Michael Vick: Redemption Can Be Found in the Eye of the Fantasy Owner
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There’s no doubt that what Mike Vick accomplished on the field last season was astonishing, but the question is, should it really have been unexpected? First of all, his athleticism has always been unmatched at the quarterback position; there’s never been a question about that. However, there were definitely some concerns about the Eagles QB heading into the 2010 season, especially regarding his stint behind bars and how it might have affected his game seeing that his 2009 season was basically a bust.
Hindsight may indeed be 20-20, but it’s still hard to believe what we saw out of “Ron Mexico” last year. Clearly jail was not nearly as negative of an experience for him as most first presumed it would be. In fact, it turned out to be quite the positive experience. With little else to do in the slammer other than work out and contemplate the error of his ways, Vick was not only able to keep his body in top physical shape, but also had time to develop the type of mental strength a world-class QB needs that he had previously been void of before his prison term.
The proof of this is in the pudding:
Besides making his fourth Pro Bowl in 2010, Vick set personal career records in a number of different categories: Completions (233), Passing Yards (3,018), Completion Percentage (62.6), Passing TDs (21), Passing Yards per Attempt (8.1), QB Rating (100.2), and Rushing TDs (9)… all in just 12 games! Yes, that’s right, in just ¾ of a season. Not only that, but the Philly QB was able to accumulate more fantasy points (basic scoring system) in those 12 games than Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers were able to in a full 16 games! If that doesn’t convince you Mike Vick is back and an ultimate fantasy force to contend with, not to mention a legitimate consideration for the #1 overall fantasy selection, I don’t know what will.
2011 Pros & Cons
(+) Vick went from post-jail project to face of the franchise overnight
(+) Missing 4.5 games, Vick was still top-5 in overall fantasy points last season (326.3 points)
(+) Vick is faster and more elusive than most running backs, yet stronger than most every other quarterback in the league
(+) The Eagles have one of the best, young groups of wide receivers in the game for Vick to throw to
(+) With DeSean Jackson being the fastest WR in the game, Vick has the opportunity to score on any given play
(+) Has a quick, young, versatile running back in LeSean McCoy to throw to out of the backfield
(+) Because of his various skills, he scores more fantasy points per game than anyone else in the league BY FAR
(–) It’s got to be tough to be a 31-year old QB in the NFL who still depends on his legs to be elite
(–) Vick has only made it through one 16-game season out of eight in the NFL
(–) Tends to hold onto the ball too long due to his running capabilities which results in far too many sacks
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