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Evaluating Michael Vick's Long-Term Potential as a Top Fantasy QB After Week 3
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Michael Vick struggled late against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, but that shouldn't frighten fantasy owners as the 2013 season continues.

Through the first two games of the season, we've seen what appears to be the Vick of the old days and not the one who struggled in 2012.  Things weren't as pretty in this game, however, as Vick threw two interceptions and lost a couple of fumbles as well.

Michael Vick Game Log, 2013
Game Comp Att Pass Yds Pass TD INT Rush Yds Rush TD
@WSH 15 25 203 2 0 54 1
SD 23 36 428 2 0 34 1
KC 13 30 201 1 2 95 0

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The new offense under Chip Kelly has given Vick the opportunity to make plays with both his arm and his legs.  With how many plays this offense is capable of running, Vick can get a number of pass attempts off and get the ball to playmakers such as DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy.

Vick has looked very good so far through the Chiefs game tonight.  Things got really interesting when he took this run 61 yards, weaving his way through the Chiefs' defense.

courtesy of Bleacher Report

As CSN Philadelphia noted, it was the longest run of Vick's career.

The concept of Kelly's defense has been to spread the field and open up the middle.  As you can see from how far Vick was able to break that run, it's safe to say the strategy is working.

Although you never want to see a quarterback get hit, Vick excels at making big throws while getting hit.  We saw that against the Chiefs as well, with Vick placing this throw perfectly to Jason Avant for the 22-yard touchdown.

courtesy of Bleacher Report

Other than staying healthy, the biggest concern for Vick as a fantasy QB was his turnovers.  Through the first two games, however, Vick had zero interceptions and just one lost fumble.  In just 10 games last year, he had 10 interceptions and three lost fumbles.

Those limited turnovers weren't so limited this week, however.  The team as a whole had six of turnovers on the, and Vick was the reason for most of them.

Still, Vick is going to make mistakes this season, there's no denying that.  However, he makes up for that with his big-play potential, as we saw against Kansas City.

Looking at the rest of the season, things look good for Vick to continue being a highly productive quarterback.  He will be playing three of the five worst defenses in 2012 in terms of total yards given up.

Vick may have struggled this week, but he was going up against his former head coach in Andy Reid.  While Reid isn't familiar with the new playbook, he does know Vick's tendencies as a passer, and likely adjusted the defense based off of Vick's old habits.

The new coaching change in 2013 seems to have been the right choice offensively.  Vick is able to make plays more quickly and avoid getting hit as often as he did last season.  

To make matters worse, on the final play of the game for the Eagles' offense, Vick looked hurt and walked off the field.  

It is uncertain if he will miss any time, but the fact that few people are talking about it right after the game ended is somewhat promising.

While Vick isn't a guy like Aaron Rodgers or Peyton Manning, he's still going to put up some really nice numbers throughout the season if he's healthy.  As long as he doesn't miss any time, I like Vick still as a top 10 QB in fantasy football for the rest of the year.

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