Michael Vick Injury: Potential Fantasy Replacements for Eagles QB in Week 11

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 5:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 5, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Eagles 28-13.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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A concussion knocked Michael Vick out of Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, and as with any head injury, puts his playing status for Week 11 in jeopardy. Fantasy owners should have a backup plan in place should Vick be unable to play.

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid confirmed Vick would remain the starter when healthy, based on an ESPN report, but wasn't able to provide much news on his outlook for Week 11. It will all come down to how he does on the concussion testing.

Here's a look at three fantasy options to consider in case Vick isn't able to make the quick recovery the Eagles and owners are hoping for.


Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick is not the franchise quarterback the Buffalo Bills paid him to be, but from a fantasy perspective he has actually been pretty reliable. That trend continued on Sunday with an 18-point outing against the New England Patriots.

He gets to face another division foe with a porous pass defense on Thursday night in the Miami Dolphins. They rank 28th in passing yards allowed at 278 per game and haven't kept an opposing QB under 10 fantasy points all season.

Also working in Fitzpatrick's favor is the fact Buffalo's defense is even worse, which means the two teams should be going up and down the field all night. As long as Chan Gailey continues to misuse his running backs, the Bills QB can plug a fantasy hole.


Ryan Tannehill

Sticking in the same game, Tannehill is in a perfect position to bounce back from a disappointing performance against the Tennessee Titans. The rookie threw three interceptions and scored just two points, his worst total since Week 1.

While in most circumstances that would mean to avoid him this week, the matchup is too good to ignore. The Bills secondary is littered with corners that continue to struggle on a weekly basis, as represented by the 18 TD passes against.

Tannehill had scored 31 points in his last two full games prior to the poor showing on Sunday, so there were definitely signs of progress before the setback. Expect him to get back on track against the Bills' defense on Thursday night.


Carson Palmer

For owners that don't want to lock themselves into a Thursday starter, Palmer is the most appealing option. The Oakland Raiders play after the Eagles on Sunday, so Vick's status will be decided and Palmer can slide in if necessary.

Palmer continued his strong play with 18 points on Sunday, marking his fifth straight game with at least 14 points. It's a trend that's likely to remain alive for a while because the team's running game is a mess and that forces Palmer to throw.

Luckily, he gets to face a New Orleans Saints pass defense that remains one of the league's worst. The Saints are giving up more than 300 yards per game through the air. Given the development of his young targets, Palmer is a solid replacement.