Michael Vick: Fantasy Owners Must Bench Eagles QB in Week 9

Jessica Marie@ItsMsJisnerCorrespondent IIOctober 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass on the run as Thomas DeCoud #28 of the Atlanta Falcons chases during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 28, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Whether or not Michael Vick ends up starting for Andy Reid in Week 9, he probably isn't going to pan out for your fantasy team.

It's officially time to explore other options.

The embattled Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has had an up-and-down season thus far, but mostly down—especially as of late. He is in the midst of a three-game losing streak and has dropped three of his last four, which has led some to question whether or not he'll even be the Eagles' starter on Monday night in a road trip to New Orleans.

After starting off the season 2-0, the magic has officially worn off. Vick is struggling, and so will your fantasy team, should he continue to be at the helm.

Vick and the Eagles have beaten good teams, and they have suffered losses to bad teams. It doesn't really matter who Philadelphia is playing; it could go either way, but mostly, it's gone poorly.

Still, according to the Associated Press via ESPN.com, it seems that Vick will remain Reid's guy until further notice, even after Reid indicated that he'd explore all of his options following last week's loss to the Falcons.

Despite what he said, there are a couple of reasons to believe that Reid is going to give it at least one more week before officially turning things over to backup Nick Foles, as sources have indicated. One of them is that it's still a little bit early to give up on the season, especially given the fact that the Eagles are lingering in a tie for second place in the NFC East. There is certainly time for the Eagles to turn things around. 

Another reason is that tasking Foles with winning his first game of the season on the road in New Orleans is a bit unfair. Then again, when is there a good time to march him out? Weeks 10 and 11 bring two straight divisional matchups against Dallas and Washington.

Regardless of whatever path Reid chooses, fantasy teams are probably better off without Vick in Week 9—even given New Orleans's dismal defense. It's that No. 1 passing offense that Vick is going to have trouble keeping up with. When he gets put in an offensive hole, we know what tends to happen. Mistakes.

And if there's one team that is capable of victimizing an Eagles defense that allowed the Falcons to score on their first six chances the last time out—thus putting the pressure on Vick—it's New Orleans.

The Saints may look like a bad team, and they are, but this offense is still dangerous, especially to a defense that looked inept last week. Plus, Vick has thrown nearly as many interceptions (eight) as touchdowns (nine) this season, and if he gets behind—which, given Drew Brees's offense, he probably will—mistakes like that are likely to amplify. 

This is going to be a critical week for Vick and the Eagles, but even against the 2-5 Saints, the outcome isn't likely to be the desired one. Even if Reid hasn't committed himself to other options quite yet, perhaps you should.