It was just Week 1, but Michael Vick's performance as the maestro in Chip Kelly's high-octane offense has to make fantasy football owners look at the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback a little differently. Vick completed 60 percent of his passes, threw two touchdowns, ran for another and didn't throw an interception.
From a fantasy standpoint, LeSean McCoy was the megastar for the Eagles against the Washington Redskins on Monday night, but Vick's day would be good for anywhere between 25 and 30 points in most traditional fantasy leagues. If Vick can continue that pace—or even slightly improve—he will be a top-five fantasy football quarterback all season.
Fantasy owners would be wise to raise their awareness of Vick moving forward. Here are two other players who served notice of what they could become this season.
Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders
To reiterate, it is early in the season. But Terrelle Pryor proved he was more than ready to run the show in Oakland. He threw two interceptions, but he also threw a touchdown pass and ran for 112 yards. Had he run for a touchdown, he would have been one of the five best fantasy football quarterbacks of Week 1.
Per KFFL.com, via USA Today, Pryor wasn't even ranked as one of the top 25 fantasy football players heading into the season. His opening-week performance against the Indianapolis Colts has set the wheels in motion to change that.
Provided he stays healthy and has a solid performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2, he's worth a serious look to replace an underachieving quarterback.
Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins
Who will have the biggest fantasy season?
Who has Leonard Hankerson on their fantasy team? Not many people. According to his profile on Yahoo! Sports, Hankerson is owned in only three percent of fantasy leagues.
His 80 yards receiving and two touchdown catches may encourage more owners to pick him up on the waiver wire. The scores came late during the Redskins' comeback attempt, but it seemed like he and Robert Griffin III had solid chemistry.
Keep an eye on Hankerson, as this could be a breakout season for him in the nation's capital.
Here's a list of the top five most surprising fantasy performances from Week 1:
|1||Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raider||217 passing yards, 112 rushing yards, one passing TD||Indianapolis Colts|
|2||Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos||Five receptions, 110 yards and two TDs||Baltimore Ravens|
|3||Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins||Five receptions, 80 yards and two TDs||Philadelphia Eagles|
|4||Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles||203 passing yards, 54 rushing yards, two passing TDs and one rushing TD||Washington Redskins|
|5||Joique Bell, Detroit Lions||25 yards rushing, two TDs||Minnesota Vikings|
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