick there’s no net negative effect to your score. Furthermore, the Cardinals and Browns defenses both scored very well against Vick so far this year.
Matt Ryan is an elite fantasy QB
Reality. The Falcons offense is intimidating (even though Julio cut his dreads) and it’s because they have the best tandem of starting receivers in the NFL. Ryan is currently leading the NFL in QB rating (112.1) and is 2nd in passing touchdowns (11). Michael Turner and the run game are being phased out and Ryan is king of the playground that is the Falcons offense.
In addition, Ryan has a great schedule. Three of the Falcons remaining games are against the Panthers or the Saints. Two defenses that have struggled this year and Ryan has had immense success against in the past. I’m particularly excited about Ryan’s potential against New Orleans and I fully expect Julio Jones to break at least twenty “tackles” in each game against the Saints.
Now here is a guy that knows how to point.
BEST OF MAXIM
On the night when former Eagle Brian Dawkins was honored, the Philadelphia Eagles took down the arch rival Giants, 19-17 behind a strong defensive effort. The Eagles bounced back after an embarrassing loss to Arizona last week, which shows the true heart and determination of this team. What is more impressive is that the Eagles have won all three of their games by scoring on their...
Tuesday night on ESPN, their 30for30 series resumes with the first episode entitled “Broke,” which details the stories of several professional athletes that lost the millions made in their playing days. For NFL players 3 years after playing, 78% end up broke. So it comes as no surprise to hear Eagles QB Michael Vick blew [...]
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid confirmed that quarterback Michael Vick suffered a knee contusion during Sunday night’s win over the Giants. He says Vick will be fine.
I’m sure Vick will play in this week’s game against the Steelers. But we’ll certainly be monitoring his status throughout the week.
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WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
With the Eagles and Steelers getting set to play, an interesting nugget about Mike Tomlin wanting to sign Mike Vick has been reported.
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Ryan launched a bomb...
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