Fantasy Football: 5 Reasons You Should Sit Michael Vick vs. Atlanta Falcons
This Sunday, Michael Vick will lead the Philadelphia Eagles against his former team, the Atlanta Falcons. In terms of drama, this game will have no shortages; the Falcons trying to stay undefeated, the Eagles hoping to resurrect their championship hopes, and Vick playing against his old team.
However, in terms of fantasy football, there is a serious shortage of reasons to start Vick as your quarterback. He always has that big potential, but this season, there's been too many negatives in Vick's game. For this game in particular, the cons greatly outweigh the pros.
Here's a few reasons to keep Vick on your bench this week against the Falcons.
Too Many Turnovers
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Vick's lack of ball security has been the most glaring issue in his game so far this season. There's no way around it—he's a liability with the ball, and that's about the last thing you want from your quarterback.
He's lost five fumbles this season, and has thrown eight interceptions. This gives Vick an average of over two turnovers per game, which takes away from his chances to gain points while costing you points for the turnovers themselves.
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The Falcons' stingy defense is one of the biggest reasons for their undefeated record. They have allowed the sixth least fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, which does not bode well for Vick.
John Abraham is one of the best pass-rushers in the league. He has six sacks and three forced fumbles this season, so he's going to be in Vick's face all night.
Dunta Robinson and Asante Samuel are quality cover corners and will be looking to pick off Vick all day. There aren't any real holes in the Falcons defense that Vick will be able to exploit, so the upside just isn't there this week.
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The only weakness in Atlanta's defense is their run defense, which is good for the Eagles, but bad for Vick's fantasy potential.
LeSean McCoy is one of the best running backs in the league, and should get a ton of carries on Sunday. Andy Reid hasn't been big on the running game so far this year, but he might not have much choice this week.
If McCoy gets carries early in the game and produces, the ball will be literally taken out of Vick's hands.
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The Eagles had a bye last week, and Andy Reid has never lost after the bye.
With that being said, the Falcons also had a bye last week, which puts them both on a level playing field.
The Falcons undoubtedly watched a lot of film on containing Vick and figuring out how to force him to commit turnovers.
Meanwhile, the Eagles most likely spent their extra time working on the run game, due to the favorable matchup for McCoy.
This would normally help the quarterback. However, in Vick's case, it may actually end up giving him fewer opportunities this week.
Lack of Scrambling
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While scrambling less may arguably be good for Vick's safety and turnover ratio, it's not good for his fantasy outlook.
In six games, Vick has just 205 rushing yards and one touchdown. Averaging roughly 34 yards per game and five yards per rush is a lot less than what Vick is capable of.
For a guy who has run for eight and nine touchdowns in a season, and over 1,000 yards in a season at one point, such stats leave a lot to be desired.
If Vick can get back to averaging seven or eight yards per carry, he'll be in good shape. Until then, his value is diminished.