Michael Vick's Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook and Trade Value After Week 4

Tim KeeneyContributor ISeptember 30, 2013

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 29:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 29, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Right now, it's simple: Hold on to Michael Vick.

The temptation will undoubtedly be to sell. After recording 57 fantasy points (standard scoring) in the first two weeks of the season, the dynamic veteran quarterback has now tallied just 28 in his last two. 

Sunday's embarrassing loss to the Denver Broncos, which saw Chip Kelly's explosive offense limited to just 20 points, will further add to the panic. The real-life Eagles have been a bit of a mess over the past two weeks, and perhaps you don't want to deal with the headache. 

But I urge you not to sell the polarizing quarterback at his lowest point. The offers you are going to receive for him right now are going to be a bigger slap in the face than a little bit of Trent-Williams-on-Richard-Sherman violence

In the fantasy world, Vick is still elite. 

He's in an offensive system is tailor-made for the virtual game. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs for a first down in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lincoln Financial Field on September 19, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Im
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Criticism of Kelly is running rampant right now, as no one seems to believe his unique system is capable of sustaining success over a long period of time—and some are even short-sighted enough to think its effectiveness has already run its course.

But who cares?

Despite what pundits think, Kelly is going to keep running his systemand if it keeps resulting in losses, the Eagles are still going to get off as many offensive plays as possible, they are going to get into plenty of shootouts, they are going to put up some massive offensive numbers and Vick is going to be put into space often, where he can use his athleticism to rack up rushing yards. 

Through four weeks, Vick is on pace to complete 260 of 472 throws for 4,320 yards, 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions while running for 912 yards and another eight scores. 

While he's not always an effective real-life quarterback, his job is safe for now. Those are numbers you would pay a hefty price for, not sell just because he had a couple of underwhelming performances and a couple of ugly losses. 

Moreover, things are going to get much better very soon. 

In the next seven weeks, Vick faces the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Giants again, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins. With the exception of the Bucs, that's like a who's who of secondary mediocrity. 

If you were smart enough to draft Vick, continue to be smart and ignore all low-ball offers. If you didn't, first make sure whoever has him in your league doesn't read this, and then go and offer your own low-ball offer. 

Vick has a tantalizing skill set that is perfect for fantasy purposes. He is in the ideal setting to utilize that skill set. And most importantly when you're evaluating a potential trade, his value will never be lower.