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Michael Vick: Philadelphia Eagles QB Is Worth the Drama for Fantasy Owners

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 7, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2012

Despite the head-scratching plays and risky behavior Michael Vick makes and displays on the football field with regularity these days, fantasy football owners should still consider themselves lucky to have the Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller on their roster.

Sure, Vick turned the ball over 12 times (six interceptions and six fumbles) in Philly's first five games this season, but he also accounted for nearly 1,500 yards of offense and seven total touchdowns through the Birds' 3-2 start. 

It's not all bad when it comes to Michael Vick. In fantasy land, he works just fine. 

 

Versatility

The term "dual-threat" gets tossed around a lot, but let's be real. Unless your fantasy quarterback is in a wheelchair, he always poses a threat as a runner. 

When talking about Michael Vick, though, we're discussing a quarterback who can flat-out win you a game with his legs. Of course, we know Vick's too experienced and disciplined to attempt to do so. Instead, he wins games from the pocket. But still, the opportunity is there.

The proof is in the numbers. Vick has 34 rushing touchdowns since 2001 and can earn fantasy owners points in more than one way.

 

Opportunity 

With rookie Nick Foles and journeyman Trent Edwards behind Vick on the Eagles' quarterback depth chart, fantasy owners don't have to worry about head coach Andy Reid benching Vick for any reason. He's clearly Philly's best option under center.

After all, he would have been benched by now after turning the ball over 12 times in five games. 

He's a safe start week in and week out barring injury and is a quarterback that will have plenty of opportunities to shine and make highlight reel, fantasy-winning plays. Vick has the freedom to play fearless football. That's rare. 

 

Bottom Line

It's not about wins or Super Bowl hopes when it comes to fantasy football. It boils down to production and the potential to explode. Vick certainly meets the criteria for both.

After five games this season, Michael Vick is on pace to set a new career high for pass attempts, completions and yards. He set career highs in all three categories last season despite only playing in 13 games for the Eagles.

Vick has been among the top performing fantasy quarterbacks over the last few weeks and should remain among the top as the Eagles head into the stretch run of their season. After a Week 7 bye, Philly will play three of its next five at home.

Fantasy owners are concerned with one thing: the bottom line. Will Vick score fantasy points for my team? 

You bet. 

 

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