Fantasy Football: Can Michael Vick Be a Value Pick?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IJuly 4, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Andy Reid before the start of the Eagles game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Around this time last year, there was some talk that Michael Vick could be the No. 1 overall fantasy pick. Not just the first quarterback taken, but the first player of any position.

I didn’t quite buy in that much, but I did expect big things coming off his stellar 2010 campaign.

I am lukewarm on him again this year, as you’ll see when you check out my 2012 fantasy football quarterback rankings. I know he can put up big numbers with both his feet and his arm, but staying healthy is my primary concern. Vick hasn’t played a full schedule since 2006.

Vick had his moments last year, and he finished with a career-high 3,303 passing yards. He added 589 on the ground, which is nothing to turn your nose up at. The problem came in the form of turnovers. His 21-6 TD-INT ratio from 2010 turned into 18-14. All of those picks, which were a career high for Vick, ate into his fantasy value. He also fumbled the ball seven times, losing two.

Vick also failed to get into the end zone on the ground. After establishing a career-high with nine rushing touchdowns the previous season, Vick managed just one last year. Most leagues award six points for a rushing TD and four points for a passing TD, so he really missed out on what made his 2010 season so special for fantasy owners.

While I hesitate a little on Vick, he gets more love elsewhere. His Mock Draft Central ADP is 50, the sixth-highest for a quarterback. Clearly he has the ability to be a top-three fantasy QB if he can stay healthy and continue to do what he can do with his feet while improving his passing game.

Vick is showing more dedication than in years past, and former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski stated on ESPN that Vick could have the best year of his career. Time will tell, but if you’re the gambling type, Vick is that high-risk/high-reward player.

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