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Michael Vick is the most polarizing player in fantasy football not named Chris Johnson. One of the most gifted all-around athletes to ever be drafted, Vick has always been exciting to watch, while frustrating at the same time.
After the disaster that was the 2012-13 season, why would anyone take a chance and draft Vick this year?
Well for starters, Vick has a shot to once again start at QB in a brand-new offensive scheme that should be frighteningly creative. With new Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly in charge, the team is already planning on implementing a super-fast-paced offense that will thrive off quick decision-making, understanding the right reads and athletic players.
With guys like Nick Foles, Matt Barkley, Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne all on the roster, the Eagles quarterback competition is wide open. But with Vick's athleticism and experience, he should be considered the front-runner to win this race.
According to ESPN standard fantasy football scoring, last year, Vick managed to score double-digit points in eight out of the 10 games he played in. And while the former Pro Bowl QB didn't exactly light it up, in just 10 games, Vick finished only 31 points behind Jay Cutler (played in 15 games) and 24 points behind Colin Kaepernick (played in 12 games, started eight).
When you break down the stats, you see that even for a struggling QB who played in a terrible situation (the Eagles were ranked fifth in most sacks allowed), that Vick still produced decent numbers.
Now factor in a new head coach, an upgraded offensive line and a brand-new skill set-friendly scheme, and Vick should be able to dazzle once again. Whether he can take the hits or not is another story, but as your backup QB if he earns the starting gig, Vick could end up working out as a nice sleeper, who should be selected around the 144th pick in most drafts.