Vince Young: Can the Ultimate Winner Help Your Fantasy Team?
Fantasy football playoff time is fast approaching and frantic owners nationwide are scrambling in search for that one player who can put them over the top for the stretch run.
Some have turned to Vince Young for help, who is undefeated since taking over the 0-6 Tennessee Titans in Week Eight.
Young's ownership went up five-and-a-half percent in ESPN.com leagues in the past week on the heels of what is now a five-game winning streak and is now at 15 percent overall.
But don't be fooled into an impulse singing after his 19-point output on Sunday.
Consider that nine of his 27 passes on Sunday were completed on the final drive, and in recent weeks leading up to Sunday he hasn't done much in terms of racking up fantasy points (no more than 13 in his previous four starts).
Young's attempts have steadily been on the rise, starting at 18 in Week Eight and catapulting to 43 in Week 12, allowing him to amass 387 yards through the air in a win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Yet those passes attempted will regress back to around 25 per game, mainly because of the team's reliance on Chris Johnson to carry the workload and eat up turf through the ground game.
Johnson is one of the main drawbacks for acquiring the versatile quarterback because he steals points from Young like a middle school bully steals lunch money.
The young running back has absolutely exploded this season after what already was a breakout 2008 campaign, becoming the head-over-heels fantasy leader amongst non-quarterbacks.
His 220 points for the season are 28 higher than Maurice Jones-Drew, the second ranked non-QB, and puts him 35 points in front of the consensus No. 1 pick Adrian Peterson.
Obviously Johnson's legs take away points from Young, but they also give him the ability to hang in the pocket longer due to the respect a defense must have for the talented running back.
It opens up the field for play-action passes because the threat of handing off to Johnson keeps the linebackers honest, but it also cuts into Young's rushing attempts, which spiked in Week Eight (12 carries for 30 yards) and Week 11 (11 carries for 73 yards).
Based on these trends, I wouldn't expect Young to put up the lofty rushing numbers we were accustomed to seeing from him in the past.
Instead, the Titans now seem comfortable with him in the pocket and Johnson as the runner, and aside from the occasional option play or quarterback-keeper, Young isn't being asked to win games with his legs like he was in his rookie season.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that although Young has thrown only one interception since becoming the starter, he is still yet to throw for more than one touchdown in any given contest and he only has one rushing touchdown this season.
This leaves Young far more likely to hover in the low-teens range for fantasy points and unless you play in a two-quarterback league, he just doesn't put up the type of numbers that translate to fantasy victories.
So while Vince Young can certainly win games on the field, he might not be the best man to turn to as a fantasy savior off the field.
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